There are 4 ways to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Ottawa  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Sydney (YQY) YOW - YQY

$265 - $880

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Train, bus  •  29 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Montréal
  2. Take the train from Montréal to Moncton
  3. Take the bus from Moncton, NB to Truro, NS
  4. Take the bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS

$178 - $476

2 alternative options

Train to Montreal, fly  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Dorval
  2. Fly from Montreal (YUL) to Sydney (YQY) YUL - YQY

$193 - $452

Drive  •  18 h

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Sydney 1026.8 miles

$130 - $200

Questions & Answers

The distance between Ottawa and Cape Breton Island is 1157 km. The road distance is 1643 km.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island without a car is to train and bus which takes 29 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 2 min to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Ottawa Airport to Sydney Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 28 min and has one stopover.

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Cape Breton Island is 1 h ahead of Ottawa. It is currently 7:55 AM in Ottawa and 8:55 AM in Cape Breton Island.

Yes, the driving distance between Ottawa to Cape Breton Island is 1643 km. It takes approximately 18 h to drive from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island.

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WestJet and Air Canada offer flights from Ottawa Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 22+ hotels available in Cape Breton Island. Prices start at $91 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Ottawa Airport is to line 97 bus which takes 19 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island.
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  • Distance: 722.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 2 min

What companies run services between Ottawa, ON, Canada and Cape Breton Island, NS, Canada?

Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines fly from Ottawa to New Waterford hourly.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Boston, Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Charlottetown, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Moncton, Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Ottawa, Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Fredericton, Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via St John, Halifax
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Dorval
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$28 - $40
Economy
$35 - $55
Economy Plus
$60 - $85
Business
$55 - $75
Business Plus/Sleeper
$100 - $140
Train from Ottawa to Montréal
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$29 - $90
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$29 - $45
Economy
$40 - $55
Economy Plus
$60 - $90
Business
$55 - $80
Business Plus/Sleeper
$100 - $150
Train from Montréal to Moncton
Ave. Duration
17 h 23 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $290
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$80 - $120
Economy
$140 - $200
Economy Plus
$200 - $290
Business
$210 - $300
Business Plus/Sleeper
$380 - $550
Bus operators
Maritimebus
Phone
+1 800-575-1807
Website
maritimebus.com
Bus from Moncton, NB to Truro, NS
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Book at
maritimebus.com
Bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Book at
maritimebus.com

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