There are 5 ways to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly from Ottawa  •  5 h 7 min

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

$265 - $880

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  29 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Montréal
  2. Take the train from Montréal to Truro
  3. Take the bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS 154 / ...

$170 - $492

3 alternative options

Train to Montreal, fly  •  6 h 24 min

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

$194 - $454

Bus, train  •  31 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Montreal, PQ
  2. Take the bus from Montréal to Saint-Hyacinthe
  3. Take the train from Saint-Hyacinthe to Sackville
  4. Take the bus from Sackville, NB to Truro, NS
  5. Take the bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS 154 / ...

$180 - $441

Drive  •  18 h

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Sydney 1026.8 miles

$130 - $200

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
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Montreal, Toronto
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via London, Toronto
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Charlottetown, Halifax
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Boston, Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Ottawa, Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via St John, Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Moncton, Halifax
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 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
6 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Montreal to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 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 31 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$28 - $40
Economy
$35 - $55
Economy Plus
$60 - $85
Business
$55 - $80
Business Plus/Sleeper
$100 - $140
Train from Ottawa to Montréal
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 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 Truro
Ave. Duration
20 h 17 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$95 - $340
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$95 - $140
Economy
$170 - $240
Economy Plus
$240 - $340
Business
$250 - $350
Business Plus/Sleeper
$450 - $650
Train from Saint-Hyacinthe to Sackville
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$85 - $120
Economy
$150 - $210
Economy Plus
$210 - $290
Business
$220 - $310
Business Plus/Sleeper
$390 - $550
Bus operators
Maritimebus
Website
maritimebus.com
Bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
maritimebus.com
Bus from Sackville, NB to Truro, NS
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
maritimebus.com
Book at
maritimebus.betterez.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Montreal, PQ
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$16 - $24
Online Fare
$19 - $35
Standard Fare
$28 - $45
Refundable
$30 - $50

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island?

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

What is the cheapest way to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island?

The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 18 h.

What is the fastest way to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island?

The quickest way to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island is to fly which takes 5 h 7 min and costs $330 - $1,200.

How long does it take to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island?

It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Ottawa to Cape Breton Island, including transfers.