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There are 8 ways to get from Ottawa to Rochester by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  5h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY 5797
  2. Take the train from Syracuse Regional Transportation Center to Rochester Amtrak Station Empire Service / ...

$48 - $176

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Bus via Rochester, NY  •  6h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY 5797
  2. Take the bus from Syracuse, NY to Rochester, NY

$31 - $136

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Bus  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY 5797
  2. Take the bus from Syracuse, NY to Rochester, NY Ny

$41 - $176

Train  •  10h 56m

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Toronto VIA Rail
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Rochester VIA Rail

$125 - $238

Drive  •  4h 47m

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Rochester 274.6 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Rochester  •  7h

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Rochester (ROC) YOW - ROC

$124 - $1,004

Fly to Billy Bishop Toronto City, train  •  9h 18m

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ) YOW - YTZ
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Rochester

$146 - $436

Fly to Toronto, train  •  9h 34m

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Toronto (YYZ) YOW - YYZ
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Rochester

$152 - $423

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The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to Rochester is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 4h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Ottawa to Rochester is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 4h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ottawa to Rochester. However, there are services departing from Ottawa, ON and arriving at Rochester, NY via Syracuse, NY. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Ottawa to Rochester. However, there are services departing from Ottawa and arriving at Rochester via Toronto. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 56m.

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The distance between Ottawa and Rochester is 294 km. The road distance is 439.4 km.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Rochester without a car is to bus and train which takes 5h 59m and costs $60 - $230.

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It takes approximately 5h 59m to get from Ottawa to Rochester, including transfers.

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Ottawa to Rochester bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Ottawa, ON station.

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Ottawa to Rochester train services, operated by VIA Rail, depart from Ottawa station.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Rochester is to bus which takes 6h 15m and costs $50 - $230. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $160 - $320 and takes 10h 56m, you could also fly, which costs $160 - $1,400 and takes 7h.

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Map of how to get from Ottawa to Rochester.
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  • Distance: 183.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 59m

What companies run services between Ottawa, ON, Canada and Rochester, NY, USA?

You can take a bus from Ottawa to Rochester via Syracuse, NY in around 6h 15m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Ottawa to Rochester via Toronto in around 10h 56m.

Airlines
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Ottawa to Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Ottawa to Toronto via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,300
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Newark
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Newark, Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Ottawa to Rochester via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Syracuse Regional Transportation Center to Rochester Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Syracuse to Rochester
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$20 - $45
Economy
$40 - $60
EconomyPlus
$60 - $85
Business
$55 - $85
Train from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $70
Economy
$70 - $100
EconomyPlus
$90 - $130
Business
$110 - $160
Train from Toronto to Rochester
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$30 - $55
Economy
$55 - $80
EconomyPlus
$75 - $110
Business
$85 - $120
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$21 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$21 - $30
Online Fare
$26 - $45
Standard Fare
$35 - $55
Refundable
$40 - $60
Bus from Syracuse, NY to Rochester, NY - 186 Cumberland Street
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$13 - $19
Online Fare
$15 - $29
Standard Fare
$23 - $35
Refundable
$27 - $40
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Syracuse, NY to Rochester, NY
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $60
Book at
trailwaysny.com

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There is no direct flight from Ottawa Airport to Rochester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 56m and has one stopover.

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Ottawa to Rochester bus services, operated by Trailways New York, arrive at Rochester, NY station.

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Ottawa to Rochester train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Rochester station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ottawa to Rochester is 439 km. It takes approximately 4h 47m to drive from Ottawa to Rochester.

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American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Ottawa Airport to Rochester Airport.

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There are 64+ hotels available in Rochester. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Ottawa Airport is to line 97 bus which takes 19m and costs $4.

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