There are 5 ways to get from Ottawa to Thunder Bay by plane, bus, train 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  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Ottawa (YOW) to Thunder Bay (YQT) YOW - YQT

$246 - $706

Cheapest option

Bus  •  23 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa, ON to Sudbury, ON 5609
  2. Take the bus from Sudbury, ON to Thunder Bay, ON 5603

$85 - $212

3 alternative options

Bus via White River Jct., ON  •  24 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa to Sudbury
  2. Take the bus from Sudbury to White River
  3. Take the bus from White River Jct., ON to Thunder Bay, ON

$189 - $274

Train, bus  •  24 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Toronto VIA Rail
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, ON to Thunder Bay, ON 5603

$119 - $327

Drive  •  19 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Thunder Bay 910.9 miles

$120 - $180

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ottawa to Thunder Bay is to bus which costs $110 - $280 and takes 23 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ottawa to Thunder Bay is to fly which costs $320 - $950 and takes 6 h 3 min.

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The distance between Ottawa and Thunder Bay is 1080 km. The road distance is 1457.4 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 3 min to get from Ottawa to Thunder Bay, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ottawa to Thunder Bay. However, there are services departing from Ottawa, ON and arriving at Thunder Bay, ON via Sudbury, ON. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Ottawa to Thunder Bay.
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  • Distance: 674.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 min

What companies run services between Ottawa, ON, Canada and Thunder Bay, ON, Canada?

Air Canada, Porter Airlines and WestJet fly from Ottawa to Thunder Bay hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Sudbury, ON in around 23 h 10 min.

Airlines
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Winnipeg
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Montreal, Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay via Winnipeg
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $150
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $65
Economy
$70 - $100
Economy Plus
$100 - $150
Business
$100 - $150
Business Plus/Sleeper
$180 - $260
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Ottawa, ON to Sudbury, ON
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$30 - $45
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$50 - $75
Refundable
$55 - $80
Bus from Sudbury, ON to Thunder Bay, ON
Ave. Duration
14 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$55 - $80
Online Fare
$70 - $110
Standard Fare
$90 - $140
Refundable
$100 - $150
Bus from White River Jct., ON to Thunder Bay, ON
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$25 - $40
Online Fare
$30 - $55
Standard Fare
$40 - $65
Refundable
$45 - $70
Bus from Toronto, ON to Thunder Bay, ON
Ave. Duration
18 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$70 - $110
Online Fare
$95 - $140
Standard Fare
$120 - $180
Refundable
$130 - $190
Ontario Northland
Phone
+1 800-461-8558
Website
ontarionorthland.ca
Bus from Ottawa to Sudbury
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $90
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Ontario Northland
Bus from Sudbury to White River
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Book at
Ontario Northland

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