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There are 5 ways to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa by plane, train, bus, car or rideshare

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Fly  •  2h 2m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Ottawa (YOW) DCA - YOW

$320 - $1,400

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Train  •  18h 27m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
  2. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Montreal Central Station
  3. Take the train from Montréal to Ottawa

$165 - $456

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  24h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Washington, DC to Binghamton, NY
  2. Take the bus from Binghamton to Rochester
  3. Take the train from Rochester to Toronto Union Station
  4. Take the train from Toronto Union Station to Ottawa

$223 - $485

Drive  •  10h 9m

  1. Drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa 908.8 km

$90 - $140

Bus, rideshare  •  24h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Washington DC to New York City
  2. Take the bus from New York City to Niagara Falls
  3. Take the bus from Niagara Falls, ON - Casino Niagara to Toronto Union Station
  4. Take the rideshare from Toronto to Ottawa

Reagan Washington (DCA) to Ottawa (YOW) flights

The flight time between Reagan Washington (DCA) and Ottawa (YOW) is around 2h 47m and covers a distance of around 728 km. The fastest flight normally takes 1h 32m. Services are operated by Air Canada. Typically 13 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
2h 47m
Fastest flight journey time:
1h 32m
Flight distance:
728 km
Flights per week:
13
Cheapest price:
$182
Carbon emissions:
147 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
16:10
Last flight departs at:
20:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Reagan Washington (DCA) to Ottawa (YOW) flight schedules

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa is to drive which costs $75 - $110 and takes 10h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa is to fly which costs $260 - $1,100 and takes 2h 2m.

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No, there is no direct train from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) station to Ottawa. However, there are services departing from NATIONAL AIRPORT station and arriving at Ottawa via GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN station, Washington Union Station, New York Moynihan Train Hall and Montréal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 27m.

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The distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Ottawa is 738 km. The road distance is 908.8 km.

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The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa without a car is to train which takes 18h 27m and costs $130 - $370.

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It takes approximately 2h 2m to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa, including transfers.

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Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, depart from Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa is to fly which takes 2h 2m and costs $260 - $1,100. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $130 - $370 and takes 18h 27m.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Ottawa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 32m.

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Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Ottawa station.

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Map of how to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa.
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  • Distance: 737.6 km
  • Duration: 2h 2m

What companies run services between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA), USA and Ottawa, ON, Canada?

Air Canada flies from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa via GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN station, UNION STATION station, Washington Union Station, New York Moynihan Train Hall, Montreal Central Station, and Montréal in around 18h 27m.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Ottawa via Montreal
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Washington Union Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$180 - $250
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$180 - $250
First Class
$230 - $410
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Seat
$80 - $120
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Montreal Central Station
Ave. Duration
10h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Seat
$120 - $170
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$75 - $160
Business Class Seat
$120 - $220
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Montréal to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$30 - $45
Business
$90 - $105
Economy
$58 - $61
EconomyPlus
$75 - $110
Train from Rochester to Toronto Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $150
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$40 - $60
Business
$100 - $130
Economy
$70 - $80
EconomyPlus
$100 - $150
Train from Toronto Union Station to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $220
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$60 - $80
Business
$120 - $160
Economy
$95 - $105
EconomyPlus
$150 - $220
Bus operators
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Washington, DC to Binghamton, NY
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Book at
ourbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Binghamton to Rochester
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $80
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Binghamton, NY to Rochester, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Book at
trailwaysny.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Washington DC to New York City
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from New York City to Niagara Falls
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Megabus Canada
Phone
1-866-488-4452
Email
canada-info@coachcanada.com
Website
ca.megabus.com
Bus from Niagara Falls, ON - Casino Niagara to Toronto Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Book at
megabus.ca
Other operators
Ridesharing.com
Website
ridesharing.com
Rideshare from Toronto to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
ridesharing.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa is 909 km. It takes approximately 10h 9m to drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Ottawa.

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Air Canada offers flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Ottawa Airport.

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