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There are 7 ways to get from Washington to Ottawa by plane, subway, bus, train or car

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Fly from Reagan Washington  •  4 h 13 min

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

$136 - $416

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Bus  •  13 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, DC to Binghamton, NY
  2. Take the bus from Binghamton, NY to Syracuse, NY
  3. Take the bus from Syracuse, NY to Ottawa, ON

$57 - $184

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Subway to Washington Dulles, fly  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Ottawa (YOW) IAD - YOW

$122 - $323

Train, bus  •  13 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to New York Penn Station
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Syracuse Regional Transportation Center
  3. Take the bus from Syracuse, NY to Ottawa, ON

$198 - $593

Train  •  17 h 53 min

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

$232 - $593

Bus, train  •  21 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Toronto
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Fallowfield VIA Rail

$128 - $220

Drive  •  10 h

  1. Drive from Washington to Ottawa 563.6 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to Ottawa is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 10 h.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Ottawa is to fly which costs $130 - $420 and takes 4 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Ottawa. However, there are services departing from Washington, DC and arriving at Ottawa, ON via Binghamton, NY and Syracuse, NY. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Washington station to Ottawa. However, there are services departing from Washington Union Station and arriving at Ottawa via New York Penn Station and Montréal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 53 min.

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The distance between Washington and Ottawa is 458 miles. The road distance is 563.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Ottawa without a car is to bus which takes 13 h 15 min and costs $55 - $190.

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It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to get from Washington to Ottawa, including transfers.

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Washington to Ottawa bus services, operated by OurBus, depart from Washington, DC station.

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Washington to Ottawa train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Washington Union Station.

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The best way to get from Washington to Ottawa is to fly which takes 4 h 13 min and costs $130 - $420. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $190 and takes 13 h 15 min, you could also train, which costs $230 - $600 and takes 17 h 53 min.

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Map of how to get from Washington to Ottawa.
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  • Distance: 458 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 13 min

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Ottawa, ON, Canada?

Air Canada flies from Washington to Ottawa 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Ottawa via Binghamton, NY and Syracuse, NY in around 13 h 15 min.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Ottawa via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Ottawa via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Washington Dulles to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Ottawa via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Washington Dulles to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to Ottawa via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,000
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Ottawa via Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Train operators
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
wmata.com
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 Penn Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$120 - $260
First Class Seat
$220 - $340
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 New York Penn Station to Syracuse Regional Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$230 - $330
Train from New York Penn Station to Montreal Central Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Room
$270 - $380
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from New York to Syracuse
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $140
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $70
Economy
$70 - $100
EconomyPlus
$95 - $140
Business
$110 - $170
Train from Montréal to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$24 - $50
Economy
$45 - $65
EconomyPlus
$65 - $90
Business
$65 - $95
Train from Toronto to Fallowfield
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $70
Economy
$65 - $95
EconomyPlus
$90 - $130
Business
$110 - $160
Bus operators
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Washington, DC to Binghamton, NY
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Book at
ourbus.com
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Binghamton, NY to Syracuse, NY
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Syracuse, NY to Ottawa, ON
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
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

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

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Washington to Ottawa bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, arrive at Ottawa, ON station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Ottawa is 564 miles. It takes approximately 10 h to drive from Washington to Ottawa.

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

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There are 230+ hotels available in Ottawa. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $4.

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