While Ottawa is mainly a city for driving, public transportation services are going to get a boost with a new partially underground, light-rail line system that should make travelling throughout the city easier in the future. In the meantime, Ottawa is served by OC Transpo and Gatineau with the STO, the two major bus services in the Ottawa area. The airport is located to the south of the city, and the main VIA Rail train station is located east of Centretown. A Greyhound bus ternimal is located in the heart of the city just north of the Queensway on Kent Street.
The 417, Ottawa’s Queensway, travels approximately east/west and services all of the city from Kanata to Orleans and beyond. Other major east/west corridors include Richmond, Carling, Wellington, Somerset, Montreal, Baseline, Walkley and Hunt Club. Major roads travelling approximately north/south include Bank, Bronson, Vanier, St. Laurent, Riverside, Prince of Wales, Merivale, Woodroffe, Greenbank, Moodie, Eagleson, the Aviation Parkway and the 416. Before you drive, check out the road conditions if the weather outside is frightful. Don’t have a car? You can always rent one or hire a taxi, or course.
Major Public Transportation
- Confederation Line
- MacDonald-Cartier International Airport
- OC Transpo
- Ottawa Central Station
- VIA Rail