Getting around Ottawa
Ottawa’s public transit system, OC Transpo, provides city-wide service. You can plan routes on OC Transpo’s online Travel Planner or using Google Maps. There are also OC Transpo smartphone apps available (search for MyTransit).
OC Transpo also has a handy texting service which confirms departure times that have been adjusted with GPS data! To use this:
- Text 560560
- In the message, enter your 4-digit bus stop number or the first few letters of any Transitway Station name, for example: ‘Hurd’ (Hurdman), ‘Mac’ (Mackenzie King), ‘Orl’ (Orleans). Your 4-digit bus stop number is found on the bus stop sign.
- If there is more than one route that serves your stop, follow the prompts.
The first time you use the service you will be prompted to select your preferred language. At any time you can text E (English) or F (French) to change your choice.
Ottawa’s downtown core is surprisingly compact and walkable, with attractions like Parliament Hill and major museums located in close proximity. You can walk from Carleton to downtown in about an hour by following the Rideau Canal all the way.
There are a variety of taxi companies operating in Ottawa, including:
The City of Ottawa covers a vast area, and is well served by thoroughfares, scenic parkways, rural roads, and quiet streets, with plenty of on street and public parking facilities in the downtown core. There are a variety of car rental options available throughout the city.
Ottawa’s extensive network of bike and recreation paths were among the first to be mapped by Google. There are several bike rental shops available around the city.