Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

Ottawa, CA


Getting around the airport


Ottawa airport is six miles from downtown Ottawa. The airport has a single terminal with three levels.

  • Level 1 is the Arrivals and Baggage Claim level with four baggage carousels.
  • Level 2 is the Secured Area with access to gates 15, 16, and 17; Express check-in; and airline lounges.
  • Level 3 houses check-in counters for domestic and international flights, with a separate area for US Customs clearance; a food court; observation area; and access to gates 1-18.
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Getting into Ottawa

Bus or taxi options


The OC Transpo Route 97 offers express service between the airport and downtown Ottawa. The bus costs CAD 3.65 and stops at major hubs around the city, including bus stations and the O-Train.  Bus tickets are available at the ground transportation desk near the central door of the Level 1 arrivals area. Bus run every 10-30 minutes; the journey takes approximately half an hour. 

Main Terminal, landside, level 1, pillar 14
Hours: 24 hours


The average fare from the airport to downtown Ottawa is CAD 29. Licensed vehicles operate from Level 1 arrivals.

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Eat and shop before security

US Gates

If you are traveling to the US, do your eating and drinking as well as your shopping before security. Options afterwards are very, very limited.

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In bad weather

2nd floor walkway

Walking over to the car park and rental car building on the arrivals level takes you outside. Especially in the fierce winter time or when it is pouring rain, use the covered walkway on the second floor/departures level. Simply take the lift upstairs at either end of the arrivals hall, walk across the street nice and warm and take the lift down to the rental car level.

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Italian coffee

The Local, Café & Bar

Get yourself tuned in for your trip with an authentic Italian espresso. The Local also offers local patries and local ale as well as other snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Airside, International departure hall, across from Gate 15
Hours: 05:00-21:00 daily

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Bytown Marché

Main terminal, before security

Your one stop shop for everything that you might need as a traveler. Magazines, snacks, beverages, flowers, stamps and anything else you could imagine. 

Main terminal, before security, arrivals hall, level 1

Hours: 06:00-23:00 Mon-Fri, 07:00-23:00 Sat-Sun

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Good Earth Coffeehouse

Main terminal, before security

Known for its exceptional coffee quality and delicious freshly baked food choices, this cafe is the perfect spot for your coffee break. 

Main terminal, before security, Level 3, before the food court

Hours: 06:00-20:00 daily

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Senate Chambers Bar/Café

Main terminal, after security

Whether you're looking for a light meal or a hearty sandwich this is the place to go. An interesting menu and many 'grab and go' options.

Main terminal, after security, US area, level 2 

Hours: 05:00-19:00 daily

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Main terminal, after security

The ideal location for all pizza enthusiasts. Hand made daily with fresh, local ingredients.

Main terminal, after security, Canada/international flights area, near Gate 18

Hours: 06:00-21:00 Mon-Fri, 11:00-21:00 Sat-Sun

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HBC Trading Post

Main terminal, after security

Visit this store for its great selection of clothes ware featuring their iconic stripes. 

Main terminal, after security, Canada/international flights area, near Gate 16

Hours: 05:00-21:00 Mon-Fri, 06:00-21:00 Sat-Sun

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D’Arcy McGee’s

Main terminal, after security

The ideal location for a pint of Guinness and some hearty dishes. A classic! 

Main terminal, after security, Canada/international flights area, near Gate 23

Hours: 05:00-20:30 Mon-Fri, 11:00-20:30 Sat-Sun

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Metalsmiths Silver

Main terminal, after security

This Canadian brand offers a vast selection of hand crafted sterling silver jewelry to satisfy all tastes. 

Main terminal, after security,Canada/international area, near Gate 16

Hours: 06:00-21:00 daily

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Tulip Bar and Wine Lounge

Main terminal, after security

The perfect a place to sit back and relax while sipping a glass of exquisite wine.

Main terminal, after security, domestic/international flights area, near gate 16

Hours: 11:00-21:00 daily

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Main terminal, before security

A popular Canadian burger chain known for its quality and fresh ingredients. Build your own burger by selecting the toppings you prefer, sit back and enjoy.

Main terminal, before security, food court

Hours: 10:30-20:30 daily

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