Flights to Ottawa

Cheap Flights to Ottawa

Flying into Ottawa usually means arriving at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW). It is the only airport in the city accepting regularly scheduled passenger flights. To find the cheapest airfare, try the user-friendly Skyscanner search engine. Find your preferred carrier, route and get the best rate. Book your hotel and car at the same time, and you're all set to visit Canada's capital.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Ottawa

If you're traveling during a holiday period, such as during the Christmas and New Year's break, air and hotel costs can be more expensive. The same goes for Easter break, which happens in March or April. Flying midweek usually helps keep costs down, no matter when you travel. Being flexible with your travel dates and booking your trip early also help save money. Skyscanner's innovative Whole Month Search program lets you compare an entire month's worth of fares at once. Find a great fare? Book it before it disappears.

Airlines That Fly to Ottawa

Ottawa International welcomes flights from across Canada, the United States and beyond. Carriers based in Canada include Air Canada, Air North, Canadian North, Porter Airlines, Sunwing, and WestJet. Other North American carries include Delta, American Eagle, and United Express. Air Canada, West Jet, and British Airways have flights from England and other parts of mainland Europe.

What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport

Macdonald-Cartier has one terminal with three levels. Passenger services are available on all levels. Duty-Free Shops are on Level 2 and 3, with the latter dedicated to passengers from the USA. ATMs are available on either end of Level 1. You'll find Currency Exchange vendors on both Level 1 and 2. If you are just stopping over in Ottawa, use the PARS 2000 facility to store your luggage. Rates begin at $5.00 CAD per day. Open 24/7; you may access your items anytime.

Arrival flights use level number one. Baggage claim and security screening are also on this level. Rental car desks are near the baggage claim area. Taxi cabs are available outside baggage claim. The average fare for the 11-kilometre trip is $37.00 CAD. OC Transpo, Ottawa's public transit service, leaves from Pillar 14, outside Level 1. Purchase your ticket at the Ground Transportation Desk, next to the Information Desk on Level 1.

What to See and Do in Ottawa

Parliament Hill is one of the most noticeable parts of the Ottawa skyline, especially at night. The Gothic Revival building, circa 1865, along with the famed tower, is covered with thousands of tiny white lights. This is the home of the Canadian Government. Another noted landmark is Rideau Canal. When it opened in 1832, it was a major transportation route, effectively using lochs to control river water levels. In the winter the canal freezes over. Rent a pair of ice skates and join the locals as they navigate along its length. If you love museums, you are in for a treat. History buffs head to the Canadian War Museums, while art-lovers gravitate toward the National Gallery of Canada. The Canadian Museum of Nature explores the country's native habitats, while the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum takes you from the early beginnings of aviation to space-craft that touch the stars. This is just the beginning. There is so much to do in Canada's capital city; you'll never be bored.

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