Ottawa’s bike sharing program is styled after the public rental systems in Europe, Montreal and Toronto. There are ten stations and 100 bicycles available around the downtown core, all of which are close to major tourist attractions. Available from April to November, BIXI provides an easy and inexpensive ($7 for 24 hours, $15 for 72 hours) alternative to your traditional urban transportation.
Expect a 20-30 minute drive in by car or bus from Ottawa International Airport to the heart of the city. Major car rental chains are well represented throughout the capital, especially at the airport and in the business district.
If using the OC Transpo, the local public bus, route 97 departs from pillar 14 outside the level 1 Arrivals area. Route 97 uses low-floor, fully accessible buses that accommodate wheelchairs.
Buses run on a hub and spoke system all over the city and into the suburbs. OC Transpo has an online travel planner that will give you step-by-step directions, and at $3.45 a ticket it’s the most affordable means of getting to and from the airport. A day pass offers unlimited same-day travel for $8.10 and can be purchased directly on the bus.
Stick out your hand. In the core areas, taxis come by readily (though you’ll compete with revellers for a car at last call). Many taxis hover at hotel entrances, while two major companies – Blueline and Capital – can be rung from a number of dedicated lines. The airport has a fleet going to the city core.
Blueline Taxi: 613-238-1111
Capital Taxi: 613-744-3333