Cheap Flights To Ottawa (YOW)

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Cheap Flights to Ottawa from $98 One Way, $222 Round Trip

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Ottawa YOW Flight Information

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Destination Airport IATA Code
Number of Airlines Serving
Air Canada, Porter Airlines
Flight Price
Earliest Departing Flight
AC 8866 2:26PM EDT
Latest Departing Flight
UA 8489 Jun 13 2:26PM EDT

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One of the biggest reasons to visit Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is to see its architecture. Parliament Hill is an area full of Gothic parliament buildings adorned with copper-topped turrets and gargoyles. The Centre Block is the main building, and it supports the Peace Tower, which is the tallest structure in Ottawa.

Built in 1841, the Notre Dame Cathedral-Basilica is the oldest church in the city and features wooden carvings.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization documents the country's history, whereas the Canadian War Museum traces its military history. Merchants sell souvenirs and fresh food at the ByWard Market, an old, 1840s brick building.

Rideau Canal is an UNESCO historic site with parks and lakes. TD Place features a stadium and arena that have hosted World Cup games, hockey games and other sporting events as well as performances by famous musical artists.

Hints and tips

When you fly to Ottawa, you will likely arrive via Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), which is 9.32 miles south of the city. Car rental agencies have counters at the airport and around town.

About 20 blocks south of Parliament Hill is the central bus station, and VIA Rail Station is 4.35 miles southeast of the downtown area. Popular events include the Winterlude Festival in February and Ottawa Bluesfest in June.

Frequently asked questions

Am I currently able to fly to Ottawa?
Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor contains everything from up-to-date info on travel advice reports to current quarantine regulations. Be sure to check it out before locking in your plane trip to Ottawa.
If I am not able to travel because of COVID-19, can I change or cancel?
You’ll find all the important info regarding COVID-19, flight changes and cancellations on our Customer Service Portal. Before you purchase your tickets, have a quick scan through your airline’s terms and conditions. This should answer any extra questions you may have.
Which airlines fly to Ottawa?
Start arranging your getaway to Ottawa with one of the 20 airlines that jet in and out of Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW). Whether you’re in search of a fantastic bargain or flight flexibility, these popular international carriers will have a fare that’s right for you:

  • United Airlines - 70 flights to Ottawa per month
  • Air Canada - 17 flights to Ottawa per month

What is the best airport to fly to in Ottawa?
Lock in a flight to Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) and you’ll be living it up in this popular city in no time. This airport is roughly 7 miles south of the center of town. But YOW isn’t your only choice. Ottawa Executive Airport (YND) also services Ottawa, so you’ll want to compare flight prices to score the most rewarding deal.
How much is a flight to Ottawa?
Return flight prices fell as low as $222 this past week to Ottawa, and rose as high as $254. A few lucky passengers flying out of Newark (EWR) managed to bag one-way fares starting from just $98.
How to book the cheapest flight to Ottawa?
With Orbitz, you’ll find some of the most impressive flight deals around from a big range of airlines. But if you want to increase your chances of picking up cheap flights to Ottawa, here are some tips to get started:

  • Consider departing from or arriving at nearby airports to save on your airfare. Enter your preferred departure and arrival airports in the form fields, then select the ‘Nearby airports’ function below. It will list your options, if any.
  • If you’re flexible with your travel itinerary, click on the ‘Show flexible dates’ link. It’ll display the flight deals for the days around your selected departure. Fares often vary depending on the day of the week.
  • To filter your results, click on ‘Show options.’ You can search based on seating class, airlines, nonstop flights and refundable flights. You can also choose your preferred flight times under ‘Sort & Filter’ to the left.
  • The early bird gets the best deals, so book as soon as you know your travel dates. The most affordable fares are quick to go and prices climb as the departure date nears.
  • Bundle your hotels, flights and car rentals into a package deal and enjoy discounts. Save your hard-earned cash for things that really excite you, like exploring every corner of Ottawa.
  • Flying during the busy season often means costly airfares. If possible, plan your trip outside of popular dates, such as Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and Easter.

How long is a flight to Ottawa?
Depending on where you jet off from, your flight to Ottawa could be an hour or two or more. Below are the average flight times for three of the most common domestic routes:

  • Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.) to Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) - 1 hour and 3 minutes
  • Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City) to Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) - 59 minutes
  • Halifax, NS (YHZ-Stanfield Intl.) to Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) - 1 hour and 57 minutes

What is the best time to book a flight to Ottawa?
Purchase your flights to Ottawa in January. This is the best month for bargain prices, closely followed by February and August. Catch cheap flights and let your dream vacation come true with Orbitz.
What day of the week is the cheapest to book a flight to Ottawa?
Make a booking on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Typically, these are the cheapest days to purchase tickets to Ottawa. The getaway of your dreams starts with a fantastic flight deal!
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly to Ottawa?
According to Orbitz data from 2020, you should hop on a plane on a Monday to score cheap flights to Ottawa. Next most inexpensive day? Tuesday. Saturday is the most expensive. So, depart early in the week if you’d like to book a wallet-friendly fare and stretch your travel budget.
What is the cheapest month to fly to Ottawa?
To secure cheap flights to Ottawa, you should pack your bags and fly out in August. Orbitz data shows that generally, this is the best month to save big on your airfare. If you’re hoping to jet to Ottawa in June, keep in mind that this is the most expensive time to take a trip.
Which airlines allow free cancellation?
Orbitz makes it easy to find carriers that offer flexibility. Simply click on “Filter by flexible change policies” when searching for your flights and bingo! We’ll show you options that include free cancellation, no change fees and of course, an amazing low price.
What do I need for the flight to Ottawa?
There is so much to sort out for any big adventure, so it’s great to get a little bit of help along the way. Here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’re prepared for your flight:

  • Make sure you’ve got your travel papers and some identification. For international journeys, you’ll need to take your passport. When booking your tickets, always use the same name, gender and birth date as stated on your current ID.
  • A well-packed carry-on bag is the key to a comfortable flight experience. Given this journey to Ottawa is no quick hop, take some snacks and activities to keep you occupied. A good book or magazine is sure to help the hours pass.
  • Plane cabins are often quite cool. If you decide to fly during the peak of summer, make sure you carry an extra warm layer with you.

How do I get cheap first-class/business deals to Ottawa?
Savvy travelers have mastered the art of finding business or first-class airfares to Ottawa without the steep price tag. Take a leaf out of their book with these handy hints:

  • Be more flexible with your travel dates and hold out for huge sales on business or first-class airfares.
  • Budget airlines offer first or business-class seats at a fraction of the usual price. Ditch the full-service carriers and book with one of these cheaper options.
  • Make the most of your airline’s loyalty scheme and upgrade your seat. You can also bid for an upgrade in an online auction if available.

How to get into Ottawa from the airport?
Stroll out of arrivals, hop into the driver’s seat of a Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) car rental and whiz to downtown Ottawa. Avis has an on-site branch where you can collect a set of wheels right at Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW). You’ll find the lively center of Ottawa about 7 miles away to the north. Don’t want the trouble of navigating unfamiliar city streets right after you arrive? Then taxi into the city and spend a few days exploring Ottawa on foot. Afterward, you can head further afield by renting a car directly from the city center with one of our Ottawa car rentals. With Orbitz, you can have it all!
How to get around in Ottawa?
Board a train from Ottawa, ON, relax and watch the city slink by from your window. Check online for up-to-the-minute timetable info. More of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants sort of traveler? Rent yourself a vehicle from Alamo and scoot around to all of Ottawa’s terrific sights. Parliament Hill is a must-see!
What is the best time to go to Ottawa?
Tourists come from all over to go to Ottawa in . So if you want to experience this fabulous destination in the busy months, this is the best time to go. Like many places in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer starts June 20 in Ottawa, with average daily temperatures floating between 55undefined and 75undefined.
Travel tips for Ottawa

  • Start out in the downtown area and take yourself on a walking tour of the city’s renowned attractions. Parliament Hill and National Gallery of Canada are a couple of favorites with tourists.
  • We also recommend exploring the sights a short drive from Ottawa’s center. Head toward Canadian Tire Centre and Camp Fortune and see another side of this sought-after destination.
  • Slide behind the steering wheel and find out what else makes Ontario shine. Lock in a car rental with Orbitz and enjoy all the action of two other enticing cities — Kingston and Greater Madawaska.

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Refunds/changes/cancellations: Itinerary changes, if permitted for the fare, will have a $30 service fee charged by Orbitz. Additional airline charges may apply.

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