Getting to Ottawa Airport

Ottawa International Airport is the sixth largest airport in the country of Canada, and is one of the most important airports in the province of Ontario. The airport is served by a number of airline companies, including WestJet, Air Canada and Air Canada Express, and handles domestic, transborder and international flights to various destinations around the world. The airport has the official IATA code of YOW, and is also known as the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Passengers will find Ottawa International Airport directions quite simple to follow, as a few roads pass by the airport. Detailed airport directions are found online as well.

Ottawa International Airport, in the Ontario region of Canada, is found in the Riverside South area, approximately 10.2km, or 6.3 miles south of downtown Ontario. The airport’s address is 1000 Airport Parkway Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 9B4. It is also particularly nearby to the Hylands Golf Club, and the areas of Blossom Park and Merivale. Gloucester Glen and the Falcon Ridge Golf Club are to the south of the airport grounds, while Riverside Park and Greenboro East are found to the north. The city of Ottawa is to the west of Ontario, just south of Quebec, and the city of Gatineau. It is also to the west of Montreal, another large city in Canada, and to the far northeast of Toronto. Areas nearby also include Kanata, Nepean, Carleton Place, Buckingham and Rockland.

The important roads for airport access include the Hunt Club Road, the Airport Parkway, Bronson Avenue, Riverside Drive and Limebank Road. The nearest major highway to Ottawa Airport is the Trans-Canada Highway, or the Queensway Highway 417.

Directions from Ottawa Centre

From downtown Ottawa, take Bronson Avenue in a southerly direction, or connect to Bronson Avenue from the Queensway Highway 417 East or West off ramps. Continue past Confederation Heights, Riverside Park and Riverside Park South, to the Airport Parkway and to the terminal building. The drive will take between fifteen minutes and half an hour, depending on traffic conditions.

Directions from Ottawa West

Motorists travelling to Ottawa Airport from the east of the city should travel on Highway 417, and then take the turn off onto Highway 416. Heading in a southerly direction, turn east onto Hunt Club Road. Pass Arlington Woods, Manordale and Tanglewoods, and turn south onto Uplands Drive. Proceed to the airport terminal, just past Windsor Park Village.

Directions from Ottawa East

Off the Trans-Canada Highway 417, turn west onto Walkley Road. Pass Hawthorne Meadows and Heron Gate, and then take the Airport Parkway to the terminal building. Motorists will find the turn off to the airport road just past the OC Transpo bus station, on the left hand side of the road. From all nearby areas, the airport is well signposted.

Directions from further locations

The Highway 401 is used when diving from Toronto to Ottawa, as it connects to the Highway 416 at Ogdensburg (72km from Ottawa). The Highway 416 leads to Ottawa city, and has a turn off onto Hunt Club Road, which leads to the Airport Parkway. Motorists will pass the towns of Belleville, Kingston (142km from Ottawa) and Kemptville along the way. Kanata is about 20km from Ottawa, and the Queensway Highway 417 can be used from here to reach the city and the airport. From the city of Montreal (133km from Ottawa), the Highway 417 is used to reach the city, and from Buckingham, about 38km from Ottawa, the Autoroute de l’Outaouais is used for a connection to downtown Ottawa. Other areas nearby and their distances in kilometres to Ottawa include Hull (5km), Gatineau (7km), Nepean (7km), Aylmer (16km), Rockland (32km), Carleton Place (51km), Massena (77km) and Montebello (85km).

Once at Ottawa International Airport, motorists will find short-term and long-term parking options available. The Parkade building is nearest the terminal for convenient parking spaces. The airport consists of a single terminal building, equipped for domestic and international flights. The check-in counters are located on Level 3 of the building, along with the food court and other departure facilities, such as the Porter Lounge and the Maple Leaf Lounge, operated by Air Canada. Airport restaurants include Booster Juice, Harvey’s/Swiss Chalet, the Rideau Bar and Grill and Tim Hortons, and airport shops include the AerRianta International Duty Free Store, the Transborder Store, Brookstone, Discover Ottawa, Relay and Virgin Records, amongst many others. Facilities at the airport also include currency exchange services, cash machines, boardroom services, a chapel, information desks and lost and found services. The terminal is accessible to disabled passengers.

Passengers who would rather not drive to Ottawa International Airport can travel by bus or taxi. The Route 97 bus is available from various downtown areas, and is a frequent service to the airport terminal. Taxis can be ordered from any area in the city. There is currently no airport train station. The airport bus is the connection between the airport and the O-Train transit system of the city.

Ottawa International Airport directions in further detail can be obtained online, at, or the airport can be contacted for information at 613-248-2125 or 613-248-2141.