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Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?

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Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?


I will be studying in Ottawa next fall and, as I have to cross the Athlantic Ocean, I would also like to visit NYC.

Does somebody know if there is a bus or train I can take and its price? Thanks a lot

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1. Re: Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?

Hi flipemon,

Ottawa is a long way from NYCity (about 10 hours by car). You indeed have the option of a bus or a train, for both of them you'll need to get to Montreal.

BY BUS - Take a Greyhound Bus to Montreal's Bus Station, from there you'll be able to get a bus to NYCity... it probably won't be direct, I would think that it might make a few stops along the way.

BY TRAIN - You can take a VIA Train from Ottawa to Montreal's Central Station. From there you'll be able to take an Amtrak Train to NYCity. Again it won't be direct. I myself have done this. Amtrak runs a couple of trains a day... my favourite is the overnighter. You leave Montreal late in the day and arrive in NYCity early in the morning. I went coach (it might all be coach), so I didn't get a lot of sleep, but I did get to snooze once and again.

A THIRD OPTION - Is to wait and see if the Student Union at the school you'll be attending has any trips. Sometimes there are organized weekend trips to places... the price will be good and you'll get to travel with people your own age, so you'll meet some new people.

Another thing, is once you are here you can pick up a copy of the Saturday "Ottawa Citizen" (Ottawa's daily newspaper) and look for the ads in the Travel Section. There are several Ottawa companies that organize weekend bus trips to popular destinations. If you are on a strict budget this option could be the most costly of the lot, but on the otherhand it is all-inclusive... transportation, hotel, food, entertainment (perhaps a Broadway play in NYCity). So it would be a convenient way to see a city on a short stay.

Hope this is helpful,



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2. Re: Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?

For the bus, you can go to www.greyhound.ca, put in Ottawa and New York, and it'll figure out the routings for you. Almost all go through Montreal; fare is a little under $200.

For the train, you'd want www.viarail.ca (Ottawa-Montreal) and www.amtrak.com (Montreal-New York). But it looks like Amtrak currently only runs one train a day, during the day. On the way back your connection to the last train back to Ottawa would be a tight one. Total fare is about $170 with student discounts.

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3. Re: Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?

My inlaws just took the train from Montreal-NYC. NEVER AGAIN. They said it was horrible. It takes the "Milk Run". Bus believe it or not is faster. Rent a car or fly.

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4. Re: Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?

Hi flipemon;

New York City is approx. 445 miles / 710 km from Ottawa.

Best Regards

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5. Re: Ottawa- NYC by bus or train?

OK, thank you all very much for the information. The journey seems quite tedious...does anyboody know a cheap-flight company with wich I can book a flight?

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