Operating 24 hours per day the Ottawa MacDonald Cartier International Airport is located 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Flights are available for travelers throughout the United States as well as Europe. Two passenger terminals are found at the airport, connected by taxiway. A half-hour grace period is given for passenger pickup so there is no charge for this period of time. Three parking garages are available for all of your parking needs. BizPark is available for frequent fliers at the airport, saving travelers both money and time.
Each person using Ottawa MacDonald Airport must pay a $20 Airport Improvement fee. This fee is added into the cost of the plane ticket. Travelers should arrive two hours or more prior to the scheduled flight departure time. Both security checkpoints and customs (for international travel) must be passed.
Travelers will be pleased with the numerous transportation options available at the airport. These transportation options can get you where you need to be.
Taxi cabs provide passenger transportation from the airport. Cab rides are charged using metered rates, which can be expensive, especially when needing them for more than one ride. To the downtown area your trip will cost about $29. That's just one way.
Shuttle service is also available, through both hotels in the area as well as the airport. Some shuttle services are free while others do charge nominal fees.
If you plan to do a lot of traveling, a rental car is also available. Pay one low rate (about the same as a taxi ride to town) to go everywhere you need to go. Cars can be rented for one day or several, with rates lowering the longer your rental period.
Private transportation is available upon request at the airport. OC Transpo provides public bus from the airport at a cost of $3.25. The bus arrives at the Arrivals area on the bottom level of the airport.
Things to Remember
Each level inside the terminal offers several ATM machines. Several restaurants and dining options are available while you're there, as well as shops for great shopping. Business services are also available for those who need them.