Ottawa airport: Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport (YOW)

Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport

The international airport of the Canadian capital Ottawa (in French: Aéroport international Macdonald-Cartier) is named after two Canadian heads of state. The airport is known for the art of local artists displayed in the terminal.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: YOW
ICAO airport code: CYOW


Local transport


There's no train connection with Ottawa Airport.

Car and bus

Ottawa Airport is situated 10 kilometers south of the city center. The airport is located at the end of the Airport Parkway and is therefore easily accessible by rental car.

Bus 97 of OC Transpo (Tel. +1 613 741 4390) maintains a regular service between the airport and Ottawa's center.

Car rental Ottawa Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the so-called Parkade opposite the Arrivals Hall. Five rental companies are present at Ottawa Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.


You'll find taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. A taxi ride to Ottawa's center will cost about 30 Canadian dollars. Information about taxis at Ottawa Airport can be obtained by telephone via +1 613 523 1234.

Airport Parking

Parking lot P1 is for short-term parking. You pay 2 dollars per 15 minutes (the first 15 minutes are free). At the long-term parking lot, P4, you pay 12 dollars per day and 60 dollars per week. This parking lot is at walking distance of the new terminal. More information about parking at Ottawa Airport via: +1 613 248 2075.




There's one hotel at Ottawa Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport‎ (Tel. +1 613 288 9001). Other hotels nearby the airport include Holiday Inn Express & Suites‎ (Tel. +1 613 738 2020), Days Inn Ottawa Airport (Tel. +1 613 739 7555) and Southway Hotel & Conference Centre (Tel. +1 613-737-0811). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

Ottawa Airport offers a good number of eating and drinking facilities, including restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars, ice-cream parlors and so-called juice bars. There's also a good number of shops. There are two large AirRianta Duty Free shops, a store with a good selection of books and magazines, shops specialized in outdoor gear, and a branch of Virgin Records.


You can deposit your baggage at the Baggage Storage Service counter (Tel. +1 613 523 8880) on the ground floor. There's also a counter for lost-and-found objects (Tel. +1 613 248 2054) here.


In both the Arrivals and the Departure Halls (Tel. +1 613 248 2125 or +1 613 248 2141) there's an Infoguide kiosk for inquiries about the airport, flight schedules and services at Ottawa Airport. The staff in these kiosks are volunteers; some of them also walk around in the terminal.


Ottawa Airport has a VIP lounge and you can rent meeting space. For more information you call the Meeting and Boardroom Services (Tel. +1 613 248 2100). Extensive business facilities are offered by the Hilton Hotel at the airport or one of the other business hotels nearby (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Ottawa Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators (with buttons in Braille) and toilets, low-hanging telephones and text telephones. Parking places have also been reserved for disabled travelers just outside the terminal.

Other services

You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There's also a silence center. The First Aid station can be found in the Arrivals Hall on the ground floor.




Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport
1000 Airport Parkway Private
Ontario K1V 9B4

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +1 613 248 2000
Fax: none
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: YOW
ICAO airport code: CYOW