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Cheap flights to Ottawa, Canada

Popular in November High demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest in August Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price $323 Average for round-trip flights in November 2020
Round-trip from $178 From New York to Ottawa
One-way from $130 One-way flight from New York to Ottawa
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Ottawa related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Ottawa along with the rest of Canada. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions

Canada has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. Travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people registered under the Indian Act may only enter Canada for essential purposes. Entrance will be denied to people traveling for tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits or religious functions. Foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Canada are immediate/extended family members of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, person who is authorized by the Public Health Agency of Canada to travel to Canada for compassionate reasons, temporary foreign workers, international students, person approved to become a permanent resident, transiting passengers, members of the Canadian forces, accredited diplomats and their immediate family members, air and marine crew members, French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and have been in only Canada, the US or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon during the 14 days before the day they seek to enter Canada. Immediate family members of a national or permanent resident of Canada must be traveling to be with the national or permanent resident and intending to stay in Canada for 15 days or more. Extended family members of a national or permanent resident of Canada must be traveling to be with the national or permanent resident, intending to stay in Canada for 15 days or more and have a written authorization from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Entry requirements

Foreign nationals traveling to Canada for a compassionate reason must get authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Foreign nationals traveling without an advance written approval for an exemption of a border restriction may be denied entry into Canada. Travelers must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Canada (including a suitable place of quarantine, how to get to their destination, get groceries and access essential services and medical care). Check the Government of Canada website for more information.

Quarantine requirements

Travelers are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine, provide contact information, monitored themselves for symptoms and check-in within 48 hours of arrival through the ArriveCAN app Certain persons are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement when entering Canada for the purposes of performing an essential job or function as identified in the Order under the Quarantine Act. Exemption will be validated for each entry into Canada. All travelers on flights to Canada must have a face covering. Travelers who exhibit symptoms will be prohibited from boarding planes that are destined for Canada. If they exhibit symptoms on arrival they will be referred to the Canadian Public Health Agency. Travelers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19 may not enter the country.

Transiting rules

Transiting passengers must remain in the secure transit area of a Canadian airport to complete their connection.

All other info

Only Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are operating international flights. Domestic flights, as well as flights from the United States, some destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, and from St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, are currently not affected by this measure.

. If you are looking to book a trip to Ottawa and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.

Cheapest Prices for Ottawa flights by month

January
$242
February
$228
March
$258
April
$261
May
$291
June
$339
July
$314
August
$345
September
$318
October
$299
November
$313
December
$313
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Ottawa is February. The most expensive month for flights is August. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Ottawa?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
NYC - YOW
Price
$228 - $429
YOW
Temperature
24.8 - 80.6 °F
YOW
Rainfall
2.09 - 3.78 inches
The best time to fly to Ottawa is during February, but great deals can be found at other times. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to Ottawa, the warmest period tends to be July, with the wettest being June.

When is the best time to book a flight to Ottawa?

The price you pay for your flight to Ottawa may vary depending on when you book.For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 49 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Ottawa?

The cheapest flights to Ottawa are usually found when departing on a Thursday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Monday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Ottawa?

Flights in the afternoon are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to Ottawa. Flights at noon are usually the most expensive.

Travelers booking Ottawa flights and vacations will fall in love with the cross-pollination of cultures that grace the capital of Canada. The 19th– and 20th-century buildings that line the downtown district stand next to late-Victorian brick houses, which function as retail shops, restaurants, and homes. Ottawa’s downtown area is welcoming and inviting and plays to the tourist, but Ottawa is generally a government town. Its Gothic Parliament Buildings reign over the city and provide a backdrop for national museums, official residences, and memorials.

Flights to Ottawa might be booked with dignitaries and deal-makers, but vacationers traveling to Ottawa will find the city is clean, easy to navigate and overall a friendly place to visit.

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Ottawa climate

Winter can get very cold in Ottawa: the second lowest temperature in a capital city was recorded in Ottawa in 1943 of -33 degrees Fahrenheit. Travelers can likely get cheap flights to Ottawa during this time, but it’s not a recommended time of travel. Temperatures in the summer, however, are relatively warm. The average July temperature is around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Best Time to Fly to Ottawa

As with most cities, Ottawa is a year-round destination with something to do even in the depths of winter.

Peak Season:

The most popular season to visit the city is during its summer, roughly from June to late August. Cheap flights to Ottawa are likely found in the Spring and Fall as temperatures and weather are unpredictable. Heavy snow has been known to fall as late as May. However, there is still much to do in the city: most attractions are open year round and there are annual events and festivals taking place. Check the events and festivals page of the Ottawa city Web site for detailed information.

Off season:

Winter time (November through February) is the least popular time to visit Ottawa. The weather can be brutal, but if you’re willing to cold air, it’s likely you’ll find cheap Ottawa flights and hotels during this season.

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Getting around Ottawa

The easiest way to get around Ottawa is by foot. Most of the city’s attractions are close to each other. If you don’t feel like a walk, you can hop on the O-Train, a light rail transit system covering five miles. The buses are an excellent option, since there are many routes and the buses move quickly through traffic in dedicated bus lanes. Taxis are cheap and accessible, and you can also take summer boats on the Rideau Canal.    

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Ottawa Travel Information

  • The annual Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, and takes place every May through Ottawa and Gatineau. The festival dates back to 1945, when Queen Juliana of the Netherlands gave a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada. Today, the festival showcases tulips throughout the city, with more than three million tulips on display for ten days in May.
  • Canada Day, on July 1, is celebrated best in the country’s capital. Major events take place throughout the city, but the focus of the entertainment is (understandably) on Parliament Hill. Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate with concerts, street displays and fireworks in the evening.
  • Parliament Hill is the first spot most tourists visit. Don’t miss the sound and light show which runs on summer evenings. Half an hour long, the film about Canada is projected onto the Parliament Buildings accompanied by fantastic lighting effects. The show is free and no booking or tickets are required.
  • The Byward Market, east of downtown, is a huge neighborhood, characterized by its open air market stalls. Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and art are all on sale in the stalls, while the surrounding shops have become increasingly boutique in recent years. Visit during the day for some shopping or browsing, or at night time for some of Ottawa’s best restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • For open air pursuits, the Rideau Canal is one of the best spots in town. Boat trips are available, for views of the city by water. These can usually be arranged at your hotel or at the canal. The banks of the river are popular routes for joggers and cyclists. Best of all, when the canal freezes over in the winter, it is transformed into a huge outdoor skating rink.

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