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Public Transit

The OC Transpo web site is the place to go for information about public transit routes, schedules, fares, PRESTO, Park & Ride, travel planning, and much more. You can also call 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280).

Fares and rates

  • Fares: Fare payment options for travel on OC Transpo buses and the O-Train.
  • Discount Fare Eligibility: Students under age 20 are eligible for discounted fares.
  • U-Pass: With the U-Pass, students at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University have the freedom of getting around without worrying about exact fare, buying bus tickets or their next monthly pass.
  • PRESTO Card : PRESTO smart cards are the easy way to pay. If you are a full-time student aged 13 to 19, you can set your PRESTO card for discounted rates.

Travel planning

Mobile information services

Go Mobile: Access travel information from your mobile phone, using SMS, mobile web browser or an app, or register for alerts and keep posted on the latest transit information.

Travel safety

Tips for Travel Safety: General instructions for riding OC Transpo in comfort and safety.

Light rail transit

Construction of Ottawa's Light Rail Transit system, called the Confederation Line, is currently underway. The Confederation Line will be a significant part of OC Transpo's integrated transit network. The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail system will replace existing diesel powered buses, providing rapid transit between Blair Station in the east and Tunney's Pasture in the west. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will alleviate congestion through the downtown core. For more information about the project, including maps and construction updates, visit the Confederation Line.

 

Cycling

Did you know that in 2013 the City of Ottawa received the gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award? The city offers a variety of routes, segregated lanes, and pathways for people who enjoy cycling for recreation or as a healthy and non-polluting transportation option.

  • Plan your route by consulting the Ottawa Cycling Map.
  • OC Transpo's Rack and Roll service lets you take your bike with you on the bus!
  • Want to know where to park your bike in Ottawa? Check out the tips and rules related to bicycle parking in the city.
  • You can find out about the rules that cyclists should follow on City roads and pathways at Cycling Safety.
  • The City of Ottawa offers many cycling education courses to improve confidence and ability to ride safely in traffic in both the urban and rural environments. For more information call City-wide Sports 613-580-2854 or e-mail cycling@ottawa.ca
  • Sign up for the Cycling in the City newsletter for the latest news related to cycling in Ottawa.

At any time, you can direct your cycling questions and get personalized route advice by emailing travelwise@ottawa.ca.

 

Driving

Do you drive in Ottawa? Check out the links below to stay safe, park appropriately and avoid traffic!

Check out the new Ottawa Nav application! Ottawa Nav is an official City of Ottawa mobile application currently available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The application is the first of its kind, delivering accurate and up-to-the-minute, customized traveler information when you need it the most.