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Flight from Ottawa to Vancouver
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When to book flights from Ottawa to Vancouver Intl
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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for C$ 165 or less one-way and C$ 287 or less round-trip.
The cheapest flight from Ottawa to Vancouver was found, on average, 82 days before departure.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is May.
Morning departure is around 9% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
The great majority of travellers prefer to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) while flying from Ottawa to Vancouver. The adjacent cities of Richmond, Burnaby, and New Westminster can be readily explored by passengers flying to YVR Airport from prominent Ottawa airports, like Ottawa International Airport (YOW), via taxi, car rentals, or buses.
While there are several airports that connect travellers from Ottawa to Vancouver, such as Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), the majority of business travellers choose to fly into YVR Airport. YVR Airport is a popular among business travellers due to its proximity to Vancouver city core, where the majority of company offices are located in the west coast seaport in British Columbia.
The majority of passengers who travel from Ottawa to Vancouver by plane depart through Ottawa International Airport. Many passengers favor YOW Airport over other nearby airports because of its superior access to more economical public transit links, even though other nearby airports like Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL) may as well connect them to Vancouver from Ottawa.
Your flight from Ottawa to Vancouver will arrive at the domestic flights terminal of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If this is a connecting flight, the international fligthts terminal is within walking distance in the same main terminal building.
Unless you're travelling with a lot of luggage that may potentially make travelling more challenging, the easiest way to go from the airport to the city centre is by taking the Canada Line express train to downtown Vancouver (30min) or downtown Richmond (18min). A one-way ticket costs C$ 9.50.
If you’ve arranged with your accommodation for a complimentary shuttle to pick you up from the airport, all vehicles, regardless of which hotel they service, pick up passengers on the green canopy area outside level 1 of the domestic flight’s terminal. In case of a delay or a no-show, use one of the courtesy phones available nearby.
For passengers in need of emotional support or a space to practice their faith, there’s an interfaith chapel on level 2 of the arrivals area in the international terminal, open 24/7. Volunteers are available every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
If you need to rest after your flight from Ottawa to Vancouver, book a room for four, six or eight hours at the onsite Fairmount Vancouver Airport Hotel after you’ve landed at Vancouver International Airport.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days
FAQs for booking Ottawa to Vancouver flights
There really are five ways to get from Central Ottawa to YOW: by tram, taxi, car, towncar, or bus. The cheapest alternative is busing, which usually takes 34 minutes & costs roughly 3 CAD. The quickest and least expensive way to go from Central Ottawa to Ottawa Airport is via taxis, which runs for 14 minutes & costs approximately 28 CAD.
Parking for automobiles with a registered disability license plate placard is permitted in all garages at Ottawa International Airport. There are accessible lavatories and facilities at every terminal. For individuals who want to go upstairs, elevators are available in all terminals and garages. Wheelchair services are also offered at the airport if necessary, but it is encouraged that individuals who need them make arrangements with their airlines.
How much you’ll pay for a taxi is dependent on which one of the 12 zones you’ll be travelling to within the city. Taxi fares range from C$ 20 in zone 1 to C$ 40 in zone 12. For example, Vancouver’s city centre includes zones 8, 9, 10 and 11. However, most hotels and must-see attractions are located in the Downtown/Kitsilano area of zone 8. A fixed taxi fare for zone 8 is C$ 32. Zones 9 (Canada Place/Downtown), 10 (Ballantyne Pier) and 11 (Stanley Park) cost C$ 36, C$ 37 and C$ 38, respectively.
Yes, there are fast food restaurants and cafes located in the arrivals area, most of them open every day until 9:00 pm. Starbucks and White Spot are open until 11:00 pm.
The airport offers a service called Vancouver Skycap Porters, which helps passengers with their luggage from the baggage claim area to their vehicle. You’ll pay a flat fee of C$ 10 for up to three pieces of luggage, including pet carriers, and an extra C$ 2 for each additional piece. They have a first come first served policy, so there is no need to book the service in advance.
Vancouver International Airport is the only international airport in Canada servicing Whistler. Travellers can catch a long-distance bus, called the YVR Whistler Skylynx, from the airport, departing from level 2 of the arrivals area of the international terminal. Schedules vary according to the season and tickets can be bought online or directly at the counter on level 2. A one-way ticket costs C$ 65 and discounts are often available for tickets purchased online.
The duration of a direct flight to Vancouver from Ottawa is typically 5h 18m. The journey crosses a distance of 3552 km.
There are 245 (direct) flights between Ottawa and Vancouver per week, averaging 35 per day.
The cheapest return flight ticket from Ottawa to Vancouver found by KAYAK users in the last 72 hours was for C$ 286 on Flair Airlines, followed by Porter Airlines (C$ 357). One-way flight deals have also been found from as low as C$ 150 on Flair Airlines and from C$ 192 on Air Canada.
The airlines most regularly connecting Ottawa to Vancouver are Virgin Australia (4 flights per day), Air New Zealand (4 flights per day), and Air Canada (4 flights per day).
For Ottawa to Vancouver, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from Vancouver back to Ottawa, the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Friday being the most expensive.
The earliest flight leaves Ottawa at 7:05 am and lands in Vancouver at 9:22 am.
The last flight leaves Ottawa at 9:45 pm and lands in Vancouver at 12:06 am.
All the following airlines operate direct flights between Ottawa and Vancouver: Air Canada, Air France, Air China, China Airlines, Flair Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, ANA, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, and WestJet.
Only Air Canada offers inflight Wi-Fi service on the Ottawa to Vancouver flight route.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the aircraft model that flies most regularly on the Ottawa to Vancouver flight route.
Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and oneworld are the airline alliances operating flights between Ottawa and Vancouver, with Star Alliance being the most commonly used for this route.
There are direct flights from Ottawa to Vancouver on a daily basis.
The two airlines most popular with KAYAK users for flights from Ottawa to Vancouver are WestJet and Porter Airlines. With an average price for the route of C$ 417 and an overall rating of 7.7, WestJet is the most popular choice. Porter Airlines is also a great choice for the route, with an average price of C$ 317 and an overall rating of 7.7.
Air Canada, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Ottawa to Vancouver Intl. Confirm policies on booking site.
KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from Ottawa to Vancouver.
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to Vancouver from Ottawa is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.
Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional round-trip ticket. You could then fly to Vancouver with an airline and back to Ottawa with another airline.
Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Vancouver from Ottawa up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.