Travellers flying into Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) will find themselves slightly removed from downtown Ottawa and popular attractions like Parliament Hill and Byward Market. In addition, the area directly surrounding the airport is somewhat residential, without a lot to do or see within walking distance.


Editor's Top 6 Picks

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Book from ~$118 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 4 min to YOW with free shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
The Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport is our pick for best airport hotel near Ottawa airport. It’s only a 4-minute drive to the airport and is one of the most reasonably-priced hotels near to the airport. It’s highly rated too! 

Guests are well pleased at this hotel and with good reason. Guests say it’s clean and new with very spacious rooms that have nice views of the city. Many report that it is surprisingly quiet for being so close to the airport. Some praised the comfy beds that allowed for a great sleep and some really liked the restaurant and service on site. 

There’s an inviting indoor pool for guests and families wanting some R&R at the hotel. There’s a free airport shuttle, free parking and free Wi-Fi which adds value to your stay. Although the hotel does not offer extended parking, they do contribute to guests in this way by offering a 25% off coupon for airport parking which would bring the price down from $18 per night to about $13.50.
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free airport shuttle
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing the airport
  • Several guests said the rooms were clean, comfortable and well-equipped
  • Many guests appreciated the friendly and helpful staff
  • Some guests found the beds comfy
  • Some guests thought the hotel was expensive
  • A few guests complained about the service and food prices at the restaurant
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Book from ~$112 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with free shuttle, extended parking and indoor pool
The Days Inn Ottawa Airport is a clean and well-liked hotel and an especially good choice for guests who need to leave their cars for many days with the best extended stay rate of $5 per night. It’s also only a 5-minute drive to the airport with free shuttle. 

It has a slightly higher room rate for rooms that are well equipped but not as new as the Hilton, but the hotel partially compensates for the higher room rate with a free continental breakfast (think fresh waffles and fruit). There’s also an indoor pool and although there is no restaurant on site, there is a Keg Steakhouse and Tim Hortons right next door. Parking is also free during your stay.
  • Free continental breakfast, free shuttle service to YOW, free parking, and children under 13-years old stay for free (with a paying adult)
  • Many guests found their rooms to be spacious and clean
  • Many reviewers complimented the friendly and helpful staff
  • Several guests found the location convenient for travel to the airport (YOW)
  • Several guests found the room rate expensive
  • A few reviewers complained about the on-site pool being small and cold
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Book from ~$98 CAD
South Ottawa hotel 7 minutes to YOW with free shuttle, outdoor pool and restaurant 
The Monterey Inn Resort & Conference Centre may work out as a good budget option for guests who want to access the airport. It’s quite a bit cheaper and about a 7-minute ride with free shuttle to the airport. 

It’s been recently renovated for the most part but guests say the bathrooms are still quite small. Recent guests are giving it good scores for the value, quiet rooms, comfortable beds, good dining on site and pleasant staff. There’s an outdoor pool and beautifully treed grounds overlooking the Rideau River. 

For $4.99 guests can upgrade from the free continental breakfast to a hot breakfast which gets rave reviews from guests. Wi-Fi and parking are also free.
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, airport shuttle service, on-site parking, local calls
  • Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as generally comfortable and clean
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing the airport
  • A few guests found the shuttle service convenient and reliable
  • A couple of guests thought that this hotel was too far away from downtown attractions
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Book from ~$97 CAD
Complimented by guests for clean rooms, friendly service, and on-site dining
  • Many guests complimented the cleanliness of their rooms
  • Many reviewers found the staff to be friendly and helpful
  • A few guests complimented the on-site restaurant and room service
  • A few reviewers thought the fitness facility was well equipped
  • Free high-speed Internet, free local calls and free parking
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise in their rooms
  • Several reviewers complained about smelling cigarette smoke in their rooms
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Book from ~$116 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 6 min to YOW with free shuttle, free parking and indoor pool
  • Free WI FI, free hot breakfast buffet, free parking, free airport shuttle
  • Clean, spacious rooms, according to guests
  • Guests received good customer service
  • Convenient to the airport, guests reported
  • A few guests found this hotel expensive
  • A few guests were bothered by noise in the hallways
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Book from ~$96 CAD
Good value Ottawa airport hotel 9 min to YOW with restaurant, free parking & free breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers said that the rooms were quiet
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring south Ottawa by car
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A few reviewers praised the staff for their friendly service
  • Several guests complained about a poor selection at the free breakfast

3 Other Hotels Close to Ottawa Airport

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Book from ~$97 CAD
College residence with basic 2-bedroom suites, common kitchens, laundry room and free parking
Getting Around: Driving
This hotel is a bit farther from YOW (just over 10 km), but still offers air travellers an accommodation option within a reasonable travel distance to the airport. Depending on traffic, the drive to the airport will take roughly 20 to 25 minutes (Woodroofe Avenue, where this hotel is located, is notorious for traffic congestion). Cab fare is in the range of $30, each way.
Free parking is available to guests on site during their stay only, extended parking is not offered.
  • Free amenities: wired Internet, parking, local calls, pet stays
  • Some found clean and spacious rooms
  • Location was well liked for access to shopping, restaurants, public transit, and the highway
  • Staff were kind and helpful said guests
  • Ample and secure free parking
  • Housekeeping was irregular and did not always clean rooms well
  • Wi-Fi unstable and poor according to guests
  • Parking lot is quite far from the building
  • Guests often had difficulty locating the building
  • Many guests said the double beds did not fit two persons and were really small
  • AC did not always work said guests
  • Some guests were disappointed to find this was not a typical hotel property but a college dormitory and thought the name was misleading
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Free breakfast with freshly baked goods, a 10-minute walk to Carleton University
Getting Around: Walking
This hotel is roughly 11 km north of the airport and may be a good option for air travellers that need to be in close proximity to Carleton University, which is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Getting Around: Driving
This hotel is about a 15-minute drive from the airport, depending on traffic. Cab fare is approximately $30 each way.
Free on-site parking is available to guests for the length of their stay. Extended parking is not an option that is offered.
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Tasty breakfast, according to guests
  • Guests praised friendly, flexible staff
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Carleton University
  • Tired decor, according to guests
  • Guest complained about musty odours in the rooms
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Book from ~$98 CAD
West end Ottawa hotel with water park, free breakfast and free parking, but mixed reviews
This Travelodge is about 12 km north of the airport, so it is not the most convenient location for travellers that need to be in close proximity to YOW. Located just off Highway 417, guests of this hotel will have fairly direct access to downtown Ottawa attractions, northeast of the property.
Getting Around: Driving
This hotel is about a 20-minute drive to the airport. Cab fare is in the range of $30, each way.
There is no extended airport parking package offered, however guests can take advantage of free on-site parking for the length of their stay.
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found the water park to be fun and entertaining
  • Staff were well liked, courteous, friendly and helpful
  • Guests found the location convenient to public transit, amenities, downtown and the airport
  • Many were dissappointed with the limited waterpark hours
  • Many guests complained of dated and worn rooms
  • Noise disturbances mentioned often by guests
  • Some felt the hotel needed better cleaning
  • Several guests complained of poorly working Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast too minimal said many guests
  • Several guests found the pool cold

Tips For Staying Near Ottawa Airport

Popular tourist attractions in downtown Ottawa, such as Parliament Hill, the Byward Market and the Rideau Canal, are roughly 15 to 20 km north of the airport and its surrounding area. If walking distance to these tourist destinations is desired then find a hotel in downtown Ottawa instead.

MacDonald-Cartier International Airport is located at the far south end of Ottawa, near the residential neighbourhoods of Revelstoke and Victory Hill. There are not many attractions within walking distance, so access to a vehicle while in this area is recommended if you are looking to explore.
Getting Around: Driving
There are a few transportation options to MacDonald-Cartier Airport. OC Transpo offers regular bus transportation from various points throughout the city to the airport. Taxi service is also readily available. According to an airport authority, average cab fare is around $30 to the airport from the downtown Ottawa area.

Travellers with access to a vehicle have a number of dining and shopping options within a 5-minute drive away from the airport, in the Bank Street and Hunt Club area. However, there is not much within walking distance in the area directly surrounding the airport.

The signage around the airport is well marked, and for those travelling in a vehicle, relatively easy to manoeuvre around. This may come as a relief to those that have driven in and out of airports in some bigger cities, which can be daunting to navigate due to complicated signage and multiple terminals.
There is a large covered parking garage for short term parking ($2 per 15 minutes, up to $19 daily maximum) located within a 2-minute walk of the airport.

Long term parking is outdoors ($2 per 15 minutes, up to $14 daily maximum or $65 weekly). This lot is a 7 to 10-minute walk away, so travellers with heavy luggage should take note.

A Park & Fly lot is just over a kilometre away from the airport, which offers self-parking and a shuttle to the terminal 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rates are $11.95 per day or $55.95 per week.