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Distance between New York City and Ottawa

Driving non-stop from New York City to Ottawa

How far is Ottawa from New York City? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 440 miles or 708 km

Driving time: 6 hours, 48 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from New York City to Ottawa

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between New York, New York and Ottawa, Canada. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 336 miles or 540 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 104 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.3x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/6th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

New York City to Ottawa road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Ottawa, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 8.5 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in New York City.

Drive for about 1.5 hours, then stop in Delaware Water Gap and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 57 minutes then stop in Scranton and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1.5 hours then stop in Berkshire. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 1 hour, then stop in Syracuse and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop at Cruise the 1000 Islands and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop at Old Mills Guest Home and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 42 minutes and arrive in Ottawa.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

New York City to Ottawa airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Arrival airport: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 27 minutes

Getting to your destination: 20 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from EWR to YOW on United Airlines and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from New York City to Ottawa including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 4 hours

To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:

Plan a trip to Ottawa

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Ottawa, Canada. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Ottawa. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Ottawa like Rideau Canal. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Ottawa like Sports and nature in Ottawa. Click the button below to explore Ottawa in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Ottawa to New York City, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know New York City, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about New York City!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 440 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 48 minutes
flight distance is 336 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 10 minutes
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