Ottawa station

Ottawa station (IATA: XDS), or Ottawa Train Station, is a Via Rail station in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 200 Tremblay Road and serves inter-city trains connecting it to Toronto and Montreal. OC Transpo buses stopped serving Ottawa Station on October 6, 2019 as a planned move after the former Transitway station (known as Train Station) reopened on September 14, 2019, as Tremblay station with light rail service to the east and west of Ottawa.

Location200 Tremblay Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 3H5
Coordinates45°24′59″N 75°39′06″W
Owned byVia Rail
Platforms5 island platforms
Connections Tremblay
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectJohn B. Parkin & Associates
Other information
Station codeVia Rail: OTTW
OpenedAugust 1, 1966
Preceding station Via Rail Following station
toward Toronto
Toronto–Ottawa Terminus
Terminus Ottawa–Montreal Casselman
toward Montreal
Limited service
Terminus Ottawa–Québec City Casselman
Official nameOttawa Railway Station
DesignatedJune 1, 1996
Reference no.15815


The station was designed by John B. Parkin & Associates and was built in 1966. It won a Massey Medal for architecture in 1967. In 2000, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada named the station as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.[1]

Ottawa's trains once came into the large downtown Union Station a short distance from the Parliament buildings, but with the replacement of the railway tracks beside the Rideau Canal with the National Capital Commission’s Colonel By Drive scenic parkway, the former station has been converted into the Government Conference Centre.

Per a sign located inside the station: "The Ottawa Station was completed in 1966 as part of a plan for the relocation and consolidation of many railway lines built between 1854 and 1916. The new arrangement was based on the plans of the noted urban planner, Jacques Greber, and was constructed by the National Capital Commission. The Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific railway are owners and operators of the new installations." [2] The station is protected under the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act since 1996. It "is a glass and steel, International style railway station [...] The VIA Rail Station at Ottawa is one of the finest examples of the International style in Canadian architecture." [3]


A $21.7 million renovation project started late 2016. The project will add an elevator in the spiral ramp and at track 3 and 4, a levelled platform for track 1, and roof improvements.[4]

Other Connections

Air France–KLM runs a connecting shuttle bus from this station to Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, exclusive for the airline's customers only.[5] As of 2016, Air France–KLM has three daily bus services between those cities.[6]

Swiss International Air Lines previously operated its Swissbus service from Ottawa Railway Station to Dorval Airport for Swiss customers.[7]


  1. Cook, Maria (11 May 2000). "Cultural consequence". Ottawa Citizen. Canwest. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  2. Ottawa Station (Plaque inside station). Ottawa.
  3. "VIA Rail Station". historic Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  5. "Bus between Ottawa Railway Station (XDS) and Montreal (YUL)". Travel by train on a KLM ticket. KLM. Archived from the original on 2015-12-06. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  6. "A new bus service to Quebec City Archived 2017-02-20 at the Wayback Machine." Air France. August 16, 2016. Retrieved on October 29, 2016.
  7. "Swissbus Bus transportation between Ottawa and Montreal-Trudeau airport" (Archive). Swiss International Air Lines. June 20, 2012. Retrieved on October 29, 2016.
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