Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

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  • Connie C.
    "Byward Taps near Gate 18 has decent food."(3 Tips)
    Stephane D.
    "If you fly with Porter, get to the Porter Lounge."(5 Tips)
    Josiah W.
    "... lots of power ports, clean. Not much to be had after US customs."(3 Tips)
    Anthony R.
    "Breakfast sandwich at Senate Chambers is awesome."(4 Tips)
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  • Tim A.
    Tim AyresOctober 13
    Been here 25+ times
    Uber is now allowed to pick up at the airport. Meet your driver at Pillar 12 on the outside lane.
  • Myra M.
    Myra MJune 20
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice, modern feel to the architecture in the domestic departures area. Security is relatively quick (especially compared to YEG).
  • Josiah W.
    Josiah WiebeJanuary 15
    Super fast free wi-fi (I got 80Mbps download), lots of power ports, clean. Not much to be had after US customs.
  • Kevin J.
    Kevin JamesSeptember 1, 2015
    Nice terminal but slowest luggage delivery in the nation.
  • Reena B.
    Reena B-SMay 24, 2015
    Wait until after security screening to get drinks and snacks so your liquids won't be confiscated.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SellemApril 1, 2015
    Ottawa is a nice city and quite dynamic. I was surprised to see the crowded airport, probably the worst I've seen so far (for a "big" city) in terms of design, services, restaurants.
  • Victor T.
    Victor TootooFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I wish they had Second Cup here still. Only Starbucks available past security. Aurora concierge traveller's can take the short line for security
  • Joseph P.
    Joseph PotterFebruary 14, 2015
    Waiting for a loved one? There's a lack of seating in the arrival area - head straight upstairs to the food court on the left and watch the planes come and go!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CTFebruary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Priority security for Infinite Visa Card!
  • Donna K.
    Donna KarlinJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    No wait at Customs. All flights to NY Newark and Boston flashing red so check before you leave for the airport
  • Janet B.
    Janet B.January 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Be sure to grab food before you pass security to the U.S. gates, it's slim pickins on the other side!
  • Raymond A.
    Raymond AaronJanuary 9, 2015
    Spacious and clean
  • Mark B.
    Mark Boltz-RobinsonNovember 30, 2014
    The free WiFi demonstrates you get what you pay for. A most unstable connection. Do not rely on it for anything.
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina S.November 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best medium-sized airport in North America if not the world, and that's not just my opinion. Lots of courteous staff, European destinations include London and Frankfurt, many US and Caribbean flights!
  • Stephen
    StephenNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Voted among the best airports (for its size) in the world. Give #YOW some love.
  • Helen N.
    Helen NemethOctober 22, 2014
    wow - its crazy in Ottawa today ( with everything that happened!)
  • peanutbutterg
    peanutbuttergSeptember 10, 2014
    Free WiFi actually works really well!
  • Matti B.
    Matti BlumeSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Relax before your flight at the waterfall.
  • Stepan R.
    Stepan RogerAugust 24, 2014
    A very modern, clean and efficient airport. Look out for displays of aboriginal art.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse ArissAugust 19, 2014
    The mirrors above the urinals create terrible feng shui.
  • Maria B.
    Maria BelenAugust 15, 2014
    Heading to NYC for a couple of hours. #ByeCanada! #IncredibleMaria
  • Katie N.
    Katie NichollsAugust 14, 2014
    Not very much to choose from for food. Try to eat beforehand.
  • Jasmine G.
    Jasmine GosalAugust 9, 2014
    Starbucks hidden near gate 22 there's never a line! Unlike Tim Hortons at the security gate
  • Elisa E.
    Elisa EveAugust 7, 2014
    Small airport and fast
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorJune 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi is a godsend and actually works!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MacDonaldApril 11, 2014
    Great family washroom on the ground level past the doors at the end of the terminal opposite the baggage claim area.
  • Jake H.
    Jake HealyFebruary 12, 2014
    Arrive early. Security so slooowwwwww
  • Stephen
    StephenDecember 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Frequent travelers to/from this airport know that the 97 bus takes you to/from downtown for about $3.50 a trip. Beats the $32 cab. Go outside at arrivals and stand by post 15.
  • Omar G.
    Omar GuechtalNovember 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Porter lounge rules! Starbucks coffee...... bliss
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KennyOctober 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Stay away from The Byward Taps. Terrible food. Even worse service.
  • Kim L.
    Kim LavigneSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I've mastered the carry on liquid rule. Everything in a one litre bag, and each no more than 50 ml
  • bronwyn l.
    bronwyn lSeptember 10, 2013
    if you are flying to us, eat before you checkin. You'll thank me later..
  • Gina A.
    Gina ArcherSeptember 8, 2013
    Great airport. Quick check in by friendly accommodating staff
  • Jason
    JasonSeptember 1, 2013
    Quite a pleasant small airport. With the river running through a large section of the gate area, you find yourself very relaxed. Nice job Ottawa!
  • Nikos K.
    Nikos KaraviasSeptember 1, 2013
    Probably the worst wifi connection of all NA airports...
  • Michael C.
    Michael CachoAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Domestic flight and you get caught with a no-fly object at security? Take the elevator right outside the screening area down one floor, walk 2ft: there's a kiosk there that can mail your objects home.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Katie L.
    Katie LanceAugust 14, 2013
    Leave enough time if you are flying back to the U.S. Was in line for more than an hour and a half!
  • Evan T.
    Evan ThorntonAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Still has pay phones; I love the stickers they attract.
  • artificial
    artificialAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Arrivals pickup zone is a nightmare.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Hate this version of our airport
  • Jon E.
    Jon EddyJuly 23, 2013
    Free Wi-Fi, power outlets in a lot of the seats. Voted Best Canadian Airport
  • Photoguy
    PhotoguyJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab #97 bus downtown just as quick as a taxi but only $3.30 cash or buy tickets (2 for $2.60) at the info desk near the exit doors.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PaquetteJune 26, 2013
    Get here on time or miss your flight. Idk
  • Audie
    AudieJune 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Flash thunderstorm!! Tree down across Airport Parkway ...!
  • Sherrilynne S.
    Sherrilynne StarkieJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kudos to second cup for having non carb breakfast choices.
  • Tanya N.
    Tanya NJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ottawa airport has the fastest and easiest security check point
  • Jon B.
    Jon BMay 27, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Food choices are horrible after dinner time
  • Doug S.
    Doug SymingtonMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Kofi @ AVIS rent-a-car is credit to his company, and should be doing customer service "how to" seminars
  • Khalid H.
    Khalid HossainMay 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    WiFi is surprisingly good. YOW FTW!
  • Travel.gc.ca - Travel Advice for Canadians
    Pack valuables or necessities in your carry-on baggage.
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