Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

1000 Airport Parkway Pvt., Ottawa ON K1V 9B4, Canada
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours

Based on 316 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

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    Connie C.
    "Byward Taps near Gate 18 has decent food."(3 Tips)
    Jennifer W.
    "Try the stir fry at Senate Chambers Bar & Cafe in US departures."(3 Tips)
    Stephane D.
    "If you fly with Porter, get to the Porter Lounge."(5 Tips)
    Anthony R.
    "Breakfast sandwich at Senate Chambers is awesome."(4 Tips)
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  • Kevin J.

    Nice terminal but slowest luggage delivery in the nation.

    Kevin James · September 1
  • Reena B.

    Wait until after security screening to get drinks and snacks so your liquids won't be confiscated.

    Reena B-S · May 24
  • Anna S.

    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.

    Anna Sellem · April 1
  • Victor T.

    I wish they had Second Cup here still. Only Starbucks available past security. Aurora concierge traveller's can take the short line for security

    Victor Tootoo · February 21
  • Joseph P.

    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!

    Joseph Potter · February 14
  • Laura C.

    Priority security for Infinite Visa Card!

    Laura CT · February 4
  • Donna K.

    No wait at Customs. All flights to NY Newark and Boston flashing red so check before you leave for the airport

    Donna Karlin · January 26
  • Janet N.

    Be sure to grab food before you pass security to the U.S. gates, it's slim pickins on the other side!

    Janet N. · January 22
  • Raymond A.

    Spacious and clean

    Raymond Aaron · January 9
  • Mark B.

    The free WiFi demonstrates you get what you pay for. A most unstable connection. Do not rely on it for anything.

    Mark Boltz-Robinson · November 30, 2014
  • Sabrina S.

    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!

    Sabrina S. · November 24, 2014
  • Stephen

    Voted among the best airports (for its size) in the world. Give #YOW some love.

    Stephen · November 3, 2014
  • Helen N.

    wow - its crazy in Ottawa today ( with everything that happened!)

    Helen Nemeth · October 22, 2014
  • peanutbutterg

    Free WiFi actually works really well!

    peanutbutterg · September 10, 2014
  • Matti B.

    Relax before your flight at the waterfall.

    Matti Blume · September 7, 2014
  • Stepan R.

    A very modern, clean and efficient airport. Look out for displays of aboriginal art.

    Stepan Roger · August 24, 2014
  • Jesse A.

    The mirrors above the urinals create terrible feng shui.

    Jesse Ariss · August 19, 2014
  • Maria B.

    Heading to NYC for a couple of hours. #ByeCanada! #IncredibleMaria

    Maria Belen · August 15, 2014
  • Katie N.

    Not very much to choose from for food. Try to eat beforehand.

    Katie Nicholls · August 14, 2014
  • Jasmine G.

    Starbucks hidden near gate 22 there's never a line! Unlike Tim Hortons at the security gate

    Jasmine Gosal · August 9, 2014
  • Elisa E.

    Small airport and fast

    Elisa Eve · August 7, 2014
  • Nauman N.

    Free wifi is a godsend and actually works!

    Nauman Noor · June 5, 2014
  • Alex M.

    Great family washroom on the ground level past the doors at the end of the terminal opposite the baggage claim area.

    Alex MacDonald · April 11, 2014
  • Jake H.

    Arrive early. Security so slooowwwwww

    Jake Healy · February 12, 2014
  • Stephen

    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.

    Stephen · December 26, 2013
  • Omar G.

    Porter lounge rules! Starbucks coffee...... bliss

    Omar Guechtal · November 26, 2013
  • Nancy K.

    Stay away from The Byward Taps. Terrible food. Even worse service.

    Nancy Kenny · October 9, 2013
  • Kim L.

    I've mastered the carry on liquid rule. Everything in a one litre bag, and each no more than 50 ml

    Kim Lavigne · September 25, 2013
  • bronwyn l.

    if you are flying to us, eat before you checkin. You'll thank me later..

    bronwyn l · September 10, 2013
  • Gina A.

    Great airport. Quick check in by friendly accommodating staff

    Gina Archer · September 8, 2013
  • Jason

    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!

    Jason · September 1, 2013
  • Nikos K.

    Probably the worst wifi connection of all NA airports...

    Nikos Karavias · September 1, 2013
  • Michael C.

    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.

    Michael Cacho · August 30, 2013
  • Katie L.

    Leave enough time if you are flying back to the U.S. Was in line for more than an hour and a half!

    Katie Lance · August 14, 2013
  • Evan T.

    Still has pay phones; I love the stickers they attract.

    Evan Thornton · August 10, 2013
  • artificial

    Arrivals pickup zone is a nightmare.

    artificial · August 6, 2013
  • Jon B.

    Hate this version of our airport

    Jon B · August 4, 2013
  • Jon E.

    Free Wi-Fi, power outlets in a lot of the seats. Voted Best Canadian Airport

    Jon Eddy · July 23, 2013
  • Photoguy

    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.

    Photoguy · June 30, 2013
  • Nick P.

    Get here on time or miss your flight. Idk

    Nick Paquette · June 26, 2013
  • Audie

    Flash thunderstorm!! Tree down across Airport Parkway ...!

    Audie · June 24, 2013
  • Sherrilynne S.

    Kudos to second cup for having non carb breakfast choices.

    Sherrilynne Starkie · June 11, 2013
  • Tanya N.

    Ottawa airport has the fastest and easiest security check point

    Tanya N · June 2, 2013
  • Jon B.

    Food choices are horrible after dinner time

    Jon B · May 27, 2013
  • Doug S.

    Kofi @ AVIS rent-a-car is credit to his company, and should be doing customer service "how to" seminars

    Doug Symington · May 25, 2013
  • Khalid H.

    WiFi is surprisingly good. YOW FTW!

    Khalid Hossain · May 24, 2013
  • - Travel Advice for Canadians

    Pack valuables or necessities in your carry-on baggage.

  • Ross M.

    Always fly westjet.

    Ross Mac · May 6, 2013
  • Rob H.

    Maple Leaf Lounge in domestic departures area only opens at 5am.

    Rob Hemmerich · April 23, 2013
  • Jeremy O.

    If you are connecting through Ottawa for a USA bound flight don't forget to claim your checked bag! It's located in a small closet... Find a gate agent to help you!

    Jeremy O · April 15, 2013

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