VIA Rail Ottawa

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  • Richard
    "Spend a bit more for Business Class, it's worth it IMHO"(4 Tips)
    Patrick M.
    "Thai chicken sandwich"(3 Tips)
    Richard
    "Complimentary coffee or soda and free wifi."(4 Tips)
    Vicki B.
    "After throwing my bagel at me."(2 Tips)
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  • Theduy N.
    Theduy NguyenOctober 7
    Nice stairway
  • Aaron
    AaronFebruary 23
    Been here 5+ times
    The architecture is more interesting than in most Ottawa buildings from this era. Love the winding ramp.
  • Reena B.
    Reena B-SMay 24, 2015
    Via 1 passengers, children/families and/or disabled requiring assistance board first. (If that's not you, just chill and wait - seats are assigned so there's no rush).
  • Richard
    RichardMarch 13, 2015
    Spend a bit more for Business Class, it's worth it IMHO
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina S.October 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There is only one store inside, that has some magazines, pop, chips, coffee and some funny/old/dtyy looking "home made" salads, paninis, and so on
  • Richard
    RichardAugust 29, 2014
    Business class lounge is nice and comfortable. Complimentary coffee or soda and free wifi.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterAugust 2, 2014
    There's a ~$3 bus that will take you to Ottawa city centre / downtown, but it goes near/through the University of Ottawa, which has a surprising concentration of obnoxious children.
  • Jean-Luc D.
    Jean-Luc DavidApril 14, 2014
    If you need a place to hang out hours before the station opens at 5AM, go to the Tim Hortons on Altavista.
  • Jean-Luc D.
    Jean-Luc DavidApril 14, 2014
    Unlike the airport, the train station closes at 11:30 PM and reopens at 5:00AM. Security guard will be grumpy if you don't leave.
  • Jean-Luc D.
    Jean-Luc DavidApril 14, 2014
    All the drink dispensers are broken and will eat your change.
  • ju h.
    ju huoOctober 22, 2013
    1 hour free parking!
  • Care W.
    Care WSeptember 29, 2013
    Limited food selection. Better to bring your own before arriving here.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LeachJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Restaurant is under new & nicer management but is still very pricey.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BlevisJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking pay machines are in the arrivals/departures area, NOT by the entrance/exit where you would expect them to be.
  • Andressa A.
    Andressa AlencarApril 19, 2013
    Very limited station..... but they do have a small cafe inside if you're hungry..... Arrive very close to your departure, cause there's nothing to do on this place... :(
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsApril 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Need business class ticket for lounge access, not just a status member of via preference unfortunately
  • Miss R.
    Miss RApril 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kind of ghetto train station... As its been said bring food
  • Mike G.
    Mike GlasspoolMarch 14, 2013
    They could do to liven this place up. Their tuck shop is terrible for magazines, etc.
  • Judi S.
    Judi SamuelsFebruary 28, 2013
    Bring cash, have food... No services here at all, ATM is mostly down and no other way to get cash.
  • Alexandre E.
    Alexandre EnkerliDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a couple of power outlets near Sul Posto.
  • Andre L.
    Andre LalondeJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Travel first class (at least) once just for the experience. Trust me.
  • Geoffrey W.
    Geoffrey WisemanJune 13, 2012
    The Café is certainly not amazing but it seemed a lot better than most of its foursquare reviews to me. Wide selection of sandwiches and other edibles which were better than food court quality.
  • Julie G.
    Julie GodonJune 7, 2012
    I love my Gatineau colleagues, but this has to be the most boring train station i have spent 2 hours at! Thank god for wifi!
  • Holiday Inn Midtown M.
    Via Rail Rocks!
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel DroletApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pedestrian access is a joke.
  • Hailley G.
    Hailley GriffisFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If theres no assigned seating people start lining up 30mins before the train leaves. If you want a good seat its worth the waiting in line.
  • Shelley B.
    Shelley BurgoyneFebruary 10, 2012
    Hardly any food here and the café only takes cash. Oh and there's ONE table near the back that has an outlet for your laptop. You may have to fight for it.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McMahonDecember 15, 2011
    Restaurant in the station is great & they have an ATM! Had a Thai chicken sandwich, deelish!
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McMahonDecember 15, 2011
    I've heard of child height urinals, but not child width ones. Weird!?
  • Christian T.
    Christian TwiggOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay near your gate to avoid waiting to board if you're early!!
  • Liz M.
    Liz McConomyOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The caf is a bit of a mess, bring your own food if you can!
  • Talia J.
    Talia JohnsonJune 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I go to Subway or other place like that to get food to bring along. No station or train food unless I happen to be able to afford business class.
  • Edwin C.
    Edwin ChanJune 10, 2011
    The train station is your best friend if you need to travel to Ottawa frequently during the winter time.
  • Leigh H.
    Leigh HoneywellMay 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They finally replaced the ATM. It's over by the restaurant/tuck shop. Which, incidentally, does not carry OCtranspo tickets. And OCtanspo is increasing fares July 1.
  • Mree H.
    Mree H.February 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The Sul Posto has terrible, unfriendly service. Expensive food and poor quality.
  • Ken P.
    Ken PoonFebruary 15, 2011
    The food is pretty bad here. Eat before leaving for the station.
  • Vicki B.
    Vicki BraideJanuary 10, 2011
    The restaurant has the WORST customer service ever. They did everything but spit in my face when I paid them. After throwing my bagel at me. Literally. Don't bother.
  • Stephane G.
    Stephane GrunenwaldDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Just don't order a Latte here..it's just bad!
  • Adrienne D.
    Adrienne De La RosaDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi in the station and all train cars in the Quebec-Windsor corridor :). Sweet!
  • Adrienne D.
    Adrienne De La RosaDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They've expanded their express deals to everyday now, not just Thurs anymore :). Check often for cheap tix!
  • Victoria P.
    Victoria ProcunierOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out ViaRail.ca for last minute deals posted each Thursday ie one way to Toronto anywhere from $34-59
  • Jay L.
    Jay LargeMay 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not eat at the restaurant. Its kinda gross. The poutine is okay.
  • Alexander R.
    Alexander RussoFebruary 6, 2010
    The bagel and cream cheese is pretty dope! I accompanied it with an apple juice, I saw they had espresso but it came from a sketchy machine so I nixed that idea.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Retard du train: fréquent :-(
  • Nadine B.
    Nadine BelisleFebruary 28, 2013
    Le petit café Sul Posto....des gens très gentil et la bouffe est très bonne!! :)
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