Taxis

Taxi service is plentiful in Ottawa, with numerous taxis often found lined up at taxi stands (particularly outside major hotels and principal office buildings downtown).  It's also very possible to hail a cab on the street.  The two large taxi companies offering city-wide service are BlueLine (613-238-1111) and Capital Taxi (613-744-3333).  There's a $2.85 "drop charge" upon entering an Ottawa taxi, plus a distance charge of 15 cents for every 101 metres of travel.  This translates to a typical 5 km (3 mi) journey costing just over $10. If you're wanting an estimation of how much a cab ride will cost, visit http://ottawa.taxime.ca.

A separate taxi service operates on the Quebec side of the National Capital Region in Gatineau, where the principal taxi companies are Crown (819-777-1645) and Regal (819-777-5231).  Only Gatineau-based cab companies are allowed to be hailed on the streets of Gatineau, or may pickup passengers at a taxi stand; however, Ottawa companies may pick up passengers in Gatineau who have called for a taxi and who are returning to Ottawa.  Ottawa taxi companies do drive passengers to locations across the river in Gatineau without any surcharge - similarly, Gatineau taxi companies deliver passengers to Ottawa locations, including the Ottawa airport, for no additional fee.

Rental Cars

Most of the major North American car rental companies operate series of offices at the Ottawa Airport, downtown, and in some suburban locations.  Rental agencies servicing Ottawa include: Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, National and Thrifty.