Ottawa

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Ottawa?

Do you need a car in Ottawa > Should you rent a car in Ottawa Canada > Ottawa ( OTW )

The Canadian capital is one of those cities that has the look and feel of being in the business of governing and also being well governed in terms of how the local environment is managed.

Ottawa might be some way down the tourism pecking order behind other major Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montréal the western city of Vancouver, but as with many capital cities, it still has its fair share of museums and other cultural attractions, and it can also be a useful base for exploring the area beyond.

Do you need a car in Ottawa? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

I have also included Ottawa in my list of 300 cities because it has an extensive network of completely segregated bus lanes (Transitways), or perhaps these could more accurately be described as “bus motorways”.

So if you build a city with a focus on the humble bus as the showpiece way of getting around, does that create an attractive system?

Why hire a car in Ottawa?

  • Coming soon!

Why not? Ottawa without a car

  • Museums and cultural attractions
  • because this is the same as any other major city
  • cycle tours?
  • Excursions?
  • Multicity – Toronto and Montréal

Conclusion – Ottawa’s system of segregated bus routes hasn’t been a model that has been widely copied elsewhere, because essentially they require the same type of construction of concrete flyovers and expensive cuttings and tunnels that would be needed to build motorways, except that having a network of bus routes means that a bit less space is needed to move the same number of people.

Should you rent a car in Ottawa? Verdict – no

Ratings

Car rental in - Ottawa Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Ottawa?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Ottawa?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Ottawa?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Ottawa if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Ottawa if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Ottawa if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Ottawa on the Carornocar scale?

8

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Ottawa?

Have you driven in Ottawa? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Ottawa?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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