Tourism Ottawa has great maps, directions and routes for all travellers coming by train, plane or the great Canadian highway. We've referenced their handy-dandy guides here:
 

BY ROAD

Toronto – 4 ½ hours | Montreal – 2 hours | Kingston – 2 hours New York – 8 hours


BY TRAIN

Toronto – 4 ½ hours | Montreal – 2 hours | Kingston – 2 hours


BY AEROPLANE

Toronto – 45 minutes | Montreal – 30 minutes | New York – 1 ½ hours | Washington – 2 hours
London – 7 hours | Frankfurt – 8 hours

Ottawa Airport is a an award-winning facility located just a 20-minute drive from downtown.


ALWAYS START AT THE MANX

To get your bearings, we recommend you just head straight to THE MANX, Ottawa's arts pub. It's located smack dab in the middle of everything, and is the city's most infamous hub. A first date here is tantamount to a marriage proposal. 
The food is stellar, and all the servers will be glad to help you get to where you're going. Just ask nice, and don't be weird. 

The Manx Pub
370 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON
613.231.2070