gray line double decker bus one of the affordable ways to tour around Ottawa

Affordable Ottawa Bus, Boat and Walking Tours

Want to get to know your way around Ottawa in a couple hours? Buy a ticket for one of these affordable tours.


4 affordable Ottawa Hotels to consider

Business Inn & Suites, TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice winner.

Albert at Bay Suite Hotel, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.

Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.

Travelodge Hotel Ottawa, largest hotel waterpark in Ottawa.

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Budget-friendly Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Climb aboard the double-decker bus and embark on a guided tour of Ottawa. Stay aboard the Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour for the entire 1.5 hour guided tour or hop-off when you feel the urge to explore a landmark or sight a little more on your own.

When you’re done just hop back on the bus and continue the tour.

You’ll learn about Ottawa’s most notable landmarks including Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, the Byward Market, the many museums and more.

Affordable Ottawa City Sightseeing Tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy a 50-minute guided journey as the Ottawa City Sightseeing Tour as you wind your way through Ottawa.

Discover the city’s history and many sights including where the Prime Minister lives, Parliament Hill, the Byward Market, popular museums, the Ottawa River and more.

Valued-Priced Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water

Enjoy great views of Ottawa’s sights and landmarks from both land and water.

That’s what you’ll get when you board the Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water.

You’ll spend part of the tour driving the streets of the city and the other part cruising down the Ottawa River.

It’s a fun-filled, unique way to discover and learn about the history and attractions of Ottawa.

Go on a Walking Tour of Ottawa

Get your exercise and the scoop on Ottawa at the same time by taking a walking tour. Here are three affordable ways to go.

Book an outing with a guide from ToursByLocals. See the city from the unique perspective of someone who has lived in the area for an extensive period of time. Guides are fluent in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German. Each tour can be customized to what you want to discover most.

Another option is Ottawa Walking Tours. During the two-hour guided walk led by experienced, professional guides you’ll learn about Ottawa’s history, visit monuments, explore areas tourist don’t often see and even get recommendations on where to eat and drink.

A third option is Ottawa Free Tour. Every Saturday at 2:00 P.M. their expert guides take groups out on two-hour walking tours of Ottawa’s downtown core. While you’re hoofing around town you’ll get your fix of tales about Ottawa political assassinations, alcoholic wise-cracking prime ministers, architectural inspirations, important city sites and more.

Cheap Thrills! Haunted Walk of Ottawa Tour

Ottawa has its share of skeletons in the closet. Learn about them by taking a Haunted Walk of Ottawa tour.

This TripAdvisor Award of Excellence winner is a spirited tour that takes place in the black of night. Ooooo, scarey fun or what?!

Each walk is well-researched and led by a lantern-carrying guide dressed in a cloak.

Partake in this affordable walking tour and you’ll feel a shiver go up your spine as expert storytellers share some of Ottawa’s most famous facts and recount historic, harrowing ghost stories and tongue-wagging tales from the city’s dark past.

Be sure and stay with your group!

Check Groupon for Deals on Ottawa Things to Do

ad for Groupon, another way to save on cheap things to do in torontoOne great way to save on local fun things to do in Ottawa is to check Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities.

Visit the Ottawa Groupon page and you’ll find savings of anywhere from 40-90% on attractions, tours, boat cruises, theatre tickets, dinner spots and accommodations.

The Groupon Ottawa page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Ottawa visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.

After your tour get last minute tickets to a concert or game

You never know who might be in Ottawa playing a concert or show, or what sporting event could be going on.

A great, reliable source for last minute tickets is Stubhub. You can often pay less than the face value of the ticket when you purchase it a few minutes before the show or event.

Be thrifty and practical! This information was accurate when published, but can change without notice. We recommend you confirm all details with the provider in question before planning your excursion.

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