Hotels and Travel

Before you check in, you need to get here.

We’ve got deals just for OIAF attendees travelling by planes and trains.

To get around while you’re here, consider Ottawa public transit options. All OIAF venues are within walking distance from each other in the downtown and Byward Market area.​

Need help or advice? Give us a call at (613) 232-8769 or email

Travel to Ottawa

Flying into Toronto? That’s a 4.5-hour drive to Ottawa.

Flying into Montreal? That’s a 2-hour drive to Ottawa.
For those travelling overseas via Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau Airport (formerly Dorval), transportation to Ottawa should be arranged in advance. Buses to and from Montreal run approximately 3 times a day and the average cost is $51. 

VIA Rail trains run approximately 5 times a day from Toronto and Montreal. Prices vary.

International travellers: You may need a Visa or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). The cost of an eTA $7 CAD. You can check whether an eTA is required and apply for one here ( For current COVID-19 rules about travelling into Canada:  

Airline Discounts for OIAF Attendees

Air Canada
Promo Code: Q3XRK7G1

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (CA)
  • The travel period begins Wednesday, September 18, 2024 and ends Sunday, October 06, 2024.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • For North America, 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. For International Travel,10% on standard fares & higher.
  • However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10-passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a up to 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The discounted fares are available for booking from June 18 to September 24, 2024 and available for travel:
Location: Dates of Travel:
From: All Markets To: Ottawa (YOW) From: 20Sep24 To: 25Sep24
From: Ottawa (YOW) To: All Markets From: 28Sep24 To: 03Oct24

Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code “OIAF24”
Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.
The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.

VIA Rail Discounts for OIAF Attendees

VALID: September 21st 2024 to October 2nd 2024
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to OTTAWA and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
DISCOUNT: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must enter the event’s VIA convention discount code 15606 as a Corporate code.

OIAF Partner Hotels

Sheraton Ottawa

Experience first-class service in Ottawa, Canada
Set in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Sheraton Ottawa Hotel welcomes you to Canada’s capital city with attentive service, dynamic amenities and updated guest rooms. Our prime downtown location places you steps from Parliament Hill and minutes from ByWard Market and Rideau Canal for easy explorations of Ottawa. After busy days, take a dip in our indoor saltwater pool or workout in our hotel fitness centre. Savour delicious cuisine or unwind with a cocktail at our on-site restaurants. Relax in our reimagined hotel rooms and suites featuring a flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, large work desk and free Wi-Fi. Your downtown adventure awaits at Sheraton Ottawa Hotel.

Address: 150 Albert St, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5G2
Telephone: 613-238-1502
Rate: $289
Reservation deadline: August 24, 2024
Booking Link
Email for Reservations:

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

When you stay at Les Suites Hotel Ottawa, you have the best of everything — spacious comfort, a great location, and impeccable service. You can relax in a condominium-sized suite with separate living and sleeping areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a private balcony.

Address: 130 Besserer Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M9 (Next to the Arts Court – no more than 10 min from all other venues)
Telephone: 613-232-2000 Toll-free: 1-800-267-1989
Rates: Starting at $239
Reservation Deadline: September 24, 2024
Booking Link:
Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel direct: PLEASE QUOTE GROUP ID CODE: 58575 Reservations: (613) 232-2000 Toll-free: (800) 267-1989 By email:
Other information: 1 Bedroom Suite $239/night (1-4 person occupancy), 2 Bedroom Suite $359/night (1-6 person occupancy)
Cancellation: Individual cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to date of arrival

Sonder O’Conner

With the buzz of Centretown at your doorstep, your Ottawa story begins at The O’Connor. You can break a sweat in our 24/7 fitness center, or play arcade games in the game room. Each space features modern design, a fully equipped kitchen, and Roku for streaming. Across the street, the Canadian Museum of Nature offers a range of group activities (bug scavenger hunt, anyone?). And the Rideau Canal and skateway offers gorgeous scenery all year round. From vinyl record shops to historic Parliament buildings, there’s something here for every palate. Stay for a little or stay for a while — you’ll have everything you need at The O’Connor.

Address: 377 O’Connor St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2M2, Canada
Telephone: +1-843-278-0005
Email for reservations:
Best way to make a reservation: Email – Guest Verification Instructions
Discount Code: OIAF2024
Website: Sonder O’Conner
Rates: $145
Reservation Deadline: August 23, 2024

Doubletree by Hilton

The comfort of home away from home. Doubletree by Hilton offers modern design and cozy rooms, with a maximum comfort. Treat yourself to something special, you deserve it! Spacious rooms with one king bed or two doubles, complimentary Wi Fi, ergonomic work area , LCD TV, in room safe, mini cooler, hair dryer and tea/coffee machine. Access to the indoor pool as well as the fitness area also included.

Address: 33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7 (Across the street from Arts Court and OAG)
Telephone: (613) 230-3033
Rates: $209

Arc The.Hotel. 

Arc The.Hotel is Ottawa’s premier boutique hotel. Located downtown you are always steps away from local tourist attractions and restaurants. We have 112 well-appointed guest rooms that cater to business and leisure travellers.

Address: 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H6
Telephone: 613.238.2888
Discounted room rate:$199
Reservation deadline: 30 days prior to arrival
Booking Link:
Email for reservations:

Le Germain Hotel

A boutique hotel in the heart of Ottawa’s business and entertainment district. Le Germain Ottawa is the boutique hotel for today’s global travellers who appreciate worldly style and sophistication, paired with local inspirations. A jewel of contemporary architecture, the decor at once understated and inviting will create a unique experience for your senses. Le Germain Hotel Ottawa is a true urban oasis.

Address: 30 Daly Ave., Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2 (connected internally to the OAG and Arts Court)
Telephone: 613-691-3230
Rates: $349
Reservation Deadline: August 13, 2024
Booking link:
Email for reservations:

Delta Hotels by Marriot Ottawa City Centre

Stay near Parliament Hill when you book a comfortable hotel accommodation at Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, offering modern amenities in downtown Ottawa.

Address: 101 Lyon St. N, Ottawa, ON K1R 5T9
Telephone: 343-882-1697
Email for reservations:
Best way to make a reservation: Online Booking
Website: Delta Hotels by Marriot Ottawa City Centre
Rates: $259
Reservation Deadline: August 23, 2024
Booking Link:

Some other hotels we’d recommend that are close to OIAF venues and/or reasonably priced:

The Business Inn, 180 MacLaren St. (Currently around $175/night on Expedia)

Holiday Inn Express, 235 King Edward Ave. (Currently around $180/night on Expedia) Hang out with OIAF filmmakers! Includes a complimentary breakfast.

Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East, 200 Coventry Rd. (Currently around $200/night on Expedia) Super nice new hotel right on the LRT or a 5min Uber.

Comfort Inn East, 1252 Michael St. (Currently around $200/night on Expedia) Right on the LRT next to the St. Laurent Shopping Mall. 5min Uber ride.  Breakfast included.


Stay around downtown Ottawa on a budget with these friendly hostels!

Ottawa Backpackers Inn 

We are a fun backpackers hostel in an excellent downtown location in the Byward Market. We offer inexpensive, safe, clean, and friendly accommodation in dormitory and private rooms. Fast WiFi, kitchen access. Close to Festival venues.

Address: 203 York Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T7

Telephone: 613-241-3402


Rates: Starting at $34

Book Online:

The Barefoot Hostel

The Barefoot Hostel is an intimate, clean and comfortable 4-bedroom hostel. Our rooms are private, with shared bathroom and living facilities. Guests can enjoy complimentary wireless internet throughout the property and a fun and comfortable living and dining area. The Barefoot Hostel is conveniently located in downtown Ottawa, only steps from the Byward Market.

Address: 455 Cumberland St., Ottawa, ON K1N 7J8

Telephone: 613-237-0336


Rates: Starting at $119

Book Online:

SaintLo Ottawa Jail Hostel

Address: 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9
Telephone: (613) 235-2595 Website:
Rates: Starting at $35
Book Online:

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