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Driving time Ottawa / Boston?

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Driving time Ottawa / Boston?

Wondering if anyone has any idea how long the drive takes between Ottawa and Boston and suggestions for the best route to take? We're planning a weekend in the area and are trying to decide between fkying and driving. Thanks in advance for your help.

London, Canada
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1. Re: Driving time Ottawa / Boston?

Use mapquest for a good idea of routes and times...indications are a little over 7 hrs driving, but that doesn't take into account traffic in Boston when you arrive. We drove from Toronto but stayed outside the city centre.

We stayed at the Doubletree across from Harvard, and with a shuttle service into downtown, it was convenient. But that was with 2 kids so we didn't have any need of nightlife.

I'd honestly say if you only have a weekend, budget isn't an issue, and you want to spend most of your downtown, fly from Ottawa and spend more time in Boston, rather than on the road.

If you have at least 4 days, the drive would be fine.

Ottawa, Canada
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2. Re: Driving time Ottawa / Boston?

I have not personally driven from Ottawa to Boston but freind do it often and they indicate it takes between 10 to 12 hours. Depends on traffic, police presence, rest stops, time of departure and arrival etc.

Flying is less stressful for sure but the first time out, it may just be a real nice drive. You might find some places along the way you wish to go back to.

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3. Re: Driving time Ottawa / Boston?

Hey there, it takes about 7 hours from Ottawa to get to Boston, the drive it quite nice, it shouldn't be a problem!