Getting In and Getting Around Halifax

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Getting in and getting around Halifax couldn!t be easier! Although it may seem a little out of the way, the city is served by good air, road, rail and even maritime connections

Arriving in Halifax by Air

The vast majority of visitors choose to arrive in Halifax by air. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located about 30 minutes from downtown Halifax. The airport is served by 8 regular airlines, as well as additional seasonal options. You can fly direct or via connecting cities from several points in Canada and the US on the following airlines:
  • Air Canada
  • PAL
  • Porter
  • Swoop
  • Flair
  • Westjet
  • American
  • Air St.Pierre
  • Delta
There are also various international airlines which offer direct flights between Halifax and Europe including
  • British Airways
  • KLM, Air France
  • Lufthansa
  • Air Canada
Once you have arrived at the airport you can either hire a car or use the MetroX bus, the Airport Shuttle or a taxi/uber to reach downtown.

Arriving in Halifax by Road

Many Canadians arrive in Halifax by road. Nova Scotia is linked to her closest neighbor, New Brunswick, by the Trans Canadian Highway which provides an excellent link between Halifax and the rest of Canada. There is a great deal to see along the way and many Canadians consider a visit to Halifax as an adventurous road trip. Distances are great however and you need to do some advance planning for stop-over!s along the way. If you are planning a road trip from the US, there is a very scenic route which runs up the east coast from Boston/Maine. It does take around 15 hours to drive but there are wonderful overnight stops along the way if you have the time to explore.

Bussing to Halifax

If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else so that you can concentrate on the views, you can travel to Halifax from various points in the US by Greyhound Bus, which connects to Nova Scotia!s Maritime Bus. If you are coming from Canada, the Voyageur Bus service connects to Maritime Bus which will take you to Halifax.

Arriving in Halifax by Train

I personally love travelling by train and if you have sufficient time at your disposal you can use a relaxing and scenic rail journey to reach Halifax from the US and from many cities in Canada. ViaRail provides connections from several Canadian cities including Toronto, while Amtrak is your link between the US and Nova Scotia

Arriving in Halifax by Sea

Arriving in Halifax by sea is a wonderful adventure. You will get to see the enormous natural harbor from the eyes of thousands of previous maritime visitors, be they pirates or traders! Of course, if you happen to have your own yacht you can simply sail into the harbor when you like. Most visitors, however, will have to arrive by another route. There is a high-speed ferry service (The CAT) which connects Halifax to Maine and various other east coast ports. If you are coming from Europe, you will be happy to know that several trans-Atlantic cruise ships sail into Halifax Harbor! What could be more magical?

Halifax Harbor Ferry
Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia

How to Get Around in Halifax

Downtown Halifax is very compact and getting around is quite easy on foot. Having said that, the terrain is rather hilly and walking from place to place may not suit everyone. In case you find walking a bit too challenging, you can use the excellent local bus system, which is comprised of 66 routes and can get you from point A to point B with ease. You can check the schedules on their website: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/fares-tickets-passes

There is no need to buy your tickets in advance – all the modern buses have contactless credit card pay points. Halifax Transit also runs the 2 ferry routes which run from the Waterfront to Alderney or Dartmouth.
If you suffer from mobility issues and need a taxi to help you get around you can order a regular taxi or an Uber transfer.

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