We know all about the great things to do in Halifax – the restaurants, museums, music, nature and more – but it’s time to cover the most important information of all: how do you get here?!
Here’s a run down of getting to this great city by car, plane, bus, train and boat.
Getting to Halifax by CAR 🚗
Halifax is easy to access by road.
The province of Nova Scotia is connected to its neighbour, New Brunswick, by the Trans Canada Highway – providing a convenient link to the rest of Canada and the continental United States.
Getting to Halifax by AIR ✈️
If you’re flying into Halifax, you’ll arrive at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, located about 30 minutes from downtown in Enfield.
The airport is regularly serviced by 8 airlines, with an additional 6 seasonal offerings, bringing travellers in from a wide array of domestic and international destinations.
There are 6 car rental options located right at the airport, helping you get on the road to start your vacation.
Getting to Halifax by BUS 🚌
If the bus is your desired method of transportation, Maritime Bus is the carrier that services Halifax and all other Maritime destinations. The main terminal is located in the heart of downtown, giving visitors a central starting point for their adventures.
Maritime Bus also offers a shuttle service between downtown and the airport. From May 1 to October 31 there’s a full schedule, including stops in both downtown Dartmouth and Halifax. Between November 1 and April 30, the schedule is reduced, with a direct route from the Airport to the Westin on Hollis Street.
Halifax Transit also runs a bus from the airport to the city, departing every 60 minutes.
Getting to Halifax by TRAIN 🚂
While not a common method to travel in and out of the city, taking the train is a relaxing and comfortable way to venture in and out of the city.
Providing the only passenger rail service in the region, Via Rail both arrives and departs Halifax on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from their station on Hollis Street.
Tickets can be purchased online.
Getting to Halifax by SEA 🛳
While you can’t arrive in Halifax directly by boat (unless you’re taking the Dartmouth ferry or arriving by cruise ship), there are a few options that will bring you into the province – then you’ll be able to make your way to the HRM!
By sea from Newfoundland:
Marine Atlantic’s ferry service runs from both Argentia and Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, to North Sydney, Cape Breton.
By sea from the United States:
If you’re coming from Maine, you can take the CAT ferry from Portland and arrive in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in just 6.5 hours. Yarmouth is located on the Western Coast of Nova Scotia, and is about 3 hours from Halifax.
By sea from Prince Edward Island:
When most people think about travelling between Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada, their mind turns to the Confederation Bridge, but did you know you can also take a 75 minute ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, PEI?
Book your ticket here, and when you arrive in Nova Scotia you’ll only have one hour and forty five minutes to Halifax.
By sea from New Brunswick:
The Fundy Rose runs between Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia, daily. Once you’ve arrived in Digby, it’s roughly a two and a half hour drive to Halifax.
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