Getting to Halifax by Planes, Trains, Boats and Cars!

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Getting to Halifax:

Driving to Halifax

Driving into Halifax is simple! Whether driving from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the rest of Canada or the United States, you will arrive into Halifax via the Trans-Canada Highway.

It’s important to know that if you are traveling from outside Nova Scotia into our province via the Trans-Canada Highway, drivers will need to pay a $4 free at the Cobequid Pass.

If you are traveling to downtown Halifax from within Nova Scotia, there are no road tolls except if you choose to cross the Halifax Harbour via the bridge.


Flying to Halifax

It’s easy to fly to Halifax! Halifax has one international airport, the award-winning Halifax Stanfield located just 30 minutes from the downtown core.

Halifax has roughly 150 weekly flights from Toronto, 70 from Montreal and 85 from Ottawa. With daily flights from Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Orlando, Halifax, Nova Scotia is an accessible destination. Halifax Stanfield International Airport is also the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer U.S. pre-clearance, making travel that much easier.



Trains to Halifax

VIA Rail Canada offers trans-continental connection with Western Canadian cities, and some US destinations. It’s a great way to see the scenery and back roads of Canada. You can reach Halifax from Montreal by train overnight!


Busses to Halifax

Maritime Bus provides a passenger service across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec.

Click here for the complete route and schedule.

There are also many tour buses that include Halifax on their itinerary.


Cruises to Halifax 

Cruises to Halifax arrive right in the Halifax Harbour where guests are immediately treated to our stunning boardwalk and vibrant downtown core. Halifax is currently a three seasons cruise port, visiting in late spring, summer and fall.


The best ways to get to and from the Halifax Stanfield Airport:

  • MetroX bus (public transportation) service is $3.50 (exact change required) one way. The bus will pick visitors up at the Halifax Stanfield airport and has 3 drop off and pick up locations: Fall River, Downtown Dartmouth and Downtown Halifax. Click here for the schedule.
  • The Halifax Airport Shuttle service is $22 one way and $40 return (accepts Visa and MasterCard only). Click here for the shuttle schedule and dropoff locations. Valid ID is required when boarding the Airport Express.
  • Car rentals are available at the Halifax Stanfield airport and are conveniently located in the Lower Level of the Airport Parkade. Rental companies available include Alamo/National, Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise and Hertz.
  • Many taxis and limos are available on site. We recommend Yellow Cab, Casino TaxiDriver Dave’s, Woods Limo and World Class. Rates will depend, but to travel from the airport to downtown Halifax you can expect roughly $45-$55 (most taxi companies takes credit, debit and cash).
  • For other special needs and accessible transportation please click here.
  • For general information call the Ground Transportation Inspector at 1-902-873-1410.

Getting Around Halifax:

On Foot

Downtown Halifax is a very walkable city, and while there are many hills, it’s very compact, making it easy to get from one end of the city to the other without issue. We highly recommended to walk the entire Halifax waterfront boardwalk, which is one of the longest boardwalks in the world. The stunning view and wooden boardwalk make it extremely comfortable for walking.

A series of walking and hiking trails can be found throughout the other regions of Halifax, however you will either need to bus or drive to those locales.


By Car

Whether you are renting a car or are traveling with your own vehicle, it’s easy to get around Halifax. Keep in mind, if you are driving from the airport into downtown Halifax, you will have to cross one of the Halifax Harbour Bridges, which cost $1 in cash.

Keep updated on traffic and construction with @hfxtraffic


By Bus

If you can’t walk to your destination, Halifax Transit is the next thing! Halifax Transit provides a reliable bus service throughout the Halifax Region.

Visit Halifax Transit for fares, schedules and route maps.


By Ferry

Halifax Transit also operates the ferries that run between Halifax and Dartmouth with free transfers connecting to transit buses.

READ: Getting to Dartmouth from Downtown Halifax


By Cab

Cabs are readily available in downtown Halifax, Dartmouth and most regions and communities throughout the entire region. Casino Taxi and Yellow Cab are the largest taxi operators, and World Class is the most established limo company.

Halifax does not offer uber.


By Bike

Biking is a great way to get around Halifax, as we continue to improve our bike lanes each year.

Whether you have your own, or are renting from I Heart Bikes, it’s a great way to see the entire region. Click here for a bike map, trails and cycling projects.

READ: Top 5 Biking Trails in Halifax

Helmets must be worn by all bicycle riders across Nova Scotia.


Seasonal Transportation:

Passenger Train

New to Halifax in 2017, you can ride for free (by donation) across downtown Halifax on a 60 person-red-passenger train

Click here to see all the hop on and off stops.


Halifax Water Taxi

Because Halifax is a city and region that is surrounded by water, it only makes sense that we would offer a water taxi. To get yourself from downtown Halifax to other locations across the Halifax Harbour, such as Dartmouth, use this fantastic and well-priced service.


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