Getting to Halifax
Driving to Halifax
Whether you’re driving from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the rest of Canada or the United States, you will arrive in Halifax via the Trans-Canada Highway.
TOLLS: 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 small fee at the Cobequid Pass.
Flying to Halifax
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Halifax Stanfield International Airport is Halifax’s award-winning international airport, located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Halifax.
Montreal, QC – 1h 20m
St. John’s, NL – 2h
Toronto, ON – 2h
Boston, MA, USA – 3h 40m
Calgary, AB – 4h 45m
Vancouver, BC – 7h
Halifax Stanfield is the only airport in Atlantic Canada to offer U.S. pre-clearance, making travel that much easier.
Getting to Halifax from the Airport
Maritime Bus offers the Halifax Airport Shuttle, making it easy to get to and from the airport stress-free.
Getting to Halifax by bus
Maritime Bus provides a passenger service across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec.
Visit their website to see bus routes and schedules.
Getting to Halifax by train
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.
DID YOU KNOW: You can reach Halifax from Montreal by train overnight.
Getting to Halifax by cruise
Cruise vessels stopping in Halifax arrive right in the Halifax Harbour, where guests are immediately treated to the stunning waterfront boardwalk and the city’s vibrant downtown core.
Halifax is a three seasons cruise port, with cruise calls from late spring, through summer and fall.
Getting Around Halifax
Walking in Halifax
Downtown Halifax is a very walkable city, and while there are many hills, it’s very compact, making it easy to get around.
We recommended walking the length of the Halifax waterfront boardwalk, one of the longest continuous boardwalks in the world, coming in at more than 4km.
Driving in Halifax
Whether you rent a car or travel 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 (unless you take a detour through Bedford).
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Halifax Harbour Bridges
There are two toll bridges across the Halifax Harbour, the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge and the A. Murray MacKay Bridge. There are toll plazas on the Dartmouth side of each bridge and users pay for the bridge going in both directions. The bridge toll is based on the number of axles on your vehicle.
Most passenger vehicles and light trucks pay $1.00 if using a MACPASS and $1.25 if paying with cash.
Check toll rates here.
NOTE: The cash lanes only accept quarters, $1 coins, and $2 coins. The coin baskets will not accept dimes, nickels or pennies and there is no credit card or Interac tap at the toll booths.
Halifax Transit Bus Service
Halifax Transit offers reliable bus service throughout the HRM. Transit tickets and passes can be purchased from Halifax Transit’s retail partners or pay the fare when you board using exact change. Note: Kids under 12 ride free.
Find transit maps and schedules, as well as multilingual guides and videos at halifax.ca/transit
Halifax Harbour Ferry Service
Halifax Transit offers two ferry services: the Alderney Ferry service crosses from Halifax to Alderney
Landing in Downtown Dartmouth, and the Woodside Ferry service crosses from Halifax to Woodside.
Ferry service is accessible and integrated with the bus service, which means that you can use a transfer to board ferries and buses.
Need-to-know numbers for local cab companies:
Getting around Halifax by bike
Cycling is a great way to get around Halifax, as the city continues to improve its cycling infrastructure every year. Learn more about cycling in Halifax here.
Note: Helmets must be worn by all bicycle riders across Nova Scotia.