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Halifax - Getting there & away, getting around

Halifax - Getting there & away

Halifax International Airport has direct services to Montreal, Toronto and St John's in Newfoundland. There are also smaller connecting flights available to other destinations throughout Atlantic Canada. The airport is 39km (24mi) from central Halifax on Hwy 102, north towards Truro.

Bus services all run from the Acadian bus station at 6040 Almon St (northwest of the Citadel, south of Robie St), with several lines running through the Annapolis Valley and south down to Yarmouth. There are also connections to New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Nortumberland Shore and Prince Edward Island (via Moncton). For destinations further afield, a daily bus leaves Halifax at 7am for Montreal and a weekend service connects through to New York.

The VIA train station is six blocks south of the downtown area. Trains to Montreal depart daily (except Tuesday) along a route through eastern New Brunswick. Tickets should be reserved in advance as services are limited.

Getting around Halifax

The Airbus service runs between Halifax International Airport and the downtown centre, stopping at major central hotels along the way. Allow 90 minutes before flight time for the 39km (24mi) trip.

Metro Transit runs the reliable, safe and inexpensive city bus system. The No 7 city bus on Robie St goes from the bus station into town. Tourism Halifax has free schedules and information. Fred is a free city bus that runs a circuit of the city every 30 minutes, 11am to 6pm daily from June to August.

Getting around downtown Halifax on foot is easy, many locals do, but cars still rule the roads for anything slightly out of the centre. Driver beware however, pedestrians have priority at crosswalks and sometimes they'll step out into the road without looking and the driver is always held responsible for accidents. Rental companies are available from the airport, but they're more expensive than those downtown. The cheapest car rental companies tend to be in the vicinity of the VIA Rail station on Hollis Street. Finding a hire car is easy, finding a car park in downtown - now there's a problem.

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