How to Reach Halifax - The Easiest Way to Reach Halifax


  • By Air: The main airport that services the city is Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport that is located 35km north of Halifax. The airport caters to directflights to Halifax from Toronto, Montreal, New York, Chicago, Ottawa, Calgary, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Frankfurt, Reykjavik and a few other national and international holiday destinations.
  • By Land: One can drive to Halifax form either the US or from within Canada by passing through New Brunswick and crossing into Nova Scotia near Amherst. From there you need to cover a distance of 215km/134 miles (2½- to 3 hours) to Halifax. Montreal is about 1,250km/777 miles and Boston is 1,120km/700 miles from Halifax by road. Alternatively Maritime Bus runs long distance coach services within the Maritime region with connections further on to Quebec.
  • By Rail: VIA Rail operates an overnight train to Halifax three times a week from Montreal, with stops at Moncton and New Brunswick.
  • By Sea: Several international cruises to Halifax are available and the harbor is also a popular stopover for cruise ships headed to other destinations.


  • By Car/Taxi: Car rentals are easily available in the city and the airport, with offices of most major national companies. However, it is considerably cheaper to hire a car in the city than at the airport. Also it is easy to travel by car outside of Halifax, as most other places in Nova Scotia are within half a days driving distance, just pick up a map of Halifax and navigate through the city with ease.Taxi services are also available easily in Halifax and can be booked through your hotel or via phone.
  • By Bus: Metro Transit operates the local bus service system, which connects most of the city. A free bus called “Fred” loops throughout downtown Halifax in the summer every 30 minutes.
  • By Ferry: Metro Transit also runs a ferry to Dartmouth from Halifax waterfront, it is a beautiful and scenic ride.
  • By Bike:There are several bike rental companies in the city and it is a fun way to get around the city. Bikers are also allowed on all roads including motorways.

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Modes of Transportation in Halifax

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Halifax. The most preferred mode of transport in Halifax is Car.

Average distance: 14.23 km Average time: 31.11 min

  • Car 54.05%
    Driving 23.05 min Walking 0.45 min Overall average time for 17.89 kms 23.5 min
  • Walking 16.22%
    Walking 28.17 min Bus 5.83 min Driving 3.33 min Waiting 2.5 min Overall average time for 5.45 kms 39.83 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 24.32%
    Bus 26.44 min Waiting 8.56 min Other 6.67 min Walking 3.44 min Overall average time for 13.5 kms 45.11 min
  • Bike 2.7%
    Bike 5 min Overall average time for 0.5 kms 5 min

How to Reach Halifax from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Dartmouth to Halifax 1.02 km 1 mins
Windsor junction to Halifax 10.84 km 10 mins
Springhill to Halifax 73.51 km 1 hour 13 mins
Kentville to Halifax 105.21 km 1 hour 45 mins
New glasgow to Halifax 112.96 km 1 hour 52 mins
Moncton to Halifax 151.5 km 2 hours 31 mins
Riverview to Halifax 153.57 km 2 hours 33 mins
Antigonish to Halifax 181.97 km 3 hours 1 mins
St john to Halifax 278.87 km 4 hours 38 mins
Whycocomagh to Halifax 280.39 km 4 hours 40 mins
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