How to get to Halifax / Good to know before you go

If flying into Halifax, you will land at Halifax Stanfield (airport code: YHZ) located just 30 minutes from the downtown core. The Airport is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients with access to markets across the globe. 

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. Please click here for discounted rates at Hertz car rentals.
  • Many taxis and limos are available on site. We recommend Yellow Cab, Casino TaxiDriver Dave’sWoods 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.

Air Canada is happy to partner with the 11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference and offer discounted rates for attendees! To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter the promotion code 962YP9F1 in the search panel. 

Westjet is happy to partner with the 11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference and offer discounted rates for attendees! To book a flight with your promotion code, access westjet.com and enter the promotion code R17ZR16 in the search panel. 

Delta Air Lines is happy to partner with the 11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference and offer discounted rates for attendees! To book a flight with your promotion code, access delta.com or call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMTV2.

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

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Halifax is easy to access by road! Whether driving from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the rest of Canada or the continental United States, you will arrive into Halifax via the Trans-Canada Highway. It is 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 fee at the Cobequid Pass.

Hertz offers a discount on car rentals to ICN NP/APN 2020 delegates. To take advantage of this discount, please use the online booking tool and use the code 2163312 (insert it under the CDP field).

VIA Rail Canada offers trans-continental connection with Western Canadian cities, and some US destinations. While not a common method to travel in and out of the city, it’s a great way to see the scenery and back roads of Canada.

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.

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. 

Halifax Transit also runs a bus from the airport to the city, departing every 60 minutes.

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 Halifax!

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.

  • CURRENCY
    You can exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at authorized currency exchange counters in Halifax and at the airport. You can also exchange currency at banks and financial institutions across Nova Scotia. To approximately calculate your exchange rate, try the Bank of Canada Daily Currency Converter.

  • EMERGENCY NUMBER
    Fire, Police, Medical, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) can all be reached by dialing 911.

  • LANGUAGES SPOKEN
    English, French

  • LOCATION
    Halifax is located on Canada’s East Coast, and is the capital city of the province of Nova Scotia.

  • POWER
    In Canada, power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

  • SAFETY
    Halifax – a safe city in a safe country. The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index Report ranked Canada as the 7th safest country and under Canada’s Crime Severity Index Halifax ranks better than the national average.

  • TIME ZONE
    Halifax is on Atlantic Standard Time (GMT/UTC -4 hours)

  • TIPPING AND GRATUITY
    Tipping is standard practice in Halifax and across Canada with a standard minimum tip of 15% for servers in restaurants, bars and other establishments. Tips can also be given to drivers, tour guides, spa therapists, hairdressers, bartenders, hotel attendants, etc., at your discretion.

  • WEATHER
    Halifax has a temperate climate and hold true to all four seasons – Warm, sunny summers – crisp, colourful falls – cool, snowy winters – warm, (sometimes rainy) springs. Check current Halifax weather conditions.

  • WIFI IN THE CITY (FREE)
    Free Wifi is available on the Halifax waterfrontDartmouth waterfront and in Grand Parade Square. There is also free Wifi available at the Halifax International Airport, most coffee shops and libraries, and most hotels will offer Wifi access to patrons as well.

 

For more information, please visit the website of Discover Halifax and find answers to all your questions on their FAQ page!

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