Guide to Halifax Travel
Traveling can be hard! There are so many things that you have to figure out about your destination. Our home base is in Halifax, Nova Scotia – a quaint seaside city on the east coast of Canada, so we know the transit options inside and out.
Here is everything you need to know about getting around Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Traveling TO and FROM the Airport
Like most airports, Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located outside of the city. This means you have to figure out a way to get to and from the airport.
I will give you all of the nitty-gritty details on public transit down below, but the #320 bus route services the airport. It goes every 30 minutes and will take you right to the downtown core. This can be tricky with luggage, especially if you have to transfer buses, but is totally doable if you are travelling on a budget.
An easier option is to take a taxi to and from the airport, but it will cost you a lot of money. It is definitely more convenient. They will pick you up and take you directly to your destination and handle all of the heavy lifting for you, but it will cost you a pretty penny – about $60 one way.
Driver Dave’s is a popular shuttle service that can take you to and from the airport. It costs $35 for an individual or $20 a person for groups of 3 or more. Keep in mind that unlike a taxi there will be strangers in your ride (unless you are a large group). It is also going to take more time each way because other people have to be picked up and dropped off. Plan accordingly.
Public transit in Halifax is very limited. There are only buses, no train or subway systems like there are in larger cities. To make your bus trip easier you can use the transit option on Google Maps or the Transit app.
It costs $2.50 to get on the bus and you can request a transfer slip that will allow you to get on and off any bus you like for the next 2 hours. It’s important to know that you have to have exact change to get on the bus. You can buy books of 10 tickets at these retailers for $20. That is $5 savings and what I do if I have to take the bus.
If you are looking to see things outside of the Halifax Downtown core (which I recommend you do) it is easier to rent a car. A quick google search will show you what is available and the prices vary drastically so search around before booking.
When Allie and I are travelling the US we use Uber constantly. It is just such an easy and affordable way of getting around new places. Sadly, we don’t have Uber (or Lyft) yet here in Halifax. I think it is totally needed, so hopefully, we get it soon!
Taxis feel like a slightly dated way of travel, but there are one of the few options available in smaller cities and towns. Taxis are fairly expensive and I really hate riding in them alone because they have always given me a creepy feeling. We do often take taxis if we are going for a night out in the city though. Two local taxi services are Casino Taxi and Yellow Cab.
Most everything in the Downtown and North End is walkable, so that is normally what we do. We love to walk so this isn’t a huge issue to us. Keep in mind that Halifax is a very hilly city and walking up some of the bigger hills can leave you pretty winded!
Biking is becoming more and more popular in Halifax. In some areas of Halifax, there are even bike lanes. During the summer you can rent bikes from I Heart Bikes right on the Halifax waterfront.
Halifax is an up and coming city and we are completely smitten. I think everyone should come visit! Have you been to Halifax before or do you plan on coming in the near future?
Fun Halifax transit fact:
Halifax used to have streetcars and a light rail system similar to those in San Francisco.