Nova Scotia — Transportation
Nova Scotia Taxis and Car Rental
Most of the larger Nova Scotia cities contain at least one reliable taxi company, and Casino Taxi (+1-902-429-6666) and Armdale Taxi (+1-902-455-1525) are just a couple of Halifax’s many taxi companies. Flagging taxis in certain areas and finding downtown cabs after last call are the only major difficulties visitors will encounter when getting a taxi in Halifax.
However, car rental is the recommended way to travel Nova Scotia’s beautiful rural roads. J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and most major Nova Scotia communities all contain plenty of car rental choices. Public holidays and Nova Scotia’s busiest summer tourism season are the only times of the year when advance reservations are highly recommended.
Nova Scotia Water Taxis
Summer ferry service is available between Caribou, Nova Scotia and the Prince Edward Island community of Wood Islands, as well as year-round transport between Sydney, Nova Scotia and the western Newfoundland community of Port aux Basques. Visitors can also ride ferries across the Bay of Fundy between Digby, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick. Smaller ferries travel regularly to Pictou Island, as well as between Long Island and Digby Deck. A very popular and fun way to get around, some Halifax residents even commute to work by ferry.
Nova Scotia Trains and Buses
Nova Scotia’s only significant inner-city bus network is the Metro Transit in the Halifax regional municipality, but the Kings Transit bus network travels regularly between the Annapolis Valley communities of Wolfville, New Minas, Digby, and Bridgetown.
Acadian is Nova Scotia’s only major inter-city bus company apart from several shuttle services which has regular routes between Halifax and several smaller Nova Scotia communities. Although Acadian buses make frequent stops in several neighborhoods, this greatly increases travel time.
Halifax is the starting point for VIA Rail’s daily Ocean train, which also stops in Truro, Springhill, and Amherst on its way to its final destination in Montréal. This is Nova Scotia’s only passenger rail service and it only departs once a day in each direction.