Getting Around Halifax
The best ways to get around Halifax are on foot or by bus. Despite its hilly terrain, central Halifax is extremely compact and walkable, but you'll need stamina and sturdy walking shoes. You can also rely on Metro Transit, which operates buses throughout the city and ferries to nearby Dartmouth. However, if you're planning on venturing outside Halifax, you will need a car. You'll find major rental agencies both in town and at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), located about 20 miles north of downtown.
Many of Halifax's most popular attractions – including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Citadel and the farmers market – sit within walking distance of one another in the downtown area. So, to save yourself some dough, rely on your own two feet to get around. However, you should be warned: the city's hilly terrain can make a leisurely stroll feel more like a hike.
Metro Transit offers bus services throughout Halifax. A single ride costs CA$2.75 (roughly $2) for riders 18 and older and CA$2 (around $1.40) for teens and seniors. Children 12 and younger ride free. If you're planning to rely frequently on Metro Transit, consider purchasing the 10-pack of tickets, which costs CA$24.75 (about $17.50) for adults and CA$18 (around $12.75) for teens and seniors.
Metro Transit also provides ferry services between downtown Halifax, Dartmouth and Woodside. Ferries run every day at regular intervals (though schedules fluctuate depending on the day). Keep in mind that the same ticket can be used on both the Metro Transit bus as on the ferry so prices are the same: tickets are CA$2.75 (roughly $2) for riders 18 and older and CA$2 (around $1.40) for teens and seniors. Children 12 and younger ride free.
If you're looking to see more of Nova Scotia, we'd recommend renting a car. But bear in mind that parking in central Halifax is expensive and because there are limited spots, it can be frustrating, too. So, don't snag your own wheels until you're ready to hit the road. Several major rental agencies are located in the city and at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), but rates are much higher at the terminal than in town. Consider waiting until you reach Halifax proper to rent your wheels. (Affordable airport transportation is provided by the Maritime bus shuttle).
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