Halifax Travel Guide

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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, and the bright-green FRED bus network offers free transportation around the downtown area. However, if you're planning on venturing outside the city, you will need a car. You'll find major rental agencies both in town and at the Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), located about 20 miles north of central Halifax.

On Foot Many of Halifax's most popular attractions -- including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Citadel and the Historic Properties -- 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 sweat-breaking hike.
Bus

Metro Transit offers bus services throughout Halifax. A single ride costs $2.25 CAD (roughly $2.25 USD) for adults and $1.50 CAD for children and seniors. If you're planning to rely frequently on Metro Transit, consider purchasing the 10-pack of tickets, which costs $18 CAD for adults and $13 CAD for seniors.

If you're visiting Halifax between July and October, you can save money by using FRED (Free Rides Everywhere Downtown). This green bus -- presided over by Metro Transit -- cruises the streets of downtown Halifax, offering free rides to numerous attractions like the Maritime Museum, the Citadel and Alexander Keith's Brewery. FRED runs every day from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an on-board tour guide provides interesting tidbits about the city and its sights.

Ferry

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.  

Car 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, parking can 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 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 Airporter shuttle).

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