Transportation in Halifax
Getting around Halifax is easy. You can drive a car, take the bus, hop on a ferry, ride a bike, take a taxi or just walk.
Halifax Transit: Buses
Halifax Transit is the name of our Municipal public transportation system. There are several payment options: you can pay in cash, purchase a monthly pass or buy tickets. Be sure to check their routes and schedules online.
Also, they run the Low Income Transit Pass Program to make public transit more affordable for low-income residents.
Halifax Transit has several routes that travel locally as well as to suburban and outer areas in the Municipality. Visit MetroX and MetroLink to find out about these services. Also, Halifax transit offers Urban Express routes which provide a limited-stop service within the urban core so that you can make your commute on time.
If you are waiting at a Halifax Transit stop and have access to a phone, they have a Departures Time Line service that can give you information about when your next bus will come or if there are any unexpected delays.
You can also use Google Transit as well as the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) to better plan your route; it integrates routes and maps with Transit schedules and both static and real time information about delays and waiting times.
The Harbour Ferry Service has two routes between downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. The ferry is wheel-chair friendly and connects to the bus and Access-A-Bus systems.
If you cannot use the bus or ferry system because of an accessibility concern, you can always use Access-A-Bus. This is a shared-ride, door-to-door public system funded by the Municipality to help persons with mobility issues to use HRM’s public transportation system. Phone 311 or email at contactHRM@halifax.ca to book your ride.
Park and Ride
Halifax Transit has a number of park and ride lots throughout the Municipality. Park your car and ride the bus or ferry!
Moving Forward Together
Halifax Transit is currently undergoing several changes. You can keep updated about these changes and their numerous technology upgrades by visiting their Portal; in addition to these updates, this portal includes helpful information, fun facts and stories to get to know better the ins and outs of our public transportation system.
Take a cab
There are several taxi companies in Halifax. Look in the Yellow Pages to find the company that best serves your interests.
Need a Lift is a special tax service for people in wheelchairs and other mobility issues. These taxis can carry four wheelchairs and five passengers. Call 902-222-5438.
Get a Driver's Licence
If you will be getting around Halifax in your own vehicle, please contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles at Access Nova Scotia to find out a step-by-step guide to process your licence.
Do you have a driver's licence from your country?
- You can use your licence for 90 days in Nova Scotia. After that, you will have to apply for a Nova Scotia driver's licence
- After the 90 day period, you will need to purchase a vision test, a knowledge test (rules and signs) and a road test
- The road test is only made by appointment once after you have purchased it. Remember to present your receipt before you take the test
Call 902-424-5851 or 1-800-898-7668 (toll-free)
Do you have a licence from another Canadian province or from the USA?
You can drive in Nova Scotia for 90 days with your licence. After that, your old licence can be exchanged for a Nova Scotia’s driver’s licence. Please not that this exchange comes with a fee.
Purchase your own vehicle
Whether you want to buy a used or a new vehicle the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association (NSADA) is a good place to start your search.
It is always good to do some research before visiting any dealers so that you can negotiate a good price for the vehicle you want to buy.
If you will be buying a used car, Access Nova Scotia may have some helpful tips to guide you through your search.
Do you need to register your vehicle?
Once you buy a car, you must purchase both a vehicle permit, which will get your licence plates, and a vehicle certificate registration, which proves ownership. You can go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles at Access Nova Scotia to get the documents yourself. Contact them by phone 902-424-5851 or 1-800-898-7688 (toll free).
If you are not thinking on getting a driver's licence any time soon but you want proof of identity with a photo, you will want to get an identification card or Nova Scotia ID.
Child safety seats are required for children less than 18kg (40lb) and booster seats are required for children under nine years of age or 145 cm (4ft 9in tall). For more information call 1-866-288-1388 or review the “Passenger safety” section at the Nova Scotia Driver's Handbook. You can also visit Safe Kids Canada for more safety tips.
If you own a vehicle in Nova Scotia, our laws state you must have insurance, which is meant to protect you if you have an accident or if your car is stolen or damaged.
For more information on companies that offer vehicle insurance, please check the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory.
Do you have a cell phone?
In Nova Scotia, it is against the law to use cell phones or to text message while you are driving. You can use a cell phone only in an emergency or if you are using a hands-free device.
Keep in mind
You must wear a helmet if you use a motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, skateboard or inline skates.
There are two toll bridges connecting downtown Halifax and downtown Dartmouth
- The A. Murray MacKay Bridge, usually called the "New Bridge"
- The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge (usually called the "Old Bridge")
It costs $1 each time you cross the bridge. Walkers and cyclists can only use the Macdonald Bridge. You can also buy an electronic Macpass for convenience.
Biking is a preferred form of transportation for many residents in Halifax.
Check all the information we have around active transportation, and the many ways to get around in the city, plan your bike trips, find trails, and stay informed on changes, temporary closures and new openings.
Also, the Halifax Cycling Coalition has comprehensive information for bikers, including maps, resources and research.