Transit is a great option for getting around in Halifax, especially if you’re travelling longer distances. If you don’t have access to or choose not to travel using a vehicle, transit can help you get to where you need to go.
Catching the Bus
Halifax Transit operates 66 bus routes and two ferry routes between three ferry terminals in Halifax, Alderney, and Woodside. To find out which bus or ferry will take you where you need to go, there are lots of resources to help you plan your next transit trip.
Schedules and maps for all bus and ferry routes can be found online and in print at ferry and transit terminals. The print versions are particularly handy to have if you don’t have access to the Internet or cellular data on the go.
Websites and apps like Google Maps and the Transit app are very helpful for planning your transit trip. All you have to do is enter where you’re starting from and where you want to go into the app. It will then find the closest bus stop or ferry terminal for you, tell you which bus or ferry you need to take and when it leaves. The Transit app in particular uses real-time data to show you where the bus is along its route - very helpful for waiting inside on rainy or cold days.
If you don’t have access to the Internet or cellular data, you can always call the Departures Line at 902-480-8000 to find out when the next bus is leaving from a particular stop. Simply enter the route number when prompted and then the bus stop number (both can be found on the bus stop sign) to find out when you can expect the next bus. Add the Departures Line as a contact in your phone so you always have it on hand if you need it.
Returning to Halifax Transit
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, there are some precautions that riders must take while on Halifax Transit, including
- Wearing a mask
- Maintaining 2 meters (6 feet) of distance from other passengers while waiting for your bus to arrive
- Exiting using the rear door when getting off the bus