Citizens of some countries and territories require a visa to enter Canada, please visit the following site to see if you require a visa: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Visa-exempt foreign nationals require an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens and Canadian permanent residents, do not need to apply. For more information and to find out whether you will need to apply for an eTA, please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
Flights to Halifax
One can travel to Halifax via a direct flight from London Heathrow, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Additional international connections may be made through Montreal or Toronto. Iceland Air also flies to Halifax from Iceland with European Connections.
Driving to Halifax
If you are situated in New England and would prefer to drive, one can take a ferry ride from Portland, Maine to Nova Scotia The CAT ferry takes 5.5 hours to reach Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and houses a range of on-board amenities such as café, cafeteria, bar, movie room, children’s play area and gift shop. Yarmouth is an approximately 3-hour drive from Halifax. For more information on fares, schedule and more, please visit: http://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
Travelling to and from the airport
There are several options for travelling to and from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and downtown Halifax.
The airport is located approximately 30 to 45 minutes from downtown Halifax by car, depending on traffic. Follow the signs marked “Halifax” down Bell Boulevard to connect onto Highway 102. Follow the highway and keep left at the fork to continue on NS-118. Follow signs for Dartmouth/Halifax via Bridges. Keep left to continue on Woodland Ave/NS-118. Turn left onto Victoria Rd/NS-322S. Turn right onto Boland Rd. Turn left onto Wyse Rd and then right onto Angus L. Macdonald Bridge. Please be advised this bridge has a $1 toll. After the bridge, turn right onto the Barrington St exit ramp and take your immediate right onto North St. You can then merge onto Barrington St and follow it into downtown.
Car rental from airport: http://hiaa.ca/transportation/car-rentals/
Taxi fare from the airport to downtown Halifax is $63 (including HST). This rate is approved and standardized across all taxi companies. Please visit this link for more information on taxi travel to and from the airport, including the phone numbers of all vendors.
Car rental from airport: http://hiaa.ca/transportation/taxi-limos/
Metro Transit operates a bus service between downtown and the airport. The #320 bus operates every 30 minutes during peak morning (6am - 9am) and afternoon (3pm - 6pm) times. The regular schedule departs every 60 minutes. Fares are $3.50 for adults/students and $2.75 for children/seniors. Exact fare is required. No change is given. For the bus schedule, please click here: https://www.halifax.ca/transit/Schedules/documents/Route320.pdf Travel times to the city are lengthy, you have been warned.
Airport Express also offers transport to and from downtown Halifax and the airport. In summer, the airport express bus stops at a selection of Halifax hotels and Dalhousie University. One-way fare is $22 (incl. tax) and return-trip fare is $40 (incl. tax). Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted as payment, and tickets must be purchased in advance online or at the Ground Transportation Booth at the airport. For more information, please visit: http://maritimebus.com/halifax-airport-shuttle/