Getting there & away
Acadian Lines (902-454-9321; www.acadianbus.com; 1161 Hollis St) terminal is at the train station next to the Westin Hotel. Its buses travel daily to Truro and Amherst and connect to Montréal and New York. It also goes to Digby ($41, four hours), with stops throughout the Annapolis Valley, and to Sydney ($63, 6½ hours) stopping in Antigonish ($38, 3½ hours).
Trius Lines has a daily route from Halifax to Yarmouth ($50, 4½ hours) that serves towns along the South Shore. Call Acadian for information on prices and departure points.
One of the few examples of monumental Canadian train station architecture left in the Maritimes is found at 1161 Hollis St. Options with VIA Rail include overnight service to Montréal (one-week advance purchase adult/child two to 11 years $240/120, 20½ hours, daily except Tuesdays).
Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and Westjet have multiple flights daily between Halifax and major cities such as Toronto ($575, 2½ hours), Montréal ($700, 1½ hours) and Ottawa ($430, 1¾ hours). Air Canada also flies between Halifax and other Maritime destinations (Saint John $340, 45 minutes, four times daily; Moncton $520, 40 minutes, three times daily) and to Boston ($380, 2¼ hours, twice daily). In summer through fall, there’s a daily direct flight to London ($530, 6 hours). All prices vary depending on sales and how far in advance the ticket is purchased.