Buses to and from Halifax Airport (YHZ)
Halifax International Airport is officially named as the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, in honour of the Nova Scotia Premier Robert Stanfield, and has the IATA code of YHZ. The airport handles well over three million passengers per annum, serving the city of Halifax, mainland Nova Scotia and areas in the neighbouring Maritime provinces. A few ground transport options are available to passengers. There are Halifax International Airport buses in service, and taxis can be taken to any destination. The airport buses are often preferred, and are a convenient way to reach the city of Halifax.
Halifax Airport has a terminal building with departure and arrival areas, and is served by several important airline companies. The current terminal is the original building of the airport, opened in 1960, but has since received many extensions to its facilities. Today passengers can enjoy a very modern terminal, with a wide range of amenities and internal beautifications. Outside the arrival area, there is a taxi rank where taxis to any area are available, as well as bus stops, from where airport buses can be taken. There are not many different buses that serve Halifax Airport, but there is a shuttle that travels to various hotels in the city of Halifax. Many passengers find this bus quite convenient for their needs, and quite well priced as well. Taxis from the airport can be quite expensive, as the airport is located approximately 35km from the city.
Halifax International Airport Buses
The Airporter is the shuttle that serves Halifax Airport, and is available at frequent times during the day for passengers arriving at the airport, and for passengers who need to travel to the airport for their departure flight. The bus stop is found outside the arrival area, at the curb-side. The Airporter is the airport’s only shuttle service, and does not require a reservation if travelling to their regular stops. Although their drop-off points are at city hotels, even passengers without a hotel reservation may use the bus services. Passengers can choose to get off at any of the hotels nearby to where they are heading in the city.
The airport bus leaves the airport at the following times, from outside of the arrival area: 04:50, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00. 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and at midnight. The bus is therefore available approximately every hour, on the hour, and is convenient for passengers on the majority of airport arrival flights, as their services operate throughout the day and late evening.
The Halifax Airporter shuttle bus will take passengers to the following hotel locations: The Westin Nova Scotia, Atlantica, the Public Gardens entrance (Spring Garden Road), Citadel Halifax, the Holiday Inn Harbourview, Four Points, Prince George, the Delta Barrington, the Courtyard Marriot, the Marriot Harbour Front and the Delta Halifax. Additional hotel locations served upon request include the Residence Inn, Radisson Suites, the Ramada Hotel Plaza, Days Inn, the Cambridge Suites, the Hampton Inn, Best Western and the Quality Inn Dartmouth.
Passengers who need to travel to the airport from Halifax or Dartmouth are requested to wait outside the hotel, or inside the hotel lobby, and should be ready for the airport shuttle about five minutes before the scheduled time of collection. Although the buses mainly run on time, there could be delays if heavy traffic conditions are experienced, therefore ensure that you have plenty of time to reach the airport. Passengers should also keep in mind that the Airporter never assigns another form of transport for collection, for example, a taxi. Only Airport shuttle buses are used. Passengers can make enquiries regarding pick-ups out of scheduled bus times. These requests should be made at least an hour before collection is required. A earlier notice period is required as well for earlier morning pick-ups, before 07:00am.
Children under the age of ten travelling with an adult can ride the airport bus for free, while a regular one way ticket will cost $19.50. A return fare will cost the passenger $36.00. All prices include HST. The Airport caters for charter needs as well, providing transport for sports teams, school trips, special events, VIP groups, seniors’ tours and corporate meetings. They have a fleet of buses able to accommodate either twenty-four or forty-eight people. Further details are available on the official website of the Airporter, at http://www.airporter.biz. The company also has a new website, at http://www.airporter-RLM.com.
In the city of Halifax, buses are operated by Metro Transit, and they serve all the main city areas, however, few public transport options are available in more rural areas, such as the Eastern Shore, South Shore and Musquodoboit Valley. The municipality does, however, plan to implement bus services from Dartmouth to Sheet Harbour, Upper Musquodoboit and to Enfield. In future there may also be additional rapid bus transit services along expressways such as the Highways 102, 103 and 107.
From Halifax International Airport, buses for longer distances may also be available, travelling to areas which include Sydney, Yarmouth, Truro, the Prince Edward Island and Annapolis Valley. Further details regarding all airport buses are available from the Ground Transportation Inspector at 902-873-1410, or at the airport Visitor Centre. The Airporter shuttle bus company can be contacted at 902-468-9415 (office) and at 902-873-2091 at the airport.