I have written on 5 subjects for the TA Inside pages, but since I can't enter them without changing my browser, which I'm not too keen to do, and since I can't use the recommended browser without upgrading my operating system, which I don't want to do yet, I thought I'd post them here over the next few days. Here's the first one about using public transportation to get to and to get around Halifax.
Getting to Halifax:
The Halifax International Airport is 35km from downtown and is served by 20 airlines. (http//www.hiaa.com). To get into the city, taxis and limousines are available. The Airporter Bus shuttles between various city hotels and the airport. (www.hiaa.ca/default.asp…)
Via Rail provides train service from Halifax to the rest of Canada. (http://www.viarail.ca)
Intercity bus service is available from Halifax to New Brunswick, with connections to the rest of Canada. (http://www.acadianbus.com)
There are several ferries to Nova Scotia:
From Saint John, NB to Digby: (http://www.nfl_bay.com)
From Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou: (http://www.nfl_bay.com)
From NL to North Sydney: (http://www.marineatlantic.ca)
Getting around Halifax: Downtown Halifax is very compact and can be walked around. However, if your feet get tired, Metro Transit runs a FRED bus (Free Rides Everywhere Downtown) during the daytime from July to Nov., which will take you most places downtown. Transit also runs a ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth and buses serve most parts of town. Bus fares are $2.00 cash or 20 tickets for $32. If you need to take more than 1 bus or bus/ferry combination to reach your destination, ask for a transfer when paying the fare and show this to drivers on succeeding buses. (http://www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/)
Taxis can be found at hotels and at taxi stands downtown. Theoretically you can hail them on the streets, but they rarely cruise for fares.