Travelers appreciate good connections, safety and affordable travel. We’ve got all three, whether you are staying a short time or extending your stay to discover all that Destination St. John’s has to offer. National and international airline connections, ferry service, good quality highways and secondary roads, comfortable and efficient bus lines and rental cars make travelling to and around St. John’s and Eastern Newfoundland easy. Getting around the capital city is a snap, using public transportation, cabs or limousine services.
Newfoundland and Labrador has a well-maintained highway system and a charter motor coach service is available to centres throughout the island. The City of St. John’s has a bus system operated by the city’s Metrobus (709-722-9400). The province is serviced by all of the national car rental agencies and RV rentals are available through Islander RV Sales & Rentals 709-364-7368.
It is recommended that you reserve your car rental well in advance, especially during the peak travel season.
Marine Atlantic provides marine transportation between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia. Its fleet includes four modern vessels, two of which were introduced in 2011. Onboard you’ll find comfortable lounges, private cabins, a gift shop, games arcade, movies, live entertainment (in season) and a variety of food service choices. Daily service is provided year-round between Port aux Basques in southwestern Newfoundland and North Sydney, NS. A summer season route provides tri-weekly crossings from North Sydney, NS to Argentia, NL located 130 km from the city of St. John’s.
Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling 1- 800-341-7981 or online at www.marine-atlantic.ca. A variety of ferries or coastal boats operate on a year-round and seasonal basis servicing island and remote coastal communities. We recommend that you make reservations for local ferries prior to travel.
For information regarding local ferry service call 800-563-6353.
When you travel to Newfoundland and Labrador by air, you can reach all areas of the province. Convenient schedules and flight times help you make your travel plans to suit your interests. Wherever you start your journey, there’s a wide variety of international and connector airlines from which to choose … Air Canada, WestJet, Continental Airlines, Porter Airlines, Provincial Airlines, Air Transat and Air Labrador provide seamless travel to and within the province.
Approximate travel times by air:
Toronto – St. John’s 3 hours
Montreal – St. John’s 2 hours
Halifax – St. John’s 1 1/2 hours
New York – St. John’s 4 hours
Boston – St. John’s 3 hours
Other airports within Newfoundland are accessible within a one-hour flight from St. John’s and it’s just a two-hour flight to Labrador. The St. John’s International Airport is 10 minutes from the city centre.
In the spring of 2012 the St. John’s International Airport Authority will install a Category 3 Instrument Landing System (Cat 3 ILS) on the Airport’s principal runway along with a number of associated infrastructure improvements required to support this technology. The installation of a Cat 3 ILS allows for landing in poor visibility conditions and will increase the airport’s usability to 98.9%, which is consistent with most major airports.