There are 5 ways to get from Boston to Nova Scotia by plane, bus, car ferry, train or car

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Fly to Sydney  •  6h 40m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Sydney (YQY) BOS - YQY

$172 - $639

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Fly to Halifax, line 84 bus  •  6h 3m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Halifax (YHZ) BOS - YHZ
  2. Take the line 84 bus from Barrington St At Scotia Square Bay 3 to Glendale Dr Before Metropolitan Ave

$200 - $492

Bus, car ferry  •  17h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to Bangor, ME 50 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bangor International Airport to Bar Harbor - Harbor Hill
  3. Take the car ferry from Bar Harbour to Yarmouth
  4. Take the bus from Yarmouth to Halifax

$219 - $348

Train  •  37h 50m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to New York Penn Station
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax

$314 - $615

Drive  •  11h 28m

  1. Drive from Boston to Halifax 1114.8 km

$120 - $190

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to drive which costs $90 - $140 and takes 11h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to fly and line 84 bus which costs $140 - $360 and takes 6h 3m.

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No, there is no direct train from Boston station to Nova Scotia. However, there are services departing from Boston South Station and arriving at Halifax via New York Penn Station and Saint-Lambert. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37h 50m.

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The distance between Boston and Nova Scotia is 708 km. The road distance is 1114.8 km.

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The best way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 17h 36m and costs $150 - $260.

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It takes approximately 6h 40m to get from Boston to Nova Scotia, including transfers.

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Boston to Nova Scotia train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to fly which takes 6h 40m and costs $120 - $470. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $220 - $450 and takes 37h 50m.

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There is no direct flight from Boston Airport to Sydney Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 17m and has one stopover.

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Nova Scotia is 1h ahead of Boston. It is currently 6:58 PM in Boston and 7:58 PM in Nova Scotia.

Map of how to get from Boston to Nova Scotia.
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  • Distance: 707.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 40m

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Nova Scotia, Canada?

WestJet, Air Canada and Delta fly from Boston to Glace Bay every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Boston to Halifax via New York Penn Station and Saint-Lambert in around 37h 50m.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Montreal
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
5h 59m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Ottawa, Montreal
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto, Montreal
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
9h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
9h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Boston to Halifax
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Boston to Halifax via Montreal
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Seat
$90 - $130
Train from New York Penn Station to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
10h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Premium
$320 - $440
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Business Seat
$130 - $190
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$85 - $180
Business Class Seat
$140 - $250
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax
Ave. Duration
21h 26m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$190 - $340
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$150 - $190
Economy
$190 - $280
EconomyPlus
$240 - $340
Business
$350 - $490
Bus operators
Metro Transit - HRM
Website
halifax.ca
Bus from Barrington St At Scotia Square Bay 3 to Glendale Dr Before Metropolitan Ave
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Website
Metro Transit - HRM
Downeast Transportation Inc.
Phone
(207) 667-5796
Email
info@downeasttrans.org
Website
downeasttrans.org
Bus from Bangor International Airport to Bar Harbor - Harbor Hill
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$0 - $13
Schedules at
downeasttrans.org
Acadia free shuttles
$0
Down East services
$9 - $13
Amero Shuttle
Website
ameroshuttle.tripod.com
Bus from Yarmouth to Halifax
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ameroshuttle.tripod.com
Ferry operators
Northumberland Ferries
Phone
+1 877-762-7245
Website
ferries.ca
Car ferry from Bar Harbour to Yarmouth
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $210
Schedules at
ferries.ca
Book at
ferries.ca
Adult Off-Peak
$111
Adult Peak (July1 - Sept14)
$148
Vehicle Off-Peak
$206
Vehicle Peak (July1 - Sept14)
$275

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Boston to Nova Scotia train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Halifax station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Nova Scotia is 1115 km. It takes approximately 11h 28m to drive from Boston to Nova Scotia.

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WestJet and Air Canada offer flights from Boston Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Nova Scotia. Prices start at $125 CAD per night.

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The best way to get from Boston to Boston Airport is to bus which takes 0 min and costs $1 - $11.

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