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There are 6 ways to get from Boston to Nova Scotia by plane, bus, car ferry, car or train

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Fly to Halifax, line 84 bus  •  6h 2m

  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

$240 - $674

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Fly to Sydney  •  7h 14m

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

$162 - $641

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Fly to Saint John, car ferry, drive  •  11h 24m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Saint John (YSJ) BOS - YSJ
  2. Take the car ferry from Saint John, NB to Digby
  3. Drive from Digby to Kentville

$292 - $761

Bus, train via Rivière-du-Loup  •  30h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to Bangor, ME 50 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bangor, Maine - Concord Coach to Mars Hill, Maine
  3. Take the bus from Florenceville, NB to Rivière-du-Loup
  4. Take the train from Rivière-du-Loup to Halifax

$267 - $579

Bus, train  •  36h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Boston to Albany
  2. Take the train from Schenectady to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax

$289 - $716

Drive  •  11h 23m

  1. Drive from Boston to Halifax 1114.1 km

$110 - $170

Boston to Nova Scotia by bus and train

The journey time between Boston and Nova Scotia is around 2 days 3h and covers a distance of around 2026 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2 days 3h. Operated by Greyhound USA, Capital District Transportation (CDTA), Amtrak and others, the Boston to Nova Scotia service departs from Boston and arrives in Halifax. Typically three services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2 days 3h
Fastest journey time:
2 days 3h
Services per week:
3
Cheapest price:
$288
Carbon emissions:
130 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
13:45
Last service departs at:
13:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Boston to Nova Scotia bus and train schedules

United States → Canada
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days prior for all arrivals by land or air 5 years of age or older
  • Travellers are required to submit their quarantine plan using ArriveCAN app prior to arrival
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Nova Scotia is 1-833-784-4397.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Nova Scotia is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Nova Scotia is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 22 Jun 2021
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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 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to fly and line 84 bus which costs $190 - $550 and takes 6h 2m.

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The distance between Boston and Nova Scotia is 708 km. The road distance is 1114.1 km.

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The best way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia without a car is to bus and train which takes 36h 29m and costs $230 - $600.

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It takes approximately 6h 2m to get from Boston to Nova Scotia, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Boston Airport to Halifax Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 41m.

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Nova Scotia is 1h ahead of Boston. It is currently 6:57 PM in Boston and 7:57 PM in Nova Scotia.

Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Nova Scotia is 1114 km. It takes approximately 11h 23m to drive from Boston to Nova Scotia.

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Air Canada offers flights from Boston Airport to Halifax Airport.

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There are 12+ hotels available in Nova Scotia. Prices start at $125 CAD per night.

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Map of how to get from Boston to Nova Scotia.
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  • Distance: 707.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 2m

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

Air Canada flies from Boston to Glace Bay every 3 hours.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Boston to Halifax
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Boston to Halifax via Ottawa
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Boston to Halifax via Montreal
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Montreal
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto, Montreal
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Ottawa, Halifax
Ave. Duration
9h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
10h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Boston to Saint John via Montreal
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Boston to Saint John via Toronto
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Boston to Saint John via Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Rivière-du-Loup to Halifax
Ave. Duration
15h 38m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $410
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$110 - $140
Business
$190 - $270
Economy
$150 - $190
EconomyPlus
$290 - $410
Train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax
Ave. Duration
21h 26m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$160 - $200
Business
$240 - $360
Economy
$210 - $260
EconomyPlus
$420 - $600
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 Schenectady to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Seat
$80 - $120
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
Cyr Bus Line
Phone
+1 207-942-3354
Website
johntcyrandsons.com
Bus from Bangor, Maine - Concord Coach to Mars Hill, Maine
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
johntcyrandsons.com
Maritimebus
Phone
+1 800-575-1807
Website
maritimebus.com
Bus from Florenceville, NB to Rivière-du-Loup
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
maritimebus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Boston to Albany
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Flexible
$55 - $85
Ferry operators
Northumberland Ferries
Phone
+1 877-762-7245
Website
ferries.ca
Car ferry from Saint John, NB to Digby
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $120
Schedules at
ferries.ca
Book at
ferries.ca
Adult Off-Peak
$39
Adult Peak (May 13 - October 13)
$49
Vehicle Off-Peak
$113
Vehicle Peak (May 13 - October 13)
$118

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