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There are 6 ways to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island by car, car ferry, bus or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Drive, car ferry, bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Charlottetown to Wood Islands, PEI
  2. Take the car ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS
  3. Take the bus from New Glasgow, NS to Sydney, NS

$56 - $79

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Drive, car ferry  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Charlottetown to Wood Islands, PEI
  2. Take the car ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS
  3. Drive from Caribou, NS to Sydney

$41 - $56

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Bus  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Charlottetown to Amherst, NS
  2. Take the bus from Amherst, NS to Truro, NS
  3. Take the bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS

$75 - $107

Drive, car ferry #2  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Charlottetown to Wood Islands, PEI
  2. Take the car ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS
  3. Drive from Caribou, NS to Sydney

$41 - $56

Fly from Charlottetown  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Charlottetown (YYG) to Sydney (YQY) YYG - YQY

$206 - $831

Bus, bus to Halifax, fly  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Charlottetown to Amherst, NS
  2. Take the bus from Amherst, NS to Halifax Airport, NS
  3. Fly from Halifax (YHZ) to Sydney (YQY) YHZ - YQY

$244 - $742

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The cheapest way to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $50 - $75 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $50 - $75 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island. However, there are services departing from Charlottetown and arriving at Sydney, NS via Amherst, NS and Truro, NS. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 10 min.

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The distance between Charlottetown and Cape Breton Island is 181 km.

The best way to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 10 min and costs $95 - $140.

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It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island, including transfers.

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Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island bus services, operated by Maritimebus, depart from Charlottetown station.

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The best way to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island is to bus which takes 10 h 10 min and costs $95 - $140. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $260 - $1,100 and takes 5 h 34 min.

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There is no direct flight from Charlottetown Airport to Sydney Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island bus services, operated by Maritimebus, arrive at Sydney, NS station.

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Map of how to get from Charlottetown to Cape Breton Island.
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  • Distance: 113.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 15 min

What companies run services between Charlottetown, PE, Canada and Cape Breton Island, NS, Canada?

You can take a bus from Charlottetown to Sydney via Amherst, NS and Truro, NS in around 10 h 10 min. Alternatively, Air Canada flies from Charlottetown to New Waterford 5 times a day.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Charlottetown to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Halifax to Sydney
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Halifax to Sydney
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Bus operators
Maritimebus
Phone
+1 800-575-1807
Website
maritimebus.com
Bus from New Glasgow, NS to Sydney, NS
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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maritimebus.com
Bus from Charlottetown to Amherst, NS
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
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maritimebus.com
Bus from Amherst, NS to Truro, NS
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Book at
maritimebus.com
Bus from Truro, NS to Sydney, NS
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
maritimebus.com
Bus from Amherst, NS to Halifax Airport, NS
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Book at
maritimebus.com
Ferry operators
Northumberland Ferries
Phone
+1 877-762-7245
Website
ferries.ca
Car ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ferries.ca
Book at
ferries.ca

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Air Canada offers flights from Charlottetown Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Cape Breton Island. Prices start at $87 USD per night.

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