What a change it was to be at a tiny "community-sized" airport. Moncton's airport is the smallest airport I have been to. It has only 2 luggage conveyor belts. I'm not sure what happens if a third plane lands. I guess it hasn't happened yet. Jokes aside, less congestion means you can get your bags faster and start your vacation faster. Nicer staff too than the airports in the big cities. There are 4 rental car companies on site (Avis, Budget, Hertz and National). You will see them as soon as you pick up your bags and step out. To pick up the actual car, head down the ramp to the bottom level.
Most of the railway lines in New Brunswick were torn up a number of years ago, but Moncton is the largest station in N.B. for the line that is left.
In the Maritimes, the ViaRail line (called the "Ocean"), runs between Halifax, N.S. and Montreal,Que. It travels up the eastern coast of New Brunswick, through Bathurst and Campbellton, NB, then through Matapedia and Rivière-du-Loup, Que., before arriving in Montreal.
You'll find the Moncton train station at 1240 Main St., behind the Highfield Square Mall.
It's easy to get to Moncton by car if you're within the Maritimes. Also, if you drive, it's usually a lot quicker than the bus since the bus makes pit stops at every town on the way to Moncton before arriving. Driving around Moncton isn't too difficult either. Also, Moncton is a good place to make a pit stop if you're on a road trip.
There are busses that go to/from Moncton and other Maritime cities/towns. The bus isn't too bad, and if you're travelling within the Maritimes, the ride usually takes only a few hours (1-6 depending on where you're going/coming from). But for going outside the Maritimes such as to Montreal, it's an overnight ride. To get to Prince Edward Island, the bus is the only public transportation option (the train doesn't go to PEI)
There is a Via Rail station in Moncton, so you can come and/or go by train. The train to Montreal leaves Moncton at around 5 or 6 in the evening, and the train from Montreal arrives sometime in the late morning or early afternoon, but I'm not sure about the rest of the train schedules. The station is very small, so you don't have to worry about getting lost, and there is a shopping mall nearby if you want to grab a bite to eat before boarding the train. Also, the train offers the choice of private bedrooms for 2-3 people, roomettes for 1, bunks, and coach seats.
JUNE 2001 came by automobile from Joliette Que. on Highway 40 via Quebec City and the south shore of the St Lawrence River turning south near Riviere du Loup to Edmundston where we slept at the COMFORT INN. We continued next day via Fredericton to Montcton then Shediac where we stayed for 18 days.We returned via Miramichi, Bathurst, Cambellton and the Matepedia valley to RIMOUSKI where we slept in the Rimouski Hotel. We left next morning via highway 20 along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River completing a circle route at Riviere du Loup ( picture was a lunch stop on highway 20 on way to Riviere du Loup.
AIR: Carriers include Air Canada, Air Nova, Canada 3000 and WestJet. Daily passenger services operate within the region with frequent flights to all major points.
RAIL: Greater Moncton is served by Via Rail with connections east to our Maritime neighbours, and west to Quebec and Montreal.
CAR: Driving through the neighboring provinces of Nova Scota, Quebec or through Maine.
You can get there by car, bus, train, and plane, though most probably drive as we did. As the provincial capital of New Brunswick, the city is well-connected to the rest of Canada as well as having air and bus services to the U.S. with flights to and from Boston and other northeastern cities.
Photo: A massive Winnebago recreational vehicle (RV) or motor home is nearly as large as this local shop. These vehicles are not an especially unusual sight on North American roads during the summer, however enormous they may appear to people from other parts of the world.