by ferry from the mainland to Argentia or Port aux Bas, then by car to St John's if you are not too tired to drive the rest of the over 500miles. book a flight,and enjoy a bumby landing, choices, choices
on July 19 2006 the new Information and Visitors Center opend at the Airport a state of the art new building, don't miss it.
Cabs in Canada are safe and rather affordable in St. John's if no one wants to be the designated driver.
From the airport to most hotels is about $20. From dowtown to most hotels it is about the same or much less if you are staying downtown.
Be warned that a cab can be hard to find at 3:00 a.m. when the pubs on George Street close.
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If you're driving to Newfoundland, you must take the Marine Atlantic car ferry to Port Aux Basques or Argentia. Argentia is closer to St. John's (81 miles/ 130 km) but it's seasonal. PAB is at the far southwest end of the island and is 571 miles (990 KM) to the city. You probably can't drive to St. John's from there in a day especially after a long overnight ferry voyage. There aren't that many highways and roads in Newfoundland, and the main highway network may have you driving a few hours out of your way to get to where you want to go.
You need reservations for the ferry and then there's a fair drive from the ferry to St. John's. See the website for maps and prices.
Fly and rent a car if you're going to St. John's especially off season.
Actually, St John's is a rather small city and it is easy to walk around. However, taxi will be useful if you need to go to the suburb areas or outside St John's e.g. visiting Cape Spear or other parts of the Avalon Peninsula. If you need a taxi, you can contact the City Wide Taxi service at tel: 7227777 when you are at St John's. A typical trip around St John's will cost about Canadian $10 and a round trip to Cape Spear will cost about Canadian $70.
If you are travelling to St John's from other parts of Newfoundland by coach, then the DRL Coachlines is your only option. There is only one coach from Port Aux Basque to St John's every day and the same goes for the other direction. There are many stops along the way and the fees vary according to the distance travelled. Generally, the coaches are comfortable but be prepared for hiccups such as a flat tire. More information (including schedule and fees) are at the DRL Coachline website below.
Other than the land-sea route from Nova Scotia, the best and fastest way to reach St John's is by air. There are flights from various parts of Canada and USA via Halifax, and there are also flights to places in Europe such as London. The airport is modern and efficient, and you can check out their website below for very comprehensive information.
Take the ferry from North Sydney to Argentia, unless you plan on taking in the sights on the west coast, take the Port Aux Basques ferry in that case. Just follow the TransCanada highway to St Johns!
The only way I got around was by Car, however, you can get around by transit, taxi, bike or simply walking!
Because St. John's is situated on island, the best way come to St. John's is by air. There are numerous daily connections between St. John's and Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. There are several flights a week between St. John's and London, England.
St. John's is not a big city. The downtown part can be covered by foot. There is an average bus service.
Newfoundland is an island; therefore, you have to means to get there. You either fly or take the ferry from the mainland. The ferries depart North Sydney, Nova Scotia and they do carry vehicle; therefore, you can take your car, mobilehome or motorbike. There are ferries to Port aux bas (west coast) and Argentine on the east coast near to St. John's.
In the city of St. John's there is local Metrobus service to get around. Using a car is the best. If you are strong biker, then this is another means to see the sites of the city.
The picture is courtesy of Newfoundland & Labrador's Department of transport.
By plane.....then this is the Airport. It is dual purpose for civilian and military air traffic. It is also an alternate site listed by NASA for the landing of the space shuttle.
By ferry boat...... Coastal Labrador Marine Services operates a ferry service from Lewisporte, Newfoundland, to Labrador. The ferry service operates from mid-June to mid-September, but June sailings are sometimes delayed due to ice conditions. The ferry, which carries automobiles, docks at Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and the one-way trip takes about 35 hours.
It can be very scenic and relaxing if the seas are calm. If you are driving up from Port aux Basques to Lewisporte the milage is 337 or 542 km. I recommend booking a cabin in advance. The ferry is seasonal to coincide with the ice break up in the bay.
For reservations and information, please contact:
Coastal Labrador Marine Services
P.O. Box 790
Fax: (709) 535-0060
By road..... Not for the faint of heart. It's 500 km into Goose Bay since the last sight of pavement after Labrador City. If you drive through Newfoundland on your way to catch the ferry at Lewisporte beware of the moose crossing the highways. They can do a lot of damage and it's really sad when you see one suffering on the side of the road until wildlife officials can get to it.
Goose Bay has many paved roads in the town. There are taxis and everything.
Because Newfoundland is an island, the only way for visitors to get here is byplane or ferry. If your not in a hurry I would recommend the ferry from North Sydney, N.S. to Argentia, NF. If coming by plane, hang on to your seat, I think St. John's might have the bumpiest landing in Canada.
St. John's has a city bus that travels in town and plenty of taxis . But if you want to travel outside the city, the best thing would be to find charter buses. They have lovely excursions and can take you most anywhere you want to go.
This is a tip about car rentals. I usually rent with AVIS because I have a credit card that covers the insurance costs for me. Also, Avis has four-day-weekend rates of $99 which a huge bargain. I google to search for AVIS coupon codes to use and that helps me when trying to get the rates down. Negotiate to NOT pay the mileage fees of $0.15 per km. For example I went from St John's to Gros Morne to St Anthony and back to St John's and that was 3,000 km and would have cost $400. Far better to buy air fare in and out of different cities at that rate. Filled the "compact car" six times for $60.00 so that was an additional $360. So Canada is a big country and don't be fooled thinking Newfoundland is small because it is an island.
Internet deals are better rather than in person.
I got better St John's rental rates with AVIS.com rather than AVIS.CA (canada)
So take the time to try different ways to input data in your search on their website.
travelzoo.ca was offering an internet rate of $15.00 a day with another company.
The Metrobus workers have been on strike since November 4, 2010, with no signs of union or management coming to resolution any time in the forseeable future. The mayor, Dennis O'Keefe, has made it clear that the city has no intention of intervening to bring a timely end to this strike. Since it's already been going on for over two and a half months, and talks between the union and management have been few and far between and very brief, it is unlikely this service will be restored any time soon.
From Nova Scotia to Newfoundland the ferry Web site is: http://www.marine-atlantic.ca/
The cariboo is the newest.