Amero's Shuttle travels the "North Shore" between Yarmouth and Halifax, and from Halifax back to Yarmouth. They are prepared to make stops between the two primary destinations, but you should arrange this in advance.
Shuttles leave Yarmouth at 7:00 am Monday to Friday, and 8:00 on weekends.
Standard fares are $60.00 one-way, but if there is more than one, they offer a $5.00 discount to each group member: ie: for 2 or more, booked together, fare is reduced to $55.00.
Because this is a shuttle, I strongly recommend that you book in advance, seating can be limited during peak travel seasons.
They accommodate pets (in carriers) ; kids (BYO car seat) -- law here says under 9, 4'9", and 90 pounds, they must be in a seat ; and bicycles (must have advance notice)
The phone is manned, so you will get a person, and if they are away, you will be called back quite promptly.
Campbell's travels mainly the "South Shore" (Highway 103, through Shelburne, Lunenburg) between Yarmouh and Halifax. They make every reasonable effort to pick you up at your location, and deliver you to your destination. Shuttles leave Yarmouth at 8:00am on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends. The return leaves Halifax at 4:30 pm and arrives back in Yarmouth at approx. 8:00 pm.
Fares are $55 oneway, $105 return, and $5.00 extra for bikes.
Reservations are required, so call early. Be sure to make arrangements for young children, as safety/booster seats are the law here. Up to Age 9, 4'6" and 90 lbs.
I strongly suggest making arrangements early, as peak travel times can restrict seat availability. Be sure to give detailed information about any special needs, (canes, walkers, pets, kits, bicycles, etc)
The phone is manned, so you will speak with a person, and if they are busy, you will hear back promptly.
Cloud Nine operates on the "North Shore" (Highway 101 by Annapolis, Kentville) and the "South Shore" (Highway 103 by Shelburne and Lunenburg) and points on route.
If at all possible they pick you up at your door in or near Yarmouth by 8 am. Alternatively, you meet them at MacDonald's for an 8:00 am departure. Return from Halifax starts at approximately 3:00 pm.
In 2006 they started meeting the CAT ferry arriving from Bar Harbor in Yarmouth at noon, reaching Halifax about 4 pm, returning from Halifax/Dartmouth between 5 and 6 pm.
Fares are $60.00 one-way, and $65 for delivery to Airport.
I strongly recommend advance reservations. Be sure to note any specific requests, ie: canes, walkers, pets, kids -- NS law requires safety/booster seats to age 9, 4'6" and 90 lbs.
I don't know if they handle bicycles.
The owner/operator is also a driver, so you leave a message and he will call you back from the road. (from one of his stops)
The CAT high speed ferry is--I believe--the fastest ferry in use. It used to be that the ferries available would take 8 hours to travel between Maine and Nova Scotia. It now takes 3 hours from Bar Harbor, ME and Yarmouth, NS. You can also pick it up from Portland, ME. Allow for at least 1 week advance for reservations. You will pay for convenience. The CAT is not cheap. $140 roundtrip during peak season. (You can purchase a one way ticket if you wish.) $210 to bring your car, that cost is in addition to the ticket for yourself and everyone else in your party. The cost is well worth the ride at least once in your life! The CAT is a pretty impressive example of speed and power on the open seas. Stand out back on the open observation deck at the stern of the craft. (It is usually foggy crossing over, but some days it's clear.) Inside there are plenty of movies playing, tables or chairs to sit at. Lavatory accomodations are clean and well maintained. Food is readily available and sits somewhere between sort of healthy and not so much. But better than your standard "travel" food. The mostly Canadian staff is extremely friendly and helpful with any questions you might have regarding Canada.
There is duty free shopping available on board. You can purchase with either the US or Candian dollar, but all prices are in US funds. Slot machines are also on board if you're looking for more to do. The CAT really makes getting to NS quick and simple and it's a lot of fun. However, plan carefully as you will discover that your vacation will be at the mercy of the CAT's schedule. It only makes 1 to 2 departures a day depending on which day and it does not run on the weekends to Bar Harbor. Free parking is available at the Bar Harbor terminal if you wish to leave your car in the States.
There are very few car rental agencies available in the area. I found that Enterprise had the best prices (Avis was nearly twice as much!). However, they do not have a large fleet of cars, so make your reservation as soon as you know when you'll be in NS. They will go to another Enterprise office to find you a car, if they don't have one available. The staff is friendly and they will pick you up pretty much anywhere in the Yarmouth area. They were willing to do a pickup at the ferry terminal, but if you're coming in on a late ferry, the Enterprise office closes at 6PM. They did however, drive 10 miles (16km) to do a pickup at the hotel.
Be prepared. Gas is expensive. At the time it was averaging $1.16/liter CAD. This translated to roughly $4.25/gallon!
A bit of a somewhat gruesome warning: Along the highways you will find fairly consistently porcupines, victims of cars. However, these porcupines are huge and are left in the road. Be on the lookout as they can pose a hazardous obstacle for you.