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There are 7 ways to get from Boston to Nova Scotia by plane, bus, car ferry, train or car

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

Recommended option

Fly to Sydney  •  6 h 47 min

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

$187 - $495

Cheapest option

Fly to Halifax, line 87 bus  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Halifax (YHZ) BOS - YHZ
  2. Take the line 87 bus from Bridge Terminal Bay 15 to Glendale Dr Before Metropolitan Ave

$106 - $340

5 alternative options

Bus, car ferry  •  15 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Boston, MA - South Station to Portland, ME
  2. Take the car ferry from Portland, ME to Yarmouth
  3. Take the bus from Yarmouth to Halifax

$141 - $226

Train, car ferry, bus  •  15 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Boston North Station to Portland Amtrak Station
  2. Take the car ferry from Portland, ME to Yarmouth
  3. Take the bus from Yarmouth to Halifax

$148 - $257

Bus  •  17 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Boston, MA - South Station to Bangor, ME
  2. Take the bus from Bangor, Maine - Concord Coach to Houlton, Maine
  3. Take the bus from Woodstock, NB to Moncton, NB
  4. Take the bus from Moncton, NB to Halifax, NS

$141 - $196

Train  •  37 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to New York Penn Station
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax

$287 - $581

Drive  •  11 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Boston to Halifax 696.8 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to drive which costs $90 - $140 and takes 11 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to fly and line 87 bus which costs $100 - $340 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Boston station to Nova Scotia. However, there are services departing from Boston South Station and arriving at Halifax via New York Penn Station and Saint-Lambert. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h 50 min.

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The distance between Boston and Nova Scotia is 442 miles. The road distance is 696.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 15 h 20 min and costs $140 - $230.

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It takes approximately 6 h 47 min to get from Boston to Nova Scotia, including transfers.

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Boston to Nova Scotia train services, operated by Amtrak Acela Express, arrive at Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to Nova Scotia is to fly which takes 6 h 47 min and costs $180 - $500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $200 and takes 17 h 43 min, you could also train, which costs $280 - $600 and takes 37 h 50 min.

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There is no direct flight from Boston Airport to Sydney Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 19 min and has one stopover.

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Nova Scotia is 1 h ahead of Boston. It is currently 9:46 AM in Boston and 10:46 AM in Nova Scotia.

Map of how to get from Boston to Nova Scotia.
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  • Distance: 442.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 47 min

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

WestJet, Air Canada and Delta fly from Boston to Glace Bay every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Boston to Halifax via Bangor, Maine - Concord Coach, Houlton, Maine, Woodstock, NB, and Moncton, NB in around 17 h 43 min.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Montreal, Halifax
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Boston to Halifax
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Boston to Halifax via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Halifax
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Boston to Sydney via Toronto, Halifax
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $950
Flights from Boston to Halifax
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Train operators
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 Boston North Station to Portland Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from New York Penn Station to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Room
$270 - $380
Amtrak Acela Express

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to New York Penn Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach
$75 - $160
Business Class
$110 - $200
First Class
$291
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Saint-Lambert to Halifax
Ave. Duration
21 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$120 - $140
Economy
$150 - $210
EconomyPlus
$180 - $260
Business
$270 - $370
Bus operators
Metro Transit - HRM
Website
halifax.ca
Bus from Bridge Terminal Bay 15 to Glendale Dr Before Metropolitan Ave
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
halifax.ca
Concord Coach Lines
Website
concordcoachlines.com
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to Portland, ME
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
concordcoachlines.com
Book at
webstore.concordcoachlines.com
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to Bangor, ME
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
concordcoachlines.com
Book at
webstore.concordcoachlines.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Boston Sth Station, MA to Portland, ME
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Amero Shuttle
Website
ameroshuttle.tripod.com
Bus from Yarmouth to Halifax
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
ameroshuttle.tripod.com
Cyr Bus Line
Website
johntcyrandsons.com
Bus from Bangor, Maine - Concord Coach to Houlton, Maine
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $29
Schedules at
johntcyrandsons.com
Maritimebus
Phone
+1 800-575-1807
Website
maritimebus.com
Bus from Woodstock, NB to Moncton, NB
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Book at
maritimebus.com
Bus from Moncton, NB to Halifax, NS
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
maritimebus.com
Ferry operators
Northumberland Ferries
Phone
+1 877-762-7245
Website
ferries.ca
Car ferry from Portland, ME to Yarmouth
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Schedules at
ferries.ca
Book at
ferries.ca
Adult Off-Peak
$80
Adult Peak (July1 - Sept14)
$107
Vehicle Off-Peak
$149
Vehicle Peak (July1 - Sept14)
$199

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Boston to Nova Scotia train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Halifax station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Nova Scotia is 697 miles. It takes approximately 11 h 23 min to drive from Boston to Nova Scotia.

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WestJet and Air Canada offer flights from Boston Airport to Sydney Airport.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Nova Scotia. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Boston to Boston Airport is to bus which takes 11 min and costs $2 - $6.

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