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Getting Here & Around

Getting here is as easy as 1, 2, 3. One major highway. Two direct flights. Three Atlantic ferry journeys. We may be an Island, but we’re definitely not remote—you’ll find plenty of ways to arrive and get around Cape Breton Island by air, sea, and land.

A highway winds past an eroding coastline

Getting Here

Getting here is easy. Leaving is the hard part. Catch a flight into Sydney from Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Driving? All roads lead to Cape Breton Island. If it’s the sea that beckons, there are ferries, cruise lines, and plenty of ways to chart your own course.

By Air

Closer than you think. Nova Scotia is two hours closer to Europe than any other North American destination, with the province’s capital city of Halifax being closer to Boston and New York City than any other Canadian city. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is currently the only Nova Scotian airport where travellers can fly in and out of the province. However, from Stanfield travellers can hop on a connecting flight that takes them to the JA Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney.

By Sea

Your journey to Cape Breton Island will be smooth sailing. Bay Ferries offers high-speed ferry service from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on board THE CAT, as well as an inter-provincial ferry offering daily service from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia. Northumberland Ferries offers daily, seasonal service from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, Nova Scotia. From each of these ferries, Cape Breton Island is then easily reached by car, tour bus, motorcycle. Marine Atlantic offers daily ferry service from Port-aux-Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland to North Sydney.

Cape Breton Island also offers miles of coastline. The Port of Sydney is a popular destination for many prominent cruise lines and visitors with sailboats or superyachts will find and plenty of ports of sail and marinas to dock, moor, and explore.

By Land

Driving? The North American highway system connects all major routes to Nova Scotia via the Trans-Canada Highway, which leads eastward over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island.

Should you need a lift, there are also bus services and charters into the Island from various locations.

Getting Around

Although it’s easy to get around the Island, make sure to give yourself plenty of time. Time to take in all the scenic vistas. Time to get from the heart of Acadie to Sydney. Time to take in a ceilidh, watch a drum circle, and find an isolated piece of paradise tucked amongst the craggy cliffs.

JA Douglas McCurdy Airport


  • Year-Round Daily Service: Toronto – Sydney (temporarily suspended)
  • Seasonal Daily Service: Montreal – Sydney (temporarily suspended)
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Sydney (temporarily suspended)


  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Sydney (starting June 28, 2021)
  • Seasonal Daily Service: Toronto – Sydney (starting June 1, 2021

PAL Airlines:

  • Weekly Service: Halifax -Sydney (starting May 31, 2021)

Halifax Stanfield International Airport


  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Boston, U.S.A
  • Year-Round Service: Halifax – London, England
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Montreal
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Ottawa
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Toronto


  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Calgary
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Montreal
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Ottawa
  • Year-Round Daily Service: Halifax – Toronto

Taxi Services

  • Briand’s Regional Taxi – Sydney River — 1-902-564-6161
  • Bud’s Taxi – Glace Bay — 1-902-849-4055
  • Crown Taxi – Sydney Mines — 1-902-736-6565
  • Dave’s Taxi – Port Hawkesbury — 1-902-631-1510
  • District 11 Taxi – River Ryan — 1-902-271-3635
  • Dynasty Cabs – Sydney — 1-902-562-5777
  • Gateway Taxi – North Sydney — 1-902-241-2444
  • Gerry’s Taxi Ltd – Glace Bay — 1-902-849-7341
  • GW Taxi – Wagmatcook — 1-902-295-0085
  • Harper’s Taxi – Port Hastings — 1-902-625-1434
  • Ingo Cab – Ingonish Beach — 1-902-285-4523
  • Island Taxi – North Sydney — 1-902-794-2224
  • Le Cooperative de Transport de Chéticamp — 1-902-224-1203
  • Marg’s Taxi – Glace Bay — 1-902-849-8794
  • Midway Taxi – New Waterford — 1-902-862-6954
  • Plaza Taxi – Sydney River — 1-902-539-8770
  • Sonny’s Taxi – Glace Bay — 1-902-849-1338
  • Staggs’s Taxi – North Sydney — 1-902-794-2400

Buses & Shuttle Services

  • Atlantic B&N Shuttle — 1-902-562-9893
  • Bannockburn Tours — 1-902-322-7584
  • Bay Luxury Shuttle — 1-855-673-8083
  • Cabot Discovery Tours — 1-902-623-2780
  • Cape Shuttle Service — 1-902-593-8585
  • Carabin’s Bus Service — 1-902-849-4253
  • East Coast Shuttle — 1-902-794-1512
  • Island Shuttle — 1-902-842-0441
  • MacLeod’s Shuttle Service — 1-902-539-2700
  • Maritime Bus — 1-800-575-1807
  • Simon from Sydney & Cape Breton Taxi Tours – 1-902-549-2625
  • Starline Shuttle Service — 1-902-849-4490
  • Tartan Tours — 1-902-578-4501
  • Madi G’s Custom Tours — 1-902-371-1784

Car Rentals

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around