Getting Here & Around

Getting here is as easy as 1, 2, 3. By air: there are direct flights into Sydney from Toronto and Halifax. By car: the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island. By water: there are two ferries from Newfoundland, many cruise lines call on the Island, or boaters may chart their own course. If you fly into Sydney, car rentals are plentiful. You can also hire a taxi, take a shuttle or a bus tour.

Getting Here

Cape Breton has a full-service airport—the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport—with direct flights from Toronto, ON and numerous connections via the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Bonus: Nova Scotia is located two hours closer to Europe than any other North American destination, and Halifax is closer to Boston and New York than other Canadian city.

By sea, ferry service is available from Maine, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick to mainland Nova Scotia, and two ferries sail from Newfoundland into Sydney. Visitors with sailboats will find miles of coastline, and access to the magnificent Bras D’Or Lakes.

Driving? The Trans-Canada 104 in Nova Scotia leads right over the causeway into Cape Breton. There are also bus services and charters into Cape Breton from various locations.

Getting Around

If you fly into Sydney, car rentals are plentiful. You can also hire a taxi, or take a shuttle or bus tour. Driving in from mainland Nova Scotia, the Trans-Canada 105 will get you from the causeway to Sydney in 2 hours. Other routes loop around various sections of the island and it’s easy to get from one region to another. Secondary roads crisscross to and fro and are full of back road surprises.

Although it’s easy to get around the island, give yourself plenty of time. Otherwise it’s like trying to gulp a giant feast in mere seconds. Cape Breton is a smorgasbord for the senses. Don’t short-change yourself. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Give yourself time to experience the wonder and magic of it all.

JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport


  • Air Canada Year Round Daily Service: Toronto – Sydney
  • Air Jazz Year Round Daily Service: Halifax – Sydney


  • WestJet Year Round Daily Service Between Sydney and Halifax
  • WestJet Daily Direct Toronto – Sydney, July 1 – Sept. 4, 2016

Cape Breton Taxi Services

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