About Halifax

Getting Here From Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Depending on traffic, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to drive by car to downtown Halifax. Taxi/limo fare is generally $60 to downtown. Metro Transit bus takes 50 minutes and is $3.50 (see MetroX 320 Airport/Fall River route for more information).


Airport Shuttle


Metro Transit (bus)

WordCamp Halifax is accessible via routes 7, 41 and 42 (the system is linked into Googlemaps).

Most buses run until 11pm. Fare (exact change) is $2.50 for adult, $1.75 for children and seniors. You can ask for a free transfer that is good for 2 hours from issue. There are no daily or weekend passes, but you can buy a sheet of 10 tickets for $20. Bus schedules can fluctuate 5 or 10 minutes. Visit Metro Transit for more information.


Dalhousie parking meters are located on and around campus. Meters are  in operation from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meter fees are not required after 5 p.m., or on weekends and statutory holidays (this applies to all parking in Halifax).


There are many cab companies in Halifax, to which we have made recommendations. Most cabs arrive within 5 minutes of placing a call. Unfortunately there is no Uber in Nova Scotia (sad trombone).

Casino Taxi  902-429-6666 or 902-425-6666 (takes cash, credit and debit, also has an app)

Yellow Cab  902-420-0000 (takes cash, credit and debit)


General Information

Halifax may be considered quieter at night than other cities, although Argyle Street and Spring Garden Road remain bustling into the wee hours. We recommend that attendees sight-see and travel with a partner or group.

Halifax boasts having the ‘most bars per capita’ in Canada. From English-style pubs to rock venues, there’s something for everyone. Most bar establishments close at 2am, many serving food until then as well.

Taxes, Tipping, etc

Nova Scotia has 15% HST.

It is customary to tip 15-20% of your bill amount for dining. It is also customary to tip taxi drivers, valets, housekeeping and other hospitality workers.