Car hire Halifax: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Halifax

Distance from
Halifax city centre
5 mi
17 mi

Car hires in Halifax: practical information

Where to rent a car in Halifax

Ready for your trip to Nova Scotia? When planning to hire a car in Halifax, keep in mind that rentals are usually much more expensive from the airport than from the city centre. All major brands have offices in Halifax, from Discount Car Rentals to Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Compare prices before you go, and don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal when you disembark from your flights to Halifax, especially if you’re hiring a car for several days.

Driving in Halifax: parking and other tips

Driving in Halifax can take a little practise. For one thing, pedestrians almost always have the right of way, so cars stop quite suddenly to let them cross the street. Likewise, if you see someone who wants to cross, be courteous and stop for them.

Outside of the downtown area, parking on the street is typically free for up to two hours. There are also car parks in the city centre and metered parking throughout. Most hotels in Halifax will have parking available.

Road trips from Halifax: what to do, what to see

Halifax to Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

If you’ve ever seen a postcard of a lighthouse from Nova Scotia, changes are the photo was taken in Peggy’s Cove. Its stunning bare granite rocks and cliffs are simply gorgeous with its historic lighthouse that is still in use. Arrive for sunset and you’ll be in for a treat.

Halifax to Lunenburg


Lunenburg is a small fishing village near Halifax but the old town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A replica of the famous Bluenose sailing ship is moored in the harbour most of the year. There are two daily cruises available, in morning and the afternoon.

Halifax to St. Margaret's Bay

St. Margaret’s Bay

St. Margaret’s Bay is only a half-hour drive from Halifax and is a treat to visit for its gorgeous bay which is dotted with small towns and islands. Opening up to Atlantic, it’s a popular spot for sailing yachts.

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