How to Get Here
There are lots of ways to travel to Prince Edward Island and you’ll find suggestions below, with helpful links to other websites, like airlines and ferry schedules.
What’s the transportation situation in the province?
If you’re not coming in your own vehicle or on a tour bus, you’ll want to rent a car. Prince Edward Island is a rural place that’s perfect for exploring and driving tours. Most car rental companies have offices in the Charlottetown, Halifax and Moncton Airport and in the larger towns and cities. There are no rail lines.
For the list of air carriers, visit the YYG Charlottetown Airport website or contact your local travel agent.
Private pilots can take advantage of airports in Charlottetown and Summerside.
- 1600 km (1000 miles) from Toronto
- 1000 km (625 miles) from Montreal
- 1100 km (650 miles) from Boston
- 1450 km (850 miles) from New York City
Driving to Prince Edward Island provides two unique experiences; crossing a 13-kilometre Confederation Bridge which links New Brunswick to PEI, arriving at Borden-Carleton. Or arrive via a relaxing 75 minute sail aboard Northumberland Ferries departing from Caribou, Nova Scotia and arriving at Wood Islands, and placing you directly on the Points East Coastal Drive. The bridge and ferry tolls are paid only on departure.
The Confederation Bridge is open 24 hours a day and takes approximately 12 minutes to cross. Tolls are collected only when leaving the Island.
Additional information about the bridge is available by telephoning, toll-free: 1-888-437-6565
If arriving via the Confederation Bridge, follow the TransCanada Highway to Charlottetown following the Charlottetown Bypass and connecting back to the TransCanada at the Hillsborough River Bridge on the east side of Charlottetown where you will enter Points East Coastal Drive.
Proceed by following the Star Fish signs to discover the special places along Points East Coastal Drive.
Northumberland Ferries depart from Caribou, Nova Scotia, and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, on a schedule of about every 90 minutes, offering a pleasant respite. Discover a regional tradition on a voyage across the beautiful Northumberland Strait with Northumberland Ferries. This 75-minute ferry trip between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia offers a variety of onboard amenities and services tailored to the Maritime experience. From aboard the MV Confederation and MV Holiday Island, spend less time behind the wheel and more time taking in the beauty of the Atlantic coast, listening to live music, savoring local flavors, and catching up over a cup of hot coffee.
Up-to-the-minute schedule information is available by telephoning toll-free: 1-877-635-SAIL (7245).
The ferry does not operate from the end of December until early May.
By Bus or Shuttle
Maritime Bus offers daily bus service from various cities in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to Borden-Carleton, Charlottetown and Summerside, PEI.
Call toll-free 1-800-575-1807 more information.
T3 Transit offers bus transit between several eastern PEI communities. See schedules for details.
A number of companies offer shuttle services by van to and from Charlottetown (and selected other Island locations) and Halifax, Nova Scotia. These companies operate from various locations and on different schedules; contact each for details about their specific services.
East Connection Shuttle
Passenger shuttle from Souris (Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine ferry), Montague, Wood Islands ferry, St. Peters. Passenger, luggage, bicycle, shuttle service on Confederation Trail. Island-wide tours.
Call 902-393-5132 or 902-892-6760