How to get to Nova Scotia from the US by Ferry
When traveling to Nova Scotia from the US there are three options. You can go by car all the way through Canada to Nova Scotia. From the border to Yarmouth in Nova Scotia, a drive will take you about 9 hours.
There is also a ferry service in Canada from Saint John to Digby (Nova Scotia). The good news here is that this ferry goes every day of the year. Meaning it's not just a peak season like the best option the CAT from Bar Harbor. The bad news is that you have to drive all the way to Saint John, which is about an hour from the border. Don't forget it's quite a ride to the border as well! =)
The best option by far is ‘the CAT'. Simply because this large and fast catamaran ferry leaves from the US (Bar Harbor) and reaches Yarmouth in only 3.5 hours. It's not just a fast ferry it's also an excellent sightseeing opportunity and ocean adventure.
IMPORTANT: In 2022 the service started again on May 19 and ended on October 10th, you can use these dates to pre-plan your trips to Nova Scotia while the schedule isn't official yet.
Ferry from USA to Nova Scotia
The direct ferry ‘The CAT‘ is an important ferry for all of Nova Scotia. The Ferry closure from 2019 to 2021 has been felt by the community of Nova Scotia and, the reopening and the successful year of 2022 has revitalized the economy of Yarmouth and Nova Scotia.
The price you can expect for this trip
We've done some test bookings in 2022 and we expect 2023 to have increased pricing on this route. You will probably be able to reach Yarmouth for $120. Round-trip fares for both vehicles and passengers are discounted.
USA ⇔ Nova Scotia (Canada)
Drive through Canada and leave from Saint John
Driving from Portland (Maine) to Saint John (Canada) will take about 5 hours. From there though you can easily take the ferry from Saint John to Digby. From Digby, it takes a 3-hour drive to Halifax and just over 1 hour to reach Yarmouth.
USA ⇔ Drive to Saint John, and from Saint John ⇔ Nova Scotia (Canada)
Best way to travel to Nova Scotia
If you want to go to Nova Scotia in Canada we would advise you to simply wait for the spring/summer season (early May) and pick The CAT from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth. If you want to travel there off-season pick up the ferry from Saint John or travel all the way by car and enjoy the scenery!
It's worth the travel time though! =)
Frequently Asked Questions
We keep on mentioning ‘The CAT' since the name of that ferry is that well known. Actually, to tell you the truth this isn't the original ‘CAT” anymore where it got its name from, but let's not go into that. But it's important to mention that the ferry company operating this trip is Bay Ferries Limited.