About Halifax Stansfield Airport (YHZ)
Address: 1 Bell Boulevard (hfx Airport), Arrivals Terminal, Hfx Int'l Arpt, Enfield, B2t1k2 , Ns, Ns
Halifax Stansfield Airport (YHZ) is located 35 km (22 mi) north of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Airport car rentals are found in the Lower Level of the Airport Parkade, represented by a modest range of major providers such as Avis, Budget, National, Thrifty, and Enterprise.
Getting around Halifax is about as uncomplicated as the people are warm and hospitable. Since public transportation is mostly limited to downtown Halifax, a car hire is not simply a luxury — it’s a necessity, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding area. That said, a recent study found that Nova Scotia is the most dangerous place to drive in Canada — in terms of collision frequency — due to maritime winter conditions. Either way, as long as you have GPS to help navigate through winding hilly routes, a minor fender bender is the greatest of your concerns.
The city of Halifax is focused on a relatively dense urban core, and marked by declining development as you radiate outward. You can go from city driving to rural roads in 10 minutes or less. There’s hardly a rush hour in Halifax; however, due to frequent wet weather (i.e. snow accumulations), it’s not uncommon for traffic to be slow-going at times.
Choosing your car
There are a number of factors to consider if you plan to rent a car. Price, function, and accommodation are at the top of any car hire list. But don’t forget to factor-in location. Where is Halifax? Right. So, for the cheapest rates at (YHZ), look for Kia compacts and Nissan economy vehicles, which are quick in traffic and stingy on fuel. If you’re more concerned with space for people and baggage, Ford intermediate and Toyota standard 4-door sedans seat 5 passengers with room for modest gear. For families and larger groups, you can’t go wrong with a 7-9 seater Dodge Caravan minivan. If you’re planning a road trip into the Nova Scotia wilderness, an all-terrain Hyundai SUV is the ideal choice for winter driving, too.
Tips and advice
In addition to national parks and wildlife preserves, there several worthwhile sites within day-trip striking distance of Halifax, such as Peggy’s Cove (44 km / 27 mi), and the town of Mahone Bay (86 km / 53 mi). Meanwhile, soak in some genuinely gorgeous landscape scenery with an aimless drive down the two-lane coastal Highway 3.
Certain traffic signals feature a flashing green light, which basically means do whatever you want, when you want. Meanwhile, Nova Scotia does not employ speed cameras, but that shouldn’t encourage reckless driving. The default speed limits in and around Halifax are: 30 km/h in school zones, 50 km/h on urban roads, 90 km/h on highways, and 110 km/h on urban and rural freeways.
Pedestrians rule the road in downtown Halifax. Jaywalking is tacitly acceptable and observed by moving vehicles. If somebody steps out into your path in the middle of the block, just stop and let them cross the road.
You must be 25 years of age to rent a car in Nova Scotia. However, some airport car rental agencies offer an underage program for drivers 21-24. It costs quite a bit more and you only get to choose from compact and economy models.
In Canada, the maximum legal BAC for drivers is 0.08. Nova Scotia recently lowered its blood alcohol limit to 0.05.
Use of cell phones while the car is moving is prohibited. Hands-free is OK though.