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About Saint John International Airport (YSJ)

Address: 4180 Loch Lomond Road, Saint John (nb), E2n 1l7, Nb

  Getting around

Saint John International Airport (YSJ) is located 15 km (9.2 mi) east northeast of central Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. On-site airport car rentals are situated within the terminal and provided by Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, and Europcar.

Two things stand out in regards to the city of Saint John, which is never spelled St. John, by the way. First of all, getting around by car is almost without hassle — it’s like the city was designed with the automobile in mind. Traffic generally isn’t a problem and parking is ample. The city is bisected by the St. John River, making short work of orientation issues. Most of central Saint John is laid out on a very plain rectangular grid of streets. And of course, the Trans-Canada Highway runs straight through the middle of town, so rural excursions are a matter of: Which way do you want to go?

The second outstanding feature of navigating Saint John involves the distances between attractions and popular destinations. It’s 9 km (5.4 mi) from downtown Saint John to Irving Nature Park, and 19 km (11.4 mi) to Mispec Beach. With very little public transit outside of central Saint John, visitors will need to rent a car in order to reach any spot that’s not within walking distance of King’s Square.

  Choosing your car

Whatever your travel plans may include, Saint John Airport car rental providers have you covered. We all know that Toyota compact and Hyundai economy cars are great for short trips around the city. But in a wide-open space like Saint John, intermediate Volkswagen and fullsize Chevrolet 4-door sedans give you an option to get out on the highway for longer trips. A midsize Ford SUV is ideal for rural driving on questionable roads, and a fullsize Nissan SUV takes command of all terrain. But in the end, if you’re leading a travel group or taking a family vacation in the wilderness, the Dodge 7-9 seater minivan was designed for efficient use of space.

  Tips and advice


Apparently, Highway 7 from Saint John to Fredericton (113 km / 67.8 mi) is notorious for moose collisions. Certain times of day are more risky than others, but animal hazards are a constant wherever you travel in largely uninhabited New Brunswick.


Saint John is 424 km (265 miles) from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and 940 km (588 miles) from Montreal, Québec. It’s also 107 km (66 miles) from the nearest U.S. border crossing, and 496 km (310 miles) from Portland, Maine.


Ferries are a common in New Brunswick and southern Nova Scotia. Many car hire companies don’t allow their vehicles to board ferryboats.


Rent a car with unlimited mileage to get the most out of your car hire experience in New Brunswick — if not for the savings, then at least for the freedom to explore as you see fit.


Third-party insurance is required to rent a car at Saint John Airport. Although credit cards generally have automatic coverage, they usually come with restrictions. For example, you may be covered with an economy car, but not with an SUV.


The majority of airport car rental companies offer one-way rentals, which may or may not come in handy.


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