how to get from nfld to pei?

Dec 22nd, 2008, 07:22 AM
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how to get from nfld to pei?

Just wondering how I can get from Newfoundlad to Prince Edward Island. Is there a ferry? If so, where does it leave from? How long does it take?
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Ferry from Newfoundland to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia:

Then you have to get to New Brunswick from Cape Breton to travel to PEI: maybe there's something on this site about a bus service:

Getting to PEI from New Brunswick:
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 02:22 PM
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Depends what your mode of transportation is. Getting off PEI involves either the Confederation Bridge at the west end of the island or there's the Northumberland Ferry between Woods Island, PEI and Caribou, NS (Nova Scotia)

To get to The Rock©, you'd take a ferry going from North Sydney to either Port aux Basques on the west end of Newfoundland or Argentia on the east. Here's the link to the ferry mainpage.

I tried working with Greyhound's website to see if you can get there from here but the site seems a tad rebellious.

HTH in some small way
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 06:43 PM
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There is no ferry from NL to PEI, which is what I think the OP is asking.
As the helpful posters previously have explained, there is ferry service from NL to Nova Scotia, which takes 6 hours(to Port aux Basques) or 14 hours (to ARgentia) but the next stage depends on your other transportation plans. If you are driving, (these are all car ferries), just use the Trans Canada Highway & the Confederation Bridge.
If you are using public transportation...well, there are no trains in either NL or PEI. The bus company in the maritimes (i.e. NS, NB, & PEI) is Acadian Lines/ SMT. They have a web site.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the North Sydney to Charlottetown run. It is listed as taking 15 hours!!! (this is probably a 6 hour drive).
In NL, there is a cross-island bus:
It only stops at towns on the Trans Canada Highway (TCH), and public transportation outside of that depends on small local bus lines, which usually cover a limited region.
I love my home province (NL), and I've been all around the Maritimes, but it is NOT easy to see these places if you don't have a car.
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for your replies so far. We will have a car to take us on the ferry and it looks like I will have no show but to go through Nova Scotia to get to PEI. Two of you have mentioned going across the Confederation Bridge though. Is that quicker than driving to Pictou and taking the ferry to PEI?

Thanks again.
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Dec 30th, 2008, 02:28 AM
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I would suggest if you are coming from Sydney, to take the ferry from Caribou (Pictou). You can make a reservation that will guarantee you a spot on the ferry you want. Depending on the week, you usually don't have any difficulty getting on. July 1st and a couple of other weekends can be very busy. You can also purchase a boarding pass at some Irving Stations in Pictou County. The boat ride is lovely, you can relax, take a look at the scenery going across, maybe see some seals and other marine life. There is usually music playing on the outside deck during the day crossings.

You may want to spend a night in Pictou before heading to PEI - again depending on what ferry you will catch. Lots of B&B's in the downtown Pictou area.

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