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Getting Here Prince Edward Island

Getting to PEI

There are three convenient ways to get to Prince Edward Island. Whether you drive across the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick, take a ferry ride from Nova Scotia, or fly into the Charlottetown airport, as long as you know how to drive in a round-about, you’ll find our Island easy to navigate.

Regardless of how you arrive, the size and crescent shape of the Island makes it easy to begin your tour at one entry point and end at the other. And remember, you only pay a toll when you leave!

By Land

Drive over the 12.9 kilometre Confederation Bridge in about 10 minutes. The bridge connects New Brunswick to Borden-Carleton on the southwest coast of the province. A shuttle service is available for pedestrians and cyclists.

For travel advisories, call 1-888-437-6565 or visit confederationbridge.com.

Prince Edward Island has a growing number of electric vehicle charging stations. For a map of public charging locations, visit Plughsare.com.

By Ferry or Sail

Sail aboard Northumberland Ferries from Caribou, Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island. The 75-minute car ferry crossing offers a pleasant break from driving and the chance to lounge on the outside deck soaking up some sun and sea air. Ferries run from May to mid-December. During peak season, a reservation is recommended. Visit ferries.ca for details on schedule, fares, amenities and to book online.

From early April to November, regular ferry service runs from Cap-aux-Meules, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec to Souris, Prince Edward Island. Visit CTMA for schedule, fees and more information.

By Air

There is nothing quite like flying over Prince Edward Island and seeing the breathtaking patchwork of farm fields from the sky. The Charlottetown Airport (YYG) is located in Charlottetown and offers direct and connecting commercial flights. For a list of current air carriers and schedules, visit FlyPEI.

Most major car rental companies have offices in the Charlottetown Airport and other Island locations.

By Cruise

Consider arriving at Prince Edward Island by sea aboard one of the major cruise lines that sets anchor in the Port of Charlottetown. Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island, is a top stop on New England-Canada cruise itineraries.

Visit the Historic Charlottetown Seaport for updates and schedules.

By Boat or Sail

Should you plan to sail to the Island, see a map of PEI marinas and yacht clubs.

By Bus or Shuttle

Maritime Bus offers regular bus service between Charlottetown, Summerside and Borden-Carleton and over 40 locations across the Maritimes, with connections to central and western Canada.

You may want to look into shuttle services by van between Charlottetown and Halifax.

By Train

Travel by train with VIA Rail or Amtrak (via Montréal) as far as Moncton, New Brunswick or Halifax, Nova Scotia and continue your journey to Prince Edward Island by bus or rental car.

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Important Travel Information

The maximum speed on major highways in PEI is typically 90km/h and 80km/h (50mph) on secondary roads. Speed limits are reduced in towns and villages.

As an agricultural province, you may find yourself sharing the highway with farm vehicles or horse and carriages from time to time. Slow down, relax and enjoy the scenery.