Getting Around the Island

“The people are warm hearted. If you get lost, they want to help you. A woman offered to drive my friends and I back to the university from the mall. She talked to us and was really interested in why we decided to study here.” Madiyar, from Kazakhstan (photo from inter’al banquet)

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s metro transit bus system connects students to the surrounding areas. Several routes travel throughout the Sydney region, with buses stopping on the hour at CBU. They have arrivals and departures at all major retail outlets. Important to remember the transit buses do not travel to CBU on Sunday. For further route details and schedules, check here: http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/transit.html

The municipality is starting to introduce more active transportation methods, such as encouraging the use of bicycles for travel between destinations.

Some students team up and buy a car, particularly if they live off-campus. Car rentals are also available. Commercial regional buses leave from Sydney for all points West in the country. There is no passenger train from Sydney. However, you can board a train in Truro – just outside of Halifax – should you wish to view Canada from the rails.

Marine Atlantic operates three ferries from North Sydney to Newfoundland that run several times a day.