Getting to St. John’s
St. John’s is in the far east of North America. Not only is it the easternmost city in North America, but it is also one of the oldest European settlements in North America and getting here is a bit of a trek!
Thankfully, St. John’s International Airport (http://stjohnsairport.com/) is not far from the conference location. Air Canada, Westjet, Porter and PAL Airlines have regular flights.
For those who are considering seeing more of the island, ferry travel to Newfoundland is available via Marine Atlantic. More information is available here: www.marineatlantic.ca. During October, only one ferry route is available, from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland. The ferry trip takes approximately seven hours. Port aux Basques is located on the western side of Newfoundland; the drive from Port aux Basques to St. John’s is approximately ten hours! See we are in the far east! The drive is on the Trans-Canada Highway and drivers must be very aware of moose!
Getting around St. John’s
Once you’ve landed, the conference hotel, the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, is approximately 8 km from the airport. Taxis are readily available. Taxi cabs queue outside the arrivals area. Taxi rates are set for hotels and bed and breakfasts. The fixed rate to the Sheraton is $25. All other locations are charged at the meter + $5. More information is available here: http://stjohnsairport.com/to-from-airport/ground-transportation/taxis/
Car Rentals are also available at the airport. Information can be found here: http://stjohnsairport.com/to-from-airport/ground-transportation/car-rentals/. Due to the limited number of rental vehicles in St. John’s, it is recommended that if you are planning to rent a car for your stay you do so well in advance to ensure you can secure one.
The Metrobus provides public transportation from the airport to many destinations in the city, including downtown. Unfortunately, there is no direct route from the airport to the Sheraton. The most direct route is to take bus 14 to Memorial University of Newfoundland and then transfer to Route 15. The bus driver can tell you where to depart. The bus costs $2.50 and must be paid in exact cash, coins only. The ride should take approximately 45 minutes. Metrobus can also be used to get around town. More information is available here: www.metrobus.com.