There are a number of ways to get around Newfoundland and Labrador that promise scenic views and an adventure at every corner. You can travel by land, either by driving or taking a bus, or by sea, using our intra-provincial ferry system. Or travel by air, a great option if you have a lot to see in a short amount of time.
Newfoundland and Labrador is a vast place with lots of open country, so it’s important to remember if you want to travel around, you need to plan ahead – whether that means renting a car in advance, booking a ferry crossing or booking a short flight. For example, to drive across the island from St. John’s on the east coast to Corner Brook on the west takes approximately eight hours including a stop for lunch.
If you’d like to plan your trip yourself, you’ll find a number of resources below to help you navigate your way across the five regions of the province. But if you’re interested in travelling without having to worry about the details, there are many packaged tours to bring you to Newfoundland and Labrador. There's an operator for every taste and budget, and contacting one today is the easiest way to turn your plans into reality.
The Newfoundland & Labrador Travel Guide app is a free, invaluable, on-the-ground resource for your iPhone or iPad. It’s a way to carry travel information in your pocket as you explore the province. With smart searches, GPS capabilities, interactive mapping, news updates, and immediate visitor information, you’ll feel at ease and ‘in the know’ at the same time. While tourism operator information is always accessible (even in remote areas), map functions, live weather, and social media updates require a Wi-Fi connection or cellular service.
Book ahead of time
Make sure to make as many of your travel and accommodation reservations well in advance as demand is high during the peak season and space tends to fill up quickly - particularly when it comes to car rentals. This foresight will help you avoid disappointment, stay on budget and will give you the freedom to travel how and when you like.
There’s really no better way to get the lay of the land and soak up the scenery than to travel here and around by road. Whether you plan to rent a car (be sure to book in advance!) or RV for your stay, or bring your own, you’ll find some tools below to help plan your adventure. Again, remember, the province is large and driving across it requires planning, a realistic budget and time/schedule management. For more information consult the driving distances page.
The Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1) spans the island of Newfoundland from Port aux Basques to St. John’s – 905 kms. All highways off Route 1 are paved, with a few short and well-maintained gravel side roads in more remote areas. Most coastal roads are paved with posted speed limits of 60-100 k/ph. In Labrador, Route 510 is paved for the 60 kms from L’Anse au Clair to Red Bay and is gravel beyond that to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Route 500 between Happy-Valley Goose Bay, Labrador City and Wabush is paved except for an 11-km stretch east of Churchill Falls. Route 500 connects to Quebec Route 389 in western Labrador.
All drivers must carry a valid Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Registration Certificate and Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage. Newfoundland and Labrador was the first Canadian province to prohibit the use of cellphones while driving.
There are many places in the province that are only accessible by ferry. Newfoundland and Labrador has an excellent intra-provincial ferry system.
Communities on islands along Newfoundland’s coast are connected by automobile and passenger ferries. Remote communities on the province’s south coast and on the coast of Labrador are connected by coastal boats that carry passengers and freight, but not automobiles. For a truly unique cruising experience sail on the North Ranger up the North Coast of Labrador to Nunatsiavut.
In summer, a passenger ferry operates between St. Pierre et Miquelon and Fortune, just 19 kilometres away. St. Pierre et Miquelon is a little piece of France just off of the Burin Peninsula.
Our interprovincial airlines connect the corners of Newfoundland and Labrador, but book in advance: there is high demand in peak seasons and seats fill up fast. There are two different ways to travel by air: by scheduled commercial airline or by small, operator-owned aircraft specializing in serving remote areas.
Our province is home to two international airports – located in St. John’s and Gander – as well as many domestic airports in Deer Lake, Stephenville, and St. Anthony in Newfoundland, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls, and Wabush in Labrador. These local airports are serviced by domestic and interprovincial airlines that can get you around the province quickly and efficiently. This is an ideal way to travel if you can’t stay for a long time and you want to see as much as possible.
In addition to our international and domestic airports, there are airstrips in remote areas of the province that are served by small, operator-owned aircrafts. Several charter aircrafts also specialize in serving remote hunting and fishing lodges.