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Travelling here by plane is a popular option, and major airlines fly into St. John’s, Gander, and Deer Lake. Flying time to St. John's is about 3.5 hours from Toronto, 6 hours from Edmonton/Calgary, and 5 hours from London (when a direct route is available). Other international routes from London and Frankfurt are available into the region via Halifax.
Regional airlines service smaller destinations and operate flights within the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador is served by scheduled airlines and charter services, and can be reached via national and international connections. Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter fly here. Air Canada partners with United Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, and all Nippon Airlines. Smaller airlines service airports in the province as well as the Maritimes, Québec, and the French-owned islands, Saint Pierre-Miquelon that sit just off the south coast of the island of Newfoundland.
Travellers are encouraged to check with individual airlines and ferry services for the most up-to-date information prior to and during travel.
Getting Here Flying to Newfoundland & Labrador
Flying to Newfoundland
There are four airports on the island: St. John’s (YYT), Gander (YQX), Deer Lake (YDF), and St. Anthony (YAY). St. John’s is the main international hub for Newfoundland and Labrador and receives flights from Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Major airlines also fly from Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia to Deer Lake and Gander. It’s about 6 hours from Edmonton/Calgary, 3.5 hours flying time from Toronto to St. John’s, and just 1.5 hours from Halifax.
Flying to Labrador
Labrador is serviced by airports in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (YYR) and Wabush (YWK). Access to southern Labrador can be arranged through Blanc Sablon (YBX), just across the Québec Border.
When you’re planning your trip, be sure to keep the size of the province in mind. If you’re visiting western Newfoundland, flying into Deer Lake (YDF) would be your best option. Similarly, St. John’s (YYT) is the best entry point for those visiting the Avalon Peninsula and eastern Newfoundland. Gander (YQX) is a good option for the central region of the island. Happy Valley-Goose Bay (YYR) is ideal for central Labrador and those taking charters north, and Wabush (YWK) serves western Labrador. Air travel to southern Labrador can be arranged through Blanc Sablon, PQ (YBX) just across the Québec border. Air Saint-Pierre services Saint Pierre-Miquelon (FSP) from Canada and France.
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Getting Around On The Ground
Once your flight has arrived, you can take a taxi or pick up your rental car. None of the airports are particularly far from hotels and the major attractions, but there isn’t always regular public transportation. If you are renting a vehicle, be sure to book it in advance – supplies can be limited during peak season.
Travel Within NL
Driving around the province – whether by car or RV – is an excellent way to experience Newfoundland and Labrador. The off-kilter nature of this place rewards the curious traveller who doesn’t stick to the well-travelled path. Make sure you take time to discover, and allow serendipity to play a role in your adventure.
To give you a better idea of the province’s size, Newfoundland and Labrador is more than three times the total area of the Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) and would rank fourth in size behind Alaska, Texas, and California if it were one of the United States. It's almost one-and-three-quarter times the size of Great Britain. Most of that open space is in Labrador, but even on the island, the nine-hour drive from the ferry at Port aux Basques to the capital city of St. John’s is longer than the drive from Toronto to New York or from Paris to Berlin.
While there may be times when you truly want to get lost in this land, you might need a hand finding your way back. Our interactive map will help you plan routes, determine distances, and highlight accommodations and attractions along your journey.