Car Hire at Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
If you’re planning a trip to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, the best way to get around is by hiring a car at Sydney Airport. You can follow the famous Cabot trail, explore quaint villages, or head to the coast for a bit of whale watching.
Where to hire a car at Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
Avis, Budget, National and Enterprise all offer car hire at Sydney Airport.
Petrol stations near Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
It’s best to fill up your tank before leaving town. There’s a Petrocanada on the outskirts of Sydney and a few petrol stations in Glace Bay.
Driving around Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport
The roads in Cape Breton are mostly rural, so you don’t need to worry about high speed busy traffic. When you leave the airport you’ll end up on trunk 4: this leads to Sydney in the west and Glace Bay in the east.
Getting to your destination
The bustling port city of Sydney has plenty of cultural attractions, from museums and art galleries to lively pubs specialising in folk music nights. Sydney is a great jumping off point and base for exploring Cape Breton.
It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Sydney from the airport. Parking is widely available in the city, with a few parking lots near the beach and plenty of on-street spaces too. Most hotels in Sydney have their own parking lots, so you don’t need to stress about looking for a parking space before settling in for the night.
Cape Breton’s Celtic connections are strong in Ingonish Beach, a village which was heavily influenced by Scottish settlers. Enjoy a few rounds of golf, pay a visit to the Keltic Lodge, or enjoy a hike around the coast: wistful gazes across the ocean to Scotland are optional.
It takes just over two hours to drive to Ingonish Beach from Sydney Airport. The road you drive is part of the Cabot Trail, a scenic road around Cape Breton. Car parking is widely available. This is a rural area and you will need a car to reach most places. Thankfully all of the main attractions, restaurants and hotels have their own car parks.
The Cabot Trail begins and ends in Baddeck, a quaint village on the shores of the Bras d’Or. Alexander Graham Bell used to holiday there, and there are plenty of museums dedicated to the inventor of the telephone.
It takes about an hour to drive to Baddeck from Sydney Airport. Car parking in the village is ample, and most of the guesthouses and hotels have dedicated car parks for their guests.
Prices subject to change