Despite its name Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is not actually located in Halifax, but roughly 30 minutes north, in Enfield. The hotels directly surrounding the airport all provide similar conveniences, such as a free shuttle and some form of extended parking. However, there are many more hotel choices a bit farther south in Dartmouth you may want to consider if being right next to the airport is not necessary. In fact, some of these Dartmouth hotels actually allow for free extended parking privileges, something typically only offered by closer airport hotels. Here are a couple of my choices if you are looking for a hotel near Halifax Airport.


Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Book from ~C$75 
Halifax airport hotel 3 min to YHZ with indoor pool and free: shuttle, parking & breakfast
If being close to the airport is an absolute must, then this is probably your hotel of choice as it is the closest hotel to the airport on this list. The Quality Inn Halifax Airport offers a free airport shuttle, so getting to a from the airport is a breeze. In addition, up to 2 weeks of extended free parking is included with a single night stay.
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, airport shuttle, parking, local calls, pet stays
  • Guests found the rooms clean, with comfortable beds
  • Many guests found the location and free shuttle service convenient for accessing the airport
  • Many reviewers appreciated the free long-term parking
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many thought the service and staff were great at this hotel
  • Guests enjoyed meals and the free breakfast on site at the restaurant
  • Some guests said that the room decor was dated
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Book from ~C$79 
Popular Halifax airport hotel 4 min to YHZ with free shuttle, free parking and indoor pool
Not only is the Holiday Inn a great option if you need to be near the Halifax Airport because of its close proximity, but it's also a great value. The hotel allows up to 2 weeks of extended parking with certain rates and provides a free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast.
  • Free Wi-Fi, free 24-hour airport shuttle, free parking, free breakfast
  • Many guests enjoyed their modern and well-equipped rooms
  • Numerous reviewers felt the hotel provided good value for money spent
  • The hotel's staff were a source a several compliments by lodgers
  • Some guests were disappointed at the lack of on-site restaurant
  • A few reviewers found the pool too cold and small
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Book from ~C$83 
Highly praised Dartmouth hotel indoor pool, waterslide, free pet stays and free breakfast

  • Free Wi-Fi (and wired Internet), free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the food at the free breakfast
  • Many guests found the hotel well located for accessing shopping and highways
  • Several reviewers thought that this hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • Located in the Dartmouth Shopping Complex
  • A couple of guests complained about weak water pressure in their showers
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Book from ~C$105 
Highly praised Halifax boutique hotel near airport with outdoor pool and in-room jacuzzis

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, parking, local calls
  • Guests loved the tranquil setting on the lake, the small beach and places to sit outdoors
  • Guests found the location convenient to the Halifax airport as well as downtown Halifax
  • The on-site dining received rave reviews
  • Guests found the rooms very clean, well maintained and cozy
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating according to guests
  • No elevator

3 Other Hotels Close to Halifax Airport

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Book from ~C$68 
Popular Halifax airport hotel 4 min to YHZ with free shuttle, free parking and indoor pool
Parking is included in all room rates and one night stay allows up to 7 nights of free parking. Anything longer than 7 days carries a weekly charge of $40.
Getting Around: Free Shuttle
A free 24-hour shuttle is offered to guests which departs from the hotel every half hour. Pick up from the airport is on demand and guests must call upon landing.
  • Free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle, free parking
  • Many guests praised the staff's efficiency and helpfulness
  • Numerous compliments were offered about the hotel's well-equipped rooms
  • The hotel's free 24-hour shuttle was praised by several reviewers
  • Some guests found the hotel restaurant prices to be expensive
  • A few reviewers felt the hotel rate should have included a free breakfast
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Book from ~C$80 
Highly praised Dartmouth hotel with indoor pool, private jacuzzis, free parking & free Wi-Fi
Parking is free for guests during their stay. Again, there is no charge for extended parking, however the front desk must be notified.
Getting Around: Driving
The airport is roughly 25 minutes from this hotel. The cab ride cost is roughly $50, one way.
  • Free parking, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well maintained
  • Many reviewers found their beds to be comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests praised the food and selection at the free breakfast
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the Halifax-Dartmouth area by car
  • A couple of guests were disturbed by noise from the halls
  • A couple of reviewers complained about the pool being too cold
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Book from ~C$81 
Comfortable Dartmouth hotel with indoor pool, waterslide, restaurant and free breakfast
During your stay, parking is free. Extended parking is available free of charge as well but requires arrangements with the front desk.
Getting Around: Driving
This hotel is located 25 minutes from the Halifax Airport (in Burnside). A one-way cab ride will cost roughly $50.
  • Free parking, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Several guests found the location convenient for exploring the Halifax-Dartmouth area by car
  • Several reviewers thought that the on-site pool and water slide were value-added features
  • Guests enjoyed the free breakfast on site
  • Several guests thought that the room decor was dated
  • A couple of guests felt the hotel was a little far to downtown

Tips For Staying Near Halifax Airport

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is undergoing extensive renovations and has been since 1998. Expansions to the terminal building and the car park are some of the major enhancements planned for the airport. 

A pre-clearance area, which allows travellers with U.S. departures to go through customs, check-ins and other screening processes in less time than the average traveller, is one of the significant additions completed in the renovation process. 

With no expected date of completion, travellers can expect delays when passing though areas under construction, so plan additional time to handle any potential construction disturbances.
Aerotech Business Park, which caters to aviation companies, is located directly adjacent to the airport. 

The airport is located in Enfield, about 30 to 45 minutes from downtown Halifax, while Dartmouth is roughly a 25-minute drive south of the airport.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A taxi ride to downtown Halifax from the airport will cost just over $60, one way. 

Metro Transit operates its MetroX service from downtown to the airport. Route 320 operates every 30 minutes during peak morning (6 am to 9 am) and afternoon (3 pm to 6 pm) hours. The regular schedule departs every 60 minutes. The cost of the ride is $3.25 each way. 
There are several options for short-term parking, but generally one hour of parking will cost $4 (lots P1, P2, P3 and P4). Some lots have a daily max of $19 while others do not, so be sure to pay attention to the signs posted in the lots. 

Long-term parking is available at the airport parking lot ($14 per day, $70 per week). Parking spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis with no advance booking available.

Another option for long-term parking is an off-site lot located on Barnes Drive, about 3 minutes from the airport. The daily rate is $12 and the weekly rate runs for $60.
The airport has a handful of retail shops like Roots, Everything Under $20 Boutique and Atlantic Sweet Shoppe, all located in the main lobby.

The nearest shopping mall is the Elmsdale Shopping Centre, located in Elmsdale which is about 11 minutes north of the airport. It's a strip mall, with about 19 stores, including Sobey's, The Bargain Shop and Guardian. 
There aren't many restaurants beyond security, so be sure to grab a bite to eat before passing through security and checkpoints. Fast food options like Burger King and Tim Horton's are available on the Main Level in Airport Square. 

For those who want to venture outside, Main Town Pizza, Bitar's (Italian food) and Shooters Restaurant and Lounge are all within an 8-minute drive of the airport.