Getting around the city

Getting around the city

Whether you’re commuting to school or just going out with friends to explore this great city, there’s a lot of ways to get out and about. St. John’s has all the transportation options you need to get you to your destination.

Walk       Bus       Drive       Bicycle       Taxi

  • If you’re walking to and from school, please take care at busy intersections and be sure to use crosswalks wherever possible. Areas around Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic in particular experience very high traffic volumes, so be especially cautious.
  • Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians, but you should make sure that they see you and have stopped their vehicle before you cross the street.
  • St. John’s has a fantastic trail system that connects many neighbourhoods, parks, and facilities. Check out the Grand Concourse.


  • Metrobus operates the city’s public transit system, and directly services Memorial University, the Marine Institute, and the College of the North Atlantic. Most other colleges are located on or near bus routes.
  • A single cash Metrobus fare is $2.50 and exact change is required. Semester passes and multi-ride M-Cards can be purchased.
  • You can ride Metrobus and surf the internet at the same time. Many buses offer free WiFi.
  • Some Metrobus routes offer fully accessible buses.
  • You can Rack and Ride from May 1 to October 31 when all Metrobuses offer bicycle racks.
  • There’s an app for that! The Metrobus m-Mobile app is available in the iPhone App Store and on Google Play for Android devices.
  • GoBus Accessible Transit is the St. John's area para-transit system. It operates within the municipalities of St. Johns and Mount Pearl. GoBus must be booked in advance. Fares may be paid by cash ($2.50 single fare), tickets (purchased in books of 10), or with a reloadable GoCard.


  • Streets in St. John's do not follow a grid plan as is common in many larger cities. That means intersections can meet at 'interesting' angles and caution is the name of the game.
  • City owned parking meters are common, especially in the downtown, and are generally in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. City owned parking meters take cash, credit cards, or you can use a Park Card. Park Cards can be purchased at St. John's City Hall (10 New Gower Street). Please remember that parking meters located on campus at Memorial University and the Marine Institute are not City owned and therefore have different rules of operation.
  • PaybyPhone is available for parking meters located on Harbour Drive. For those who do not want to download the app, the toll-free number to call is 1-866-234-7275.
  • Some residential areas in the downtown require parking permits for on-street parking.
  • More information on parking downtown is available from Downtown St. John’s.
  • Buckle up and don’t text and drive! Seat belt use is mandatory in Newfoundland and Labrador and using a cell phone while driving is prohibited.


  • St. John’s has a series of bicycle lanes to help you get around the city.
  • Remember to wear a bicycle helmet – it’s the law.
  • The City is in the process of reviewing its bicycling plan so stay tuned to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates.


  • Need a taxi? Several taxi companies operate in St. John's and surrounding communities 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Check out the table below.
  • Taxi meter rates start at $3.75.
  • Most taxis take cash, credit, or debit cards.
  • Taxis can sometimes be hailed in the downtown but it’s best to order one by telephone.
  • All taxis operating in St. John’s are licensed and inspected by the City of St. John's.
Avalon Taxi 722-6070
Bugden's Taxi 722-4400
Casino Taxi 579-5999
Executive Taxi 726-2600
Goulds Taxi 747-7800
City Wide Taxi 722-0003
Jiffy Cabs 722-2222
Newfound Cabs
*accessible taxis available
North West Taxi 364-1451
Red and Yellow Cabs 726-6666