Hitting the town on New Year's eve? You'll need to plan your
transportation carefully. Cabs are tricky to find, and Metrobus
goes off the road at 6 PM, staying closed all through New Years
We were curious how other cities similar in size to St. John's
handle transportation on New Year's Eve, so we had a look at
mid-sized cities across Canada, some bigger, some smaller than St.
John's - and it turns out that we're in a pretty small minority
within that group.
In 13 of the 23 cities we looked at (including Halifax and
Fredricton), public transit on New Year's Eve is free, usually
after 6 or 7 PM, and runs extra late to get people home after their
festivities. In a number of cases, this is funded through private
Guelph, for example, has their free transit funded by a local
In another 7 of the cities we looked at (Including Saint John
and Thunder Bay), transit runs on its regular Saturday schedule on
We could only find 3 cities that have no service at all on New
Year's Eve - Charlottetown, Trois-Rivieres, and our own St. John's.
The chart below shows what we found - note that this is the result
of a quick set of searches, so we likely missed a few.