From Buffalo to Niagara Falls For Only $5

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Horseshoe Falls

Looking to go from Buffalo to Niagara falls? I’ve got all the details below including how to get there, what to see and do at the falls both on the USA and Canadian side and how it can all be done for just $5.

But first…

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Why visit Niagara Falls from Buffalo (instead of Toronto)?

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls

Like most people, I originally planned to visit Niagara falls from Toronto but thanks to a terrible tour company (more on that below), my visit to the falls was cancelled last minute. Upshot: I left Toronto without visiting Niagara and I was pretty pi$$ed off about it…at the time.

Fortunately, my next stop was over the border in Buffalo where I had a two-night stay pre-planned. So, with my ‘make the best of a bad situation’ hat on, I decided to make a second attempt at visiting the world famous cascades by going from Buffalo to Niagara Falls. And it turned out to be the best decision.

Why?

  • I saved myself a stack of cash ($169 for a tour versus $5 to go from Buffalo to Niagara Falls);
  • I didn’t have to cram onto one of those 52-seater coaches with 51 other tourists;
  • and because of that I didn’t have to wear a headset to hear a guide;
  • I was able to explore at my own pace – and my pace is often slower than most tourist groups (I want to take time to smell the sunflowers, not follow one on a stick);
  • I could arrive and depart at my own leisure (read: I’m not a morning person);
  • My lunch choice was all my own – as was the timing of lunch (and coffee breaks);
  • I avoided the crowds – when there were crowds, I hung back until their coach-load dispersed…or went for a coffee to let the pack thin;
  • I saw both sides of the falls – something most people don’t do, which makes me feel sad because…
  • I actually preferred the USA side (more on that below);
  • I left the falls with an overwhelming sense of peace, something I’ve never felt when I’ve seen nature in a big tour group – it’s not that I’m against group tours, I’ve taken plenty of them, but visiting Niagara, I was definitely delighted I ended up visiting independently.

What happened in Toronto?

I booked a tour with Royal Niagara Tours while I was in Toronto. The price was $169 for a night tour and although I booked last minute, I was sent a confirmation email with the pick-up time (1 p.m.). On the morning of the tour, Royal Niagara Tours emailed me to say that they had no other bookings for the day and therefore they were cancelling the tour. Of course, I was furious – the risk of the company cancelling is not mentioned on their site or in their booking conditions. A simple “Minimum 4 people” would have done as well as a notification at time of booking that they were currently below subscription.

Getting customers to commit to a tour date without making any commitment themselves (unless there are enough people to make it worth their while), falls flat into the category of unfair if you ask me (not that this former consumer protection lawyer has much of a view on these matters).

And tut-tut Trip Advisor: Even after my anger had ebbed (thanking the meditation retreat for that), I kept imagining how horrible it would be for honeymooners or bucket-list travellers to have to go home without seeing the falls.

So, I went online – to the largest travel forum out there – to share my experience of Royal Niagara Tours. But Trip Advisor refused to post my review – I’d not actually used Royal Niagara Tours, therefore how could I review them? I saw their point in principle but I went back to Trip Advisor to explain – without a review of the booking experience, Royal Niagara Tours can continue with its shoddy practice and all people will see are the nice reviews of people who were’s shafted last minute (FYI, I didn’t use the word ‘shafted’ when I wrote to Trip Advisor – my formal correspondence is much more proper than that).

Response from Tripadvisor: Silence.

My advice: book early and steer well clear of Royal Niagara. If I was to do it again, I’d book my trip with Viator – although I haven’t been to Niagara Falls with the company, I have used them before and was happy enough with the service I’d book again elsewhere.

How to visit from Buffalo to Niagara Falls for just $5

After my failed attempt to visit the falls from Toronto, I decided to look at alternative options and, I have to say, I didn’t find the internet to be particularly helpful when it came to planning my trip from Buffalo to Niagara Falls.

I started by searching on one of my favourite sites, Rome2Rio.com to get a general idea of the route options (beware: this website is a lot of fun and you can lose days playing on it).

From that search, I found out it’s actually possible to visit the falls for just $5!

How?

You go by bus taking number 40 from Buffalo’s Transit Centre directly to Niagara Visitor Centre.

Bus details:

  • The bus takes one hour and costs $2 each way for an adult.
  • You pay the fare on the bus.
  • Beware: the bus timings are a little sporadic, running between every 30 minutes to one hour depending when you go, so you’re best checking the schedule before you go.

Rainbow Bridge: Once at the falls, your only other cost (apart from whatever you want to spend on snacks, drinks and souvenirs), is a $1 fee to cross Rainbow Bridge (the Bridge that spans the falls and connects the USA and Canada). The price is 50¢ each way for pedestrians and bikes. The rate is a little higher ($3.50 round-trip) for cars.

Total cost: $5 – that’s a large saving on the $169 tour price.

Driving to Buffalo: of course, not everyone cares about making a huge saving so if you prefer to take your own car or even a taxi, you can access Niagara Falls very easily from Buffalo – it’s about a 30 minute drive (route here). If you’re going to do that, just skip past the Getting There section below and dive straight into What to See at the Falls.

Getting there: from Buffalo to Niagara Falls

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls bus

If you do choose to go from Buffalo to Niagara Falls by bus, you might find that the route isn’t as clear as you’d like (probably because most people visit by car or tour). So, here are step by step directions from Buffalo.

The Buffalo Transit Centre is located in Downtown on the Southeast Corner of North Division and Ellicott Street. The bus leaves from Gate 15. Not many tourists were using the bus when I visited (I was the only one) so don’t rely on following the tourist pack. The station is small but be at the gate before the scheduled time of your bus because the bus pretty much pulls in and pulls out. Also, make sure you have the right change as no change is given on the bus (and who wants to drop a $20 on a $2 ride?).

When you get on the bus, ask the bus driver if he or she will let you know when you’re at the Niagara Falls Visitor Centre – the stop isn’t as clear as you’d hope. The landmark you’re looking for is this “haunted house” at the cross-section of Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street. It will come up on your left-hand side.

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Bus stop

From there, walk a little further down Rainbow Boulevard (in the direction the bus was travelling) until you see this… behemoth – it’s technically called One Niagara Welcome Centre, but don’t be fooled – the official Visitor Centre is around the corner, behind this building and the name is just a ploy to get you inside to buy stuff (and boy does it contain a lot of stuff – Niagara t-shirts and caps in EVERY colour).  That said, this oversized souvenir mall does have toilets if you happened to have drunk a very large coffee before getting on the bus, just sayin’.

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From Buffalo to Niagara Falls shopping centre

If you don’t need to go inside the mall, continue on Rainbow Boulevard until you get to the end of the block at Niagara Street and turn left. Then, as you get towards Rainbow bridge, veer left towards the official (but well tucked away) official Visitor Centre.

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls directions

You do have the opportunity to go over Rainbow Bridge and on to the Canadian side of the falls from here. In fact, all of the signage is aimed at getting you over the bridge, making it a bit confusing. However, I recommend spending an hour or two seeing the USA side of the falls first.

To do that, ignore the signs for the Rainbow Bridge and instead double back, behind the behemoth building onto Prospect Street and from there you’ll reach the entrance of the USA Niagara Falls State Park and the Visitor Centre.

How to get to the Niagara Falls Visitor Centre from Buffalo Airport – I’ve been asked this a lot so I’ve added a new section at the end under ‘useful information’ on how to visit  Niagara Falls from Buffalo Airport.

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From Buffalo to Niagara Falls State Park USA

What to see at the falls: USA side

The first thing you should do when you get into the State Park is to head straight to the Visitor’s Centre where you can pick up a map (or download it from page 2 of this link).

One of the things I loved most about the USA side of the falls, and which is immediately evident from the map, is the number of walking opportunities. Although none of the paths are long enough to be considered a hike, it makes for a much more immersive experience compared to the concrete approach to the Canadian falls, with lots of smaller waterfalls and tucked-away paths to explore. Add the lack of tourists and a lot of views that you won’t have seen on in glossy brochures  or on the front of postcards and it’s easy to see why many people come away preferring the USA side – I did.

Did you know Niagara falls is actually made up of three waterfalls – Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls?

Horseshoe Falls is the bigger and most visited of the falls, on the Canadian side, but the other two, which are both on the USA side, are also very beautiful. And, if you’re going to go to visit the falls, why wouldn’t you want to see all three?

In terms of exploring the USA side of the falls, I’d recommend taking a slow wander through the park. Here are some of the highlights and the order I’d suggest visiting them in.

Green Island

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Goat Island Road

Head away from the visitor centre and past Prospect Point (try to resist looking until you loop back – that way you build up to seeing the falls in order of increasing drama). Follow the path on the right of the visitor centre and you’ll end up on a small pedestrian bridge (Goat Island Road) that will take you first to Green Island and then on to Goat Island. Green Island is so small you might not realise you’ve passed over it. The picture above is of Goat Island Road going onto Green Island – just look at the lack of tourists and those beautiful trees (don’t worry, there’s plenty of water to come).

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Green Island

A few steps later and you’ll realise you’re leaving Green Island behind…

Goat Island

..but the views from Goat Island, are just as spectacular.

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Goat Island

And still with practically no tourists. In fact, I had this little trail all to myself.

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Goat Island trail

Luna Island (for Bridal Veil Falls)

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the falls at Niagara and is best seen from Luna Island (another short pedestrian bridge away from Goat Island) – follow your ears for the sound of water bucketing down.

Cave of the Winds

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds is a seasonal attraction that allows you to take an elevator down to the base of Bridal Veil Falls (accessed by the red wooden decking show in the picture below). Sadly, the attraction is disassembled during the winter period and was, therefore, closed when I visited at the end of October.

Prospect Point (for the American Falls)

From Buffalo to Niagara Prospect Point

After seeing Bridal Veil Falls, loop back towards the Visitor’s Centre and Prospect Point. The second largest of the falls, at Prospect Point you’ll start to get a sense of the magnitude and power of Niagara Falls. And still there’s more to come.

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Observation Tower and Maid of the Mist

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Observation Tower

There are two further main attractions on the USA side – the Observation Tower and Maid of the Mist.  The Observation Tower is the only way to get a panoramic view of all three falls while the Maid of the Mist tour will take you right up to the falls and get you a good soaking in the process (it’s all part of the fun).

Sadly, I didn’t try either of these attractions because I was fighting off a nasty cold and didn’t think getting soaked and the being outdoors in late October was a smart move. If I’d been there in summer, I’d have been 1st in the queue for both.

You can find out more about both attractions, including pricing, on the USA Niagara Falls website.

Did you know Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in America? If history’s your thing (I confess I’m history nerd), don’t miss the 45 minute show Legends of Adventure in the theatre in the Visitor’s Centre. As well as providing the history of the falls, there’s some daredevil footage in there, including one woman throwing herself over the edge of the falls inside a barrel. ***SPOILER*** she survived!

The Canadian side: Horseshoe Falls

From Buffalo to Niagara Falls Horseshoe FallsOnce you’ve explored the USA side of Niagara Falls, it’s time for Horseshoe Falls and I have to say, even though the USA falls was my favourite side to explore, this view does top them all. But then we all knew that, didn’t we…because this is the view that we’ve stared at so many times in 2D and is what prompted us to visit in the first place.

Getting to the Canadian side is a piece of cake – PROVIDED YOU HAVE YOUR PASSPORT (I watched one woman ‘effing and blinding as she got turned away at the border). Simply pass through the guards on either end of Rainbow Bridge, pay your money, present your passport and you’re through. It’s then a several minute walk to get to the part of the falls that gives the most front-on view. No directions needed – follow the sounds of water and the head towards the mass of people.

I won’t lie – there can be a significant jostle to get closest to the water and good manners and patience won’t always get you where you want to be. And that was late October. However, the scrum is worth it and there’s (another) visitor’s centre right behind you if you need a coffee (or something a bit stronger) when you’re done. 

Table Rock Welcome Centre: I’d just about had my fill of visitor centres by the time I crossed to the Canadian side of the falls so Table Rock didn’t hold my interest for too long. However, there’s a whole range of shops, restaurants and activities if you want to explore. Personally, the crowds were thinner on the USA side so I was pleased I’d spent my time at the visitor centre there.

It was a long day out, especially when coupled with the two-hour return bus trip, but it was absolutely worth it to finally see what has to be one of the most impactful natural wonders of our world.

Useful Information

I’m getting a lot of useful questions about this post recently, so I’ve added this section to answer them for all of you. 

Is there somewhere to store luggage?

Yes – you can store luggage at the Niagara Falls USA Visitor’s Centre. It costs between $10-$20 per bag for the day. You can find out more here.

Where’s a cheap place to stay in Buffalo?

I stayed at Hostel Buffalo Niagara, which is $35 a night in a dorm room. I loved this place – great location, felt safe for a solo female traveller, clean and helpful staff. Unlike lots of hostels, there are no private rooms so if you want your own room, there are several budget chain hotels in the area.

How to get to the USA Niagara Falls Visitor Centre from Buffalo airport 

Keep in mind that I’ve not done this journey, but years full-time travel have helped me plan routes. So, here are your options:

Uber –  of course, Uber is an option if you want the fastest and most direct route from Buffalo airport to Niagara Falls. It takes about 30-40 minutes and covers 25 miles so it won’t be cheap. Also, you’re reading an article about budget travel in the area so I’m presuming you’d also like to hear about public transport.

Taking the bus – the good news is that you can do this journey by bus and it’s going to cost you about five dollars each way. The not so great news is that you’re almost certainly going to have to travel into Buffalo city centre first and take the bus route I’ve described above. If you look at a map, this route into Buffalo first doesn’t add a huge amount of distance to your trip, but it does make a reasonable difference in terms of time. You’re looking at around two hours each way by bus, but isn’t that always the case when you opt for the budget mode of transport versus car?

If you do want to travel by bus, just catch the number 24  from the airport. You’ll get dropped off at Washington St. and S. Division St. It’s just a few minutes across the park then to get to the Buffalo transit centre where you catch the number 40 at the Buffalo and follow the route described above.

I have two favourite websites for checking bus routes, times and prices. Both include detailed maps of the bus route, which is invaluable when you’re taking the bus in a place you’re not familiar with. The websites are below. I’ve plotted the route for you in the links but you might need to update your date and travel times:

Rome2Rio

Google Maps

Personally, I prefer Rome2Rio for planning and use Google Maps for live location tracking when I’m on the move. If you don’t have mobile/cellular data or Wi-Fi access while you’re travelling, download the Maps.me app and the USA and Canada maps while you are on Wi-Fi. Don’t ask me how it works, but it magically gives you live location and GPS tracking while you’re on the move but without data switched on. Being from the UK and not wanting to pay roaming charges, I used to Maps.me for my entire driving route from Miami to the Florida Keys via the Everglades recently and it worked a treat.

How to get to Toronto from Niagara Falls

If you want to head on to Toronto from Niagara Falls and you’re not on a tour, the good news is there is a pretty easy public transport option. I’m assuming you’ve crossed Rainbow Bridge and are now on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. From there (several stops available), take the number 12 bus to Burlington. At Burlington, you can change to the LW train that takes you into Toronto. Use the GO Transit website to plan your route and schedule. The journey takes around 3 hours including the transfer. The cost is around $10-$15 one way. 

You can also drive (around 1hr 30 minutes). 

How to get from Buffalo to Toronto?

This route I did do (in reverse) and it’s super simple – you have a choice of Megabus or Greyhound. 

Any more questions? Keep them coming (in the comments below) and I’ll update this post with any extra information that you think would be helpful.

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57 thoughts on “From Buffalo to Niagara Falls For Only $5”

  1. Hi! For the pedestrian bridge fee, is it cash only? Thanks for this! I had not come across that info on any other blog, and it is definitely good to know!

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    • Hi Jernye, I may be wrong but I believe you can pay with cash only. If that’s an issue for you, it might be worth contacting the authority that runs the bridge and get them to confirm. Have a great trip.

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        • Hi Alicia, good question – and I’ve updated my post to include the info. In short, you hop on the number 12 bus to Burlington. There, you change and take the train to Toronto. I haven’t done it but it takes about 3 hours and costs around $10-$15. Hope that helps!

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  2. Hi, thank you so much for writing this excellent guide! I was just wondering, do you know if it is possible to cross over to the Canadian side holding any passport? I have a Danish passport and would like to know if I need to do the ETA thing first. Thank you in advance!

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    • Hi Linea, I think there are 2 questions here: 1) yes, you can cross using your Danish passport; 2) if you enter the USA, you will need to have your ESTA. It’s not so expensive and is a quick fix online. However, if you’re in Canada and don’t want to pay for ESTA, you can definitely see the falls without crossing/getting Esta. Hope that helps 🙂

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  3. This is brilliant! Probably taking the children to Orlando from UK next year but I wanted something for me! Thought it might be extortionate to visit NF but you’ve given me hope & now I’ve looked into it it’s actually marginally cheaper to fly to NY than it is to Orlando so hope we can combine the 2.

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    • Hi Sarah, yes, it can definitely be done much cheaper and better this way. And yes, flying within the USA will cheaper than an ‘international flight’ to Canada. Have an amazing trip with the kiddies and get some you time!

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  4. Jo, you are my kind of traveler! Thank you! What else did you enjoy doing in Buffalo, NY? My husband has agreed to go with me to see Niagara Falls, but it would be great to tell him other things from an experienced traveler. Thank you. 🙂

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    • Hi Kay, I have a draft somewhere about things to do in Buffalo. I keep meaning to write it up. Basically, I ate all the food! Try the Weck sandwich from Charlie the Butchers and I had to try the buffalo hot wings from Anchor Bar – apparently the place where Buffalo wings were invented. Also, because I’m a huge book nerd, I went into the Buffalo Library to see the Mark Twain manuscript. Just wandering around the city is fun and I would have loved to have visited the theatre if I’d had more time…ok, I really do need to write that what do to in Buffalo post!

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  5. Hi,

    wow, so lucky I found your blog. I am from Belgium and I have a tough( but pleasant ) decision to make.
    hope you can give me some advice.
    We need to be in NY/Manhattan in June next year for a TA cruise back to Europe. We have visited many times Manhattan and surrounding so this time we would love to visit the falls.
    Lucky as we are we have many options to choose from.
    We can fly to Toronto, stay for a couple of days, hire a car and drive to the falls, stay for a couple of nights, drive back to Toronto and fly to NY.
    or
    We can fly to NY, fly to Buffalo, drive or take the bus to the falls at the US site
    but would like to stay at the Canadian site, should we walk over the bridge and take a taxi from there …..?
    drive or bus back to Buffalo airport and fly back to NY.
    What would you do, love to hear your opinion.
    We have about 5/6 days to spend flights included

    time is next year end of May.
    Looking forward hearing your ideas
    have a wonderful day
    best regards
    from Belgium
    Frieda

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    • Hi Frieda, these are such personal choices because some people prefer big cities or certain countries. For me, I enjoyed Buffalo far more than sprawling Toronto. It felt more local and intimate compared to ‘yet another big city’. That’s my opinions…Have you thought of taking the train to Buffalo (great views) and then hiring a car locally. Good fun and ticks an environmentally friendly box 🙂

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  6. I followed your directions and it all worked out like you did it hassle free. Thanks so much again for posting this.

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    • Hi Andrew, that’s great to hear. Glad it worked out for you and thanks for coming back to share your experience 🙂

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  7. Hi. Just found this review, fantastic, most helpful. We are flying from DC to Buffalo and the $5 bus sounds great. Can you catch this from Buffalo airport or do you need to head into town to get it ? If so, how much hassle will this be ? If it proves too much, do uber pick up from the airport as various searches give me various answers !

    Cheers.

    Mark (UK)

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    • Hi Mark, this one has come up a few times so I’ve just updated the post to include how to get from Buffalow airport to get to Niagara Falls. Have a great trip (I’m also from the UK!).

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  8. Hi, great advice there. Do you happen to know how to travel from Buffalo Niagara Airport to Niagara USA Falls by bus?

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    • Hi Cheryl, this one comes up a lot – thanks for the prompt. I’ve just updated the post with all the bus details. Have a great trip!

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  9. Hey Jo, thank you so much for these wonderful tips!
    I’m planning to visit the falls in August and since I’m a low budget traveller I will follow your guides so I can save some money. Also, I plan to stay in Canada after crossing the border. So, I’m wondering if it’s possible leave my luggage somewhere when I visit the falls. Are there some lockers available?

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    • Hi Ivandro – great question. I’ve looked into this for you and added a section to the post for anyone else interested in this.

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  10. Omg thank you so much!
    I am also going by myself tomorrow and returning Monday night, I am staying in the Buffalo hostel as well, do you know if its safe to leave my belonging there?

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    • Hi Cristina, I left my belongings in the hostel. There is a locker for your valuables and I just left my clothes in my bad with no issue at all. Have an amazing trip 🙂

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  11. Thank you for putting this together. It is an awesome detailed blog on how to get from Downtown Buffalo to Niagara Falls. I will be there next month for a work trip and plan to follow this. One question I had was for the return trip back on the bus from Niagara Falls back into Downtown Buffalo. Do you go back to the same bus stop following the schedule you provided and does it cost about the same as well? Thanks so much.

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    • Hi Andy, to catch the bus on the way back, you need to cross over the road. The best advice is to ask your bus driver where the return bus stop is. I remember it being a bit confusing because there is a round about and the return stop isn’t exactly opposite but the bus stop will be on the other side of the road. Have a great trip.

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  12. Hi jo,
    I want so badly to visit Niagara falls. I live near Dallas, Tx so getting a flight to Buffalo NY probably won’t be
    a problem. However what’s the airport there and what reasonable hotel would I select? I believe unfortunately I will be
    traveling alone. My plan to travel would be May to September 2020 since I’ve made travel plans for 2019. The $5.00
    bus to the falls sounds great. How did you get downtown?
    Thank you
    Debbie

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    • Hi Debbie, I do need to update this post with details of where I stayed. For now, I stayed in Hostel Buffalo Niagara, which was well located in the city, clean and very well priced. If a hostel is not for you, there are several big chain hotels in the city centre, including Hampton Inn, Hyatt, Marriott and Holiday Inn. You can usually get deals on these with sites like Booking.com. I travelled alone and it was absolutely fine. I stopped into a nice wine bar in the city and made a couple of new friends. I caught the Greyhound to Buffalo from Toronto so I arrived Downtown. There is a bus from the airport (204) if you’re on a budget otherwise Uber. I hope you have an amazing trip.

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  13. This is exactly what we need to know. My family will visit Niagara sometime in July 2019 & we would like to take it on our own way for the tour package is so pricey. We live in UK & we’re planning to do an east coast trip ( Niagara Falls to NYC to Washington DC) from Chicago (where our other families live). We’ve never been in America nor Canada but we’re used to take train & buses when we go Euro tour ( husband hates driving while on holiday)🙄 I wonder if you can give us more advise for our trip in NYC & Washington DC as well. Thanks for your help 😊

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    • Hi Olga, that sounds like an amazing trip! And perfectly doable by bus and train. I have an itinerary for Washington DC on the site. I have yet to knuckle down and write a New York itinerary (a big city and a big job) but I have written a very extensive guide to how to get to the Statue of Liberty without expensive tours, also on the site. Have a fantastic time!

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  14. Awesome!! I was looking for the details in Tripadvisor. But your post beats all the information they provided. Thanks a lot.

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  15. Hi!! I agree with one other commentor this is by far the best blog I’ve ever read!!! Thank you so much as I plan to take my soon to be 17 year old son there in July then off to NY for remaining time. I plan to fly in to NY then per your advice now take the bus to Niagara Falls. Staying there two nights. I also plan to stay at Marriott or Embassy hotel. Questions. After getting off flight we will have suitcases (is there a limit for these on the bus?), I’m guessing taking an Uber to bus station from airport is best🤔 Once we get dropped off at Niagara Falls is it a far walk to visitor center? I’m guessing I can see if the hotel has a shuttle to pick us up or maybe I can Uber to hotel🤔 My biggest concern is traveling with the suitcases. Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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    • Thanks 🙂 I didn’t use the airport in Buffalo so can’t give first hand experience on the bus with suitcase. However, every time I have used a US bus with my luggage, it’s been fine – there’s been a section at the front to leave it. I suppose it depends on how much luggage you have. You could always swing by the bus stop and order an uber if the bus doesn’t work out? I have a post on how to trim down your packing if you’re worried. Dropping a few pounds off your luggage will make everything easier. As for at Niagara, it’s a really quick walk to the visitor centre. I hope you have an amazing trip.

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    • Hi Chris, as a budget option, I stayed in Hostel Buffalo Niagara, which was well located in the city, clean and very well priced. If a hostel is not for you, there are several big chain hotels in the city centre, including Hampton Inn, Hyatt, Marriott and Holiday Inn. Thanks for the question, I’ll shortly update the post with a couple of accommodation recommendations.

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  16. Thanks for the information! We are going to the Niagara Falls from Buffalo in January. I would like to ask does the bus still work in winter? Thanks

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    • Hi Shao, I have included a link to the bus timetable/schedule in the post. It’s a local service that runs year round. Have a great trip.

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  17. Great write-up! Most helpful blog I’ve come across. I had a question… if we Uber it to Niagra Fals from BUF ,is there a lot accessible by foot or will we be in constant need of Uber and bus service to see the US and Canadian side of the falls?

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    • Hi Das, if you Uber to the falls, it’s all accessible by foot. You can then Uber back (from the US side). Have a great trip and I’m glad you found my post useful.

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  18. Thank you Jo for the comprehensive information about visiting Niagara Falls. It has given me a huge amount of knowledge and will make my trip much easier.

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  19. Our flight lands in Buffalo at 5:23 pm or something like that in mid October. Do you know of an airport bus to the downtown bus station? I know it will be dark so we won’t see much of the sights at that time…we are staying on the Canadian side so I think we would need to formally cross the border somehow? Likely there are no buses doing that, but we will have luggage so maybe an uber or lyft over? Any ideas for us? Thank you for a wonderful article!!

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    • Hi, I’m afraid I don’t know much about the airport buses but try Google maps (it has public transport potions) or Rome2rio.com which also features routes and schedules. Uber and Lyft are both available. Think you’d just need to pop out of your ride and get stamped and either get a new ride on the other side (if the driver isn’t ok to cross). Hope that helps?

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  20. Planning on visiting the falls October 16-17-18th. We are taking scenic train to Buffalo staying overnight and then going to falls on the 17th. What is the best and least expensive way to get there? Will we have enough time first day to see falls on US side and do Maid of the Mist and then walk across to Canadian side? Also is the middle of October still okay?

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    • Hi Heather, as I’ve mentioned in my post, the cheapest way to get there is the $5 bus fare. Full details above. I din’t take the Maid of the Mist tour but if you have a full day I think you should be able to do both sides and the tour. I visited a month later than you so I’m sure mid-October will be wonderful. Have a great trip.

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  21. Trying to plan a trip to the falls in September, 2018. I like to save money where I can and so am interested in your information. We are flying into BUF International airport. Do you know how far it is from the airport to Niagara Falls and did you take the bus from the airport? Do you have your info in a leaflet or can I print it off of here?
    Thanks.
    Mary Fagan

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    • Hi Mary,

      I just used Google maps. It includes travel options including the bus. As I mentioned in my post – read above – I travelled from downtown.

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  22. Hi,

    My husband and I are actually heading to buffalo to see the falls this July.
    Your advise sounds great…just one question is there ALOT of walking. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind but just wondering.

    Thanks

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    • Hi Elise, you can do as little or as much as you want. From the bus, I’d say there is less than a five minute walk to the entrance of the park area. You can then get to the falls view in under 10-15 minutes. Crossing the bridge to Canada is about another 10-15 minute walk. The longest stretch is to see the falls when you’re on the Canadian side. Again, I’d guess under 20 minutes but there’s a road so you should be able to find a taxi if it’s all too exhausting. You’ll probably be so distracted by the sights that you’ll forget you’re moving your legs! Have a great trip 🙂

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  23. thanks so much for the info. Like you I enjoy saving money but also to do things that are maybe out of the norm. Thinking about Amtrak,but a long lay over in Buffalo,this would make things much better and cheaper.I do alot of research before I go anywhere so this really does help alot!

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    • Happy to help 🙂 Yes, Buffalo to Niagara falls is definitely cheaper and a better experience in my opinion!

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  24. This is an awesome idea and I didn’t know this was possible! I can now visit my dream destination, Niagara Falls!

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    • Agness, happy to help. I hear so many stories of bad or cancelled tours from Toronto, if nothing else, this puts you 100% in control of your trip.

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