Getting Around Niagara Falls

The best way to get around Niagara Falls is on foot. Walking around the area is relatively easy (when there is no snow). Even getting across the United States to Canada border is only a 20-minute walk across the Rainbow Bridge. Attractions are generally close together and within walking distance. And if your feet are feeling a bit weary, you can hop on the area's efficient and convenient shuttle. Having a car can make your trip more stressful, since roads are prone to congestion and parking is very expensive. Most travelers, who don't drive, fly into Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), about 30 miles southeast of the falls. From BUF, there are shuttles to both sides of the falls. Rental cars also are available at the airport.

On Foot When unencumbered by the weather, strolling around the falls or the hotel areas of the Canadian or New York side can be leisurely and fun. Plus the compact business areas can be enjoyed and fully explored on foot.


There are three types of buses that you'll want to use. The Peoplemover Buses run in a 19-mile loop around all Niagara attractions in Canada. An all-day bus ticket is pretty affordable (a little more than $7 for adults and about $4 for kids). But travelers should note that it ceases operations between the end of October and mid-April. Ontario's Niagara Transit has a handful of bus lines, which hit that side's' major attractions; however, these buses have inconsistent routes, fares and schedules. And on the New York side, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates an extensive train, trolley and bus system throughout Buffalo and the Niagara Falls region. This system is cheap (only $1.75 per ride and $4 for a day pass) and reliable.


Many hotels (even two casinos) operate free shuttles to area attractions. It might be worth staying at one of these hotels.


Road tripping to Niagara Falls is a tradition for some families. But, once you arrive you'll want to ditch your car ASAP. Traffic can be slow, and the roads are either packed with tour buses in the summer or covered in snow in the winter. Parking outside of your hotel lot is also difficult and expensive.
Entry & Exit Requirements

At Niagara Falls, you can cross from the U.S. into Canada over the Rainbow Bridge, though all persons (including children) must have a passport or proof of identity. For children, a birth certificate will suffice; if the children are not yours, a birth certificate and a hand-written note from the parents are required. A toll will be charged, too. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for the latest information on foreign exit and entry requirements.

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