Getting Around Buffalo
The best way to get around Buffalo is by car. Although the city offers both bus and train service, a car will be the most convenient option for getting to and from Buffalo hotels and the top things to do. If you'd rather take a taxi, you'll have to call one of the city's trusted companies; hailing a cab on the street isn't easy.
To get into the city, you can fly into Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), which is located about 10 miles east of the city center. Alternatively, you can travel by Amtrak train, which drops passengers off near the city center, right off the Niagara Thruway.
Driving is the easiest and most efficient way of exploring Buffalo and the nearby Niagara Falls, since maneuvering Buffalo's public transportation system might be a little confusing for newcomers. If you don't have a car with you, you can rent one from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), which is located about 10 miles east of the city center.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority runs one metro line that heads south from the University of Buffalo to the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team. You can buy metro tickets — which can also be used on buses — at the metro stations: A basic fare costs $2, a day pass costs $5 and a seven-day pass costs $25; day passes are valid for both bus and metro travel. The metro is open seven days a week, though it runs on a reduced schedule on the weekends. You can get to some — but not all — of the city's attractions via the metro, so we wouldn't suggest making the metro your only means of getting around.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority also runs a number of buses that carry passengers along a tangle of routes throughout Buffalo. It might be confusing for travelers since some buses have "on-demand" stops, where you can get off exactly where you need to, while others have set stops, meaning they only pick up and drop off at specific locations. Also, some buses run Monday through Friday, while other buses run seven days a week. To view the various maps and schedules, you can refer to NFTA's website. A basic fare costs $2, which you can purchase directly on the bus with exact change. If you'd like to purchase a day pass for $5 or a seven-day pass for $25, you can find them for sale at the metro stations. These same tickets can be used for the metro train as well. While the bus does offer a great number of routes and stops, it can be a hassle to figure out how to get from point A to B in a timely fashion. Alternatively, the seasonal Open-Air Autobus is a good option for exploring the city's highlights.
Unlike New York City, where you can hail a taxi at practically every street corner, you'll need to call your cabs in advance in Buffalo. According to Taxi Fare Finder, a cab ride from Buffalo Airport to Buffalo City Hall will cost you around $40.
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