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. What's more, attractions are generally close together and within walking distance of one another. If your feet are feeling a bit weary, you can hop on the area's efficient (and free) Discover Niagara Shuttle. Having a car can make your trip more stressful, since roads are prone to congestion and parking is very expensive.
If you're not driving in from a nearby city, you'll likely fly into Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), which sits about 30 miles southeast of the falls. Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) is located much closer to the falls (less than 10 miles), but it only operates flights from Spirit and Allegiant departing or arriving from southeastern U.S. cities, such as Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, among others. There are shuttles from both airports to both sides of the falls, plus rental cars, taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can be utilized to and from the airports.
|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.|
WEGO is a bus system that connects accommodations and attractions within the Niagara Falls area, including Lundy's Lane, Victoria Avenue, Clifton Hill, Fallsview, Main & Ferry and Queen Street. There are three different bus lines that all connect in Niagara Parks at Table Rock next to Horseshoe Falls. This point is the main transfer hub from the blue and red lines (which mainly service the tourist areas) to the green line that offers trips through Niagara Parks. Though the service is not free (a 24-hour pass costs $7.50 for adults; $4.50 for children 6 to 12), it does run year-round. Hours vary by line and season, but generally, routes begin service around 9 a.m. and conclude around 1 a.m.
The Discover Niagara Shuttle is a hop-on, hop-off bus that offers free service between the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center and Old Fort Niagara, stopping at 15 destinations along the 14-mile route. The shuttle, which operates seasonally in the summer and early fall, offers service between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the week and between 9 a.m. and midnight on the weekends. Many hotels also operate free shuttles to local attractions. It might be worth staying at one of these properties.
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. Though you'll find a handful of free parking areas in the north and south end of Niagara Parks, most lots closest to the attractions are gated or metered. You can find a list of available lots and daily parking prices on the Niagara Parks government website.
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