Niagara Falls does have its own airport, but currently commercial flights don’t stop there. Direct Air, a public charter service with flights from many major Midwest and Northeast cities, does fly direct to Niagara Falls. Located off Route 62, or Niagara Falls Boulevard, the Niagara Falls International Airport is just moments from downtown. But the majority of travelers use the nearby Buffalo Niagara International Airport
that’s just about 20 minutes away. Many hotels have complimentary shuttles that will drop you directly at the waterfalls or take you to your hotel door, depending on your preference. A taxi from the airport will cost you about $20 to the falls or to downtown. There’s also Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. It’s about 80 miles north of Niagara Falls, and you have to go through U.S. customs at the border as you approach the city.
Amtrak runs the Maple Leaf route from New York City to Niagara Falls. It’s about an 11-hour trip. If you’re coming from Canada and want to see the Canadian side of the falls, there’s VIA Rail Canada and Go Transit.
have service to Niagara Falls via nearby Buffalo. The Niagara Falls Bus Terminal is at 303 Rainbow Blvd. The trip from New York City takes anywhere from nine to 11 hours depending on the number of stops made along the way. While scenic, it can be a long journey.
Niagara Falls runs a joint bus service with Buffalo known as the NFTA-Metro. The name is misleading because it’s just a bus—there’s no underground metro in town. The fare is $1.75, and if you cross another zone it’s an additional 30 cents. The bus runs between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and the bulk of the major Niagara Falls sights are in Zone 4. The main metro bus terminal is at 343 Fourth St. in downtown Niagara Falls. That’s about 1.5 miles from the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park. The Niagara Parks system also runs a People Mover service. It’s a bus loop around Horseshoe Falls and most of downtown Niagara. It doesn’t run in the winter months, but otherwise stops at a major Niagara attraction every 20 minutes or so. An all-day pass for an adult is about $8.
Airport taxis are plentiful and cheap, but it’s not easy to hail a cab in downtown Niagara Falls. Most cabs only come to pre-arranged pickups, so you need to call the local carrier and make a reservation—usually 10 or 15 minutes in advance will do. The most common taxi route is to and from the Buffalo Airport, but you can use a taxi to ferry you around town, as well. Fares are metered, but keep in mind that some of the cab companies servicing Niagara Falls are actually in Buffalo, about 20 minutes away (without traffic). If you book one of those, allow for more advance time.
It’s not a problem in Niagara Falls, which can be easily navigated. The major sights are conveniently located along the west edge of town, next to Niagara River. Parking around there is plentiful, mostly in parking garages that will charge you anywhere from $4 an hour to $20 for the day. In downtown Niagara there’s usually space to park on streets, at least with a little patience. Even at rush hour (9AM and 5PM), Niagara Falls is rarely congested. Rental cars are also readily available if you need one to drive to nearby attractions like Lewiston and Youngstown.