Most visitors can get around on foot within the immediate vicinity of Niagara Falls, where many of the other attractions are located including the Niagara Falls State Park.
If planning to stay in the area, the best place to stay is in the city’s downtown area, which is adjacent to Niagara Falls. Furthermore, the downtown area is the city’s main tourist district, where many of the hotels, shops, and restaurants are located.
Driving is a convenient option to get around the Niagara Falls area and the city. If you are arriving at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, there are several car rental companies here including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hetrz, National, and Thrifty. If arriving at Niagara Falls International Airport, Enterprise operates a car rental service at the airport.
Niagara Falls State Park by Ad Meskens
Several bus routes operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) cover the Falls area and/or the downtown area.
- Trolley Route 55T (daily service from June to September) serves Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, and Downtown Niagara Falls. Guests of participating hotels ride free with the Trolley Day Pass, which is available from the hotels. Passengers without the pass pay when boarding ($1.75 for adults and 75 cents for children).
- Bus No. 210 (Airport-Niagara Falls Express) departs from Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and in Niagara Falls stops at the Portage Road Transit Center and near the Falls area (nearby Rainbow Bridge).
- Bus No. 40 departs from the Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center (BMTC) in Downtown Buffalo, and in Niagara Falls stops at the Portage Road Transit Center and Old Falls Street.
Crossing into Canada
If you intend to see the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, there are two bridges. The Rainbow Bridge opens to pedestrians as well as vehicles, while the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge opens only to vehicles.
Make sure you have the proper documents to cross into Canada such as passport and if driving, vehicle registration and insurance card.
The toll for crossing the Rainbow Bridge into Canada is 50 cents for pedestrians and $3.25 for vehicles, but there is no toll for crossing from Canada into the United States.
The Rainbow Bridge by Lin Yu