Let’s face it we all get tired of ‘pace walking’ and not to mention adding in sizzling 85 degrees (29 C) Summer temperatures to the mix. For first time visitors arriving in Niagara Falls, Ontario by car most likely think to themselves, ‘touring the city is manageable by foot!’ but we’re here to let you know to think again! The destination is made up hills, slopes and some flat terrain which also happens to host beautiful natural sights and thrilling attractions.Unless you are prepping for a 9 k marathon then we recommend to keep reading to find the best solution to avoid the swollen blistered feet and to find the best parking locations when visiting Hornblower Niagara Cruises and the city.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises is located between the base of Clifton Hill also known as ‘Fun on the Hill’ and Table Rock. We are located along the scenic Niagara Parkway that travels from Fort Erie, Ontario into Canada’s prettiest town, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Across the street from our Hornblower Ticket Plaza is the famous Queen Victoria Park that hosts summer concerts and features many colourful and natural floral gardens. Our Hornblower Ticket Plaza, also known as our ‘giant white sails’ stands tall and can be seen from a distance along the Niagara Parkway. Now, let’s talk about that parking! Once you approach the base of Clifton Hill there are multiple parking spots located once you turn left onto Niagara River Road. Along the Niagara Parkway, across from the ‘Secret Garden’ restaurant, there are a variety of parking spaces and metres available. We recommend parking within these parking spots in the morning as mid afternoon sees more travellers on the roads.
Additional parking spots available in the city can be found along Clifton Hill when accessing the Comfort Inn Hotel. Hundreds of parking spaces are available for a daily or hourly fee. The walk to Hornblower Niagara Cruises from Clifton Hill is a 7-minute walk by foot. If you are looking for the V.I.P parking we recommend parking along the side streets of Clifton Hill. This will bring you a close walking distance to Hornblower Niagara Cruises and to the many family-friendly attractions on the hill. Depending on where you park along the Hill the parking will be from 5-10 minute walk to the Hornblower Ticket Plaza. There are also multiple parking locations located 10-12 minute walk away from Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Please see additional parking below

Niagara Parks Candy Planet 5 minutes $5.00/ per 30 minutes
Clifton Hill 5 minutes $10-$15 until 3am
Comfort Inn Parking 7 minutes $15/ day
Bender Street 5 minutes $5.00
Behind ‘Nightmares Fear Factory’ 7 minutes $5.00-$20.00/ day
Victoria Street
(Beside ‘Taki Japanese Restaurant’)
10 minutes $5.00
Skylon Tower 15 minutes $5.00-$20.00/ day

Transportation Options In

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‘Busing it’
There are a number of commuting options to take advantage of while touring the city.  The Niagara WeGo Bus system is the inexpensive and efficient way to connect you to a number of attractions, restaurants and accommodations across the Niagara Parks, and tourism districts including Lundy’s Lane, Victoria Avenue, Clifton Hill, Fallsview, Main Street, Ferry Street and to downtown Queen Street. Table Rock, located across the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is the main transfer hub for the different coloured bus route lines. A 24-hour WeGo bus pass is $7.00 for an Adult and $4.00 for a child 6-12 years. Children 5 and under are free. Here’s a bonus, one of the bus tops is located directly in front of Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Now, who doesn’t like saving money and time!
‘Taxi, please!’
If a bus isn’t your cup of tea and you prefer to ride privately than a taxi is a great option in the city. Different taxi companies are located throughout the tourism districts and are available 24/7.
‘Party of Five’
Travelling can be a lot of fun, especially when travelling with a group of friends or family. If you are all about pleasing your guests then booking your adventures through a tour group shuttle could also be a great and comfortable option. Many city group tours offer packages and the comfort of a motorcoach bus or shuttle to transport you and group from your hotel to Hornblower Niagara Cruises.
‘Pedal pushing in the city’
A popular and eco-friendly transportation option to see the city is by bicycle. Explore the sites and scenery while touring along the Niagara Parkway. As you travel north towards Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario many widened bike paths become available creating for an at leisure bike ride.