Let’s face it, we’ve all put off travel plans because of finances. We give ourselves excuses, place roadblocks in our path or are just nervous to get out and explore the world. If Niagara Falls, Canada has been on your travel bucket list for some time, let this be the year to make your travel dreams a reality. Don’t worry this really doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either, as many modes of transportation have inexpensive options. Whether you are travelling by plane, train, car or bus, we promise there really is no reason for you to not see the magnificent Niagara Falls this year!
Canada recently saw the launch of multiple discount airlines. Some offer flights domestically for as little as $500 round trip. Canadians flying to Niagara Falls for the weekend can avoid the traffic and hustle of Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto by choosing to fly into Hamilton, Ontario instead. The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is a short 40-minute drive on the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW) from Hamilton to Niagara Falls and gives travellers a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of Niagara’s landscape including the region’s many vineyards.
If flying into to Canada isn’t the best option for you then the Niagara Falls International Airport located in Niagara Falls, New York or the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York may be a great option. Both airports are located a short 10 to 30-minute drive from Canada. The Rainbow Bridge connects Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario making it the quickest route from the Niagara Falls International Airport. The Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario is the closest border to cross when travelling from the Buffalo International Airport.
Looking to get out of the city for a weekend? The GO Train travels from Toronto to Niagara Falls on a regular basis during the summer months. In the offseason, trains can be limited to weekends. But for less than $30 round trip per adult, it’s an affordable option. See this link for the full train schedule.
When the GO Train isn’t running all the way to Niagara Falls, you can still catch the regular Go Bus service! A few of the Go Bus stops in Niagara Falls include the following:
Via Rail Train Station
4267 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls
Bridge St. and River Road
Hwy 420 Stanley
(Across the Street From The Ontario Travel Centre)
For more information on planning your visit to Niagara Falls using GO Transit please visit their website.
Relax your legs and enjoy the comfort of the cushioned seating and incredible views of the Niagara Region on the Via Rail train. Only an hour and a half from Toronto this relaxing option can be great for those looking for a more extended stay or if they are visiting from farther away. The Niagara Falls Via station opens 60 minutes before the arrival of a train and remains open 30 minutes after the departure of the train. Self-service kiosks allow for e-boarding tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the booths, online or over the phone. Visit the Via Rail website for more information.
Driving to Niagara is always an option and an easy one at that!
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Follow the Gardiner Expressway West
- Queen Elizabeth Way/QEW follow signs for Hamilton/Niagara/ Fort Erie
- Keep right on the fork and follow signs for Ontario/ Niagara Falls/Fort Erie/ Buffalo U.S.A
- Use the left 2 lanes to take the ON-420 exit towards the Falls/Niagara Falls U.S.A
- Continue onto Niagara Veterans Memorial Hwy E/ ON-420 E
- Continue onto Falls Ave, drive to the Niagara Parkway
- Arrive at Hornblower Niagara Cruises
From Buffalo, New York, USA
- Take I-190 North from Church Street
- Follow I-190 North from LaSalle Expressway in Niagara Falls. Take exit 21 from I-190 N
- Take Niagara Scenic Parkway and Niagara Street to Rainbow Bridge
- Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls, Canada
- Arrive Hornblower Niagara Cruises
See our parking page for some great parking locations in Niagara Falls, Canada.
There are many ways to get to Niagara Falls, Canada while still being inexpensive. Hornblower Niagara Cruises sails from early spring to November 30th every year, giving you plenty of opportunities to experience this world wonder up close and personal.