Travel Guide

Buffalo, New York


Niagara Falls


There is a daily bus service traveling between the Metropolitan Transportation Center (BMTC) in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The trip is about 26 miles (42 km) and the one-way adult fare cost $1.75. Niagara Falls includes the American and Canadian Falls, each side offering different perspectives of the Niagara Falls. If you wish to view from the Canadian side, you can cross the Rainbow Bridge or the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge into Canada. Be sure you have the proper documentations to enter Canada (such as passport) and your car (such as registration and insurance card) if driving. You can walk across the Rainbow Bridge but not across the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Niagara Falls, New York State

Niagara Falls by Ujjwal Kumar

The American side gives a side-on view of the American Falls and the Canadian side is often touted to offer the best view. However, the observation point on the American side is only 20 yards (18 meters) from the top of the falls. Furthermore, the American side is a designated state park with its natural beauty preserved, unlike the Canadian side, which is touristy and commercialized. On both the American and Canadian sides, views of Niagara Falls are free. From the American side, you have access to the riverside walks, parks, and you can walk across a pedestrian bridge to Goat Island.
Niagara Falls from Goat Island, New York State

Niagara Falls from Goat Island by Matthew Trump

There are a number of attractions designed to give different experiences of Niagara Falls. At the Cave of the Winds, an elevator takes you down to a walkway that leads you to the bottom of the Bridal Veil Falls. From here, you can feel the tremendous power of the waters of the Niagara Falls! This is the closest you can safely get to the falls on either the American or Canadian side. The Maid of the Mist is a boat ride (departing from the American and Canadian sides) taking you down around the bottom of the falls. The real experience is when you look up at the falls from below and feel the mist coming off the falls and hence the name Maid of the Mist.
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