Buffalo
Travel Guide

Buffalo, New York

Getting Around

 
 

By Public Transport
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) operates Buffalo's public transport system of commuter buses and the Metro Rail system. There are about 40 bus routes and the subway system comprises of a single line. Fares cost $1.75 (75 cents for seniors, disabled, and children under 12) regardless of distance traveled. Pay the exact fare since the drivers or operators do not make change. Day passes ($4 and $2.00 for seniors, disabled, and children) and monthly passes ($64.00 and $32.00 for seniors, disabled, and children) are available and offer unlimited travel.

The Metro Rail stretches for 6.4 miles (10.3 km) between Erie Canal Harbor in Downtown Buffalo (in the south) and University Heights at the south campus of the University of Buffalo (in the north). Stops at some of the city’s major destinations include:

  • University – University of Buffalo south campus
  • Amherst Street - Buffalo Zoo and Delaware Park
  • Theater - Buffalo Theatre District
  • Fountain Plaza - Chippewa Entertainment District
  • Lafayette Square - Buffalo City Hall and Central Library
  • Church  – Downtown Farmers Market
  • Erie Canal Harbor - HSBC Arena and the waterfront

The downtown section of the subway line is above ground and the ride is free. There are no free transfers (except transfers to the route 8 bus) and passengers transferring between bus lines should consider a day or monthly pass.

Metro Rail in Buffalo, New York State

Buffalo's Metro Rail by Doug Kerr

By Car
There are several expressways leading in and out Buffalo. The main expressway is the Kensington Expressway, which begins at the airport (on Greene Street) and ends in Downtown Buffalo at Oak Street or Goodell Street (depending on the direction of travel).
Many of Buffalo’s attractions are spread across the city and you may prefer a car besides public transport.
 
By Taxi
Taxicabs are available but mostly found at the airport and Downtown Brooklyn. If you have difficulty flagging for a cab, you can call for a dispatch service. Renting a car is another option with several major car rental companies found at Buffalo Airport including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

Washington Street, Buffalo (New York State)

Washington Street by DragonFire1024

To Niagara Falls
You can board bus No. 40 from the Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center (BMTC) at the intersection of Elm and North Division Streets in Downtown Buffalo. BMTC is adjacent to Exchange Street Station and just two blocks east of Church (Metro Rail) Station. The bus travels to the city of Niagara Falls, stopping at Old Falls Street and finally at the Portage Road Transit Center. The distance is 26 miles (42 km) and the bus fare is $1.75 each way.
Niagara Falls, New York State

Niagara Falls by Fb78

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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