The iconic Niagara Falls is located close enough to New York City – about 400 miles to be exact – many who plan a trip to The Big Apple try and fit in a trip to the falls as well. Obviously, the quickest way to do so would be to fly, but some might not have the budget to do so or there may be some other reason they avoid air travel. Driving is a six-to-seven-hour trip which may be too long for some, but the explorations and scenic views make the journey more exciting and fun to consider for others.
This begs the question – what’s the best way to get from New York City to Niagara Falls?
Airport Transportation to the Falls
Taking just about 90 minutes, traveling by plane from NYC to Niagara Falls is the fastest way to get there. After flying into the Buffalo International airport, the falls are only a 30 minute drive away from the epic falls. The speed will cost you though, because at around $80 air travel is the most expensive way to get to Niagara Falls from NYC. There is also the hassle of going through security lines which makes the process longer, and boarding and deboarding the plane can add to travel time. So, while it’s still the fastest way, flying to the falls will probably take two to three hours of real travel time. If you do decide on flying to the falls consider pre-booking airport transportation and buying your Niagara Falls tour tickets online to save time!
Travel by Car
Taking six to seven hours, driving is the second fastest way to get to the falls after air travel. While it takes significantly longer, you have the freedom of exploration and get more privacy. The freedom of exploration means you can have a mini road trip vacation on your vacation as you pass through scenic forests and enjoy all the natural adventures and explorations the trip has to offer. Aside from gas and what snacks you may grab along the way, there really is no additional cost to driving unless renting a car.
Travel by Bus
It takes about eight hours to get from NYC to the falls, making bus transportation the second longest of these options. This takes up the majority of your day, but at just $45 a ticket it’s fairly inexpensive. Buses leave The Big Apple from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal that’s located in Washington Heights at the northern tip of Manhattan. This trip will then drop you off right next to the Niagara Falls Visitor Center, so you’ll be able to step right off the bus and see the beauty of the falls right away!
Travel by Train
Taking upwards of eight hours, traveling by train is the slowest way to get from New York City to Niagara Falls. At $68 a ticket, it’s also the second most expensive option. It may seem like the worst of these four options, but trains are by far the most comfortable and relaxing. For some, this may justify the cost and time spent traveling. Our airport transportation service is also for travelers arriving to the Niagara region by train. Regardless of how you get to Niagara Falls from NYC, consider pre-booking your Niagara Falls Tour!
We offer different Niagara Falls tours that allow you to explore the state park and have a closer view of the illuminated falls from both the American and Canadian sides.
Book your trip now with Over The Falls Tours for the best experience.