How to get from New York to Niagara Falls

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Visiting Niagara Falls from New York is one of the most recommended experiences and excursions during a trip or vacation to the Big Apple. Niagara Falls are one of the most impressive and evocative spectacles of nature in the world, a must-visit place if you have the opportunity.

Are you planning a trip to New York, e you want to know how much it costs and how to get to the falls? In this short guide we will give you all information and useful advice to get to Niagara Falls by car, bus, train, helicopter, plane or with organized tours.



Niagara Falls are located between the USA and Canada, and together with the Niagara River they form a natural border between the 2 states. The American side of the falls is right in New York State, and indeed the distance between New York and Niagara Falls is not an impossible distance.

The distance is about 630 km and you can visit them also with day trips. If your trip to New York is short, the best solution is to make a daily visit, but if you have a week or even more available, it is advisable to dedicate at least 2 days to visit this incredible and wonderful place, perhaps also visiting the nearby Toronto, about 1 hour and a half away.

How to get to Niagara Falls from New York

Now let's go and see the best solutions to get to Niagara Falls from New York, with costs, times and schedules. Remember to carefully check the information and travel conditions on the site where you make your booking, as they may vary over time.



By bus

Let's start this short guide by talking about how to get to Niagara Falls by bus, because it is the best solution from New York and the most used. The bus allows you to do excursions even for a single day to the falls and it is the less expensive solution.

If you want to book a day trip by bus from New York to Niagara Falls we recommend these 3 bus tours, each with different costs, places and departure times. The useful duration for the visit of the falls varies from 5 to 7 hours depending on the tour, more than enough time to see and to do activities, such as the mini-cruise under the falls.

Il first round departs Manhattan at 23pm and finishes around 00pm the next day. The cost is 22 euros per person and includes in addition to transport, the guide in English or Spanish and the ride on the boat that takes you near the giant waterfall of Horseshoe Falls.

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Il second tour departs early in the morning from Times Square and always ends in Times Square around midnight. The cost is 254 euros per person and includes in addition to transport, the guide in English or Spanish and the ticket for the Maid of the Mist cruise, or for the Cave of the Winds.

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Il third tour departs at 23pm from Manhattan and ends around 00pm the next day in Manhattan. The cost is 21 euros per person and includes, in addition to transport, the guide in Spanish and the boat ride aboard the “Maid of the Mist”.


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By plane

The plane is the fastest way to reach Niagara Falls from New York. The closest airport is Buffalo Niagara International Airport from where buses and shuttles to the falls depart.

Il cost the round trip flight is about 300 euros, to which must be added the transfers to reach one of the New York airports (about 20-30 dollars) and the costs of the shuttle bus from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to the falls (about 10-30 dollars dollars).

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By helicopter

The helicopter, like the plane, is a fast way to reach the falls, but also very expensive. Many times a minimum of 2 participants is required and the minimum cost of the tour is 1500 euros per person.

By train

The train is maybe the least suitable means to reach Niagara Falls, especially as it does not allow for day trips. At least 2 days should be spent for the first train to reach the area at 16:26 pm.


Trains leave from Penn Station from New York and reach Niagara Falls station in about 9 hours. Departures are at 7:15 am, 10:20 am or 13:20 pm, and the cost of the ticket ranges from $ 67 for the cheapest fare to $ 160 for the business fare.

By car

Though not the best solution, you can also reach Niagara Falls from New York by car. For this experience it is necessary to rent a car and have a credit card, mandatory in America for car rental.


For a day tour we don't recommend the car because it would be necessary to leave early and therefore the rental company would apply the surcharge for collection and delivery outside office hours. Or it would be necessary to rent the car the day before and deliver it the next day, therefore paying for more rental days and also the expensive parking in New York.

The car it is recommended for large families or groups, or for those who want to visit other areas besides the waterfalls. In this case, the choice of renting a car is a good solution and can also be the cheapest.

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Organized tours

There are various tours that include not only a visit to Niagara Falls, but also other important destinations and destinations in the northeastern United States.

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