Q: What time of the year is
Niagara Falls open ?
A: Niagara Falls is open 24
hours a day 365 days a year.
Q: Are the Falls turned off
at night ?
Q: What will the weather be
like when I visit Niagara Falls ?
A: See the Weather History & Almanac from our
weather link .
Q: Is there a charge to see
the Falls ?
A: The parks are free and open
to the public 365 days a year. During the busier months of May through
September there is a charge for parking your automobile, r/v etc. There
are also fees for municipally operated "attractions"
ie: cave of the winds, maid of the mist, journey behind the falls.
Q: What is the best time of
the year to visit Niagara Falls ?
A: The best weather occurs
from mid May until mid September. The first two weeks of October is
usually the best time for viewing our Fall foliage. Due to the "micro
climate" within the Niagara Gorge leaves tend to peak during the third
or fourth week of October. Niagara Falls can be very spectacular even
during the Winter. Nowadays more and more people visit the Cataract City
Q: Where should I stay
during my visit to Niagara Falls?
A: We recommend you try and
stay as close to the Falls as possible. Parking is limited during peak
season and getting around on foot & using the shuttle service is the
best way to get around and see the sites. We have a list of suggestions
and tips here: Niagara Falls Hotel Tips.
Q: Which Fallsview hotel has
the best view of the Falls?
visit our "Fallsview Hotel"
page for more information.
Q: I don't have a passport
or visa to visit Niagara Falls Canada should I still visit Niagara Falls
A: Even though over 90
percent of the visitors go to Niagara Falls Canada you can still enjoy
yourself on the New York side of the border. There is a saying that in
Canada you can see the Falls but in New York you can feel the Falls,
referring to the "Cave of the Winds". Both sides have their pluses and
minuses. Niagara Falls NY is an aging city with not a lot to do after
the sun goes down. Niagara Falls Canada has a lot more to offer if
staying for a more than a day.
Q: How can I receive
information about Niagara Falls by mail ?
A: We do
not provide any literature by postal mail. You can use this link to
obtain a Niagara
Falls travel guide in the mail.
Q: Are there boat rides
available year round ?
A: Maid of the Mist
and the Whirlpool Jet boat operate from early May until late October.
*during the months of
November-April, Maid of the Mist, Jetboat, Cave of the Winds are closed.
All other attractions and businesses are open year round.
** During the winter months
the NY Observation
tower's elevators are closed but the observation deck is open.**
Q: What is the best way to
get to Niagara Falls ?
A: By air, you have to fly
into either Toronto, Ontario or Buffalo, New York.
Toronto's airport "Pearson
International" is 78 miles (125 kilometers) from the Rainbow Bridge
(1 hour 14 minute drive)if traffic is not congested. You can double the
drive time if caught in rush hour traffic.
"Buffalo/Niagara International" is 25 miles (41 kilometers) from the
Rainbow Bridge (35 minute drive). You will rarely encounter traffic
congestion between the Buffalo Airport & the Falls.
To get to the Falls from the
airport, you can either rent a car, take a shuttle bus, or arrive by
taxi. More information is available from our
Trailways Bus Service and
Amtrak/VIA train service is available directly to cities of Niagara Falls.
Hotels do not provide courtesy
shuttles to or from the airports.
Q: How long will it take to
cross the bridge and clear customs?
A: Provided it is not a
major holiday, you can normally get through inspections in less than ten
minutes. Expect a ten to twenty minute wait on Fridays and Saturdays
during the late afternoon and early evening going to Canada. Sunday
mornings there are delays going in to the US and in the evening going
back to Canada. Expect delays of thirty minutes or more on Memorial Day,
Canada Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Q: What is the best way to
visit the Falls and see the attractions?
A: The best thing to do is
map out your itinerary before you arrive. To walk from one side of the
Horseshoe Falls to the other via the Rainbow Bridge is 4 km/2.5 miles
(8km/5 miles roundtrip) and that is a long walk! First you need to
figure out how you will get to the general area of the falls itself. If
you are staying at a local hotel find out the proximity to the Falls and
plan your activities from there. A typical tourist will visit the maid
of the mist boat ride, view the Falls from either Queen Victoria Park in
Canada or the Niagara Reservation Park in the USA (or both). In Canada
you can easily walk from Table Rock visit Journey Behind the Falls and
then walk to the Maid of the Mist docks. On the US side you can walk
from the visitors center to Prospect Point and catch the Maid of the
Mist and then walk to Goat Island for the Cave of the Winds, Terrapin
Point and the Three Sisters Island.
Both the Niagara Falls U.S.A
and Niagara Falls Canada Parks departments offer a transit system which
stops at the major attractions in their respective countries. The
Niagara Falls Canada "people mover" transits along the Niagara River
from Table Rock to Queenston Heights Park with thirteen different stops.
To preview it's route visit this link:
www.niagaraparks.com. In the US the Parks Trolley system runs a
three mile circular route and has six stops. For rates and info visit
Tour companies are abound in
Niagara Falls. Be sure to compare what is included with the tour
including admissions to the attractions you will visit. While tours tend
to be more expensive, they can take a lot of hassle out of walking
everywhere and at the end of the day you are still left with plenty of
energy for the evening.
Q: How far is the train
station from the Falls itself ?
A: In Niagara Falls Ontario,
the Via Rail station (4223 Bridge Street, tel:1-800-361-1235) is 1.6
miles (2.5 km) from the Rainbow Bridge. In Niagara Falls NY the Amtrak
train station (27th Street & Lockport Road tel: 716-285-4224) is 2.8
miles (4.5 km) from the Rainbow Bridge. ($10.00 cab fare)
Q: How far is the Bus
terminal from the Falls.
A: In Niagara Falls NY, the
Trailways® bus terminal (303 Rainbow Blvd. tel: 800-776-7548) is .6
miles (1 km) from the Rainbow Bridge. In Niagara Falls Ontario the
terminal (4555 Erie St. tel: 905-357-2133) is 1.6 miles (2.5 km) from
the Rainbow bridge.
Q: Where can I obtain
driving directions and a map of Niagara Falls ?
A: Visit our
maps & info page.
Q: Where can I park my car
when visiting Niagara Falls ?
A: If you are visiting
just for the day there are municipally operated parking lots which
charge a fee. In Niagara Falls New York you can park at the Niagara
Reservation State Park near the Rainbow Bridge or on Goat Island. In
Niagara Falls Canada there are parking lots near the "Table Rock House"
adjacent to the Horseshoe Falls. When the lots fill up there is a
shuttle service to satellite parking. If you are spending the night all
hotels offer parking and there is almost always a fee. You can get
discounted parking at the Fallsview Casino if you obtain a
"frequent player card" which involves filling out a form to receive
newsletters and other promotional information.
Q: Is my US drivers license
valid in Canada and vice versa?
Q: Is my automobile
insurance valid while in Canada?
A: In most cases yes
including car rentals. You may want to verify this with your insurance
Q: Will my US cell phone
work in Niagara Falls Canada and vice versa?
A: Most major carriers
(Verizon, AT&T, Rogers) service will work within about a mile of the
international border. If you need to place your phone in roam mode
additional charges are incurred. Usually $1.00 per minute.
Q: Do you arrange tours of
A: You can reserve a tour by
checking our "tours" page.
Q: Where can I exchange my
A: There are quite a few
currency exchange locations in the area and always at both sides of the
Rainbow Bridge. The best way to pay for your visit is to place
everything on credit cards, you'll get the best exchange rate from your
Q: I'll be in New York City and would
like to visit Niagara Falls. What are my options ?
A: New York City is 406 miles or 653
kilometers from Niagara Falls.
By car: It's a 6.5 hour drive. The
quickest route from NY City is to take interstate 80 west to 81 north to
90 west then 190 north to the Robert Moses Parkway.
By plane: It is a 45 minute flight. From
airport to airport it will usually
take three to four hours including driving time to the falls. You
can arrange for Buffalo Airport pickups and tours at
niagaramajestic or taxi service through Buffalo
Airport Taxi. It's a 30 minute drive from the Buffalo airport to the
By Train: The train ride is great, much of the route
follows the New York State Barge Canal and Hudson River. The trip takes nine hours
and costs $78.00 each way. Usually four departures daily starting
at 7:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Amtrak offers service from Penn Station in
Manhattan. Visit Amtrak's website
for more details.
Greyhound offers bus service to Niagara Falls. This route takes
9-11 hours and the fare is roughly $55.00 one way or $105.00 round trip.
Many departure times are available but the ride is exceptionally long.