- By Jocelyn
- On Feb 3, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
The two most famous and popular travel destinations in New York state are New York City and Niagara Falls. Not surprisingly, many travelers want to see both when they visit the Empire State. The first thing you have to understand is that how far Niagara Falls is from New York City. From the map, the driving distance from New York to Niagara Falls, NY is: approximately 400 miles.
Unfortunately, getting to Niagara Falls from the Big Apple can be something of a challenge because it is on the U.S. – Canadian border about 400 miles from New York. The good news is that there are different kinds of great travel options available for those are willing to take two or three days to make the Niagara Falls trip. As anybody who has been to the falls will tell you, the sight of the magnificent and spectacular waterfall is well worth the trip.
Here are 5 ways from New York City to Niagara Falls:
1) Driving from New York to Niagara Falls by yourselves
Spending Time: Usually around seven-and-a-half hours. It can spend your more time due to the terrible traffic, the route you take or side trips. That means you should usually schedule nine hours for the drive. This means you will have to schedule two days for travel and stay at a hotel in Niagara Falls. In this way, you can enjoy the the?beautiful scenery along the road, but such a long drive will also overtire yourselves.
Description: The drive is well worth the time because of the beautiful scenery along the route, particularly in the fall. The fastest route is along Interstate 87 and Interstate 90, but many people take the side routes in order to experience local culture.
2) Amtrak Train From New York to Niagara Falls
Spending Time: Around nine-and-a-half hours according to the stops
Description: Several Amtrak trains offer direct service between New York's Penn Station and Niagara Falls within a day. All Maple Leaf trains go directly from New York to the falls; only certain Empire Service trains go on to Niagara Falls. Maple Leaf trains also travel on to Toronto for those that want to see Canada. Check Amtrak's website for schedules and reservations. The train allows you to see the beautiful scenery of the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York without the hassle of driving. Food and drink are available on the trains. One advantage to taking the train is that the Amtrak Station is located in the heart of Niagara Falls so you will not have to rent a car. It will save your money!
3) Flying from New York to Niagara Falls
Spending Time: The actual flight takes around an hour (60 minutes), but it will take around an hour to drive or take a bus to Niagara Falls. That makes the actual travel time around two hours, not including time spent reaching the airport in New York.
Description: Flying is the fastest and often the cheapest way to reach Niagara Falls from New York. Most flights land at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which is a 40-minute drive from the falls. Once on the ground, you will need to rent a car or take a shuttle bus to reach Niagara Falls. The Buffalo Airport Shuttle costs $22 per person. You can also fly to Toronto Pearson International Airport in Ontario, but you'll need an hour-and–a-half drive in heavy traffic to reach the Niagara Falls. Check airline ticket websites like Priceline for the best deals.
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4) Taking a Bus from New York to Niagara Falls
Spending Time: about 9 to 10 hours depending on traffic, the route you take and the number of stops.
Description: Taking the bus will allow you to see the scenery between New York and the fall without the cost of the train or the hassle of driving yourself. Most of the buses leave from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Several bus companies, including Greyhound, Trailways NY, and City2City Bus provide direct service. One advantage of taking the bus is that you can choose to get off at Niagara Falls, Ontario, on the Canadian side of the border if you wish. Bus travel is also quite cheap; the standard cost of fare is $54 per person one way. Many people will choose this way from New York to Niagara Falls.
There are several tour companies that offer day tours from NYC to Niagara Falls and vice versa. Tours usually include a one or two day package. In these package, you can not only visit Niagara Falls, but also visit other famous and charming attractions, such as Corning Museum of Glass, Thousand Islands and so on. Most of the tour companies will provide a pick up and drop off service from your hotel. That's very convenient for people who come to New York for the first time.
From the five ways above, there must be a way for you who want to travel to Niagara Fals from New York. Wish you could enjoy your trip to the two most famous and popular travel destinations New York state – New York City and Niagara Falls.