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Getting In and Around Buffalo

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Getting in-and-around Buffalo is quite accessible and easy. You can get into the city via Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), Amtrak train or buses. As long as getting around the town is concerned, its best done by car. Driving is the most convenient means to explore Buffalo and its top attractions nearby. Even if don't have one, there are several companies offering car rentals. You can also opt to use public transportation, such as bus and train services. Taxi services are also available but you ought to call one ahead as hailing one on the street isn't easy.

Travel to Buffalo by Air

The City of Buffalo and its surrounding regions are served by Buffalo Niagara International Airport. BUF is located in the east side of Downtown Buffalo and is the busiest public airport in Upstate New York. The airport is owned and operated by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and serves New York, Buffalo and Southern Ontario, Canada. Jet Blue Airways provides affordable round-trips from New York City.

Address:  4200 Genesee Street Buffalo, NY 14225
Phone: (716) 630-6000 and (877) 359-2642
Website: www.buffaloairport.com

To and From the Airport

To get anywhere in the city or outskirts, there are many onsite car rentals, buses, shuttle, taxis and vans available. A taxi ride from Buffalo Airport to Buffalo City Hall will approximately cost $40.

Metro Bus service
is one of the quickest, easy and inexpensive means to get to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Its routes connect to downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls and other connections to many areas throughout the region.

Shuttle: The shuttle, Airport-Downtown Express - Metro Route 204 offers non-stop service between the BUF airport and city's central business district. One-way fare costs around $2.50. Service frequency is roughly every 30 minutes on weekdays during peak hours.

Rental operations located on airport property

Airport Taxi

(716) 633-8294, (800) 551-9369

(716) 631-2044, (800) 327-9633

(716) 632-1809, (800) 831-2847

716) 632-4662, (800) 283-4387

(716) 565-0002 | (800) 736-8222

(716) 632-4783, (800) 654-3131

(716) 634-9220, (800) 227-7368


(716) 632-8400

Travel to Buffalo by Train

Amtrak offers three train services that connects Buffalo to other places. Fare to major cities like NYC will cost around $88 (8 hours) and to Albany is around $48 (6 hours). Check out the routes they serve.

Lake Shore Limited: NY State - Boston - Albany - Chicago
Empire Service: NY - Albany - Rochester - Syracuse - Buffalo - Niagara Falls
Maple Leaf: Toronto - Niagara Falls - NY

There are two Amtral stations in Buffalo-

Address: 75 Exchange St, Buffalo, NY 14203, United States
Phone: 1 800-872-7245

Station Building

Address: 55 Dick Rd, Depew, NY 14043

Travel to Buffalo by Bus

There are many buses that arrive and depart from the Greyhound terminal in Buffalo city called Buffalo Transportation Center. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, NFTA operates local bus 40 and express bus 60 that will take you to the transit center, located on the American side of Niagara Falls. Fare will cost around $2 and takes approximately one hour.

Address: 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo

Getting Around Buffalo

Buffalo's public transit consists of local buses, light rails, taxis and shuttles. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates the Buffalo Metro Rail and several passenger buses.

NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail

Car: As mentioned before, the best way to explore Buffalo and around is by car as driving in the town is efficient and easy. Moreover you can reach the nearby Niagara Falls and its surroundings quite easily if you have a care. With many car rentals available across town and in the airport, you can conveniently rent one. 

Metro: NFTA operates the Buffalo Metro Rail. It is over 6 miles long single line light rail system. The rail system stretches from downtown's Erie Canal Harbor to the northeastern part - University Heights district. Ticket is available in all metro stations and the same can be used for bus rides. You can buy a basic ticket that costs $2, or a day pass for $5 and a 7 day pass for $25. The metro remain operational seven days a week, with limited hours on weekends. For schedules, routes and more details, Click Here.

Bus: Passenger bus services are also provided by NFTA. For newcomers, bus routes throughout Buffalo may be quite confusing as it's little tangled up with some buses providing "on-demand" stops, where anyone can get down exactly where needed, while others have set stops only. Moreover, some services run only weekdays (Mon- Fri), while other offers services seven days a week. There are various bus fares to opt - a regular fare costs $2; a day pass for $5 and a 7-day pass for $25. Regular tickets are available in the bus itself, but do remember to carry exact change, while passes are available in metro stations. The seasonal Open-Air Autobus is also a big hit among visitors to explore the city's highlights. To view the various maps and schedules, you can refer to NFTA's website.

For more information on Open-Air Autobus, Click Here.

Taxi: If you're planning to travel by taxi, make sure you call your cabs ahead. In Buffalo, it is not at all easy to hail a cab in the streets.

Shuttle, Van, and Taxi Services in Buffalo

AA Taxi Transportation Inc
(905)321-3206 | (905)735-8294

AAA Taxi Tour & Shuttle
(716) 550-0550 | 905-581-3993

Above the Falls Transportation
(716) 957-4192 | (877) 957-4111

Act One Transportation
(716) 908-7405

Airport Express

(716) 472-8580 | (800) 604-1570

Airport Taxi

(716) 633-8294 | (800) 551-9369

Aloft Buffalo Airport
(716) 626-1800

Buffalo Airport Shuttle
(716) 685-25500

EZ Ride Buffalo

Corporate Rent-A-Car

Planning to book Bus & Tour service for your family to explore Buffalo, Niagara and all other top highlights? Check below and book your trip.

Best hotels to stay in Buffalo!

Some notable Bus & Tour operators in Buffalo

AYR Coach Lines
(519) 747 1230

Bedore Tours
(716) 696-3200

Coach Canada
(705) 748-6411 | (800) 461-7661

Covered Wagon Tours
(607) 324-3900

Grand Tours

(716) 433-6777 | (800) 847-4887

Gray Line Niagara Falls
(716) 285-2113 | (877) 285-2113

(716) 855-7533

(877) 462-6342

Mon Da Bus Tours Inc.
(917) 559 5477
Niagara Scenic Tours
(716) 648-7766

Starr Transit Company

(800) 782-7703

Getting to Niagara Falls

  • NFTA operates bus 40 and express bus 60 from downtown Buffalo to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls' stop is at First and Rainbow Boulevard. The fare is $2 with one hour travel time.

  • You can opt to travel to the Falls by taxis that will cost around $75.

  • Amtrak trains have daily services from Niagara Falls to Buffalo (35 minutes), NYC (nine hours) and Toronto (three hours).

  • You can cross the Rainbow Bridge. The round trip to Canada and back will costs around US$3.25/1 per car/pedestrian. Carry your passport or an enhanced driver’s license.

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