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Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

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Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Hi. My wife and I will be staying at a hotel in Buffalo NY (Rainbow Blvd) end of May, visiting from Australia. We will have a rental car thru' Europcar US. Can anyone please advise:-

1) As I am British Passport holder will there be any visa requirements crossing into Canada?

2) Is anyone aware if Europcar allow US rented cars to cross temporarily into Canada?

3) If yes, what are driver licence requirements (I have an Australian licence)?

4) Not good but we have only a day to do this - is this feasible including Maid of the Mist?

Lady Dee, any comments?

Cheers, Howiesue.

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1. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

I can answer a couple of your questions:

Rainbow Blvd. is in Niagara Falls, New York, not actually in Buffalo, so it will be quite easy for you to see the Falls in a day.

You can see the Falls and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist from either the U.S. or Canadian side of the border. If you board the boat on the U.S. side, it will return you to the U.S., and if you board in Canada you will return to Canada, so there are no visa/passport problems either way.

I'm not familiar with Europcar, but it appears from their website that they work with National car rental. You would have to contact National to find out whether they would allow you to cross into Canada.

Your closest Canadian consulate should be able to advise whether or not you will need a visa if you enter Canada from the U.S.

Here's a site with information about driving in Ontario if you hold a license from another country:

mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/visiting.shtml

Good luck...

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2. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Hi Howiesue;

1) You will only need a valid passport to enter Canada.

Canadian Border Services Agency's website;

http://207.219.111.92/requirements/steps4_1_1.aspx?id=197

2) There are some car rental companies that will not permit their cars out of the state or out of the country. Most of the larger rental companies will allow cross border travel.

Ensure that the car rental company notes on the rental agreement that they authorize you to take the car into Canada. You may be asked by Customs when entering Canada, or when re-entering the US, for this documentation.

Best Regards

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3. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Let me just add a welcome since your questions seem to be covered. I know you will enjoy your stay here in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

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4. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Just wanted to add that you could park on the NY side and walk over the bridge to Canada. It is a fairly short walk and the views are amazing.

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5. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Many thanks to all who gave this valuable advice. We look forward to our visit to Western NY and the falls.

Cheers, Howiesue

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6. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

I DO NOT know if this is necessary.. I live in the general area..

There are four bridges across the Niagara River.

You will want the ****Rainbow Bridge***..That is one of them which you can walk across..and is also closest to Niagara Falls..

When we first moved to the area , no one told us that there were 4 bridges into Canada.. and we got a bit comfused.

Hope this also helps you.

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7. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Hi Alice. Thanks for your input - we will bear this in mind. Cheers, Howard & Sue.

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8. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Hey, Howiesue! I tsounds like your hotel is in walking distance from the Niagara Falls themselves. You dont' even have to drive there, you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada. There is more to see and do there than on the States' side. Maid of the Mist is on both sides of teh border, but I hear the lines are shorter on the US side.

Sorry you'll miss Buffalo NY!

--Dee

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9. Re: Staying in Buffalo - see Niagara Falls

Thanks Lady Dee, wondered where you were! Look forward to seeing whatever we can see and thanks for your input.

All the best, Howard & Sue.

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