We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

Which Buffalo hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
San Diego...
Level Contributor
25 posts
88 reviews
Save Topic
Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

Hello All

I have one day to visit Niagara Falls ( US Side) on a Sunday.

I am wondering if i need to rent car to get around.

i will arrive at Buffalo on a Sat evening. I can stay either by the airport or buffalo downtown.

i did a search and found bus #40 can take me from downtown to the fall.

Is public transportation in buffalo safe and convenient?

Any recommendations on hotels so that i can have an easy transportation to the fall without rental car?

or it is the best to rent a car for a day?

Thanks very much.

1. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

TripAdvisor staff removed this post because it did not meet TripAdvisor's forum posting guidelines with prohibiting self-promotional advertising or solicitation.

We ask all of our members to keep their forum messages free of self-promoting advertisements or solicitation of any kind - members affiliated with any tourism-related business should not include commercial contact information or URLs in their forum messages.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 09 May 2014, 19:04
San Diego...
Level Contributor
25 posts
88 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

Thank so much for pointing me to the link. it is very helpful.

Buffalo, New York
2 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

No problem! I hope you enjoy your time in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! :)

New York State, USA
Destination Expert
for Buffalo
Level Contributor
1,404 posts
24 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

Hi Paula,

I would suggest renting a car since your visit falls on the weekend when public transportation runs on a very limited schedule. Niagara Falls is about 20 miles away from the Buffalo Niagara airport - a quick drive by thruways.

You can stay right in Niagara Falls but Buffalo has many more hotels and restaurants to choose from (especially if you have a car!) Unless you prefer the convenience of staying near the airport, I would definitely recommend staying in Buffalo. The area around the airport looks like many other airport areas - nondescript - whereas downtown Buffalo looks like no where else in the country.

Happy travels!

-Dee

Fayetteville, North...
Level Contributor
19 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

I agree with the previous posts. If you don't have a real desire or need to be downtonw Buffalo this visit and mainly want to see the Falls, I would stay in an airport motel and rent a car for the day. It is all expressway and pleasant driving to Niagara Falls from airport. But rather than pay the rate to park at the Reservation State Park to access the American Falls area I would recommend when you get near the end of the Robert Moses Parkway, the route you most likely will be driving to get to the Falls, take the exit to the Seneca Niagara Casino and either park in the free lot in front of the hotel or park free in the clean and safe parking garage. Go into the hotel lobby, walk through the casino- it is fun to see teh gaming floor. Go right through to the opposite side and out the door to the street and walkway that leads right to the Falls. You won't have to give NY State any of your money just to park in their lot. Plus you get to see a bit of the casino and the street view, such as it is, on the way from there to the Falls. If it is a nice day it is a relaxing and pleasant stroll. You can also still walk across the Rainbow bridge to Canada, but without proper documentation you cannot actually enter customs. But the view from the bridge is really awesome. Hope you enjoy your visit.

West Grey, Ontario
Destination Expert
for Toronto
Level Contributor
72,532 posts
86 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

>>"You can also still walk across the Rainbow bridge to Canada, but without proper documentation you cannot actually enter customs. But the view from the bridge is really awesome."<<

Hi;

Just to clarify...

Once you enter the bridge, you have LEFT the USA. Even if you don't walk all the way across to Canada Customs, and you will require appropriate documentation to re-enter the US.

Best Regards

Fayetteville, North...
Level Contributor
19 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

My niece and daughters from Florida were here just last summer and walked across the bridge like in the old days. They took pictures standing on the line betwen US and Canada. I asked them how they were able to do it as I thought with the new requirements they could not do it anymore. None had any documentation required to enter Canada. Niece told me they asked and were allowed to walk across. They could not actually enter Canada (go through customs, etc.) but walked across bridge and back to US side with no problems.

Fayetteville, North...
Level Contributor
19 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

I just spoke to my niece. She said all they had to do was give the boarder guy their names. They walked all the way across and turned around. Stopped at the line which is the actual border between the two countries. Took pics and all that. Enjoyed the view. When they got back to the boarder guy he just acknowledged them and that was that. I was surprised you could still walk across without documentation. I think the girls (teens) were hoping if they got closer to Canada they might catch sight of Justin Beiber. lol

West Grey, Ontario
Destination Expert
for Toronto
Level Contributor
72,532 posts
86 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

Hi Dana;

Their experience is atypical...all dependant on the officer on duty, threat level, etc. Glad it worked out for them and they had a good time !

Best Regards

10. Re: Do i need to rent a car in Buffalo?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12 October 2014, 05:17