By: Ayesha Munir
An inevitable part of any travel excursion is finances – planning your tour in a way that covers maximum in the given budget. It is always good to plan your travel budget ahead, especially if you’re vacationing on budget. Likewise, your plan for the upcoming trip to Niagara Falls shouldn’t go without a detailed cost plan. In line with this, we’ve estimated the costs of getting to either side of Niagara Falls. Here’s an account of the cost of traveling to Niagara Falls from notable cities on both sides.
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Cost of going to Niagara Falls largely depends on where on earth you’re traveling from, and the travel mode (airplane, bus, train, or car) you’re taking. So this part of the Niagara Falls cost plan is subjective, and varies from person to person. Nevertheless, we can assist you in making some estimations regarding travel costs from cities adjoining Niagara Falls – Toronto on the Canadian side and New York City on the United States side.
Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada are 72 kilometers (45 miles) apart. The time and cost required to travel from Toronto to Niagara Falls depends on the mode of transportation you opt for. Here’s an account of minimum costs for each mode.
Train: Your cost of traveling from Toronto to Niagara Falls will be as low as 19 USD per person and take nearly 2 hours & 45 minutes to reach there.
Bus: Your cost of traveling via bus can be as low as 28 USD per person. It would take you nearly 1 hour & 45 minutes to reach Niagara Falls, Canada via bus.
Car: If you opt for the luxury of a car to travel to Niagara Falls, Canada, your cost of traveling will fall somewhere between 80 USD to 250 USD per person (depending on the type of vehicle you choose for your traveling).
Air: Your cost of traveling by air will start from 150 USD per person. By air, you can reach Niagara Falls, Canada in only 30 minutes!
New York City and Niagara Falls, USA lie at a distance of 496 kilometers (308 miles). Your time & cost requirements to travel between these cities depend on your choice from the available transportation options. Here’s an overview of the starting prices for available choices.
Train: If you opt for a train, your cost of getting there will start from 68 USD per person, and take nearly 9 hours to reach Niagara Falls, USA.
Bus: Your cost of traveling via bus can be as low as 50 USD per person. It will take nearly 10 hours to reach Niagara Falls, USA by bus.
Car: If you opt for the luxury of a car to travel to Niagara Falls, USA, your cost of traveling will start from 112 USD per person (depending on the type of vehicle you choose for your traveling).
Air: Your direct, non-stop flight from New York City to Niagara Falls, USA will fall somewhere between 115 USD to 185 USD. By air, you’ll reach Niagara Falls, USA in only 50 minutes.
Note: The fares estimated here are subject to change and may vary from time to time. Be sure to cross check these fares from official sources.
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By now, you might be wondering if it costs anything to enter Niagara Falls once you get there. Good News: Entry to both sides of Niagara Falls from respective cities (Toronto on Niagara Falls, Canada side , and New York City on Niagara Falls, USA side) is totally FREE!
Entering Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from Niagara Falls, New York, USA and vice versa is NOT FREE. You’ll have to cross the Rainbow Bridge to get to the other side. Crossing the bridge would cost you $4.00 in US funds or $5.50 Canadian funds when departing the USA and $1.00 US or Canadian funds when leaving Canada.
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Though the entry to Niagara Falls is FREE – on both sides of the border. However, most of the iconic Niagara Falls attractions and experiences here are paid. Your cost of one day trip largely depends on destinations you visit, and experiences you wish to undertake at each destination. Some of the must-visits on Canadian side that are easy-on-budget as well include Journey Behind the Falls, Whirlpool Aero Car, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, Niagara Parks Power Station, Clifton Hill, White Water Walk, Skylon Tower, Niagara SkyWheel, and Hornblower Niagara Cruise to Canadian Horseshoe Falls. On the US side of Niagara Falls, activities that you can enjoy at economic prices include Views of the Falls aboard Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls State Park, Cave of the Winds, Whirlpool State Park, Rainbow Air Helicopter Tour, and Niagara River. Be sure to check the latest schedule and latest prices before you go.
If you’re vacationing on budget, a thorough planning of costs to be incurred during your Niagara Falls visit is a sine qua non. So, better to start your planning with the question, ‘how much does it cost to go to Niagara Falls?’. This will set you free from money-consciousness & money-guilt resulting from possible overspending, and let you enjoy your Niagara Falls tour to the fullest. Not sure how to plan out your costs? Nothing to worry about, as we have it all sorted for you at economical prices. Check out these Niagara Falls, USA Tours and Niagara Falls, Canada Tours and book your one-day or multi-day, intra-city or inter-city tours, and combo-tours now – and that too at a special price!