Though you may have good views from the top one of the towers facing the falls, I strongly recommend a flight over the falls.
There are helicopters continuously up and down, with trips that take about 10 minutes, showing a small extension of the river, but including the falls from several angles, and the whirlpool.
Not cheap ($118 for an adult, in 2011), but...
WEGO Bus Transportation
This bus service is nice when you have a lot of time. But, we were trying to do as many activities in one day as we could. We only used this bus one time to get over to the white water walk and back. It took forever for the bus to pick us up. This is the way to get around Niagara Falls without walking everywhere. You can drive yourself but there is no free parking.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
This is one of the cheapest way to get into Niagara falls coming from Toronto located at Bay street. I paid 37 dollars total for the round trip ticket. It's just 1 and half ride and went there in the morning and left around 5 PM. If you want to stay late be sure to ask the schedule of buses going back to Toronto. The bus is comfortable no complaints.
In the summer 2012, Niagara Falls unveiled a new tourist-geared bus system called WEGO. (For those who travelled to Niagara Falls before this time, it has replaced the People Mover buses.)
We had some ups and downs using this system, so here goes.
- WEGO buses are huge accordion-type buses than can carry many people at once.
- The green line, which goes along the Niagara Parkway, is almost an attraction in itself due to the views it offers.
- The drivers are extremely courteous and happy to give any advice or information they can to passengers.
- Visitors arriving in Niagara Falls by train or bus can take the purple line to get within walking distance of their hotel or transfer to another line taking them even closer.
- We were in Niagara Falls in early October, and the service was already reduced (the bus on the green line no longer went all the way to Queenston Heights or to the Rapidsview Station).
- Connections between lines are iffy. When transferring from the blue line to the red line to go on Lundy's Lane, the wait was so long that just walking to the Niagara Falls Museum stop would have been quicker.
- The blue line travels at a turtle's pace in the direction of Marineland. We wanted to go to Table Rock and, once again, would have been better off walking.
We shared our comments with the WEGO authorities after we came back from our trip. Hopefully these kinks can be worked out, since the service is relatively new. Considering the cost and difficulty of parking in Niagara Falls, WEGO has a lot of potential as an alternative means of transportation.
If you purchase a Niagara Parks Adventure Pass or Magic Pass, you will get 2 days (48 hours) of free transportation on the WEGO buses. Otherwise it will cost you $7 for a 24-hour pass and $11.50 for a 48-hour pass.
- National/State Park
- Budget Travel
Memory about this combination of adventure and spectacular views will last a lifetime!
NHL is located 5 minutes from the Horseshoe Falls. Features of the Niagara Helicopters.
The ride of a lifetime;
Individual headsets with taped commentary available in 12 languages;
Family & Group rates available;
Large windows, ideal for the avid photographer.
Open Seasonal. Flights depart daily from 9 a.m. until sunset, weather permitting. Duration: 12 minutes (including boarding time).
No tours on Christmas Day.
Adult Telephone Rate : $114.50
Adult Internet Rate : $107.00
Child Rate (ages 2-11): $69.28
Children under 2 fly for free in the lap of a parent.
There is a $4.95 processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order.
Note: There are no refunds. All sales are final.
- Family Travel
- Luxury Travel
Niagara Air Bus
I just wanted to share my bad experience with Niagara Air Bus, namely, don't use them!
I took the airbus June 21, 2011, and arrived at the airport (Toronto) at 3:41 for a 4:15 domestic flight. I very nearly missed my flight, and had to actually run to the gate, it was very stressful! The drivers seemed oblivious to the time constraints, and afterwards, repeated calls and emails went unanswered. Poor organization and no customer service - they don't do their job, which is simply to get you to the airport on time.
Overall, terrible service, and there is a very high chance you will miss your flight. Absolutely avoid at all costs.
Another tip: they never answer the phone on the customer service line, only the bookings line.
MAGIC BUS TOUR
recently took a tour to Niagara with Magic Bus tours and would not recommend them. they would be okay if all you are looking for is someone to drive you there and back. the guide did not seem especially knowledgable. the driver was not in the least bit friendly and could be heard swearing at/about other road users which i found to be unproferssional. although this tour claims it gives you the most free time of any tour at the falls this also means you get the most time waiting in lines. other tours that include extras such as maid of the mist or behind the falls dont have to line up for their tickets to those attractions as you must with magic bus. also, seemed very slow to pick up passengers. after one stop we went to the hilton and sat there for 30 miuites with no explanation of what was going on. many people on the bus became annoyed at this. if i was going again i would also choose a company that uses a mini bus this means less pick ups and drop offs and also a more personalised/ friendly tour wher you may get to interact with the gudie and ask questions. i had decided on a different tour company initially but when i arrived at my accommodation venue they recommnded magic bus. im sorry they did and wished i had gone with my first choice.
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
The Niagara Parks People Mover system is great, buy a day pass and you can hop on and hop off the buses all day stopping at all the tourist attractions. The drivers were really friendly and helpful and gave us some great information on the attractions
your day pass also includes the Incline Railway, really useful if you staying at one of the falls view hotels and cant face a trek up the hill after a long days sightseeing
day passes cost $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 12-5 and under 5s are free
the People Mover does not operate during the winter months, and the times of the last bus vary during the year, check the website for details
Bus to Niagara
Use the greyhound from Toronto to Niagara falls.
If there is good weather, enjoy the sceneries along the road; I discovered there were wine orchards in Ontario! We never stop learning.
In Niagara falss, take another bus to reach the falls.
- Road Trip
Our first view of the Falls was from the Rainbow Bridge as we crossed from New York State in the United States into Ontario, Canada. It was really pretty impressive scenery!
The bridge toll is $2.50 US and totally worth it for the view!
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
Winter road conditions
The road conditions aren't always that good during the winter due to snow and ice rain. on this website :
you can see what the road conditions are per road per region. On the picture you see the map of the south central region on 27th of November.
Green road : Bare & dry
Blue road : Bare & wet
Yellow road : Partially snow covered
White road : snow covered
Purple road : snow packed
Orange road : slushy
Red road : icy
Black/blue road : poor to nil visibility.
The website is constant update during the winter, so you have an up to date view of the road conditions.
Conditions on the road
Of course it is nice to have visible what the roads are like, and that is also possible through this website:
Here you can click on a map and get the webcam of that stretch of road. This way you always have an up to date view of the road you want to travel. You can't see all the roads in Ontario though; the webcams are mainly in the Greater Toronto area.
Drive to Niagara Falls.
Getting to Niagara Falls is very easy by car and getting around the city is best with public transportation. There is a parking lot right infront of the main attraction, where the falls is. Often this lot is full. In that case don't panic. just drive on and if you go straight ahead, you will see a big "P" sign for parking.
There is a huge parking and picnic facility about three kilometers (2 miles) from the falls where you can safely leave your car, van, bike, etc. Called: Rapids View Parking Lot. Have a snack or a short picnic and take the shuttle bus down to the falls. The bus price is included in the parking fee.
The cost is about $4- / person. The shuttle bus leaves and arrives every 10, 15 minutes.
This is the most convenient way visiting the falls, the tower, the boat ride and see downtown as well.
On this image you see highway 401 around Toronto as we were going to Niagara. There were about ten lanes all together. Picture is taken from inside the car.
- Family Travel
Travel Update- Toronto/Niagara Falls
Train and Bus Service Toronto/Niagara Falls
PLEASE NOTE THIS INFO IS FROM 2009 and doublecheck by going the following site:
or Google the site noted below.
Niagara Falls to get GO Transit Bus service starting September 5, 2009.
Starting Saturday, September 5, 2009, GO Transit will offer regular weekday, weekend, and holiday GO Bus service to Niagara Falls. This daily service will operate year-round and will make stops in St. Catharines, Grimsby, Stoney Creek, and connect with trains at the Burlington GO Station. Burlington can be reached by using the westbound Lakeshore GO train. From Toronto downtown use Union Station.
The weekday service will offer 12 trips in each direction between Niagara Falls and Burlington GO Station, as well as five additional trips in each direction between Grimsby and Burlington. Weekend and holiday service will consist of six trips in each direction between Niagara Falls and Burlington.
A single adult fare one-way is around $16.00.
TTC subway (Toronto Transit Commission) connects with Union Station in downtown Toronto.
After finishing up with Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara's Fury we followed the sign to the Incline Railway which was also included with our Adventure Pass as well as the People Mover Pass. There was no wait to get up so we flashed our People Mover Pass and got on for the short ride up the incline. Once up there, take a walk along the walkway towards town for a different view of the Falls.