We travelled back to Toronto a few days later and once again used the train.
This time it was an Amtrak train because it had come from NYC.
The station is tiny for the amount of people that it serves and there arent any platforms either!! You just walk up onto the train!
The Horseshoe Falls Incline Railway at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, operates with twin cars from Queen Victoria Park, opposite the Horseshoe Falls, to the upper level on Oakes Drive.
The Falls Incline Railway, originally known as the Horseshoe Falls Incline, is a funicular railway in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It is located beside the world-famous Niagara Falls, at the Horseshoe Falls. The line was built, in 1966, for the Niagara Parks Commission, by the Swiss company Von Roll. It adopted its current name in the 1980s.
Unlike the other incline railways at Niagara Falls, the Falls Incline was not built to descend into the Niagara Gorge below the falls. Instead it links the Table Rock Center and Journey Behind the Falls, on the Niagara Parkway just above the falls, to the higher level Fallsview Tourist Area, including the Minolta Tower, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and several hotels.
The funicular has the following technical parameters:
Length: 51.8 metres (170 feet)
Slope: 30 degrees
Capacity: 40 passengers per car
Configuration: Double track
Maximum speed: 1 metre per second (190 feet per minute)
Journey time: 57 seconds
Track gauge: 1.85 metres (6 feet)
For a one time charge, you are given a sticker. You place your sticker somewhere visible on your clothing and this allows you to travel all day long from where the Falls start at Table Rock to Queenston Heights Park and back again.
The trams travel on Niagara Parkway approximately every 20 minutes to each pre-designated spots.The People Movers are great for going from one attraction to another instead of having to walk to them. It is really beneficial during the busy and hot months of the year. While seated in the air-conditioned busses, the strains of pre-recorded commentaries of the park are heard through the intercom. You may get on and off different People Movers for no additional fee.
FYI --- The sticker does not stick well on wet clothes. I am not sure what happens if you actually lose one, you may have to purchase another one...or walk.
Depending on the season they are open as early as 10-11am and closing times vary.
Adult -- $5.89
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.
more and more hotels are charging for parking which i really don't like(haven't i paid enough already?) some are quite pricey up to $20 CAN a day which ain't much less in $US lately i paid $8CAN a day at the Courtyard Marriott(which was the only thing i hated about this hotel) some fancier places parking is valet since the lot is off site. so with the tip factor every time you go in and out you 're up over $25CAN PER DAY. some places DO NOT divulge this anywhere so you get a big surprise. street parking is permit for residents or metered (24 hrs a day to boot) so there isn't much choice. so ask first before you find out the hard way. an aside here-- if you are staying in the area of the new Fallsview Casino, most hotels here charge up to $20CAN a day for valet parking--I've heard you can park free at the casino garage if you're a players card member( its free to join too) and if you don't mind a block walk to save $20 a day
Many hotels advertise "walk to the falls" or "2 blocks..." or near the falls". Be careful here- these are deceiving. 2 blocks can be a LONG 2 blocks- including UP Clifton Hill returning to your hotel. And what is walking distance? everyone has their own idea of it. Your age, health, and weather has a lot to do with it. I actually measured the distance in my car- some places are 1/3 to 1/2 a mile away. And this was to the bottom of Clifton Hill-its even further to get a close look at the Horseshoe Falls. So don't assume you'll never need your car once you get here if your hotel says "walk to the falls"
Reservations to most hotels not needed, call 1-800-363-4900 and they will be there in 10 minutes.
Taxi Cab transportation from the Buffalo International Airport about CAD 94.
Taxi Cab transportation from the Toronto International Airport about CAD 180.
Taxi Cab transportation from the Hamilton International Airport about CAD 110.
If you decide you dont want to drive yourself to Niagara Falls from Toronto Airport, then the Niagara Airbus is the way to go.
Niagara Airbus have a staffed counter at Toronto Airport. Just follow the signs to the Ground Transportation Desk located downstairs from Arrivals. You are able to book a seat on the next bus leaving for Niagara Falls but the easiest and CHEAPEST way is by booking your reservation online.
You are able to print out a reservation confirmation to take with you. Reservations cancelled 24 hours or more in advance of the first pick up are refundable if you need to cancel your booking.
I had absolutely no problems with the service. Both buses I travelled on to/from Niagara Falls were modern, spacious and clean and both drivers were helpful and happy to answer questions about the Niagara region. I was dropped off and collected right outside the front door of my hotel.
The journey time is between one and a half and two hours depending on traffic conditions and the trip is interesting with the urban sprawl giving way to scenic views of the lake.
For a relaxing, convenient and surprisingly economical way to travel to Niagara Falls by public transport I can absolutely recommend Niagara Airbus.
Crossing from Niagara Falls, NY to Niagara Falls, Ontario by train does involve a more formal border procedure than crossing on foot or by car. The train stops at Nigara NY and passengers without the necessary ID are required to disembark here. Passengers continuing to Canada are required to fill in the Canadian customs declaration which is collected by officials at the Canadian railway station. Here the train is kept locked for about 20-30 minutes allowing the paperwork to be processed before passangers wishing to alight are allowed off the train.
There is one small downside to this trip in that the bar on the train is shut from Niagara NY until clearing immigration - just remember to get an extra beer in when they make the announcement.!
Get a doble deck package tour around!
Bus tours are a relaxing and carefree way to enjoy the sights of Niagara Falls. Sitting on the upper deck of these bus tours gives you a better view of the sights and opportunity for some great photos of Niagara Falls.
Double Deck Tours Ltd. offers the world's largest Double Decker Buses from the City of London.
With over 20 operational buses this company can serve any special occasion, whether corporate charter, wine tour, wedding, or Niagara Falls Deluxe tour.
The fastest way to get to the bottom of the hill to the falls is to take the Incline. It is sort of a bench that moves up and down the hill by cable. Otherwise you have a very long walk or must take your car if driving. Cost is $2.00 US
Walk ! Everything is right around one spot. I guess there are a few things you may want to see that aren't within walking distance. But- I didn't use my car the entire time we were there. We walked everywhere. Make sure you're in well enough shape though. i thought I might pass out - there are a lot of hills ups and downs. Take water with you too. Plus if you walk, you won't miss a thing!
Oh and if you get to a place that you can't get down from- take this thing in the picture! It's a cart that lets you down the hill. I think it's like $3 a person max. (If anyone knows what this thing is called please let me know !)
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.
hi, we have just returned and i would definately not travel by train again! it took approx 9 hours then we had to wait on the train for an hour and a half while the canadian authorities came on to fire questions at us and stamp our passports! ive heard its pretty easy to walk over the border as from what i could see, there is only one train per day that crosses the border and it leaves NY at 7.15am! mega bus sounds good, i'm sure there are buses from there to niagara (US side) where you can walk across? hope this helps
I just came from Niagara falls. I decided to stay at Embassy Suites (which is out of the way from the sites, but still with a view) because it was a little cheaper than Sheraton or the other hotels right at the falls. Embassy was great, BUT I wish that I would have paid the extra money to stay at one of the other hotels because we ended up spending our money on the hotel shuttle ($26) and the people mover ($16) and parking ($25).
These other hotels are right in the mix of everything. It is directly across from the falls and you can walk right to it. The shopping and Clifton Hill is right outside the hotel front door.
I know that if I had stayed at one of these closer hotels, then I would have spend more money probably than I did on the above mentioned charges. But I think it would have been worth it for the TIME that we spend waiting on the different shuttles. Especially on the hotel shuttle. It came often enough (about every 10-15 minutes) but once you got on it, it would be another 20 minutes at least before you got to your stop.