Niagara Falls

Should you rent a car in Niagara FallsUSA>Niagara Falls

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Buffalo is the obvious gateway to the Niagara Falls. Depending on your starting point, you might be flying into Buffalo Niagara International airport, or you might also be travelling by train, in which case regional services within New York state will terminate at the downtown Buffalo Market station, whereas longer distance Amtrak through services between Chicago and New York sometimes just call at Buffalo Depew. Cross-border train services between New York and Toronto also call at Niagara Falls, where there is a station on both sides.

However you arrive in Buffalo, there are various different bus or taxi services available for onward transfers to Niagara Falls, and the falls themselves are easy enough to walk around, not to mention the dramatic boat trips which can be taken above and below the falls. We just don’t recommend travelling between the top and the bottom of the falls in a barrel!

Niagara Falls is certainly one of those destinations that everyone will want to tick off their bucket list, but in terms of car hire advice, Buffalo is a very strong no.

When it comes to travel beyond Niagara Falls, more likely than not, this will involve going through nearby Toronto, for which we have a separate car hire advice page. The other natural journey continuation is onwards to New York, which can be done by train or bus, but it’s the best part of a day either way. Another option is simply to fly onward using Buffalo airport.

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Car rental facilities are available at various points around Buffalo, including at the airport and within easy range of both stations.

  • A rental car may still be useful for driving to rural areas within New York State.

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  • No need at all for a hire car for anything related to Niagara Falls.
  • If you are crossing between the USA and Canada at this point, having a rental car is a burden you don’t really need. Many car rental companies simply won’t allow it.
  • Buffalo has numerous onward options, including rail services to Toronto and New York.

Verdict – no.

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