With the Canadian and American sides of the border offering different attractions around Niagara Falls, of course, we naturally asked can you walk across the border at Niagara Falls?
Straddled across the border of the USA and Canada, Niagara Falls is a natural wonder of the world. On our first visit, we stayed on the US side and crossed the border to visit the Skylon Tower on the Canadian side. For our second visit we crossed Rainbow Bridge, suitcases and all, and stayed on the Canadian side. It is worth visiting both sides of the Falls to experience the great attractions in the area, so here is how to cross the border at Niagara Falls for those who aren’t too sure.
Can you walk over the Rainbow Bridge?
Rainbow bridge is the route you will take when crossing the border and you can either drive or walk across the bridge.
Crossing as a pedestrian or bicyclist from NY to Canada is free and the reverse route costs 50¢ but make sure you have cash; there is a machine to get the change from if needed. Walking across the bridge gives you an advantage of great views of the falls but also great photo opportunities on the border.
Both sides are very walkable areas that are well signposted, so if you are staying near the bridge, you can easily walk and find the bridge entrance. If not, use the map below or ask a taxi to take you to Rainbow Bridge.
Creative tip: The Rainbow Bridge also a great location for viewing the Falls & Friday night fireworks.
Can you drive over the Rainbow Bridge?
You can drive over Rainbow Bridge – either via taxi or self-drive, though be aware that there can be traffic on the bridge with some wait time, causing a higher taxi price.
Traffic can be busy early in the morning and between 4-7pm so if you are planning on just a day trip on the other side, the walk may be a better option.
2019 toll fees: $3.75 U.S. or $4.75 Canadian funds for autos (round trip).
Do you need a passport for Niagara Falls?
Where to stay in Niagara Falls?
For both visits, we have flown into Buffalo Airport, the first time taking the Express Bus 210 that operates between May – September. These only run 7 times a day and we were lucky to catch one just after exiting the airport. You can also catch the 204 bus to Buffalo Downtown then change to bus 40, schedules found here.
A friend of ours who recently travelled to Niagara Falls mentioned hotel shuttle buses to the left of the airport as you exit, which took her to the hotels near Rainbow Bridge. On our second trip, we went for a taxi as we had big suitcases and were very tired from an early flight. This second trip meant we had to take a taxi to Rainbow Bridge, costing us $70. From here, we walked across the bridge and then took the short 8-minute walk to our hotel; Days Inn near the falls.
So that is how we crossed the border at Niagara Falls. As newbie travellers on our first ever trip tot the USA, this was a bit daunting to begin with and we struggled to find information online. After travelling around Asia, this border seems like a breeze – and it is! Any further questions don’t hesitate to comment below. Have a great time at the falls!
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