Toronto to Niagara Falls Day Trip

Public Transit is the cheapest way to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto - A family of 4 can save up to $150

Updated on January, 16 2016
Canadian Horseshoe Falls viewed from Skylon Tower
Canadian Horseshoe Falls viewed from Skylon Tower

Niagara falls, one of the world's top ten tourist attractions, is closely associated with Toronto by virtue of its proximity. If you have never seen Niagara Falls in person and you are vacationing in Toronto, we would highly recommend a Niagara falls day trip to experience this natural wonder.

Pictures and videos simply don't do justice to the awesome sense of power and grandeur one experiences by being there. When visiting Niagara Falls we also recommend going up to the Skylon Tower Observation Deck which will provide you with a spectacular overview of the falls and the surrounding areas. On a clear day you can make out the Toronto Skyline far across Lake Ontario. We also recommend a ride on the Hornblower catamaran (formerly Maid of the Mist) which will take you on a breathtaking (and wet) ride to the base Horseshoe Falls.

Numerous tour operators offer package tours from downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls and many include the Hornblower Voyage To The Falls cruise in their price. While these tours are great, they are more restrictive time-wise and cost considerably more than using public transport. The Go Train/Bus and local bus service, by far the cheapest way to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

Getting from Union Station to Niagara Falls on public transit

Throughout the year you can travel from Union Station in Downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls via the Go Train to Burlington Station, transferring to a Go Bus that will be waiting at the station to take you on to Niagara Falls. This trip takes about 2¼ hours with several departure times available daily. See Niagara Falls Go Train and Bus Schedules for exact times.

Between late May and late September a single Go Train trip from Union Station to Niagara Falls, departs each Saturday and Sunday morning. Two corresponding trips return from Niagara Falls to Union Station in the evening. For exact times on these seasonal trips see Go Transit - Zip Down to the Falls. This service takes approximately 2 hours each way, about 15 minutes quicker than the train/bus combination. Go Trains and Buses terminate at the Via Rail Station in Niagara Falls. From there you can walk along River Road to the falls in about 40 minutes or take a Niagara Falls WEGO bus which provides transporatation to the park and other popular attractions in the area. For more information about Niagara Falls see the Official Website: Niagara Falls Tourism.

Cost breakdown of a Toronto to Niagara Falls day trip

The round trip cost per adult from Union Station in Downtown Toronto is $37.50* for Go Transit plus $7.50 for a day pass on the Niagara Falls Shuttle, a total of $45.00. If you add $19.95 to include the Hornblower Cruise the total per adult is about $65. This compares favourably with an average going rate of about $99 plus tax for a Tour Bus | Hornblower Voyage To The Falls package. If you are travelling with children your savings will be much higher - Go Transit $18.75* / Falls Shuttle - $4.50 (Free if under 6) / Hornblower Voyage To The Falls $12.65, a total of $35.90 compared to an average of about $78 including tax for a similar package tour. A family of 2 Adults and 2 Children can save over $150 compared to a similar tour bus package.

Besides the considerable savings, you'll enjoy more options for departure and return times, providing up to 9 hours to explore Niagara Falls on Weekdays and slightly over 10 hours on weekends. Most package tours only give you 2-3 hours of free time at the Falls.

The seasonal weekend Go Train rate from Union Station to Niagara Falls and back costs $6 more for adults and $3 more for children and seniors. It is a bit faster and more convenient, but you may still use the train/bus combination on weekends to get the lower fare. See the table below for rates.

Package Tours to Niagara Falls: Added Value

If you would prefer an all-in-one package tour, both tours below provide excellent value and receive excellent reviews. The Evening Lights Tour is seasonal (May to October) and includes, wine tasting at a Niagara vineyard, the hornblower boat ride and a buffet dinner overlooking the falls.

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Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto with Optional Boat Ride and Lunch

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $75.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This full-day tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls includes a wine tasting and free time to explore Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, plus you can choose to include a meal overlooking the falls and a Hornblower cruise. Sit back, relax, and let your guide show you the magic of Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls Evening Lights Day Trip from Toronto

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $170.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Niagara Falls is stunning by day but even more spectacular when illuminated at night. Take this afternoon trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto to witness the beauty of the falls' colorful evening light show. The tour includes an exhilarating ride aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat and you'll enjoy fabulous views of the falls with your buffet dinner at the Fallsview Dining Room. Special Offer - Book by June 30, 2015 to save 10% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

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Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No, Niagara falls is a public park, however, there are admission fees for some of the area attractions.

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: 6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8, Canada

Phone: (905) 358-1814

Official Website: Niagara Falls

Directions

Go Transit Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaUnion Station40 Minutes (0 Minutes with Falls Shuttle)

How to get to Niagara Falls by Go Transit

From Union Station take the Lakeshore West Go Train to Burlington GO Station where you will immediately transfer onto a Go Bus to continue to the Niagara Falls Via Station (On Saturday and Sunday from late in May thru late September there is one train in the morning going right through to Niagara Falls eliminating the bus transfer). From there you can walk about 4 km (approximately 40 minutes) along River Road and Niagara Parkway to the falls or you can purchase a 24 hour pass for the WEGO bus, has a stop right in front of the Via Station and will take you right to the falls.

Go Transit Fares each way between Toronto and Niagara Falls
Adults 12 years and up$18.75 or 19.55 for the seasonal weekend Go Train
Children 5-11 years$9.40 or $9.80 for the seasonal weekend Go Train
Infant under 5 years (one per adult)Free
Day Pass on the Niagara Falls Wego Bus
Adults 13 years and up$7.50
Children 6-12$4.50
Under 6Free

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5

5 Star Rating Gorgeous! The bushes and greens are well groomed and beautiful. A stroll in the morning is a delight with the fam!

Abdalla Abdel-Rahman - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very beautiful park right next to the horseshoe falls. We were very suprised at how many families took advantage of all the nice shaded areas setting up picnics. If we visit the area again we will certainly do the same and save some money on purchasing food at the restaurants.

Patrick Flowers - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Amazing view! The park is wonderful. You can walk, bike. nature is everywhere and you never get bored.

Carlos Barrera - 4 months ago

4 Star Rating Majestic park situated down from the falls. Nicely maintained lawns and floral gardens. Nice big trees for seeking refuge from summer heat. - bring a blanket and a picnic basket.

Jason M. - 5 months ago

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Niagara Falls takes on a whole new perspective during the winter as you can see from this video we made after our own winter day trip to the falls. If the weather is reasonable, we would highly recommend a winter visit.

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