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 2½ hours with several departure times available daily. Use the Go Trip Planner to get exact times and fares for your trip.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the peak visitor season, Go Trains run both directions between Toronto and Niagara Falls multiple times each day with no need to transfer to the Go Bus in Burlington. These seasonal trains take about 2 hours each way.
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 Comparisons of a Toronto to Niagara Falls Day Trip using Public Transportation versus Private Tours
The round trip cost per adult from Union Station in Downtown Toronto is $42.30* for Go Transit plus $9.00 for a day pass on the Niagara Falls Shuttle, a total of $51.30. If you add $32.00 to include the Hornblower Cruise the total per adult is about $83. This compares favourably to the starting rate of about $118 plus tax for a private Tour Bus | Hornblower Voyage To The Falls tour. If you are travelling with children under 12 savings will be much higher - Go Transit Free / Falls Shuttle - $6.00 (Free if under 6) / Hornblower Voyage To The Falls $22.00, a total of $28.00 compared to an average of about $96 including tax for a similar package tour. A family of 2 Adults and 2 Children can save over $200 compared to a similar tour bus package.
Besides the considerable savings over private tours, you'll enjoy more departure and return times, providing up to 9 hours to explore Niagara Falls on Weekdays and up to nearly 12 hours on weekends. Most package tours only give you 2-3 hours of free time at the Falls. Niagara Falls Weekend Go Trains are scheduled so you can also enjoy a late afternoon departure, spend the evening at the Falls and still get a train back to Toronto.
Save even more with the new $30 Weekend Getaway to Niagara Falls Package
If your schedule allows you to visit Niagara Falls on the weekend (Fri, Sat and Sunday), you can enjoy an incredible $30 per adult or $60 per family package deal on round-trip transportation between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Niagara Falls. For Seniors (65+) the rate is only $22.02 and for Children (6-12) it is only $16.02. A Family rate is also available for up to 5 family members for just $60.
Niagara Parks has partnered with Go Transit Niagara seasonal train service and the WEGO hop-on hop-off bus service to provide these exceptional rates. You save almost $17 per adult compared to purchasing the fares individually. The savings for a family of 5 can exceed $300 compared to the lowest priced private tours and more than $100 compared to purchasing the Go Train and WEGO fares individually.
This package is perfect for a day trip, it is also great for those who would like to stay for one or two nights as you can return on a different day and the included WEGO bus pass is valid for the entire weekend. Scroll down for some great weekend rates on hotels in Niagara Falls.
To take advantage of these low rates you must book your tickets online on Niagara Parks website. The only downside is the tickets are not refundable, so be sure your travel plans are not likely to change before placing your order.
See the table below for train times.
Toronto to Niagara Falls Weekend Go Train Schedule
The Toronto to Niagara Falls Go weekend Go Train runs May 18–21, weekends and holiday Mondays from June 22 through September 3, and October 5–8.
To Niagara Falls
|Days||Union||Exhibition||Port Credit||Oakville||Burlington||St. Catharines||Niagara Falls|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||09:00||09:06||09:18||09:29||09:40||10:38||11:04|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||16:18||16:24||16:36||16:47||16:58||17:56||18:22|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||20:10||20:16||20:28||20:39||20:50||21:48||22:14|
Return to Toronto
|Days||Niagara Falls||St. Catharines||Burlington||Oakville||Port Credit||Exhibition||Union|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||08:30||08:55||09:53||10:05||10:14||10:24||10:34|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||11:30||11:55||12:53||13:05||13:14||13:24||13:34|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||19:20||19:45||20:43||20:55||21:04||21:14||21:24|
|Sat, Sun, Hol||23:00||23:25||00:23||00:35||00:44||00:54||01:04|
*HOL = Holiday Mondays
Weekend Hotel Deals in Niagara Falls. Prices are for a 2 Night Stay.
Package Tours to Niagara Falls: Added Value
If you would prefer an all-in-one package tour, both tours below provide added and convenience.
From: $92.15 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Experience the excitement and beauty of Niagara Falls on a Toronto to Niagara Falls Tour! Feel the Thunder of the Falls, enjoy a leisurely drive along the scenic Niagara River, take in the charming sights at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and top off your day with complimentary wine tasting.
From: $101.91 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Enjoy a small-group tour of Niagara Falls with a licensed tour guide in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus or van. Pick-up is available from central hotels and locations in Downtown Toronto and Mississauga. Depart around 8:15 AM and return around 5:30 PM for an evening in Toronto. Start your day in Niagara Falls at 10 AM with 3 hours of free time in the main strip. Your time includes opportunities for sightseeing at the waterfalls and one optional add-on activity like the Niagara Cruises boat tour (summer only), Journey Behind the Falls, Skylon Tower or a helicopter ride over the Falls.Explore the flashy neighbourhood of Clifton Hill. Bring a packed lunch to have a picnic by the falls, or buy lunch in the neighbourhood. Visit a local country market to try local snacks or buy souvenirs. Enjoy a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Visit scenic attractions like the Niagara Whirlpool, floral clock and Queenston Heights. Enjoy local wine tasting including icewine.
Facts For Your Visit
Fee: No, Niagara falls is a public park, however, there are admission fees for some of the area attractions.
Address: Niagara Falls, ON
Official Website: Niagara Falls
Accommodations near Niagara Falls:
|Go Transit Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||Union Station||40 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 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||$19.30|
|Children 5-11 years||$9.65|
|Infant under 5 years (one per adult)||Free|
|Day Pass on the Niagara Falls Wego Bus|
|Adults 13 years and up||$8.00|
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