The Weekenders Guide to Niagara Falls

If Niagara Falls is not on your bucket list, it needs to be. I expected it to be cool, but I didn’t expect it to be mesmerizing, or peaceful, or as cool as it actually was. I don’t know why. But, the best part? It’s easy to get to! Only a quick hour and a half drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls is probably the easiest World Wonder to physically get to.

To make your trip easier, I’ve compiled this list of things you should probably know!

Booking Your Ticket

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We booked our ticket from Busbud, a central hub for quite a number of bus companies. We ended up booking with Greyhound, leaving the Toronto Coach Terminal at 9:00 am. Tickets were $30 round trip per person with numerous departure times. Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 1.25.51 PM

NOTE: You choose your departure time from Niagara Falls during the booking purchase. You are not able to leave Niagara Falls on whichever bus conveniences you most. It’s kind of a burden, but the policy makes sense.

NOTE 2.0: After purchasing our tickets, just for giggles, I did a little research into renting cars. It turns out, renting a car for an entire 24 hours costs just as much as this bus ticket. Now granted, you’d have to worry about parking and gas. To me, the convenience of having a car and moving at my own pace would equal out those expenses.

Departure

As I said, most busses will depart from the Toronto Coach Terminal.

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The closest subway stop is St. Patrick Station on the 1 University Yellow Line. From there, it’s a quick five minute walk to the terminal.

Make sure you arrive at least thirty minutes early! This is when they begin checking tickets and boarding. While we were there, we saw a group miss their bus because they thought boarding started at 9:00, when in actuality it departed then. Inside the terminal there are a few food options. My suggestion is that you grab food before you come. Diagonal from the station is a restaurant called ‘Egg Smart’. For a decent price and huge portions, you can get the diner’s food to go and eat it on the bus.

Note: Greyhound Busses still require paper tickets. You will need a printed off copy of your ticket or you will not be able to board.

Arriving At Niagara

Surprise! Where the bus drops you off isn’t actually Niagara Falls… it’s the city of Niagara Falls! From there you have to take the Purple Line using your WEGO Card (available for purchase upon arrival). NOTE: Said WEGO Tickets cost $7CAD and the station is cash onlyThe nearest ATM that accepts VISA is a 15 minute round trip walk.

When you’re ready, catch the Purple Line to Table Rock (the last stop). If I were you, I would pack food for the entire day. The food at Niagara Falls are extremely overpriced and the lines are horrendous.

At Niagara Falls

Now’s the time to let it sink in.

You are now at one of the natural wonders of the world. Before you is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire world. The roaring falls somehow create a sense of peace and tranquility. The picture above may be edited, but I promise you, those colors are no joke.

You haven’t experience Niagara Falls unless you’ve done the Maid of the Mist or the Journey Behind the Falls. We decided to do the Journey Behind the Falls. For a mere $18CAD, you can descend below the fall line and feast your eyes on this beautiful outlook.

Note: You will get wet.

Leaving Niagara

Remember what I said about arriving thirty minutes prior to departure? Don’t forget this! The Purple Line buses depart Table Rock roughly every thirty minutes so plan ahead! When you get back to the Niagara Falls Terminal, there will be desk-aids to be sure you get one the right bus.

Note: If you are a Greyhound rider, be aware that the bus you will be taking back to Toronto originates in Buffalo. You know what that means? Customs… If one passenger has an issue at immigration, it could severely delay your departure.

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