When many people travel the process is quite similar across the board. Arrive at destination, collect baggage, head to rental car desk. Having a rental car is very much an integral part of the way we travel. Many travelers don’t even hesitate when adding a rental car to their booking; it’s just simply what they’ve always done.
However, rental cars can be expensive, especially in popular destinations and during high season. Parking fees can quickly add up and sometimes even finding a place to park can be a headache. Niagara Falls is no different. As one of the most popular destinations in North America the streets can be crowded, parking lots fill quickly, and traffic can be difficult. So why bother with a car?
Niagara Falls has a comprehensive public transportation system that eliminates many of the needs for a rental car. So read below to learn more about how you can have access to the entire city and leave most of the driving to us.
Biking is not only an easy way to get from point A to point B but it also allows you to slow down a bit and take in the sights while you ride. Renting a bike is easy as there are several centrally located shops that will loan you a sturdy bike and helmet with hourly or daily rates to suit your needs.
Although most bike rental companies are open only during the warmer months, this is still an easy, fun, green, and effective way to see Niagara at your own pace and have a little fun doing it. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a spin down the Niagara Parkway, get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy the beautiful Niagara landscape and scenery.
Niagara Falls wants to make it as easy as possible for visitors to get around with ease and have done just that with the WEGO bus system. The WEGO bus is one of the keystones of the Niagara Falls transportation system, and is simple and easy to use. The bus system hits all the major sights and attractions. In addition, their busses offer bike racks and a convenient app to plan your route.
The fares are simple; it’s $7.50 per person 13 or older, $4.50 for people younger than 12, and children under 5 ride for free. These fares are in Canadian dollars and the pass is good for 24 hours. WEGO often has special promotions and offers so be sure to ask your hotel concierge about ways you can save even more money on your transportation costs.
Taxi, Uber, and Lyft
Just like any city or popular travel destination, Niagara Falls has several taxi and limousine companies to suit your needs. Taxis can be easily hailed on the street or a member of your hotel staff can call one for you. If your needs require a larger vehicle it’s best to book a van or limo to get your and your group where you need to be.
For those who prefer to use their smartphones for transportation Uber and Lyft are both available in Niagara. Uber X serves the entire Niagara region including both the Canadian and the United States sides of the falls. Lyft offers similar options so you can use your app to keep things simple.
Your Own Two Feet
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around Niagara is on your own two feet. Niagara Falls is an exceptionally walkable city and not only do you get to explore at your leisure but you’re not encumbered by traffic or wait times when Uber is busy, and it’s totally free.
Because of Niagara’s relatively compact size it’s easy to walk from your hotel to view the falls, head over to the Botanical Gardens, stop in at one of the many restaurants for lunch, then walk back. Not only do you get to slow down and take it all in but you’re getting your daily dose of exercise as well.
The city planners in the Niagara area have gone to great lengths to make sure that visitors have safe, reliable options and choices when it comes to getting around the city. With the WEGO bus system and biking and walking choices visitors have actually helped to create a more sustainable transport system that has resulted in fewer cars on the street, less congestion, and fewer emissions.
So when you’re planning your Niagara Falls vacation skip the car rental. Not only will it save you money but it will free you from the responsibilities of driving, parking, and, inevitably, trying to find your keys. Instead, take the bus, rent a bike, or walk. You’ll see more of Niagara than would otherwise and experience this charming little city in an entirely new way.