Find the Best Bus from New York to Niagara Falls for the 2023 Season 

Finding the perfect bus ticket from New York to Niagara Falls is easier than you think!

There are several bus companies that have daily departures from Manhattan to  Niagara Falls, NY, and some even go across the border to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

In this guide, we’ll help find the cheapest tickets, night buses, and the most direct and fastest buses to Niagara Falls. 

Currently, your best options for a direct commercial bus service from New York City to Niagara Falls is to use FLIXBUS, Ourbus, Trailways, or Greyhound.  

Megabus is currently showing no service to Niagara Falls. 

Niagara Falls from American side – Deposit photos

New York To Niagara:  Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

Before we start, remember there are several ways to travel from New York to Niagara Falls, including flying, driving, taking a Train, and taking a professionally guided tour. 

NEW YORK, USA  Port Authority Station resulmuslu / Deposit Photos. com

 Best Price and Quickest Time by Bus

You should be able to find a good ticket price (Ourbus Prime currently has seats as low as $39 one way)  to Niagara Falls, N.Y., with an 8-hour travel time.

Not only can you find a cheap ticket, but many of the buses also allow you to relax along the way with reclining seats, free wifi, and a charging port. 

Below is a table that brakes down the transportation options to Niagara Falls by time and price.  As you can see, a bus is a very good choice when comparing time and cost.

The actual driving distance from New York to Niagara Falls is about 400 miles, but the average bus will travel closer to 425 miles after you calculate a few stops en route.  That’s why finding a bus with the fastest run time is essential. 

Taking a bus from New York to Niagara Falls has a few advantages:

  • Cost-effective: Taking a bus to Niagara Falls is often more affordable than other options
  • Travel Times can be as low as 8 hours 
  • Scenic route: Traveling by bus allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way
  • Eco-friendly: Buses are a more environmentally-friendly mode of transportation
  • Stress-free: When traveling by bus, you can sit back and relax, avoiding the stress of navigating unfamiliar roads, dealing with traffic, or finding parking
  • Amenities:  free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, and power outlets, making for a   comfortable journey.
  • No luggage fees: Unlike airlines, most bus companies do not charge extra fees for luggage 

Three Bus Staions to Choose From in NYC

Listed below are the three primary bus stations in Manhatten that run daily buses from New York to Niagara Falls. 

Following the stations, we have listed the best buses as far as times en route from each station.

  You can also check Busbud to research all the bus options.  Just be careful to watch for buses that are not direct such as those that change buses in cities on the way, like Binghampton or Buffalo. 

New York Bus Stations That Serve Niagara Falls 

FlixBus Station  – New York Midtown (31st St & 8th Ave)

 300 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001.  

This station is just across the street from Penn Station.

Port Authority Bus Terminal

625 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Just a block from Time Square

George Washington Bridge Bus Station

4211 Broadway, New York

At the east end of the George Washington Bridge

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FLIXBUS Station Near Penn Station 

From the FLIXBUS Station in Midtown, (just across the street from Penn Station)  you will find several buses that run direct (no transfers ) to Niagara Falls, NY, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

On Most days, the buses listed below offer good run times and competitive prices

You can book FLIXBUS tickets here. 

Depature time Time Enroute Niagara Falls NYNiagara falls Canada
3:15 pm8:40yesno
8:45 am8.30yesno
9:30 am8:15/ 9:40yesyes
11:59 pm 8:31/ 9:36yesyes

Greyhound and Trailways From Port Authority Bus Terminal

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Greyhound and Trailways depart from the Port Authority terminal /

Greyhound from PABT

Currently, only Greyhound runs to both Niagara Falls, NY, and Niagara Falls, Canada, without a transfer somewhere en route.   

This is a night bus, so if you can sleep on a bus, this may be the one for you.  The bus currently departs at 10:50 pm and arrives in Niagara Falls, NY, at 8:30 am and arrives in Niagara Falls, Canada, at 9:35 am. 

You can book a Greyhound ticket here. 

Trailways from PABT

Trailways currently operates two buses a day to Niagara Falls, Ontario, from the Port Authority terminal.  These buses do not stop on the American side of the Border in Niagara Falls. 

You will notice the second bus of the day departs at 7:30 PM and arrives on the Canadian side of the border at 4:40 AM.  You could say this is a night bus as you will arrive bright and early at Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

Trailways buses do not seem to show up on some of the search tools, such as busbud so use this link to the Trailways booking site to purchase tickets. 

George Washington Bridge / Deposit Photos

George Washington Bridge Bus Station

From the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, you can catch an “Ourbus.”  

There are 2-3 daily departures each day to Niagara Falls, but the bus does not cross the border to Niagara Falls, Canada.

But this is not a big deal as it stops three blocks from Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, USA, so you can actually walk across the bridge to Canada and be close to many of the hotels on the Canadian side. 

You can book Ourbus tickets here.

Depature time Time Enroute Niagara Falls NYNiagara falls Canada
5:30 am 8:00yesno
8:20 am8:45yesno
3:45 pm 8:00yesno

Check for Best Bus Options on busbud 

Below is the Busbud widget. This seems to be the best tool for finding the best Bus to Niagara Falls.  When doing your search, take note of these details:  

  • Where the bus departs from in Manhattan
  • Total time en route to Niagara Falls (shoot for 9 hrs or less)
  • How many stops will the bus make on the way
  • If the bus crosses over to Niagara Falls, Ontario, when it arrives in Niagara Falls if that is where you will be staying.  (as mentioned above, it is not a big deal if you are staying on the Canadian side.  Ourbus drops off very close to the Rainbow Bridge, and it can be easier to cross the border on foot or in a cab than crossing with a gaggle of people) is not an affiliate with busbud. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much is bus fare to Niagara Falls from New York City?

Answer: For 2023, the best bus fare from New York City to Niagara Falls, NY, is $25 each way if you depart from the G W Bridge Station. On average, plan to spend $39 to $68 each way if you leave from Midtown or Times Square. If you want to travel across the border and arrive in Niagara Falls, Canada, the best price is $54, and most fares average $57 to $90. (You will need an Enhanced Driver’s License or a Passport if you choose to arrive on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls; otherwise, a Passport is not required)

Question: How long does it take from New York to Niagara Falls by bus?

Answer: A bus from New York City to Niagara Falls, NY, will take about 8 hours on the most direct bus. Some buses make transfers en route that can extend the ride to 10-plus hours, so be careful when planning your trip. If you plan to take the bus across the border into Niagara Falls, Ontario, the total time on the bus will increase by about 30 minutes to clear customs at the Rainbow Bridge.

Question: Is there public transportation in Niagara Falls, NY?

Answer: During the tourist season, Niagara Falls NY has a bus called the “Niagara Falls Trolley” that circulates around the city from 9 am to midnight. The Discover Niagara Shuttle also provides hourly transportation around State Park and up to Fort Niagara. Finally, Niagara Falls State Park has the “Scenic Trolley” that circulates within the park. The Regional Transit system, called the NFTA, also has buses that run year-round through the city and down to Buffalo.