One of the most majestic attractions in the United States, Niagara Falls is located in Niagara Falls, New York. There is an Amtrak station there and a station in nearby Buffalo, which provide two options for train travel. Choose from Empire Service or Maple Leaf trains to reach Niagara, or board a Lake Shore Limited train and travel to the Buffalo-Depew Station.
Here’s what you need to know about each option.
Empire Service & Maple Leaf
The two Amtrak routes that stop in Niagara Falls travel from New York City and stop at other cities in New York State, including Albany, Rochester and Syracuse. If your starting location isn’t in New York, you’ll need to travel first to New York City and transfer to the Empire Service or Maple Leaf there.
Travel time from New York City is over nine hours to the Niagara Fall Station, which is less than a10-minute drive to the falls. Lyft and Uber are easy options for reaching the state park.
Lake Shore Limited
The long-distance Lake Shore Limited route travels between Chicago and the East Coast. There are stations in Indiana, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts. In addition to Chicago, cities where you can connect with this train include Boston, New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Toledo, Cleveland and South Bend.
To reach Niagara Falls on the Lake Shore Limited, book tickets to Buffalo-Depew. The station is 35 to 55 minutes away via car. Enterprise has a car rental office near the station and offers pickup service. FlixBus also offers affordable transportation between the two cities. Departure is in downtown Buffalo (you’ll need to use Lyft, Uber or a taxi to get there), and you’ll get dropped off next to the Niagara Falls State Park.
Tip: Many Amtrak routes travel to Chicago, where you can transfer to the Lake Shore Limited route. If you live in Michigan, you can also drive to one of the stations in Indiana or Ohio to connect with the train.
To view all your trip options, enter your start and end location on the Amtrak.com homepage in the “Find Trains” search bar (allow a few seconds for it to load):
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