Last weekend Adam and I took a day trip to Niagara Falls. We thought it’d be a fun idea to take GO Transit there, and boy, was it an adventure. It’s about an hour and a half drive by car to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto, so the two hour commute there wasn’t too bad. The three hour commute back wasn’t very fun though!
I thought I’d do a little guide on what to do and how to get around.
How to get to Niagara Falls via GO Transit
From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West train and get off at Burlington Station. Take a short walk to the bus terminal and take the 12 bus to Niagara Falls. Be sure to take the express bus – it’ll save you so much time. The commute costs about $16-18 one-way, which I’d say is pretty fair.
How to get around Niagara Falls without a car
There’s a bus system in Niagara Falls that takes you to all the main tourist attractions called the WEGO, and it only costs $7.50 for a 24-hour pass and $12 for a 48-hour pass.
Since we didn’t go anywhere outside of the main Falls area and we were able to walk everywhere, we didn’t end up getting the bus pass. Originally we’d planned on staying the weekend, and I’d definitely recommend the bus pass if you don’t have a car and plan on staying overnight! The bus stops at a bunch of popular hotels as well.
Our first stop was the actual Falls. I highly recommend going early in the morning if you want to get good photos – it wasn’t too bad around 10 AM, but a bit after that was when all the tour buses started arriving and tourists began to pour in for their own selfies.
We then had lunch at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant by the Falls. The food isn’t that great for the price point – it’s really just worth going for the patio view. The service was really nice though!
Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Our next stop was to the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, where we could actually get up close and personal to the Falls. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara if you decide to go… Even the poncho and a pair of sunglasses will not save you.
I got these waterproof phone pouches specifically for the cruise and for our upcoming trip to Iceland. It comes in a pack of two and they come with lanyards (as you can see on my neck). The following shots were taken while using the pouch – you can’t even tell there’s something covering the camera!
The last stop of our trip was exploring Clifton Hill Street. We had planned on checking out the Whirlpool Aero Car to get a view of the falls from a cablecar, but it was a bit farther out so we decided not to.
We explored the Hershey Store and Coca Cola Store, walked through the Mystic Maze of Mirrors (actually a lot of fun), and took a ride on the SkyWheel. We briefly went into the arcade and found 100 unclaimed tickets from one of those jackpot games, but we ended up giving them to a father and daughter.
There’s a haunted house (I forget the name) I went to with a friend a couple of years ago, where you walk in the dark and employees pose as monsters and try to scare you. While inside, my friend said my name out loud and the employees all started whispering Jessica eerily… I ran out crying. Adam and I walked by the house, and we didn’t hesitate to not go inside.
We were pretty tired from walking around all day, so we ended up leaving around 4. Since the walk to the GO Station was only half an hour, we decided to do that instead of taking an Uber… The overall commute home (including wait times) took about 3 hours. If you’re taking GO Transit, be sure to look at train/bus times ahead of time, or you’ll end up traveling way longer than you need to!
I’m a very meticulous planner and I actually planned out our entire day ahead of time, but obviously nothing went as planned… I’ll leave this here for those of you who are as crazy as me though.
Have you been to Niagara Falls? What’s your favourite thing to see or do there? I’d love to try it out next time! I definitely want to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake next time since I haven’t been yet.
P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on my summer road trip to Hamilton, Ontario.