Niagara Falls Tours from New York (Bus & Flights Prices 2024)

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With around 3 160 tons of water rushing over them every second, the Niagara Falls are one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles. The raw power and beauty of these three enormous waterfalls have made them arguably the best-known waterfalls in the world, and they are truly a sight to behold.

With these day trip to Niagara Falls from New York tours, all transport from your hotel in New York City to the waterfalls and back is taken care of. You’ll be shown around the falls and enjoy the ‘Maid of the mist’ voyage, or a thrilling ‘journey behind the falls’.

Know before you book:

    • The Niagara Falls cruise operates weather permitting, which means schedules may change
    • Other languages are available but not guaranteed
    • The tours cross over into Canada, so ensure that you have all the correct documentation required (passport, visa, etc)
    • Hotel pick-ups are only available for hotels located between 23rd Street and 7th Street NY


    • Get right up close to the stunning Niagara Falls
    • See both the American and Canadian sides of the falls
    • ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride during the summer months (May – October) for incredible views from the mist
    • ‘Journey Behind the Falls’ in the winter months (November – April)
    • Hotel pick-up and transfers


Niagara Falls is a group of three enormous waterfalls that sit right on the international border between New York state and Ontario, Canada. The falls, which drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, reach an astounding height of 167 feet (51 meters), and combined, they form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America. This is what makes Niagara Falls tours from New York worth the trip.

Are you looking for memorable things to do in Ontario? Witnessing six million cubic feet of water falling relentlessly over the falls every minute makes for an incredible sensory experience. The falls are truly a wonder of nature and something you’ll be sure to remember as a highlight for years to come.

Straddling the border between the US and Canada, these falls also happen to be just a short flight away from New York City. This makes it possible (and incredibly rewarding) to take a day trip from New York City to Niagara Falls.

maid of the mist boat

The Niagara Falls from NYC tours allow for you to get right up close to the falls, either from the water by boat, or by slipping in behind the colossal walls of water for an incredible view from the inside. Your guide will pepper the tour with interesting facts and information as you absorb the thunderous gush of the falls.

Whether you choose the option that transports you via bus or the option of flying, the journey is certainly worth the reward.

If your tour of Niagara Falls takes place during the summer months (between May and October), you’ll get to take a ride up to the falls on the world-famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat.

Operating for over 150 years, the ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise floats passengers right into the mystical mist that surrounds the roaring falls. The 30-minute cruise drifts you across the foaming waters to the basin of the Horseshoe Falls and the base of the American Falls. Feel the cool mist on your skin as light dances through the spray and across the water.

If your tour falls in the winter months (between November and April), your guide will show you a different side of the falls as you embark on the ‘Journey Behind the Falls’. An elevator takes you down 125 feet before you emerge behind the waterfall.

boat with niagara falls in the background

New York to Niagara Falls Bus, One Day Tour Prices 2024

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Niagara Falls Opening Times

While the Niagara Falls are flowing and open for viewing 24/7, the tours take place at specific times throughout the day. You don’t need to worry about opening times, the tour provider will take care of all the timing.

Best Time To Go

The best time to visit Niagara falls is unarguably the summer months (between June and August). Summer is the busy season, but the warm temperatures make the cool, misty spray from the falls irresistible!

New York to Niagara Falls Day Trip Options

The Niagara Falls are accessible from New York City via bus or plane. Taking the plane is quicker and easier, but taking the bus is cheaper and offers a scenic journey through New York state. We’ll discuss and compare these New York to Niagara Falls tour packages below.

New York to Niagara Falls Bus Tour

This one-day tour to Niagara Falls from New York by bus is best suited for those who want to save some money and enjoy a scenic bus ride through New York state. It saves the hassle of driving across-state to see the falls and allows you to get some rest during the journey.

niagara falls boat trip

If you choose the New York to Niagara Falls bus tour, your journey will start in the small hours of the morning as you depart from New York City in a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi and entertainment. The bus ride offers spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains, and you’ll stop along the way for a snack.

The bus ride can vary in length, but will generally take around 7 – 8 hours. And the tour will take around 19 hours from start to finish.

What we liked: An affordable way to visit Niagara Falls from New York!

  • Round-trip bus transfers from New York City
  • Guided bus tour of Niagara Falls
  • Boat tour (if option selected)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Comfortable bus journey with WiFi and entertainment

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Flights
  • Lunch

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Niagara Falls Day Trip from New York Flight

This day trip to Niagara Falls from NYC includes airplane transport and is best suited for those who wish to travel quickly and efficiently between New York City and Niagara Falls. This option will save valuable holiday time and minimize stress.

Following a pick-up from your New York City hotel, you’ll be shuttled to the airport and board a flight bound for Upstate New York. The one-hour flight is scenic, so try to get a window seat and look out across the striking American landscape!niagara falls from plane

Once you arrive, you’ll board a bus for a guided tour of both the American and Canadian sides of the falls. The tour is informative and offers stunning views of the falls from multiple angles. After you’ve experienced the earth-shattering power of the falls, you’ll move back to dry land for a comfortable buffet lunch with stellar views.

The entire tour will take around 14 hours from pick-up to drop-off.

What we liked: The fastest and easiest way to explore Niagara Falls from New York City!

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (only for hotels located between 23rd Street and 75th Street)
  • Buffet lunch over-looking the falls
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Maid of the Mist tickets (between May and October)
  • Journey behind the falls (between November and April)
  • Guided bus tour of the falls

  • Dinner, breakfast, and snacks
  • Hotel pick-up from any hotels that are not located between 23rd Street and 75th street, Manhattan
  • Gratuity
  • Souvenirs

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If you’re in Boston, consider taking a tour to Niagara Falls from there!

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This is a great opportunity to see these famously beautiful falls when staying in New York! It's a long day, but well worth the trip.
Value for Money
  • An easy and time-efficient way to see the incredible Niagara Falls from New York
  • Get right up close to the waterfalls
  • The guided tour offers interesting information and stunning vantage points
  • The travel time for the bus option can be a bit long
  • The traveling can be excessive if you struggle with long journeys
  • It can be a long day, some people may get tired

Specification: Niagara Falls Tours from New York (Bus & Flights Prices 2024)


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14 hours for the flight option, 19 hours for the bus option


Maid of the Mist OR Journey Behind the Falls, Transport from New York to Niagara Falls and back


Souvenirs, Gratuities


Buffet lunch (flight option only)


Hotel pick-up and drop-off (flight option only)

Suitable for

Families, Couples

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    Super cool! Highly recommended.

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    I was so happy to confirm that this was the best option among the other tours that take you through the pain of airports. The bus was really comfortable and we actually spent more time enjoying the amazing scenery of the Niagara Falls than the other guys that flew in. A great bang for your buck!

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    Wonderful experience. I have visited NY many times, and never thought about experiencing Niagara Falls in one day. When some friends recommended us this tour, we decided to go for it, and we are pleased we did it. The round trip it’s very comfortable, and the time spent in Niagara was great. We really recommend the boat experience in summer time. 100 recommended.

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    This was breathtaking…we visited Niagara Falls on one of the coldest days it has seen for some time. The tour was arranged very very well, when you consider the transport involved planes and buses, and hotels etc. Our day started at 5:45am and we got back to the hotel that night at about 9:00pm, so a very long day but very worth it. This is just one of those things that you just HAVE to do.

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