Whether you're a Buffalo local or you're just visiting, Toronto makes for a fun side trip or weekend getaway. Take the bus from Buffalo to Toronto, and you'll save both time and money.
What do you need to know about planning a trip from Buffalo to Toronto?
The bus trip from Buffalo to Toronto is quick and easy. You can travel between the two cities in just 2.5 hours, and the average bus ticket costs $17. There are 18 departure times scheduled throughout the day, and some routes are cheaper than others.
Whether you choose an early or a late departure, your bus trip will start at Buffalo's Greyhound station. All buses stop for immigration at the border crossing at the foot of the Peace Bridge, so be sure to pack your passport. Toronto is just 100 miles away from Buffalo, but you won't be able to take the trip without a valid passport.
The immigration stop is usually quick, but your bus might encounter delays if you're traveling during a high-traffic time of day. Try to keep your schedule flexible when you arrive in Toronto to account for unexpected delays at the border.
Why is the bus the best way to get from Buffalo to Toronto?
Toronto might not seem far from Buffalo, but most transit options are surprisingly expensive. Train tickets typically cost two to three times as much as bus tickets, and plane tickets have price tags in excess of $300 if you can find them at all. In addition, there might be just one or two train options per day, with some routes taking up to twice as long as others.
When you take the bus, you can choose over a dozen departure times on any given day. Whether you want to leave at 2:15 a.m. or 9:30 p.m., you'll find a bus route that fits your schedule and your budget.
How can you optimize your trip?
You won't have the opportunity to see many sights during the short trip from Buffalo to Toronto. If you sit on the right side of the bus, though, you can at least catch a glimpse of Lake Ontario as the bus nears Toronto.
To pass the three-hour ride quickly, try making a road trip playlist before you depart. Add your favorite Canadian singers to get in the right mindset, and give yourself a few bonus points if you've chosen Toronto-based performers.
What are the best things to do when you arrive in Toronto?
Whether you left the snacks behind or you decided to save your appetite for your arrival in Toronto, you'll have plenty of options at your fingertips. Grab a quick sandwich at one of the several nearby Subway chains, fill up on dim sum at Lai Way Heen, or go for sushi at Japango.
If you'd rather explore Toronto, you're in luck. The Toronto Coach Terminal is less than a block from the city's Dundas metro station and within seconds of several streetcar stops, so you can get just about anywhere quickly.
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User reviews from travelers who booked a trip from Buffalo to Toronto
Arrived an hour and a half late. Absolute joke
The driver was very nice. Outside of him though, the experience was very lackluster. WiFi was said to be included, but it's spotty performance and intermediate connectivity left me unable to work for the three hour drive. Additionally, none of the plugs on the bus worked, so my laptop and phone both died halfway through the drive. I was not very happy with both of those two things and the overall ride itself because of it.
The bus left late. Staff was rude and bossy. There was an unknown delay at Niagara station. No notifications or information about the delay.
My bus was running behind schedule and no one at Greyhound thought to tell any of the passengers. I only found out because I went to the desk and asked what the deal was when the bus wasn't even there at the time it was scheduled to depart. When they told me the bus was behind schedule I told the two Greyhound employees at the desk that the least they could do is inform the people who are waiting. They didn't acknowledge my complaint, but rather ignored it and went back to watching videos on their phones.
The first bus was broken short time after we left the station. The second bus was smelling like a chemical toilet and it was very hard to breath inside. Further the ac was to cold. Eventually after more than two horribel hours we were almost frozen and suffocated.
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