Travel Information

Required documentation 

Before to travel, make sure to check the entry requirements for Canada and USA (if you chose to travel to Canada through the USA).

Note: Even if you do not need a visa, many foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.

  • Visitor Visa / Electronic travel authorization (eTA):
    Find out here what documentation is required to enter Canada. The eTA fee is $7 CAD; you can apply and pay online with Debit/Credit card; Application is a fast process and you will receive the eTA in a few seconds. The eTA is only mandatory if you fly to Canada. If you arrive by land (from USA) it is not necessary, however make sure to check USA requirements before to fly.
  • Customs declaration card:

During your flight to Canada, the flight attendant will give you a declaration card to fill. Read the form carefully, customs will check the veracity of your declaration. See the Canada Border Services Agency website, to check wait times at the border, personal exemptions or what you can bring with you (especially pay attention to food restrictions). Bring your own pen to fill out the declaration card, as Canadian customs doesn’t always provide one.

 

Air travel from Europe or US

There are two international airports close to Niagara Falls:

  • The airport in Buffalo, New York (USA) (Buffalo Niagara International Airport) is actually closer to Niagara Falls, however this will require going through customs in the USA first and then again in Canada. If you have a connection in the USA or if you fly in from the USA, this may be a good choice. Please note: recently introduced travel restrictions may cause extra difficulties flying into Buffalo, and further travel restrictions may be introduced or changed in the future. Therefore, it may be simpler to fly directly into Canada

 

Travel from the airport to Niagara Falls

There are many options to choose and the differences are money and time:

  • Airport shuttle (1h 15m – 1h 30m from Toronto): RECOMMENDED OPTION
    • Niagara airbus: This company serves both the Toronto and Buffalo airports. Reservation is required in advance. We negotiated a discount for conference participants. From Toronto: $88 CAD round trip and $64 CAD one way; from Buffalo: $97 CAD round trip and $69.00 CAD one way. Enter the promo code “432” when you make your reservation on their website. This offer is valid for travel between May 28th to June 15th
    • Airlink is another company that offers shuttle services to Niagara Falls.
  • Car rental (1h 15m – 1h 30m from Toronto):

Prices depend on the car rental company and the rental service. Both the Toronto and Buffalo Airport websites provide information on car rental companies (Toronto list; Buffalo list), check which one is most convenient for you. Keep in mind that parking at the hotel or nearby in Niagara Falls is not free, with prices ranging from $5 to $20 CAD per day.

  • Public Transport from Toronto Airport (3h 30m – 4h 00m):

If you are really looking to save money, this is the cheapest way, but also the longest and most complicated. This journey needs to be completed in 2 main steps:

  • From the Airport to Union Station or Coach Terminal:
    • You can catch the UP Express (train) to Union Station from Terminal 1 (there is a free train from Terminal 1 to 3). The UP Express is $12 CAD and takes 25 minutes. You can buy tickets online, print and bring it with you from home.
    • Using the bus/subway (TTC) system is only $3.25 CAD, but will take about 1 hour. Purchase TTC tickets from vending machines (Terminal 1 in the Public Transit area of the Ground Transportation Level) or at the Currency Exchange counter (Terminal 3). Use the TTC’s trip planner tool to navigate from the Pearson Airport to either Union Station or the Coach Terminal.
  • To Niagara Falls:
    • GoTransit: From Union Station you can take a GoTransit to Niagara Falls. To do that you have to take the Lakeshore West Train line till Burlington and there take the bus line 12 to Niagara Falls Falls (Highway 420 and Stanley avenue stop which is 2 km from the hotel. Single ride is $18.75 CAD and tickets are available at the station.
    • Megabus: From Union Station you can get the Subway 1 (Yonge-University) to Dundas or walk 15 minutes to Coach Terminal (610 Bay St). Subway ticket is not included in UP express ticket; you must to buy a ticket ($3.25 CAD). From Dundas Station go to the Coach Terminal (610 Bay St) and get a Megabus to Niagara Falls. You can book your ticket online (choose Ontario to find your bus) or buy a ticket in the station; if you buy the ticket online, take into account flights delays, time to reach the Coach Terminal Station. Prices range from $1 to $16 CAD, depending on the schedule. Megabus arrives in the Niagara Falls bus terminal, which is 4 km far from the hotel.
    • Once in Niagara Falls you have three options to reach the Hotel:
      • Walking (30 min from GoTransit stop or 1 hr from Megabus stop)
      • WEGO bus (Wego green + blue lines ($7.50 CAD – all day pass)
      • City buses 102 or 104 ($2.75 CAD per trip).
      • Take a taxi.
  • Public Transport from Buffalo Airport (1h 30m – 2h 00m, excluding time at the border):
    • Buffalo (US) to Niagara Falls (Canada)
      • Megabus: This is the cheapest way, but there are only two busses per day (10:45am and 8:40pm). Prices vary from $1 to $8 CAD, depending on demand and advance purchase. Megabus arrives in the Niagara Falls bus terminal, which is 4 km far from the hotel.
      • Once in Niagara Falls you have three options to reach the Hotel:
        • Walking (30 min from GoTransit stop or 1 hr from Megabus stop)
        • WEGO bus (Wego green + blue lines ($7.50 CAD – all day pass)
        • City buses 102 or 104 ($2.75 CAD per trip).
        • Take a taxi.
  • Taxi (1h 15m – 1h 30m from Toronto):

This is the most expensive option. According to the Pearson Airport information tariffs the fee to go to Niagara Falls is $186 CAD.

Let us know if you have any questions or need assistance (http://iobccanada2017.ca/contact-us/).

See you in Niagara Falls!

The IOBC Canada 2017 organizing committee