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How to get to Niagara Falls for $5 … cheep cheep!!!


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A must do side trip when visiting Toronto is visiting Niagara Falls. In fact, it is one of the most frequently asked questions on any “Visit Toronto” travel forum and it is a question I always get, especially those of us who like to play cards. Here are a couple cheap ways to get to Niagara Falls – the first two methods involve the Casino. If you’re against the Casinos … there are other cheap ways to get there. Using the regular bus service is about $70, which is a complete rip off.

Approach #1

Safeway tours goes to the casino in Niagara Falls for $5. Here’s how it works:

  • Call and make a reservation. The number is you call 416-593-0593
  • You get on the bus at a designated time Chinatown or at the intersection of College St and Yonge St. Bus Schedule is here – click on “Toronto”
  • The fee is $25
  • The bus takes you Casino Niagara, which is about a twenty min walk from the falls (you can ask them for a map at the front desk – later on)
  • Make sure you have valid ID (Passport, Valid driver’s license) and go to the rewards desk and sign up for a free members card as well as a coupon for 10 dollars
  • You walk into the casino and can immediately cash in the coupon and receive your 10 dollars back
  • Hang out at the Falls and have to spend a couple hours there – take pictures, go on a ride, take the PeopleMover bus (Fee required)
  • NEXT time you go, and you already HAVE the member card, you will only pay 15 dollars on the bus and receive a 10 dollar coupon. you will therefore only pay $5  for a return trip to Niagara Fallsgood good?

The bus fare for regular Players Advantage Club (PAC) members is $5 each person and free of charge for Elite, Premium, Platinum or Gold card holders. For guests without a PAC card, $25 bus fare applies. Participants must be over 19 years of age, and a valid government-issued photo ID is required upon boarding buses bound to the casino. Backpacks are not allowed. Safeway Tours reserves the right to charge $25 if either valid photo ID or PAC card is not presented at the time of boarding.

Approach #2

Take the Niagara Fallsview bus.
Simple – go through the schedule
, pick your time and head out. Once you have a valid members card, then you’ll be fine.


Approach #3

Avis rents cars for super cheap ($30) if you have your own insurance, you just need gas. Free unlimited mileage.
Gather 4 friends and voila, the trip’ll cost you about $15-$20 each and you can stop and see some of the beautiful sites on the way as well.

Approach #4 – For Bikers

Take the GO train to Burlington ($15 roundtrip) and bike to Niagara Falls. It’s roughly 74kms each way so depending on what kind of a biker you are, you may want to stay overnight somewhere. In summer you can stay at Brock U’s res for real cheap or camp out somewhere.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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