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Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

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Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Hi Everyone,

Just want some help on clearing up couple questions. We are taking Amtrak from NYC to visit Niagara Falls and we have our hotel booked on the Canadian side by the falls. After reading some posts, I think we will get off at Amtrak station on the US side, and the arrival time is 4;30pm, my intention is to use the that same night and do some visiting instead of possibly waiting a long time at the custom if we were taking Amtrak directly to Canada?

So is my best option will be getting off from NY side--take a cab to the rainbow bridge----sightseeing a bit----and crossing on the rainbow bridge(by walking or do I need to get a cab again?) and then after crossing maybe get a cab on the Canadian side to the hotel, and check in, and then come out to view the falls at night.

Does it sound ok? or do we have some alternative options as far as transportation between all these points?

Thanks for helping :) (by the way, the travel date is 12/26-12/28)

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1. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

You have everything pretty much correct. By that time of the day it will be getting dark, so not a lot to do on the U.S. side. It is possible to take a cab from the Amtrak station directly to your hotel on the Canadian side. If you prefer to walk across, it's not very far if the weather is OK and, depending on which hotel you have booked, it might even be possible to walk there.

For any questions about the Canadian side, you should post on that forum: tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g154998-i97-Niagara…

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2. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Thank you fallsdude, yes I Was thinking about just walking to our hotel on the Canadian side once we passed the custom since it looks only 1.5 miles away from the map. Do we pretty much just walk on the bridge and at the end there will be an access for pedestrian to go through custom? Thanks

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3. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

>>"Do we pretty much just walk on the bridge and at the end there will be an access for pedestrian to go through custom?"<<

Hi Siqi;

Yes, that's correct.

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4. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

You are obviously staying at a Fallsview hotel which would be almost 2 miles from the U.S. side of the Rainbow Bridge, and includes a very steep hill. With temperatures almost certainly to be below freezing, it's not a walk I would want to do. I strongly suggest you take a taxi, either all the way from the Amtrak station, or a separate one on each side if you really want to walk across the bridge.

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5. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Thank you rescue team!

Fallsdue, Yes we are staying at the Mariott's on fallsview, and yeah that doesn't sound like a pleasant walk at night I mean, is there anything to see when it gets dark on the U.S side? It sounds like the night time fun is all over on the Canadian side? If not much fun then maybe i will take the taxi all the way from amtrak station to our hotel without stopping at the border.

By the way, do you know if taxi driver himself would charge any fee for driving us crossing the border?

Thank you,

Edited: 2:29 am, December 10, 2013
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6. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Casino, restaurants and bars is pretty much it at night.

There should be no extra taxi charges for crossing the border, other than the bridge toll ($3.50) and any time spent if there is a wait at customs. Ask the driver before you leave the station to be sure.

BTW, you know that you require a passport, correct?

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7. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Yes, I aware that we need to bring the passport, thanks for the reminder. I will ask the driver before riding it Because I heard that during the holiday season Niagara falls will have the light on and I think the theme park on Canadian side will still open around early evening if I am correct?

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8. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

The Falls are illuminated every night of the year.

During November, December and January, the Winter festival of Lights is on in Queen Victoria Park on the Canadian side - is that what you mean (there are no theme parks)

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9. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Hi, when i said theme park i actually meant this, http://www.cliftonhill.com/ , where they had the skywheel, i wasn't sure if it's a theme park but more like a street that has all these things to do at night lol

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10. Re: Questions on arriving in NY's side and crossing to Canada

Yup, Clifton Hill itself is just a street, but the area around it is referred to as the Clifton Hill area.

http://www.topofcliftonhill.com/

http://fallsavenueresort.com/