Airport Guide to Buffalo Niagara International (BUF)

Airport Name
Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 9 miles east of Buffalo.



716 630 6000

Airport Overview

Located close to the Canadian border, roughly halfway between New York City and Toronto, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is a convenient method of accessing one of North America’s premier tourist attractions, the Niagara Falls.

The biggest waterfalls in North America has drawn sightseers and honeymooners for decades – as attested to by the five million passengers passing through the gates of Buffalo Niagara International Airport each year. The airport is smaller by far than the behemoths found in Toronto and New York City, but is also more basic – so passengers trade shorter queues and cheaper flights for bells and whistles such as good quality restaurants and shops.

Flights to Buffalo Niagara Airport come in from cities across North America, including New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, Washington DC, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Orlando and Philadelphia.

Terminal Transfer

The terminals are housed in one building, and you can easily walk from one to the other.

Getting into Town

Train: There is no train or subway service from Buffalo Niagara Airport.

Bus: NFTA Metro runs a non-stop express shuttle to the center of Buffalo every 30 minutes on weekdays; a non-stop shuttle to Niagara Falls; and regular Metro bus services to Buffalo. The fare is $1.75, and exact change is required.

Taxi: There are metered taxis available at the airport from the Buffalo Airport Taxi Desk, located in the baggage reclaim area. The average fare to Buffalo is $30, and to Niagara Falls, $50. The taxis can be hired for sightseeing at $45 per hour.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is adjacent to the terminal building, and costs $4 per hour (with a daily maximum of $24). The long-term parking areas are connected to the terminal by a free shuttle-bus service, and offer two hours’ free parking, adding $4 for the next hour, and with a daily limit of $11 (Lot A), and $10 (Lot B).

Information Desks

There is an information desk in the lower level of the terminal building, near baggage reclaim.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, public phones, a post office, currency exchange offices.

Luggage: Lost luggage queries are handled by the airlines concerned.

Conference and business: The airport’s Business Center has a post office, and business services like work stations and photocopy and fax facilities. There is a conference room found at Gate 9, on the terminal building’s upper level.

Shopping: There’s pretty much no shopping to be done at Buffalo Niagara Airport, aside from a couple of newsagents, and kiosks selling snacks and basic travel accessories.

Food and drink: There are a few food and beverage outlets to choose from at the airport, including vending machines, sandwich shops and coffee bars and sit-down restaurants such as the Lake Erie Grill or the Landmark Bar & Carvery. If you’re just thirsty, head to the Anchor Bar for a drink.

Other facilities: Other services offered by the airport include a barber, a massage parlor, a shoeshine service, a family play area, and access and amenities for disabled passengers.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access is available through service provider Boingo, for a fee of $7.95 per day.


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