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Discover Niagara Shuttle in Niagara Falls

Leave your car behind and explore the top sites on the hop-on/hop-off shuttle for free

Best time: May 24–October 14, 2024

Explore Niagara's rich landscape, history, and culture along the Niagara River with the convenience of the hop-on/hop-off shuttle bus. In one day, you can discover 21 destination sites spread along the 14-mile (22.5 km) route from the Falls to the Fort Niagara State Park. As a welcome addition, the shuttle also operates between Lockport and Niagara Falls with eight fascinating locations to discover. And the best thing about this attraction is that the rides are completely free of charge!

Falls to the Fort Route

The Discover Niagara Shuttle has two separate routes, the most popular of which is the Falls to the Fort Route. The shuttle route begins in Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center and covers Niagara Falls State Park, downtown Niagara, the Aquarium of Niagara, and Oakwood Cemetery. It then stops by Niagara Falls Train Station, Niagara Power Project Power Vista, Lewiston Academy Park, and Youngstown. The final stop is Old Fort Niagara.


The shuttles on this route operate from 8:30 am to 12 am on Friday and Saturday and until 5:30 pm on Sunday and selected dates. Approximately five shuttles serve the Falls to the Fort route, so even if you miss the morning one, you'll have a chance to hop on one later. The whole experience usually lasts two hours.

Lockport Route

Located 21 miles (34 km) away from Niagara Falls, Lockport is a great option for a sightseeing trip with its marvelous historical district and famous Erie Canal. The shuttles to Lockport operate from Friday to Sunday, first departing from Niagara Falls Visitor Center and then continuing through Erie Canalway Trail and Canal Discovery Center. Other stops include Lockport Cave and Niagara Zipper, the Theatre District, and Cornerstone CFCU Arena. The route around all the Lockport landmarks is also called the Lockport Loop.


The Lockport Loop trips take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shuttles depart from Niagara Falls at 8:45 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, and 3:30 pm. If you're in Lockport, you can get on the bus at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, and 5:15 pm from Erie Canal Discover Center. The shuttles drive around Lockport continuously throughout the day.

Amenities & App

If you'd like to use the Discover Niagara app during your journey, feel free to connect to the shuttle's Wi-Fi network. The app is worth looking into because it is filled with information on places, stories, and the diverse communities of Niagara. You'll also be able to track the stops of the shuttle in real time and will be notified of any route changes.

Practical info

What is the best day to ride the shuttle?

The Discover Niagara Shuttle caters to people's preferences. Visitors who want a secluded and crowd-free ride can opt for weekdays to take in the magnificent Niagara scenery peacefully. On the other hand, visitors that want to experience Niagara's captivating attractions highlighted on the shuttle's route can opt for weekends. So, there is no single best day to take the shuttle offering. Show more

Where can I find the Discover Niagara app, and what kind of information does it provide?

To access the Discover Niagara app, users can download it from Google Play Store and Apple Store at no cost. The application offers knowledge about the various destinations, communities, and stories aligned with the facility's shuttle route. It also provides guides, maps of shuttle itinerary points, and suggested tours, making visitors' navigation around sightseeing spots easy. Apart from that, tourists can access information on outdoor activities near shuttle locations such as hiking trails and geocaching opportunities. Show more

Are there any hidden costs to the shuttle service?

There are no hidden costs when riding on the Discover Niagara shuttle service since users don't have to pay any fees on their journey. However, some of the destinations on the shuttle's route have entry fees like Old Fort Niagara, and visitors who want to access all the features and offerings will need to budget accordingly to cover these expenses separately. Nonetheless, tourists can explore many free parks and destinations covered on the shuttle's route that offer comparable experiences and fun. Show more

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