How to Get Around Buffalo

The public transportation system in the Buffalo / Niagara region operates under the name Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). The system consists of Metro bus and Metro rail service.  There is also a trolley that goes to Niagara Falls at certain times of the year.

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Metro Bus

A one-way ride costs $2.00 for adults. Day and monthly passes are also available. For more information and schedules, visit the NFTA website. If you want to plan a trip to a specific destination, you can use the NFTA’s Trip Planner.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Be sure you have a current bus schedule as routes and times may change.
  • Buses might run a bit ahead or behind schedule. It is a good idea to arrive a little early at the station / stop.
  • Priority seating at the front of the bus is for disabled and senior persons.
  • When you want to exit the bus, pull the cord above the windows.
  • Be sure you collect all personal belongings upon leaving the bus.
  • When riding the bus, be sure you have the exact fare. Note: Drivers cannot give change.

Metro Rail

The Metro Rail is a one-line rail / subway service. It starts at UB’s South Campus and travels to the southernmost point of downtown Buffalo. Ticket vending machines can be found at all rail stations.

The cost is $2.00 for a one-way ticket. Your ride is free when the Metro Rail travels above ground on Main Street in the heart of the city. 

Below are some useful tips:

  • Priority seating at the front of the rail is for disabled and senior persons.
  • Rail tickets are frequently checked by NFTA personnel, even though travel is based on the honor system.
  • Be sure you collect all personal belongings upon leaving the rail.

Other Modes of Transportation

There are other alternative options for traveling within Buffalo or to destinations outside of Buffalo. 

Zipcar

Students age 18 and older can rent a car for short periods of time. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance and a mileage allowance.

Taxi Service

UB has a partnership with Buffalo Transportation, a local taxicab company, to provide safe, convenient transportation at a flat rate for UB students, faculty and staff to popular locations. Buffalo Transportation accepts Campus Cash.

Biking

UB has many services available to those who choose to bike, including a BikeShare program.

Nationwide Buses

Greyhound bus service is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,100 destinations with 16,000 daily departures across North America. For more information and prices, please visit the Greyhound website.

Megabus is a low-cost daily express bus service in the U.S. and Canada. For information on destinations and prices, please visit the Megabus website.

Nationwide Train Service

Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states on 21,000 miles of routes. For more information, please visit the Amtrak website.

Online Air Ticket Booking

There are many online companies that provide competitive prices for flights in the U.S. and around the world. Here are some of the most popular ones: