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Tips for Toronto Travellers: Fly Cheap from Buffalo Airport

Toronto Pearson Airport

If you’re living in and around Toronto or southern Ontario and you’re looking for the best travel deal or cheapest flights from Toronto, then read on!  

For so long, travelers to and from Toronto have been subjected to taking off and landing from Toronto’s Pearson Airport, located in its west-end and far from its downtown core. Pearson is also known to have the highest landing fees, making it one of the most expensive airports in the world.  

Cheap Airport Travel & Flying Alternatives for Toronto Travelers

Toronto AirportUp until the past few years, Torontonians have had few alternatives when it came to air travel.  Now it’s possible to fly from Toronto’s City Centre Airport to major cities in eastern Canada, including New York, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and Quebec City, thanks to Porter Airlines.  

Another alternative is to fly from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport that flies to destinations all over the world.  Award winning airline, Globespan, is one of the airports flying out of Hamilton Airport, and travels to Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester and Gatwick.  

Save Money When You Fly From Buffalo

Great Deals on Airfare.  Vacationers and travelers can save a bundle by flying from Buffalo Niagara International Airport rather than Toronto’s Pearson Airport.  Here’s a look at the average cost of a flight from Toronto to Chicago, New York City and San Francisco from Pearson Airport vs. Buffalo Airport.

  Chicago (ORD)
San Francisco (SFO)  
Orlando (MCO)
Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)   $389 USD  $430 USD  $330 USD
Buffalo Airport (BUF)  $169 USD  $338 USD  $216 USD

*Prices listed in USD are the lowest fares given by www.cheapoair.com for a one-week return trip for 1 adult

If you’re looking for cheap flights, be sure to check out www.cheapoair.com, offering a great search engine for finding the best travel deals including airline fares, hotel rates, rental car deals, vacations, and more.  If you book today, you can save $10 by booking through CheapOair using promo code “CHEAPOAIR10” – care of tripatlas.com/new and CheapOair.com.

For one of the cheapest airlines flying out of Buffalo Airport and for deals especially to New York City, check out jetBlue.com for $99 flights from Buffalo to NYC.  Another great reason to fly from Buffalo is that you’ll find great deals from nearby hotels that offer “Stay and Park” deals.  Be sure to check out Comfort Suites in Buffalo, New York for great deals, located just minutes away from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Tips on Getting from Toronto to Buffalo Airport

Sunset at buffalo airportGetting from downtown Toronto to Buffalo Airport is not as difficult as you may think!  Here are the best options we’ve found to get from Toronto to Buffalo Airport:

  • Driving to Buffalo Airport from Toronto takes approximately 2 hours, factoring in minimal traffic and lines at customs. Check on niagarafallsbridges.com and www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca for border wait times. As mentioned above, few of Buffalo hotels offer “stay and park” specials where you’ll receive complimentary parking for a one-night stay.
  • Parking at Buffalo Airport. Buffalo Airport offers three large long-term parking lots and a very convenient shuttle service 24/7 between the lots and the airport. (1) The Preferred Long Term Lot is free for 2 hours or less; 2-3 hours is $4, with each additional hour $1, daily maximum $12, weekly maximum $72. (2) Long Term A Lot is free for 2 hours or less; 2-3 hours is $4, with each additional hour $1, daily maximum $10, weekly maximum $50. (3) Long Term B Lot is free for 2 hours or less; 2-3 hours is $4, with each additional hour $1, daily maximum $8, weekly maximum $40.
  • MegaBus.com offers low-cost daily express bus services from downtown Toronto to Buffalo Niagara International Airport for about $20 for a one-way trip. There are four departures daily, a 7:50am/pm and 9:00am/pm.
  • CoachCanada.com offers trips to Buffalo Airport seven times daily from 6:45am to 7:30pm, departing from downtown Toronto’s bus terminal (Bay + Dundas). A ticket costs about $29.70 for one-way trip.

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