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Short on time, strapped for dollars but still want to experience the most visited tourist attraction in Canada? No stress, our guide to the cheapest Niagara Falls tours from Toronto will get you to the most powerful waterfall in North America without breaking the bank.
You wouldn’t go to Paris with seeing the Eiffel Tower or NYC without catching a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty so don’t let your budget stop you for seeing this loud and impressive wonder! In every budget guide, we have to consider a couple of factors. Sure we want the lowest price but we have to balance this with reviews, what is included and, alternative but related options.
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Cheap Niagara Falls Bus Tours from Toronto
Niagara Falls Overview
Niagara Falls is actually a set of three waterfalls so you are getting more bang for your buck! The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls can be found on the USA side and Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three, is found on the Canadian side.
The brink is 2600 feet/792.4 meters in length, the noise can be overwhelming! Naturally, the best views are in the water, from a boat tour so you want to ensure that the affordable Niagara Falls tour that you choose has either a boat ride included or time of a ride when you get there.
Let’s dive into the most affordable Niagara tours from the city of Toronto.
Tours to Niagara Falls from Toronto
From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour $
As Rhiana says, this is what we came for! What she didn’t say, this is your cheapest Niagara tour from Toronto option online.
This nine-hour Niagara tour from Toronto starts with a central downtown pick up then a comfortable drive to Niagara Falls.
Your driver will provide commentary about the Falls and also the sites you pass during the journey.
An added bonus is that you get to stop at Niagara-on-lake and enjoy a 45-minute break to grab an ice cream and look around the cute historical town. I’m glad we had this stop as I wouldn’t have thought about coming here independently.
Again, another attractive factor is the wine tasting stop. I fell in love with Ontario’s Icewine during our Niagara day tour.
You also get to drive along Niagara Parkway which Winston Churchill coined “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”
For an additional fee (choose that option at checkout), your tour guide fast tracks you to the famous Hornblower Niaraga boat cruise, you get a fashionable waterproof poncho and then you ride!
Visiting in winter? The Falls boat cruise change to a Skylon Tower tour.
Tours are small and transportation is a small bus/van.
Check availability and the best prices here.
Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Boat Tour $$
Similar features to the tour above but this one is with a certified tour which bumps the price up by $10.
The boat cruise is an optional add on like above (except in winter).
Consider this Toronto to Niagara tour if the above is sold out.
Check availability here.
Getting to Niagara from Toronto
There is the option of taking public transport from Toronto to Niagara. This could work for those who are not restricted by time.
There are bus routes with Megabus and Greyhound from Toronto to Niagara Falls. The journey takes around two hours. Tickets can be bought online for under $20 CAD.
VIA Rail Canada leaves from Toronto Union Station to Niagara Falls Station. It takes just around three hours and tickets can be bought online for under $25 CAD.
Once you arrive in Niagara you can join your cheap tour.
Niagara Falls: Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour with Funicular $$
Once in Niagara, you can hop aboard your pre-arranged boat tour. The tour takes around twenty minutes and heads to the base of Horseshoe Falls, a close encounter!
Get wet and enjoy the panoramic views of the Falls from the boat or stay dry in the comfort of the inside viewing areas.
This ticket allows you to purchase online and skip the line.
The bonus with this tour is that you also get a ticket to the Niagara funicular ride.
- Check availability and reserve your spot here.
Niagara Falls Zipline $$
If you don’t like boats (it can get choppy out there) but still want to experience the Falls, why not fly over them?
Adventure fans should check out this zip line over the Falls tour which suspends you at 67 metres above the famous Niagara River Gorge!
While this was not an option when we visited, I have zip lined in other countries around the world like Bolivia. It is a real thrill.
Niagara Sky Wheel Ticket $
This is the cheapest option in Niagara. The Sky Wheel is like a Ferris wheel, offering views for days over Niagara.
The ride lasts eight minutes and there is an optional audio guide in the cart. Click to reserve your spot and check today’s prices.
You don’t get too close to the falls but close enough to feel the fresh spray if you so wish.
If getting damp is not your style, stick to the middle of the boat but be prepared to have tourists wearing giant pink condoms in your photos.
Check out Wandering Wagar’s review of ‘the other side’ in the USA at exploring Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls Packing Guide
- A raincoat (although the poncho keeps most of the water off)
- Camera plus waterproof cover
- A video action cam with a waterproof cover
Other Activities Near Niagara Falls
There is a tacky, stuck in the past, arcade centre with crazy golf and fast food outlets aplenty.
The restaurant closest to The Horseshoe Falls (and with stunning views) added a touch of sophistication, it cost $45 for two soups, a shared sandwich and two drinks.
Niagara Falls History Museum is also close and you can make a splash at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.
On the way to Niagara Falls, you may choose to visit the town Niagara-on-the-Lake or taste some of Ontario’s wine at the vineyards!
Going with the family? Check out Jamie’s, The Daily Adventures of Me advice on Niagara Falls with children.
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26 thoughts on “Cheapest Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto”
I was there in the summer and wore a yellow poncho:) Niagara Falls is a very touristy place and tacky, as you said. I found it overrated.
Yellow is my favourite colour! The town is bizarre, like a really crap Blackpool (and I LOVE Tacpool) but the Falls are awesome (in my humble opinion) and I loved the wine, that ice wine is something else. Craig has just reviewed the Toronto video and he was in awe of the Falls! Shame he didn’t get to come!
So have you done the american niagara too? I got caught up in disputes with NY state and Ontario about which was better – I’d just like to see ONE side!!!
And, I completely approve of wine and gelato before mid day!
I didn’t, only the Canadian side! Good zoom! Just joking, you can see both pretty clearly from the Canada side. I can’t suggest which one!
Never visited Niagara Falls and I lived in Canada for 20 years… haha! Oops. I support your wine and gelato indulgence though.
I’ll let you off since this country is so freaking big!
I would love to get to Niagar Falls – I’ve heard from many people that the Canadian side is the best side to visit. Never thought about combining it with a wine tour though – such a afabulous idea!!
A wee wine stop improves everything!
I love Niagara but I haven’t been there in years. I was too young to drink last time so it looks like I need to return and taste the wine. (Any excuse will do.)
I was just talking about the ice wine over brunch today! Turns out quite a lot of Canadians put it on their ice cream!
It sounds like a touristy place but I really wouldn’t mind seeing the Niagara Falls myself.
We had been pre-warned about the tacky element so were fully prepared, with sheilds and armour!
I’ve never been to Niagara, but you had me at wine before 10am! Oh, and the falls look nice too. 😉
We can travel together!
I love the America vs Canada part. Most people think USA and Canada are the same. This gives readers a good point of comparison! Thanks for sharing, Gemma!
I’d love to do both sides one day to check for myself which is better 😉
If we were staying Westside I would too AND if we weren’t cautious of the American ESTA – no such thing as footloose and fancy free travelling!
Hahaha, giant pink condoms! Seriously gave me a chuckle! I can’t wait to get over to Niagara Falls, being Canadian it’s a true shame I haven’t ventured much to the East coast. Of course you always hear mixed reviews about destinations in your own country but I’m sure it’d be worth the visit! ^_^
I haven’t been to Edinburgh Castle since I was very very little! Your country is so damn huuuuuuuge so you all get away with it! Mines is teeny!
You guys are so cute in your rain gear! Looks like you had a ton of fun!
Niagara Falls is an expensive food destination – the base prices are higher than average and there’s also a special municipal tourist tax at restaurants. This is a good destination to pick up some local wine and gourmet foods to get great value for your food budget.
The wine was delicious!
Yep, I vividly remember the ponchos, but mine were yellow! looked a bit less like a condom but still we got drenched, I think it depends on the time of the year as at some points after the rains the falls carry a lot of water and there is no hiding from it
Yellow is my favourite colour!
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Would love to! Hoping to return to Canada in the near future. Cheers!