Niagara Falls Day Trip Itinerary
This is a 1-day day Niagara Falls bus tour from Toronto that is available all year, with minor tweaks for the winter. Visit Niagara Falls in a small group with an experienced guide. The itinerary is jam-packed to give you the most of your day in Niagara Falls. We plan our schedule each day for conditions that might impact your experience. This is an example of what a typical day trip to Niagara Falls will look like. We may add or remove stops depending on time and other conditions.
Sample Day Trip Itinerary
1 – Pick Up in a Comfortable and Air Conditioned Bus
Your day begins around 7:45 – 8:45 AM. We will pick you up from Downtown Toronto or Mississauga. All our buses are modern, comfortable and with air conditioning. Travel with a small group (vans and minibuses with up to 6, 14 or 24 guests).
Our pick-up route follows the path to Niagara Falls. The trip might take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on your location. The good thing about leaving early in the morning is that we can skip major traffic. You will visit with an experienced and licensed tour guide (Nathan, Salvatore, Houri or Joe). They will provide you with information to prepare for your day throughout the 1.5-hour drive. In terms of value, this tour offers the best value – check our guide on how to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto to compare other travel methods if you’d like.
2 – Ride the boat ride or journey behind the Niagara Falls tunnels
You will start your day at the falls around 10 AM, which includes 4 hours of free time in the summer and 3 hours in the winter. As part of your tour package, you can select to pre-purchase a skip-the-line ticket for an attraction (the Niagara City Cruises boat ride in the summer or the Journey Behind the Falls in the winter). Even if you didn’t pre-purchase the attraction, you can still get tickets during your tour at the ticket box. Choosing one of these iconic attractions will likely be the highlight of your tour.
3 – Free time in Niagara Falls
You will have 4 hours of free time in the summer and 3 hours of free time in the winter to explore Niagara Falls at your own pace and do other iconic attractions. Your licensed tour guide will provide you with lots of facts, information and advice on how to spend your time. Your first attraction will usually take about 1 hour in total, and the rest of the time can be spent exploring the waterfalls, table rock centre, Clifton Hill, and doing other optional activities.
You can pay for other activities during your tour at the ticket box, including the Bird Kingdom ($16), Niagara SkyWheel ($16) or the Skylon Tower ($19). If you’re interested in seeing Niagara Falls from the sky, you could also consider a Niagara helicopter ride ($130 – ask your tour guide to arrange if interested in the helicopter ride).
As part of your free time, you can visit the famous Clifton Hill village. This is the flashy neighbourhood you might have seen in photos with tons of restaurants, shops and activities. You might consider checking out the wax museum, an arcade, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and lots more.
You will also have an opportunity to have lunch in Niagara Falls. You could bring a packed lunch or grab lunch at a local restaurant. When the weather is nice, you can even have a picnic outside by the waterfalls!
4 – Landmark Attractions in the Scenic Niagara Parkway
Enjoy a narrated drive across the famous Niagara Parkway. Along the way, we will provide you with information and make stops at landmark attractions.
Visit Queenston Heights Park and your tour guide will show you a scenic lookout point. This is a hidden gem that isn’t so well known. You will have a grand view of Niagara Falls from here – especially perfect for photos!
Next, you will get to check out the famous floral clock in the Botanical Gardens. The clock is made up of 16,000 carpet bedding plans. Take photos or ask your tour guide for a group shot.
From here we’ll check out the incredibly huge and magnificent power stations that convert the epic waterfalls into energy. Another great photo opportunity.
Another iconic stop is the famous Niagara Whirlpool. This is where a massive amount of water that flows from Niagara Falls collides and creates a vortex. You will have time to take photos and see one of Ontario’s most beautiful natural bodies of water.
These stops are fully narrated, and your tour guide will tell you all about the history of Niagara Falls, these specific sights, and the surrounding areas.
5 – Return to Toronto
After a fun and eventful day, we’ll head back to Toronto. Depending on traffic conditions, you should arrive back around 4:30 to 5:30 PM. We’ll get back early enough that you can enjoy the evening in Toronto. If you’re looking for ideas of things to do when you’re back, check out our 3 Days in Toronto travel guide!