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Old 01-06-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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FAQ: Flying Out of Buffalo OR Detroit

Post your best tips and guidance for flying out of Buffalo or Detroit to MCO in this thread here..

I've asked for it to be made a sticky.

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Old 01-07-2008, 07:51 AM   #2
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Great Idea!

For Buffalo....
There is a parking coupon on the Buffalo airport website .
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:09 AM   #3
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BNIA parking coupon link

http://www.buffaloairport.com/airport_info/parking_availability.phtml
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find hotels with park/sleep/fly at www.parksleepfly.com

Good place to do a search for flight prices with most major US carriers www.kayak.com
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oh, Thanks Ham Ham...
I guess I should have added the link....
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I think that a thread about driving routes would be a good idea.
I'm sure there are folks from all across the country that could provide tips and tricks. I often respond to people posting about driving from Ontario to WDW.

Disboards could also post from out east and the folks out west too with routes to Disneyland.
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Directions from Ontario/New York border to Niagara-Buffalo Airport

Bridges to USA:

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
Lewiston, NY, USA

** A small US dollar toll Fee must be paid on this route to the airport. Ensure you have small US bills or US coins. **
** A bridge fee must be paid on this route back into Canada. Both US and Canadian currencies are accepted. **

1: Start out going NORTHEAST on ROBERT MOSES STATE PKWY N toward ROBERT MOSES STATE PKWY S. 1.4 miles
2: Take the RT-104 W / RT-18F N ramp. 0.4 miles Map
3: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto NY-104 / NY-18F / CENTER ST / RIDGE RD / CR-907. Continue to follow NY-104 / NY-18F / CENTER ST / CR-907. 0.1 miles
4: Turn LEFT to take the RT-104 W ramp toward I-190 W / CANADA / BUFFALO. 0.2 miles
5: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto NY-104 / LEWISTON RD. 0.7 miles
6: Turn LEFT onto MILITARY RD / NY-265. 0.7 miles
7: Turn RIGHT onto UPPER MOUNTAIN RD / CR-11. 0.2 miles
8: Merge onto I-190 S toward NIAG. FALLS / BUFFALO (Portions toll). 14.2 miles
9: Merge onto I-290 E / YOUNGMANN EXPY via EXIT 16 toward I-90 / TONAWANDA / ROCHESTER. 9.8 miles
10: Merge onto I-90 W / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY W via EXIT 51-61 toward ERIE. 1.5 miles
11: Merge onto NY-33 E via EXIT 51E toward AIRPORT. 1.8 miles
12: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto GENESEE ST / NY-33. 0.4 miles
13: End at Buffalo Niagara Intl. Airport (BUF):

Total Est. Time: 39 minutes Total Est. Distance: 31.96 miles


Rainbow Bridge
Niagara Falls, NY, USA

** A small US dollar toll Fee must be paid on this route. Ensure you have small US bills or US coins. **
** A bridge fee must be paid on this route back into Canada. Both US and Canadian currencies are accepted. **

1: Start out going NORTHWEST on RAINBOW BRIDGE toward FALLS AVE (Portions toll) (Crossing into *CANADA* ONTARIO). 0.2 miles
2: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto FALLS AVE. <0.1 miles
3: Turn RIGHT onto HIRAM ST. <0.1 miles
4: Turn RIGHT onto RIVER RD. 0.3 miles
5: Turn RIGHT onto CLIFTON HL. <0.1 miles
6: Turn RIGHT onto FALLS AVE. 0.1 miles
7: Turn RIGHT onto RAINBOW BRIDGE (Crossing into *UNITED STATES* NEW YORK). 0.3 miles
8: RAINBOW BRIDGE becomes NIAGARA ST. 0.7 miles
9: Turn RIGHT onto NY-384 S / JOHN B DALY BLVD. Continue to follow JOHN B DALY BLVD. 0.4 miles
10: Take the ROBERT MOSES PKY ramp. <0.1 miles
11: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ROBERT MOSES STATE PKWY S. 3.0 miles
12: Merge onto I-190 S / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY via the ramp on the LEFT (Portions toll). 7.8 miles
13: Merge onto I-290 E / YOUNGMANN EXPY via EXIT 16 toward I-90 / TONAWANDA / ROCHESTER. 9.8 miles
14: Merge onto I-90 W / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY W via EXIT 51-61 toward ERIE. 1.5 miles
15: Merge onto NY-33 E via EXIT 51E toward AIRPORT. 1.8 miles
16: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto GENESEE ST / NY-33. 0.4 miles
17: End at Buffalo Niagara Intl. Airport (BUF):

Total Est. Time: 36 minutes Total Est. Distance: 26.93 miles


Fort Erie Public Bridge
716-881-9671
1 Peace Bridge Plz,
Buffalo, NY 14213, US

** A bridge fee must be paid on this route back into Canada. Both US and Canadian currencies are accepted. **

1: Start out going SOUTH toward BAIRD DR. 0.1 miles
2: Merge onto I-190 S / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY toward DOWNTOWN BUFFALO / I-90 / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY. 6.6 miles
3: Merge onto I-90 E / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY E via EXIT 1-52 on the LEFT toward BUFFALO AIRPORT / ALBANY. 4.5 miles
4: Merge onto NY-33 E via EXIT 51E toward AIRPORT. 1.6 miles
5: Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto GENESEE ST / NY-33. 0.4 miles
6: End at Buffalo Niagara Intl. Airport (BUF):

Total Est. Time: 17 minutes Total Est. Distance: 13.50 miles



Buffalo Niagara International Airport
716-630-0000
4200 Genesee Street
Buffalo, New York.
14225, USA


Poster's Notes:

1) We have used the Buffalo Airport on too many times to mention, and we could probably get there 'by memory', but I always ensure that I have road directions to refresh my memory. There are no 'follow these signs to the airport' signs from the border, so print directions prior to leaving.

2) If you're staying over in Niagara Falls, Ontario prior to departure, do *not* rely on the hotel's printed directions to the airport; both times we've done this they've been incorrect.

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Old 01-09-2008, 01:13 PM   #8
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For those of us worried about traffic crossing the border, check out the Niagara Falls Bridge Commision website for updates:

http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/index.php3

Also the NFBC traffic update line: 1-800-715-6722. We usually call this number when we are on the Q.E.W. around St Catherines to determine which bridge to take.
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:31 PM   #9
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If you are coming from east of Toronto ...what would be the easiest route?
Are both the niagara and queenston bridges in Niagar falls?....
If we go to Fort Erie do we still head towards niagara falls or ?

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If you are coming from east of Toronto ...what would be the easiest route?
Are both the niagara and queenston bridges in Niagar falls?....
If we go to Fort Erie do we still head towards niagara falls or ?

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The easiest route to Buffalo airport is to cross @ Fort Erie. 90% of the time, Fort Erie also has the shortest lineup @ US/Canada Customs.
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I did the research and from Toronto - I would say Detroit is your best savings (obviously pending on when you travel). Detroit is a Hub for NWA and I looked today and you can still get direct flights to Orlando for March Break for $147.00 return!! I find direct flights difficult to find out of Buffalo.
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I did the research and from Toronto - I would say Detroit is your best savings (obviously pending on when you travel). Detroit is a Hub for NWA and I looked today and you can still get direct flights to Orlando for March Break for $147.00 return!! I find direct flights difficult to find out of Buffalo.
You are defiantly right. We're flying March break through SWA, saved $750 by doing the extra 3 hour drive(as opposed to flying out of Buffalo), and close to $2200(for 4) rather than out of TO.
Never flew from Detroit though, if anyone has any tips.....please post them.
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We have flown out of Buffalo numerous times. Love the small compact airport so much better than Pearson in Toronto.

You can fly direct on JetBlue, Southwest and Airtran for very reasonable costs and we have with excellent results.

I would reccomend Detroit only if you are west of London, Ontario or within an easy commute. For GTA travellers Buffalo is the way to go.
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Not sure I agree Wee-Haggis. I am in Newmarket and the trip to Buffalo airport would be close to 2.5 hours drive (not taking into consideration the wait at the bridge - since we'll be doing that in Sarnia anyways). so for an extra 1.5 hours drive, I am flying for MUCH cheaper (have you seen March flights for $167.00 return during daytime hours?) and I am flying direct - I hate stopovers in Chicago and New York!!

Detroit Airport is easy to get around - well, as easy as Pearson. We've never had a problem. It's big, but you are flyng domestic so no issues at all! Actually, the NWA flight we've been on the last 2 years have been out of a new terminal that is lovely with a tram that takes you to the gates that are further down the hall. It's lovely. We go the night before and stay at an airport hotel (using airmiles points) and then do a park and fly with the car.

I've done a bit of examination oin the distance crossing in Sarnia vs Windsor and I believe Sarnia to be faster so we go that route.
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Not sure I agree Wee-Haggis. I am in Newmarket and the trip to Buffalo airport would be close to 2.5 hours drive (not taking into consideration the wait at the bridge - since we'll be doing that in Sarnia anyways). so for an extra 1.5 hours drive, I am flying for MUCH cheaper (have you seen March flights for $167.00 return during daytime hours?) and I am flying direct - I hate stopovers in Chicago and New York!!

Detroit Airport is easy to get around - well, as easy as Pearson. We've never had a problem. It's big, but you are flyng domestic so no issues at all! Actually, the NWA flight we've been on the last 2 years have been out of a new terminal that is lovely with a tram that takes you to the gates that are further down the hall. It's lovely. We go the night before and stay at an airport hotel (using airmiles points) and then do a park and fly with the car.

I've done a bit of examination oin the distance crossing in Sarnia vs Windsor and I believe Sarnia to be faster so we go that route.
I guess it depends the time of year you are going as well(March can be a wee bit pricey from BUF).However,last month we went via BUF and for 4 it was $730 incl taxes with SWA.We are booked for august and we are geting 4 tickets on Jetblue for $800 and change.For us its a 2hr 35 min trip to BUF and 4hr 45 min to Detroit.The Detroit drive would be just a bit too much (particularily in the winter).
I can't speak for Sarnia, but he Peace Bridge for us (the past 4 times) has been a breeze (you have to pick the right time).As previously mentioned BUF airport is a joy compared to that monstrosity called Pearson.
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