Canadian Border Crossing

For those attending NEASECS Buffalo and traveling from Canada, below is information and websites that will help make your trip a great one!

Border Crossing Information from the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, or WHTI, requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. For additional information, including document options and requirements for special audiences, please visit

On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada will be required to present one of the travel documents listed here:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Trusted Traveler Program Cards such as NEXUS, SENTRIU or FAST enrollment cards
  • Special Audiences (Special documents for U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents,
    U.S. Military, Native Americans, and Boaters; birth certificates for children under
    the age of 16).

On June 1, 2009, Canadian citizens entering the U.S. will be required to present one of the travel documents listed here:

  • Canadian Passport
  • Trusted Traveler Program Cards such as NEXUS or FAST/Express enrollment cards
  • Enhanced Driver’s License
  • Special Audiences (Special documents for Native Americans and Boaters;
    birth certificates for children under the age of 16).

Additional helpful websites:

Canadian Border Wait Times

US Customs Wait Times

Peace Bridge (For Border Crossing Identification Requirements, Duty Free Shopping, News, and Traffic Conditions)

Canada Welcomes You

Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau

Safe Travels! See You in Buffalo!!!


Travel to Buffalo

By Plane:

Eight Major Carriers and eight Commuter Airlines fly into the Buffalo/Niagara International Airport.

By Train:

AMTRAK services Buffalo from the East (Boston/NYC) and from the West (Chicago). Call 1-800-872-7245 for fare and schedule information or visit their website.  Amtrak's Exchange Street depot is located ten (10) blocks from the Hyatt.

By Bus:

Greyhound - See your local Yellow Pages Directory, call 1-800-231-2222, or visit their website for fare and schedule information. 

New York Trailways - See your local Yellow Pages Directory, call 1-800-295-5555, or visit their website for fare and schedule information.

The Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center  is five (5) blocks from the Hyatt.

Walking directions to the Hyatt from the Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center (9 minutes).  Head North on Ellicott Street toward E Eagle Street.  Turn left at Clinton Street.  Continue on to Lafayette Square.  Slight left at Court Street.  Turn right at Pearl Street.  Continue straight down Pearl until you have reached the main entrance of your destination (which will be on the right). 

Alternatively, you may take Lafayette Square to Main Street, turn right and continue down Main Street until you have reached the Hyatt's back entrance.  Please note the back entrance is locked after 4pm.

By Public Transportation from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA):

NFTA Airport-Downtown Express Shuttle - This shuttle runs non-stop service between the airport and Buffalo's central business district (the first stop is the Hyatt Regency), including the Metro Bus station downtown (Metropolitan Transportation Center.) One-way fare (in most cases) is $2.05. Service runs weekdays, approximately every 30 minutes, during peak drive time. Consult the schedule - Route 204.

By Shuttle or Taxi from the BNIA:

ITA Shuttle Service -  Contact: ITA Shuttle - 716-633-8294 (Phone is answered "Airport Taxi.").  Cost is approximately $18.00 one-way or $36.00 round trip.
Wheelchair Accessibility - ITA airport shuttle service is not wheelchair accessible. However, Liberty and Yellow Cab have accessible vehicles.  Please visit their website or contact them at 877-7111 (Liberty); 877-5400 (Yellow) for more information.

Taxi - various taxi companies service the airport and the hotel. Please proceed to the Ground Transportation area on the lower level of the BNIA, outside of baggage claim.  Cost is approximately $35.00 to the Hyatt.

Mileage to Buffalo from the following cities:

• Albany, NY 301
• Baltimore, MD 365
• Binghamton, NY 211
• Boston, MA 465
• Charleston, WV 446
• Chicago, IL 539
• Cincinnati, OH 437
• Cleveland, OH 191
• Columbus, OH 328
• Detroit, MI 294 
• Erie, PA 96
• Hamilton, ON 99*
• Hartford, CT 415
• Indianapolis, IN 509
• London, ON 212*
• Louisville, KY 545
• Milwaukee, WI 626
• New York, NY 371
• Norfolk, VA 602
• Pittsburgh, PA 219 
• Philadelphia, PA 360
• Portland, ME 538
• Richmond, VA 511
• Rochester, NY 75
• Springfield, MA 387
• St. Catharines, ON 60*
• Syracuse, NY 156
• Toledo, OH 301
• Toronto, ON 165*
• Washington, DC 405

*Canadian cities list distance in kilometers.

Mileages in this chart are based upon the routes usually followed by motorists. Highway systems involved include interstate, U.S., and state highways.

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