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Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

1. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Your first stop is a structured wine tasting including ice wine at an award-winning winery. You'll also visit a country market and explore the vineyards. Climb back on board and drive through the historic colonial architecture of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway. Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls. Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area. When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto before 5:30 PM, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

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From Toronto: Small Group Day Trip to Niagara Falls

2. From Toronto: Small Group Day Trip to Niagara Falls

Beat the crowds with an early pickup from Downtown Toronto. Arrive at the falls at the perfect time to start your day. Your local guide will provide commentary along the way and throughout your full-day tour. You will arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM where you will have 3-hours of free time to explore, view the Canadian waterfalls, and participate in optional local attractions, like a boat ride across the falls. Take advantage of your expert tour guide’s advice on how to best see the falls and hints on how to use your time.  Next, enjoy a scenic ride (and photo opportunities) across the Niagara Parkway and stop or drive through famous sights like a local farmers market and the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. Bring lunch with you or eat at a local restaurant of your choice. See the famous Niagara Falls ‘Clifton Hill’ strip during your free time. Continue your day with a narrated drive through Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada's most historic towns which dates back several hundred years and helped to shape Canada's heritage. Explore a country market and try local snacks or buy souvenirs (seasonal). Finish your tour with complimentary wine tasting in the Niagara Wine Region, including the famous local icewine. Return to Toronto around 4:30 PM-5:00 PM to your original location and make it back in time to enjoy dinner and a free evening in Toronto.

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From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

3. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a 9.5-hour tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy a meal overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified, professional tour guide.

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Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

4. Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Experience Toronto from above as you take to the skies and look down through the tall skyscrapers at what downtown has to offer. Select the 15-kilometer flight for approximate 7 minutes in the air above downtown Toronto. Alternatively, treat yourself to the 35-kilometer flight and see more with approximately 12 minutes in the air.  Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbour Front, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower. A friendly and easy check-in at the front desk will be followed by a short wait and a pre-flight briefing. Everyone will wear audio headsets complete with microphones so you can speak to each other on the tour.  The tour will make a perfect figure eight pattern over the city and you will see everything, a carefully designed tour route means everyone gets to see the city equally. At 2,000 feet, you will be as high as the second pod on the CN Tower and the view is incredible. Fly right over the downtown center with sights such as Ripley's Aquarium and the Rogers Center, on a clear day you may even see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. Averaging speeds of 100 miles per hour, you will be amazed at how far you can travel without congested streets and traffic lights. Take in the breathtaking views through the unique floor-to-ceiling glass from your guaranteed window seat. Your tour will conclude at your return to the helicopter base.

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Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour Package for Two

5. Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour Package for Two

Discover Toronto’s highlights from above on a scenic private helicopter tour for two. From private sightseeing to a romantic twilight interlude, choose from three tour package options for a unique and personalized experience. Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport in downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbor Front, Rogers Center, and CN Tower. Check in at the front desk and meet the crew who will ensure you make the most of your private aerial experience. Be lifted 2,000 feet over the city and fly eye to eye with the pod of the CN Tower. The route is carefully designed to ensure you’ll both enjoy fabulous views. On a clear day, see the mist coming off the Niagara Falls. High-quality interactive headsets will be provided to make communication with each other easier. The private tour concludes with your return to the helicopter base where you'll receive one printed photograph to remember your experience.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour Small Group Early Bird Tour

6. Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour Small Group Early Bird Tour

Start your tour at 7:00 AM with pick-up from downtown Toronto and make the 1.5–hour drive to Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, take a trip to the observation deck of Skylon Tower, 520 feet or 160 meters above the ground, to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views of Niagara River, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.  Next, head to Journey Behind the Falls for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Falls. Explore a series of cave-like tunnels that allow you to see behind Niagara Falls. The final stop on your tour is a trip aboard the Hornblower Cruise "Voyage to the Falls". Set foot on the Hornblower Cruise boat and head out onto the waters of the gorge. Get so close to the Falls that it feels like you could put your hand out and touch them! In addition to the amazing stops on the tour, take the opportunity to see and experience the shops, street vendors, restaurants, and other attractions in Niagara Falls for 1 hour before you head home. Head back to Toronto from Niagara Falls to Toronto, and take time to relax on the 1.5–hour drive. Depending on traffic, arrive back to the city by approximately 4:00 PM.

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From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

7. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

See Niagara Falls on a day trip from Toronto. Stop at Table Rock to take some great pictures at Horseshoe Falls along the way. Marvel at the scenery during your stop at Clifton Hill. Take some time to soak up the colors and lights. Explore Niagara-on-the-lake, and take part in a wine tasting. Explore Niagara Falls at your own pace, with plenty of time to visit local attractions or go on a Niagara Falls Cruise.

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Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

8. Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

Dip your senses into Niagara Falls during a guided sightseeing experience from Toronto. This semi-private tour is perfect if you prefer a smaller VIP tour and want to meet like-minded travelers. Leave Toronto at 9:00 AM with prior pick up from most downtown hotels. Sit back and relax in a luxury van on the scenic 2-hour drive to Niagara Falls. Along the way, learn about the rich history of the surrounding region and the Falls. On arrival, depending on the selected option, you can enjoy free time or visit an attraction. Upgrade to include a buffet-style lunch with panoramic views at the Fallsview Buffet at Sheraton On The Falls. Your guide can also direct you to some delicious lunch options at one's own expense.  In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls aboard the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter, or when the boat is not operating, enjoy 'Journey Behind the Falls'. Afterward, continue along the Niagara Parkway to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Explore the heritage town before enjoying a tasting of local wines and ice wine at a nearby winery. Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto around 6:00 PM.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

9. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.  Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with your downtown Toronto pickup between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally-sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines. Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto around 8:00 PM.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour

10. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour

Following pickup in central downtown Toronto, drive to Niagara Falls and get a brief commentary about the city and sites you will see along the way. Travel by bus in a small group for a more personalized experience. Visit the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you'll have 45 minutes of free time to explore its quaint atmosphere and charming shops. The town is also home to many of the renowned wineries of Niagara Falls, one of which will be your next stop. Here, enjoy free wine tastings, including the famous Niagara Ice wine.  Take a scenic drive along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. See the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Continue to the main site of your tour as you journey to Niagara Falls.  Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, benefit from 3 hours of free time to take the optional Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls". Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Enjoy lunch at the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls or up Clifton Hill.  Then sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

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5 best day trips from Toronto

Day trip to Niagara Falls

1. Day trip to Niagara Falls

An internationally-known landmark, Niagara Falls is one of the most popular day trips from Toronto. People come from both sides of the border to bask in the beauty and power of the falls. All in all, about 30 million people visit every year. The three falls, Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls, provide plenty of vantage points to admire the natural beauty of this place. Don’t forget to reserve a spot ahead of time for a chance to get soaked on a boat ride.

How far is Niagara Falls from Toronto?

Niagara Falls is situated 128 kilometers (79 miles) around Lake Ontario from Toronto. By car or bus, the journey lasts just under 90 minutes with no traffic. On the train, the time increases slightly to a bit over two hours.

2. Day trip to Hamilton

Head to the steel town of Hamilton for a calm excursion away from the metropolis of Toronto. With over 130 cascades in and around the city, Hamilton claims itself as the waterfall capital of the world. Visitors to this lakeside town can also tour the Royal Botanical Gardens — the largest botanical gardens in Canada, measuring in at 980 hectares (2421 acres).

How far is Hamilton from Toronto?

Only 68 kilometers (42 miles) from Toronto, Hamilton is easy to reach. Whether you go by car, train or bus, the trip will take around an hour.

3. Day trip to Caledon

For those wanting to get out to the countryside, venture out to Caledon and get a taste of the rural life. The largest settlement by area in the entire Toronto area, there’s plenty to discover in town, like exploring the otherworldly Cheltenham Badlands or learning about World War I aviation at the Great War Flying Museum. Art-oriented travelers will enjoy the Alton Mills Art Centre, with its focus on the local art scene.

How far is Caledon from Toronto?

The 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Toronto to Caledon is easy to reach by car in just 45 minutes. If traveling by public transportation, the bus is your best bet. The trip takes just over two hours.

4. Day trip to Lake Muskoka

A true nature lover’s paradise, Lake Muskoka offers wonderful recreation all year long. During winter, enjoy activities like cross-country skiing and dogsledding. Come summer, the lake takes center stage for fishing, watersports, kayaking, and more. When you need a rest, activities around the lake include visiting the pioneer village and train of Muskoka Heritage Place or riding on one of the Muskoka steamships. In the winter, head to Santa’s Village where they welcome holiday revelers.

How far is Lake Muskoka from Toronto?

At just under 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Toronto, leave plenty of time for your travel to Lake Muskoka. Driving is your best option, taking around two hours. The bus can take up to one hour more.

5. Day trip to Cobourg

If you’re searching for scenic small-town Canada, a trip to Cobourg is the perfect choice for the day. For history lovers, the town offers sites like the Marie Dressler House or the Sifton-Cook Heritage Center, which is the oldest building in town. Frolic in the water at Victoria Park Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. If you’re lucky, you may be able to watch the annual dragon boat races on the lake.

How far is Cobourg from Toronto?

Whether you make the 117 kilometer (72 mile) journey by car or public transportation, it will take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on traffic and schedule.

Toronto day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

No matter where you choose to head for your day trip from Toronto, there is always an ideal mode of transportation within reach.
  • • Toronto day trips by train

    Though there is plenty of rail service in Canada, many trains may not reach some less-frequented destinations from Toronto.

  • • Toronto day trips by bus

    For many day trips, the bus may be the quickest and most affordable option. Bus travel times tend to be just slightly longer than going by car. Many guided tours will operate by bus as well, with some even including pickup from your hotel.

  • • Toronto day trips by car

    Having your own car is an excellent way to embark on a day trip. Make your own schedule, customize your itinerary and take your time as you explore the area around Toronto.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is an ideal way to maximize your day trip. A tour guide can give you information and fascinating facts about your destinations that truly elevate your outing.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Many guided tours will provide you with just about everything you need for the day, from transportation to food. However, travelers should plan ahead for the seasons. Make sure to bring warm clothes for the chilly Canadian winter and plenty of water during the summer.


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What people are saying about Toronto

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What a very memorable day ,Fabio the tour guide was not only knowledgeable he was very caring and kind. He made it fun too .I couldn't ask for more. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you so much xxxx

Amazing views and lots to see on the trip. We had the best tour guide, Fabio, who was very knowledgeable, personable, and a great photographer! I would absolutely recommend this trip!

Super Tourguides der Fabio. :-). Hat super viel spaß gemacht. Fabio hat uns nicht nur von A nach B gefahren, sondern hat auch Geschichte erzählt. TOP

We were only 6 people which was the good side. Nathan was very informative . Amazing experience.

We were very happy with the tour. Everything as per description. Prepared and friendly guide.