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Car Rental Buffalo Airport

Buffalo Niagara International airport is a favorite landing point for a big number of travelers touching down in New York. The Cheektowaga based airport serves Buffalo, New York, and Southern Ontario, Canada and is known to be one of the busiest in Upstate New York.

If you’re landing at Buffalo airport, you’ll definitely need some ground transportation. If a friend or relative is picking you up, that’s okay. In fact, it will save you a few dollars in the long run. If no one is picking you up, you’ll need to arrange for the transportation early enough.

Preparation starts with thinking about how many people are in your party. If you’re just one adult, you can easily get a taxi to take you home. However, if you’re four or five and have a kid as well as luggage with you, you may need a larger car or a bus.

Forms of transportation at Buffalo Airport

These are several forms of transportation at the airport; the choice is entirely yours. The various forms of transportation include;

  • Rental cars
  • Shuttles, vans, and taxis
  • Limousines
  • Buses
  • Canadian ground transportation, and
  • Public transportation

Just as you would expect, rental cars are the most popular form of transportation at the airport. There are a total of five rental car service providers at the airport;

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz
  • National, and
  • Thrifty

Of these, only Thrifty is an offsite provider. All the others are available onsite.

Picture Gallery of Buffalo Airport

Car Rental In Buffalo Airport - buffalo airport control tower
buffalo airport control tower
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buffalo airport exterior
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buffalo airport from above

Airport Data for BUF
Transportation from BUF
Parking Information

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Distance from BUF to:

  • Buffalo City Center –17 km
  • Rochester, New York – 65 miles (104 km)
  • Hamilton, Canada – 74 miles (119 km)
  • Mississauga, Canada - 98 miles (158 km)
  • Toronto, Canada - 109 miles (176 km)
  • Oshawa, Canada – 145 miles (234 km)

Nearest Major Airports:

  • Niagara Falls Airport (Canada) – 23 miles (37 km)
  • Rochester Airport – 62 miles (100 km)
  • Toronto Pearson Airport (Canada) – 106 miles (170 km)
  • Syracuse Airport – 142 miles (228 km)

Buffalo, NY Time Zone:

  • 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT – 5:00)

Hotels near BUF:

  • There are at least 24 hotels within 5 miles (8 km) of Buffalo Niagara International Airport

  Facts about BUF:

  • BUF has an average of 110 nonstop flights to 18 cities daily
  • It is the busiest airport in Upstate New York 
  • It serves both Buffalo, New York and Southwest Ontario, Canada
  • It has an annual average of five million passengers

Car Rental at Buffalo Airport:

  • There are 6 on-site car rental companies at Buffalo Airport
  • Counters for car rental are located on the ground floor
  • Rental car parking is in the short-term lot
  • Car hire rates vary between companies
  • Car rental desks are usually open from 6:30 to 0:30

Buffalo City Bus:

  • NFTA-Metro operates bus services many locations in the city
  • Airport-Downtown express  (Bus 204) offers non-stop transportation
  • Busses run every 30 minutes on weekdays
  •  Fare ranges from 1.75 USD - 2.65 USD depending on destination
  • Airport-Niagara Falls express (Bus 210) offers non-stop transportation
  • Fare is 2.65 USD


  • Regular metro buses also make a stop at the airport
  • The fare is about 2.00 USD.
  •  Buses depart from the lower level of the airport near the arrivals area

Taxi Service:

  • The official airport taxi service is open 24 hours a day
  • The desk is located in the baggage claim area
  • There are also several off-site taxi service companies
  • Taxi to the city center is between 25.00 USD and 35.00 USD

Airport Shuttle:

  • A shuttle operates between the airport and downtown Buffalo
  • Hours are from 6:30 to 22:00 daily
  • It stops at all major hotels in the downtown area
  • The fare is 18.00 USD per person
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP 

General info:

  • BUF has a total of 6,850 parking spaces
  • Parking for 30 minutes or less in any lot is free of charge

Short term parking:

  • Located closest to the terminal
  • Covered garage
  • 4.00 USD/hour
  • Daily maximum of 24.00 USD

Long-term parking:

  • Three different lots offer long term parking
  • They have free shuttle services
  • Long-term prices differ at each lot
  • 0 – 2 hours = FREE
  • 2 – 3 hours = 4.00 USD
  • Additional time = 1.00 USD/hour
  • Daily maximum = 8.00 USD – 12.00 USD
  • Weekly maximum = 40.00 USD – 72.00 USD
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

*Prices, information and exchange rates are as of June 15, 2009