Road Trip To Niagara Falls – A Possible Cheaper Alternative Than A Bus Tour

When my boyfriend Adam & I  first arrived in Toronto we thought the best way to see Niagara Falls would be by bus tour, we took a look around & found tours for 70 CAD plus per person & then suddenly thought maybe hiring a car would be cheaper.

We looked online & a car was coming in at 29 CAD, even with insurance this was going to work out much more cost-effective so we booked it to pick up the next morning!

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Road Trippin’

We collected the car, a Kia Rio 5 (small by Canadian standards), programmed Niagara Falls into   & we were off!!

It took us an hour and a half to get there from Toronto, we followed to a view-point it had pinpointed, we drove round the corner & it just came out of no-where, Niagara Falls, WOW!

The Falls

Arriving with our own car was so easy, after we had visited the view-point we were able to just drive down to the falls, park up & stroll right along the promenade to take in the magnificent falls. It was a beautifully clear, chilly winters day & to top it off there was a rainbow right over bridal veil falls when we arrived which then moved over to horseshoe falls as we were walking along, perfect for taking photos & gave us the most breathtaking views.

We stayed as long we could handle the cold, we were so happy to have a car with us, another plus to hiring one as we didn’t have to wait around before driving back.

Niagara On The Lake

On the way back we took the scenic route through Niagara On The Lake, the scenery was just stunning! The sun was starting to set over the vineyards in the area, we decided to stop off at one. We came across Peller Estates whose wine Adam knew of so stopped here, we sampled some of their wine including the Ice Wine which was really rather special & something I would definitely recommend trying if you are ever there as it is unique to the region.

We then drove through Niagara On The Lake, a beautiful town right on Lake Ontario with the most stunning sunset to end the day.

Always Look At Alternatives

When travelling on a budget you can sometimes automatically go for the option that appears to be the best deal.

You might think hiring a car would be expensive but when the costs are split between more than one person it can actually work out cheaper & gives you more freedom!

We ended up paying 85.27 CAD  for our car hire, insurance & fuel as opposed to 140 CAD for a tour – I think it’s best to always look around at what you can get for your money!

Happy travels 🙂

Kelly & Adam x

Published by Kelly
One half of adventure travel couple Destination Addict. I was born & grew up in Bristol, UK & started travelling in my early twenties. I have travelled to over 30 countries & have a real passion for exploring. For me travel is about learning about new places & cultures, meeting new people & really immersing yourself in a place. I prefer to travel slowly as I feel this is the best way to really take everything in. I just love an adventure, my main activities being hiking & cycling with diving & kayaking also a favourite. My other passions in life include my amazing fiancée, my beautiful family & friends, photography, reading, yoga, music & good food. I am a sucker for a sunset & for epic views, The reason I started travel writing is that I want to show others that they can get out there & explore too. I want no more than to pass on some exploration inspiration to our readers & really hope you enjoy following our journey.

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