Buffalo Facts

Located on the shores of Lake Erie and close to the Niagara River, Buffalo is the second-largest city in the state of New York. It first grew as a transport hub, as its canals and railroad system meant it could easily acquire and trade raw materials with the rest of the country. Buffalo is also famous for being the place where US president William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded in 1901, resulting in Theodore Roosevelt being sworn in to replace him shortly afterwards.

These days, visitors will find Buffalo to be a vibrant destination full of culture and excellent architecture. According to USA Today, it is also a city with a heart and one of the cleanest cities in the country. Use our below travel information to make the most of your visit to Buffalo.

Travel Tips

Getting there
The city is served by Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Which direct flights to the hub. Alternatively, you will also have the option to take connecting flights from other US cities. It is possible to reach Buffalo from New York City via the New York State Thruway (I-90), but bear in mind that will take six to seven hours and is therefore not as close as it may seem as seen on films or television. Greyhound Buses will also be able to get you to Buffalo from other cities in the country.

Getting around

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is responsible for public transportation in the city and runs both the buses and the subway. You can use one ticket for both buses and the rail network, as long as the routes intersect. If you are staying in Buffalo for a few days and want to do plenty of exploring, it is worth getting hold of a day pass, which will allow you to hop on and off whenever you like - a great Buffalo travel tip.

How to Pack

Buffalo has quite distinct seasons and will be very different depending on when in the year you visit. In the winter, bring your warm sweaters and boots, as the city usually gets snow from November onwards. If you want to stay in Buffalo during spring, it's likely that you will need an umbrella and plenty of clothes to layer up, as it can be rainy and quite cool during that time. Both summer and fall are very pleasant times to visit. Bring your sunscreen in July and August, as temperatures are usually between 70F and 80F, while the temperature does not dip too far in fall. Those who enjoy colorful foliage will be in their element in the fall. Buffalo is very leafy and trees with beautiful hues can be seen throughout the area.

What to Do and Where to Go

There are lots of things to see and do when you stay in Buffalo. From museums and architecture to theme parks, Buffalo has it all. No Buffalo trip is complete without a visit to Niagara Falls. It is a once in a lifetime trip. Guided city tours depart close to the Millennium Buffalo and will help you make the most of all that Buffalo has to offer. Here is a short Buffalo travel guide with some of the must-see destinations.
Here is a short Buffalo travel guide with some of the must-see destinations.

Famous Landmarks:
Buffalo City Hall
The Electric Tower
Delaware Avenue Historic District
Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House

Arts and Culture:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum
Elmwood Village

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Parks and Recreation:
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Buffalo Zoo
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Niagara Falls

Population: 261,310

Area: 136 sq km

Language:  English

Currency: US dollar ($)

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