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How to get from Buffalo Airport to Rochester

Located next to Lake Ontario in western New York, Rochester is about 110 km northwest of Buffalo Niagara Airport. The city offers many outdoor attractions for visitors, including the beautiful Erie Canal, the Genesee River, and Lake Ontario. Rochester has a wide range of galleries and museums, such as the International Museum of Photography and Film, the oldest photography-dedicated museum in the world, and the Strong National Museum of Play, a museum for children filled with toys making it the perfect family-friendly outing. With an eclectic blend of influences, Rochester has a vibrant food culture to explore, including its unique take on the classic hotdog, the “white hot”!

You can get from Buffalo airport to Rochester, NY, by taxi or private transfer, or by bus. A taxi is the only direct option available and takes just over an hour. If you prefer to go by public transportation, you will need to take a bus from Buffalo airport to downtown Buffalo and change there for a bus to Rochester. The total travel time by bus is about 2 hours and 30 minutes, not accounting for any wait time between connections. 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €193.80 70min 24/7
Bus €46.50 90min 06:00–22:00

How to get from Buffalo Airport to Rochester by taxi

Taking a private transfer or taxi from Buffalo airport to Rochester is the fastest and easiest way to reach your destination. It is the only direct transportation option available and takes about an hour and 5 minutes, with the average taxi fare estimated at $200 (€193.80).

Taxi fare from Buffalo Airport to Rochester

On average, a taxi from Buffalo airport to Rochester takes an hour and 5 minutes and costs $200 (€193.80). As taxis in Rochester operate as private companies, it’s not easy to offer an exact estimate of the fare. Also, as Rochester is a destination outside of Buffalo, local taxi companies may be within their rights to charge an additional fee for the trip or use a higher tariff setting, which is why some companies may offer set rates for popular routes. For these reasons, we recommend asking a few cab companies for a quote before you book. If you would like to secure a flat fee at a competitive price, you can also book your transfer in advance with Welcome.

Cost

€193.80

Trip Duration

65 Min.

*Prices do not include tips and may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Buffalo Niagara airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

The taxi ranks at Buffalo International airport are located next to the ground transportation zone which you can reach by heading to the lower level of the terminal.

Convenience

A private transfer or taxi from Buffalo airport to Rochester is the quickest and easiest way for you to reach your destination. As the only direct transportation option, taking a taxi means you can leave as soon as you land and go directly from Buffalo airport to Rochester, NY, in just over an hour. By cab is the fastest and most convenient way to travel to Rochester, as it will also drop you off exactly where you are going so that you don’t have to waste time waiting for buses or have to carry your luggage around with you as you make your way to your hotel in Rochester. If a direct, comfy, and stress-free private transfer from Buffalo airport to Rochester sounds good, we recommend that you book in advance with a trusted company.

Editor’s Note

A cab or private transfer is the only direct transportation option from Buffalo Airport to Rochester and the only one that is available 24/7.

Useful Tips

Cabs in Buffalo are part of privately-owned companies, so they usually need to be booked in advance.
We recommend asking private cab companies for their rates ahead of time so that you have all the necessary information when it’s time to book your transfer.
Assuming that you are satisfied with the service provided, it is customary to tip your driver 15-20% of the fare.

How to get from Buffalo airport to Rochester by bus

Although there is no direct bus from Buffalo airport to Rochester, if you want to use public transportation, you can take a bus from the airport to downtown Buffalo and catch the Greyhound coach to Rochester from there. The coach takes about 85 minutes, depending on the service, and the average single ticket starts at $24 (€23.25). The coach service to Rochester has 7 buses per day during the week, running from 06:00-22:00, so there can be very long wait times of up to 4 and a half hours. On some days of the week, the first service of the day at 6:00 am does not run so make sure to check the official website for the schedule.

How much is the bus from Buffalo airport to Rochester?

Going by bus from Buffalo airport to Rochester, NY, is a budget-friendly option. After you get from the airport to downtown Buffalo, the Greyhound bus from Buffalo to Rochester takes around 85 minutes, and the average single ticket costs $24 (€23.25). Prices vary based on bus service and ticket availability, ranging from $14-37 (€13.60 -35.85). You can purchase your tickets online with a card or at the station with cash. You can also book your tickets through the Greyhound booking platform and then pay for them in cash at the station. We recommend booking well in advance to secure a seat on a specific service.

Cost

€23.25

Trip Duration

85 Min.

Information relates to Buffalo - Rochester coaches and does not include getting to downtown Buffalo from the airport.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Greyhound service runs from 6 am (or 8 am) to 10 pm, with a waiting time of up to 4 hours and 30 minutes depending on the time of day.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can get the Greyhound buses by going to the Metro Transportation Centre in downtown Buffalo.

Convenience

Going by bus from Buffalo airport to Rochester is the most budget-friendly way to reach your destination, but it is also the slowest and least convenient since there is no direct route from the airport to Rochester. This means you will have to get a bus from the airport to downtown Buffalo and then make your way to the Metro Transportation Centre to get the Greyhound service to Rochester. The trip’s second leg takes about 85 minutes, with a total travel time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. However, this does not take into account the time you might have to wait for either of the buses, which can add up considering that the Greyhound service has a waiting time of up to 4 and a half hours. You will also have to make your way from the bus station to your hotel at the end, which could require an additional mode of transport or some walking.

Editor’s Note

There are wait times of up to 4 hours and 30 minutes for the Greyhound bus from downtown Buffalo to Rochester.

Useful Tips

All Greyhound buses have a wheelchair lift and extra assistance can be provided upon request, either on the day or through the booking process.
Ticket costs can vary if you have a lot of carry-on luggage.
There is free Wifi available on all Greyhound buses.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Buffalo airport to Rochester?


You can get from Buffalo airport to Rochester in about an hour by taking a cab or a private transfer, the only direct transportation available, for an estimated fare of $200 (€193.80). You can also reach Rochester by bus by first going to downtown Buffalo from the airport and then getting a second bus to Rochester from there. The bus to Rochester takes roughly 85 minutes, and single tickets usually cost $24 (€23.25).

What’s the distance from Buffalo Airport to Rochester?

The distance from Buffalo Airport to Rochester is 110 km, and the fastest way to get there is by taxi or private transfer in a little over an hour. You can also get to Rochester by bus by changing buses in downtown Buffalo for a total travel time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

What’s the cost of a taxi from Buffalo airport to Rochester?

The average cab ride from Buffalo airport to Rochester costs about $200 (€193.80) and takes around 65 minutes, depending on traffic. Since the destination is outside of Buffalo, there may be additional charges, so we recommend asking for a quote before booking with a private taxi company. To secure a guaranteed set rate at a competitive price, you can also book your private transfer in advance with Welcome.

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