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Please utilize the following airport contact information for all general inquiries, complaints, and difficulties pertaining to lost goods and left luggage.

Airport Address: 4200 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, New York 14225, USA

General Enquiries: +1 (716) 630 6000

Lost & Found: (716) 630 6150

Please call the General Enquiries hotline with any questions about left luggage or luggage storage.

Yes! The first one is obviously Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls Airport is the city of Buffalo’s second international airport. There are only two airlines that fly domestically and seasonally to Canada.

Buffalo (BUF) Airport is 8.2 miles away and is the closest airport to the city. Niagara Falls (IAG) (15.2 miles), Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ) (58.1 miles), Rochester (ROC) (63.9 miles), and Toronto (YYZ) are all nearby airports (66.6 miles)

Passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before to their flight’s planned departure time. The airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please check with your airline to see if the security checkpoint will be open on the day of your flight.

You can either wait for arriving passengers in the Cell Phone Lot or drive to the main terminal’s arrivals level. If you do not want to use the curbside options, you can use the short-term parking garages for pick-ups and drop-offs.

The Cell Phone Lot is a free service that assists with passenger pick-up and drop-off. In the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s Free Cell Phone Lot, wait for arriving travelers.

There is no need to make a parking reservation to park On-Site. The Preferred Parking Lot charges BUF parking rates of $12 per day, with a weekly maximum of $72. The Long-Term Parking Lot charges a daily fee of $10, with a weekly maximum of $50. The Economy Parking Lot charges $9 per day with a weekly maximum of $45. Aside from on-site parking, there are other options. You can always find the best and most affordable Buffalo Airport off-site parking lots right here. Excellent BUF parking deals, with safe and secure reservations staring from $4.99 Per Day, Please go here more info?

Yes. Every 10-15 minutes, free shuttles will transport you to and from the off-site parking lot to your terminal. These shuttles run around the clock.

Short-term parking is ideal if you are picking up someone or will only be at the airport for a few hours. If you plan to stay at the airport for several days, weeks, or even months, long-term parking is more cost-effective than short-term parking.

For long-term parking, you can use any of the on-site garages or lots. Although off-site airport parking alternatives offer the most affordable rates for long-term parking. Off-Site Airport Parking provides long-term off-site parking at the lowest rate at Buffalo Airport. The areas have been uncovered, and a free shuttle service is available to take you to and from the airport. Please click here to reserve Long-Term Airport Parking.

Yes, you can reserve a Long Term Off-Site Airport parking space ahead of time. You Can Reserve here.

You can either wait for incoming passengers in the Cell Phone Lot or drive to the main terminal’s arrivals level. If you don’t want to use the curbside choices, you can use the short-term parking facilities for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Yes, the distance from Toronto to Buffalo is 99 miles. Driving from Toronto to Buffalo takes about 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Yes, you can rent a car in Canada after picking up a vehicle at a Budget location in the United States. Keep in mind that renting a car in Canada necessitates a Canadian non-resident insurance card, which certifies that you have auto insurance that is valid in Canada. Click here for Buffalo Airport Car Rental.

At airports, all passengers are required to wear face masks. Your nose and mouth must be covered by your face mask.

With travel advisories in place, we recommend contacting your air carrier for any restrictions or procedural changes. Check here for detailed information on New York State‘s travel guidelines. Please visit www.tsa.gov/coronavirus for the current federal travel guidelines.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, any restaurant or shop’s hours of operation cannot be guaranteed. The Food Court will be closed for the time being.

Checkpoint for Security:
The Federal Transportation Security Administration runs the security checkpoint at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (TSA). The Buffalo Niagara International Airport collaborates with the TSA to keep security line lengths under 15 minutes; however, to avoid any issues, we recommend arriving 90 minutes to two hours prior to departure, especially during peak travel periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, to allow enough time for check-in, security screening, and travel to your gate.

Hoverboards:
Because of concerns about the lithium batteries used in hoverboards (balance boards, gravity boards, self-balancing devices, and so on), airlines will no longer transport hoverboards in checked luggage or as carryon items beginning immediately. Hoverboards (balance boards, gravity boards, self-balancing devices, etc.) are also prohibited from entering the terminal.

Scanners for the body:
At Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the TSA employs Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT). Please visit tsa.gov for further information.

In the United States, airport security has been beefed up. The Transportation Security Administration has information on what passengers are allowed to bring aboard and what they are not allowed to bring aboard (English version pdf)

Here you will find information on topics such as traveling with children, pets, and transferring specific things.

Information on Prohibited Items.

 
Visas, Immigration & Customs Information

Information about Visas, Immigration, and Customs

Contact the consulate that corresponds to your location for complete information on visa requirements, immigration, and customs.

US Immigration & Customs

Documentary requirements for travelers entering the US.

(800) 715-6722 Current Border Crossing Traffic Conditions

NITTEC Real-Time Border Crossing Information

Please be aware that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which governs land and marine travel into the United States, went into force on June 1, 2009.

When entering the United States, passengers from the United States and Canada must provide a passport or other proof proving their identity and citizenship, according to the WHTI. Please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/western-hemisphere-travel-initiative for further information on approved documentation and other resources.

Beginning January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizens aged 19 and up who enter the United States through land or sea ports of entry from the Western Hemisphere must present government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, as well as proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate, or a passport. With proof of citizenship, children under the age of 18 will be entitled to enter. For entrance into the United States, verbal claims of citizenship and identification will not be adequate to establish identity and citizenship.

It is strongly advised that all passengers departing the United States double-check their destination country’s specific documentation requirements. This information is available at travel.state.gov, or you can contact the embassy of the nation you’re traveling to find out what documents are required to meet the country’s entrance criteria. A birth certificate, passport, or passport and visa for entry into that nation are examples of these needs.

Visit cbp.gov for the most up-to-date information on travel papers and when new rules will take effect.

Citizens of other countries:

A valid passport is required (and a Visitor’s Visa may be required).
Please consult the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or the United States Department of State for more information on exceptions to the normal requirements.

NEW AIR TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES:
All Canadian and American nationals traveling by plane between Canada and the US must have a valid passport in order to enter the US.

Visit NITTEC for the most up-to-date traffic information, particularly for bridge crossings.

 

Services

Passengers going from Buffalo Niagara International Airport can take use of a number of services. Some of the services offered to make your travel short and easy are listed below!
 
Complimentary Services (Call 716-630-6191)
  • Vehicle Jump Start
  • Flat Tire Assistance
  • Driving Directions
  • Locksmith Referral
  • Service Station Referral
 
 
Electric Car Charging (EV)
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport offers free charging for electric vehicles. The Daily/Hourly Parking Garage’s Level 1, Section F-2 has three charging stations. Depending on what’s available, use it.
 
 
Cell Phone Lot

In the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s (BUF) Free Cell Phone Lot, wait for arriving travelers.

On Holtz Road, just around the corner from BUF, lies the Cell Phone Lot. Stick to the purple arrows. The Park ‘n Ride Lot and the Cell Phone Lot are the same thing. The Airport Terminal is less than a mile away from the Parking Lot. Arrive early to this Cell Phone/Park ‘n Ride Lot and wait in your car. Have your passenger(s) phone you when they arrive. After that, you can drive to the terminal and collect your passengers. The Cell Phone Lot is both free and convenient.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport Radio
Information about parking is now available over the airwaves. 1580 AM is the official radio station of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, providing you with the most up-to-date information. Within three miles of the airport, the signal is strongest. Listen in to find out what’s going on before you go.
 
Traffic Reports
The Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition provides official traffic information. For real-time traveler information, go to their website.

There is only one passenger terminal at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. AirTran, American Eagle, Continental Airlines, Continental Express, Comair, Independence Air, Jet Blue, Northwest Airlines, Prior Aviation, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express are among the passenger airlines that operate from the airport’s terminal.

Travelers going through Buffalo Niagara International Airport can take use of a variety of services and amenities. Next to baggage reclaim is an information center on the lower level of the airport terminal. Maps, area information, bus schedules, brochures, and a courtesy paging telephone are available at this information center at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Automated Teller Machines, a post office, currency exchange facilities, public telephones, snack bars, newsstands, gift shops, hair salons, shoe shines, and children’s play areas are among the other Terminal amenities.

Gift Shops

The Monarch Newsstand and Gift Shop has a wide range of difficult-to-find things. The gift shop is located right inside security on the upper level. Call ahead to get anything gift wrapped at (716) 565 9333.

Restaurants and Bars

A wide range of food options are available at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Burger King, AllStars Bar, Matties Texas Red Hots, Vending, Wings to Go, and Uno’s Pizza are among the airport’s eateries and bars.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport
4200 Genesee Street
Buffalo, New York 14225
Phone: (716) 630-6000
Email: [email protected]

Customer Service
(Hours: 8 AM – 2 PM Monday-Friday)

For GPS tracking use 4200 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
42.934037,-78.731887

NFTA- Airport Administration Phone Directory
  • Director of Aviation
    William R. Vanecek
    (716) 630-6030
  • Assistant Director of Aviation
    Lee Weitz
    (716) 630-6020
  • Sr. Manager Aviation Business Development & NFIA Operations
    Pascal Cohen, A.A.E.
    (716) 630-6040
  • Administration Office
    Office hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
    (716) 630-6032
  • Airfield Rescue and Firefighting
    fire.nfta.com
    (716) 630-6011
  • Transit Authority Police Department
    nfta.com/police
    (716) 630-6150
Lost & Found
  • Lost at TSA Checkpoint: TSA
    (716) 635-1222
  • Lost in Parking Lots: Standard Parking
    (716) 634-0315 x21
  • Lost in terminal:
    (716) 630-6000 – Prompt #3
  • Lost on airplane or in airline gate area: – Call your airline.
Advertising

Lamar Airport Advertising will work with with you to present your brand’s message for maximum impact and reach, using everything from eye-catching backlit displays to high-tech, interactive digital screens. Contact Lamar Airport Advertising to learn more about the possibilities.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung.
Please see the links below for more information on the ban on taking all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone devices on board an airplane:

The FAA’s PackSafe website, https://www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe/, has a list of frequently asked questions.

Shuttles run every 15 minutes to and from the terminal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The terminal does not have any storage lockers.

Obtain clear information from the shipper, including the carrier’s contact information, the flight number, departure city, and arrival time. Animals on commercial flights will be picked up in the baggage claim office on the Arrivals Level; I.D. will be required. Animals delivered as cargo will be picked up at the airport’s cargo facility on Cayuga Road; the shipper must give contact and pick-up information.

The rules for service animals in the United States Department of Transportation can be found here.

If you have arranged for a ridesharing operator (such as Uber or Lyft) to pick you up, exit the baggage claim area through the terminal doors closest to carousel 1 and follow signs to the designated pick-up positions in the hotel shuttle bus lane.

The closest airport to Niagara Falls is Niagara Falls (IAG), which is 10.5 kilometers away. Buffalo (BUF) (32.9 km), Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ) (64.9 km), Toronto (YYZ) (78.3 km), and Rochester (ROC) are all nearby airports (113.7 km).

Yes, you can leave your car at the airport because most airports have long-term parking. Tip! Generally, parking at an off-airport lot is less expensive than parking at the airport, but this is not always the case, Please check here for your other cheaper parking option.

Skycaps are available to assist upon request. Passenger Support Specialists are available in Buffalo at (716) 635-1200. Many agents have received sign language training.

There are three border crossings between the United States and Canada in the Niagara Falls area, all of which are within 28 miles (45 kilometers) of Buffalo, New York.

Beautiful views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls can be found on the Canadian side. It’s unquestionably the more opulent side of Niagara Falls. While you can’t get all the way up to American and Bridal Veil Falls, you can get all the way up to Horseshoe Falls.

The Airport is operating as normal and will continue to do so under the guidance of the CDC and the New York State Health Department. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis, click here for more information and updates.

On-airport COVID-19 testing is available, for more information visit: wnyrapidtesting.com

We are pleased to provide FREE Wi-Fi throughout the airport. It’s simple: simply connect to BUF Free WiFi and launch your browser!

Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Passing through security at Buffalo Airport takes nearly 15 minutes. However, this airport works with the TSA to keep security lines under 15-20 minutes long. To avoid any additional security issues, we recommend arriving 90 minutes before your TSA Security check-in time.

Taxis

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is served by the Independent Taxi Association, which provides transportation to and from the airport. Taxi pricing and details are posted inside the cabs, and passengers are advised to get a quote from the driver before going on their journey. VISIT TAXI PAGE

No! You cannot do so. Uber currently does not permit drivers to cross the border for a variety of legal reasons.

All Niagara Falls USA attractions and activities are open; however, due to capacity restrictions, several are encouraging visitors to purchase and secure admission tickets online and in advance of their visit.

The New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect as of June 25, 2021. As a result, visitors to New York will no longer be needed to fill out traveler health forms. All travelers, both domestic and foreign, should continue to adhere to the CDC’s travel recommendations.

BUF is the international airport code. The abbreviation (BNIA) refers to the airport name not the code. Buffalo Niagara International Airport is abbreviated as BNA.

 

Coach Canada

(705) 748-6411 | (800) 461-7661
 coachcanada.com
 

Greyhound CA

800-661-8747
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
 greyhound.ca
Tickets through the Quality Hotel & Suite, 240 First St., N.F., NY 14303 (716-282-1212)
 

Megabus

(877) 462-6342
 Megabus.com
 

Trailways

(716) 855-7524 | (585) 454-2200
 trailwaysny.com

NEXUS is a program meant to expedite border crossings between Canada and the United States for low-risk, pre-approved travelers (U.S.). The Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection jointly manage it. NEXUS has even more advantages.

This is the official Government of Canada NEXUS application website.

The Monarch Newsstand and Gift Shop offers a variety of business services, including fax and copier services, as an added bonus for business travelers.

Post

Shipment arrangements can be made for items purchased at the Monarch Newsstand and Gift Shop on the terminal’s top level.

Foreign Exchange Desks

For travelers, the Monarch Newsstand and Gift Shop provides money exchange services. The shop is on the upper level, directly inside security.

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)

Automatic Teller Machines are conveniently positioned on the upper level of the terminal as well as near the baggage claim on the lower level.

Airline Lounges

US Airways: US Airways Club

Tourist Information

Tourists can get general and ground transportation information at the two information centers on the lower floor of the terminal building, which are just a few steps away from the baggage claim.

Disabled Facilities

Elevators

Elevators connect all sectors of the airport, making it easy to get about. All of the controls have elevated / Braille numbers.

Telephones

TDD phones are available in the east end phone bank on the lower level, the west end phone bank on the upper level, and the East Wing of the airport for travelers with hearing impairments.

Signs

The raised lettering and Braille in directional signs will be highly useful to travelers with visual problems.

Alarm System

During an emergency, the airport’s alarms include a component for visual signals to alert travelers with hearing impairments.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport is served by a variety of international and domestic airlines.

  • AirTran – (800) 247-8726
  • American Eagle – (800) 433-7300
  • Continental Airlines – (800) 525-0280
  • Continental Express – (800) 525-0280
  • Comair/Delta Connection – (800) 221-1212
  • Jet Blue – (800) 538-2583
  • Northwest Airlines – (800) 225-2525
  • Prior Aviation – (800) 621-2923
  • Southwest Airlines – (800) I FLY SWA
  • United Airlines – (800) 241-6522
  • United Express – (800) 241-6522
  • US Airways – (800) 428-4322
  • US Airways Express – (800) 428-4322

At Buffalo Niagara International Airport, TSA Pre✓™ is accessible.

TSA Pre✓™ expedites screening for select frequent travellers on participating airlines and members of the US Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs. This program is now being implemented in airports around the country.

For more information, please visit: tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

The terminal is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seats are available on both levels. The Lake Erie Pub, which opens at 5 a.m., serves food before security.

Internet access is offered for free throughout the terminal.

That decision will be made by your airline. Non-travelers must present government-issued photo identification, and the airline may issue a temporary gate pass. At the checkpoint, the non-traveler will be screened and must exit the guarded area as soon as the plane is boarded.

Yes, the terminal is available at all times.

For real-time bridge crossing information, dial (800) 715-6722.

716 Limousine
716 Limousine
(716) 216-5966
 716limousine.com
 
A Touch of Class
A Touch of Class
(716) 957-4192 | (877) 957-4111
 a-touch-of-class-niagara.com
 
AA Limo Niagara, Inc.
AA Limo Niagara, Inc.
(905)321-3206 | (905)735-8294
 aalimoniagara.com
 
 
Aces Limousine
(716) 204-4863
 aceslimousine.com
 
Buffalo Limousine Service
Buffalo Limousine Service
(716) 835-4997 | (800) 599-2088
 buffalolimousine.com
 
Canam Limousine
Canam Limousine
(866) 976-3676
 canamlimo.com
 
Community Transport Group (CTG Canada)
Community Transport Group (CTG Canada)
877-967-0888, 905-468-4132 Call or Text
[email protected]
 ctgcanada.ca
 
 
Coventry Connections (Niagara) Inc
(905) 346-4000 ext 4241 (Day) / (905) 380-3980 (Night)
 
 
DJ The Dee Jay Services Inc.
 
Dynasty Limo
Dynasty Limo
(905) 562-5678 | (888) 205-1999
 dynastylimos.com
 
Fancee Limousine Service
Fancee Limousine Service
(716) 483-3661 | (800) 947-1537
 fancee.com
 
Giorgio's Limousine Service
Giorgio’s Limousine Service
 
Gray Line Niagara Falls
Gray Line Niagara Falls
(716) 285-2113 | (877) 285-2113
 GrayLineNiagaraFalls.com
 
Hamilton Limo
Hamilton Limo
(905) 529-5466 (877) 531-8016
 hamiltonlimo.com
 
Mermaid Luxury Transportation Ltd.
Mermaid Luxury Transportation Ltd.
905-318-5481
 mermaidlimo.com
 
Niagara Classic Transport
Niagara Classic Transport
(905) 468-4132 | (888) 768-4132
 niagaraclassiccabs.com
 
Out of Town Lincoln
Out of Town Lincoln
(289) 990-1894 | (833) 990-1894
 outoftownlincoln.com
 
Over The Falls Tours, Inc.
Over The Falls Tours, Inc.
 
 
Premo Limousine Services of WN
(716) 372-4546
 
Prime Limousine Services Inc
Prime Limousine Services Inc
(877) 726-5466
 primelimo.ca
 
Sears Luxury Transport
Sears Luxury Transport
 
Southampton Limo
Southampton Limo
 
Status Limo Corp
Status Limo Corp
(716) 833-7292
 statuslimousine.com
 
Symphony Limo
Symphony Limo
(877) 387-6464
 
The Limousine Service
The Limousine Service
 
 
Timkey Enterprises Inc.
(716) 433-0699
 timkeylimo.com
 
TLC of WNY Limo & Concierge Service
TLC of WNY Limo & Concierge Service
(716) 867-5466
 tlcofwny.com
 
 
Transitions Limousine & Airport Service
(716)908-3030
 
Zoladz Executive Transportation
Zoladz Executive Transportation
(716) 685-4410
 ZoladzET.com
 

Southwest Airlines offers curb-side check-in. Regular supply deliveries are not permitted with unattended vehicles. There is no parking within 300 feet of the terminal, except in the Daily/Hourly Garage. Unticketed passengers will not be permitted to pass through the security checkpoint.

Each photo ID will be inserted by the officer into the CAT unit, where it will be scanned and analyzed. CAT is electronically linked to the Secure Flight database, which confirms travelers’ flight details and ensures they are ticketed for that day’s travel.

Beginning May 3, 2023, all air travelers aged 18 and up will be required to have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, a state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification to fly within the United States.

Both the U.S. passport book and the U.S. passport card are acceptable forms of identification for domestic flights. The passport card cannot be used for international air travel, but it is still a useful piece of identification to keep in your wallet.

United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Buffalo to New York (Star Alliance). Delta is the only airline that offers direct flights to New York City (SkyTeam). Delta (SkyTeam) and JetBlue offer nonstop flights to New York City.

The pet relief areas at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) are located inside and outside the terminal. Post-security, at Gates 11 and 14, there is a pet relief area. The pre-security pet relief area is on the lower level of the arrivals/baggage claim area. Exit the terminal immediately.

Pre-security smoking is permitted in designated areas on both the Arrivals and Departures levels. There is no smoking after passing through the checkpoint.

The Buffalo Airport has no smoking areas inside. There is no access to smoking areas once you have passed through security. On the ground floor, outside the baggage claim area, and upstairs at the arrivals, there is a smoking area.

Beginning May 3, 2023, all domestic air travelers aged 18 and up will be required to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, a state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints.

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