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Day trip to Niagara Falls

An internationally-known landmark, Niagara Falls is one of the most popular day trips from Toronto. People come from both sides of the border to bask in the beauty and power of the falls. All in all, about 30 million people visit every year. The three falls, Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls, provide plenty of vantage points to admire the natural beauty of this place. Don’t forget to reserve a spot ahead of time for a chance to get soaked on a boat ride.

How far is Niagara Falls from Toronto?

Niagara Falls is situated 128 kilometers (79 miles) around Lake Ontario from Toronto. By car or bus, the journey lasts just under 90 minutes with no traffic. On the train, the time increases slightly to a bit over two hours.

Day trip to Hamilton

Head to the steel town of Hamilton for a calm excursion away from the metropolis of Toronto. With over 130 cascades in and around the city, Hamilton claims itself as the waterfall capital of the world. Visitors to this lakeside town can also tour the Royal Botanical Gardens — the largest botanical gardens in Canada, measuring in at 980 hectares (2421 acres).

How far is Hamilton from Toronto?

Only 68 kilometers (42 miles) from Toronto, Hamilton is easy to reach. Whether you go by car, train or bus, the trip will take around an hour.

Day trip to Caledon

For those wanting to get out to the countryside, venture out to Caledon and get a taste of the rural life. The largest settlement by area in the entire Toronto area, there’s plenty to discover in town, like exploring the otherworldly Cheltenham Badlands or learning about World War I aviation at the Great War Flying Museum. Art-oriented travelers will enjoy the Alton Mills Art Centre, with its focus on the local art scene.

How far is Caledon from Toronto?

The 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Toronto to Caledon is easy to reach by car in just 45 minutes. If traveling by public transportation, the bus is your best bet. The trip takes just over two hours.

Day trip to Lake Muskoka

A true nature lover’s paradise, Lake Muskoka offers wonderful recreation all year long. During winter, enjoy activities like cross-country skiing and dogsledding. Come summer, the lake takes center stage for fishing, watersports, kayaking, and more. When you need a rest, activities around the lake include visiting the pioneer village and train of Muskoka Heritage Place or riding on one of the Muskoka steamships. In the winter, head to Santa’s Village where they welcome holiday revelers.

How far is Lake Muskoka from Toronto?

At just under 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Toronto, leave plenty of time for your travel to Lake Muskoka. Driving is your best option, taking around two hours. The bus can take up to one hour more.

Day trip to Cobourg

If you’re searching for scenic small-town Canada, a trip to Cobourg is the perfect choice for the day. For history lovers, the town offers sites like the Marie Dressler House or the Sifton-Cook Heritage Center, which is the oldest building in town. Frolic in the water at Victoria Park Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. If you’re lucky, you may be able to watch the annual dragon boat races on the lake.

How far is Cobourg from Toronto?

Whether you make the 117 kilometer (72 mile) journey by car or public transportation, it will take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on traffic and schedule.

Toronto day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

No matter where you choose to head for your day trip from Toronto, there is always an ideal mode of transportation within reach.

Toronto day trips by train

Though there is plenty of rail service in Canada, many trains may not reach some less-frequented destinations from Toronto.

Toronto day trips by bus

For many day trips, the bus may be the quickest and most affordable option. Bus travel times tend to be just slightly longer than going by car. Many guided tours will operate by bus as well, with some even including pickup from your hotel.

Toronto day trips by car

Having your own car is an excellent way to embark on a day trip. Make your own schedule, customize your itinerary and take your time as you explore the area around Toronto.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is an ideal way to maximize your day trip. A tour guide can give you information and fascinating facts about your destinations that truly elevate your outing.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Many guided tours will provide you with just about everything you need for the day, from transportation to food. However, travelers should plan ahead for the seasons. Make sure to bring warm clothes for the chilly Canadian winter and plenty of water during the summer.


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Phenomenal tour, excellently executed, and exceeded all expectations

If you're pressed for time and want to do it all, this is the tour for you. We were looking for a tour that would easily take us to see Niagara falls and back again without worrying about travel and transfers, and that would provide us with a guide. This was so much more than that. Our tour guide Judy and driver Mike were incredible, making us feel welcome, and having such a wealth of knowledge of the whole of Canada and anecdotes that they were sharing throughout. The tour included a reasonable start time, and covered an excellent lunch buffet overlooking the Falls, plenty of time at the Falls themselves to walk around and enjoy the views, the boat ride on the Hornblower, some more time to relax and explore around the main part, a stop off at the picturesque town of Niagara on the Lake, and finally a stop for ice wine tasting. Fun, informative, and top value for money. I wouldn't have changed anything at all about the day - I would 100% recommend this tour, it was perfect.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Classic Full-Day Tour by Bus Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/13/2019

One of the best tours on my North American holiday

I wanted to personally thank our tour guide/driver Al, who was exceptional in hosting the tour. He connected, grounded, very knowledgable of both Toronto and Niagara Falls and had many stories to go w it, which I loved. The tour I would definitely highly recommend, you get your moneys worth. Well organised and very informative w all details I required to attending and having a successful, enjoyable day. Thanks Al for being an awesome Host, also the admin team for keeping me informed. You definitely see all that is Niagara Falls about. BIG thanks again and would highly recommend it to anyone.

This tour was the top highlight of my trip

Our guide, Nathan, was so friendly and knowledgeable. He told us a lot about the history of Niagara Falls and Ontario during the drive. The tour was very organised and ran smoothly. We knew where and when we had to be at all times. Nathan also gave us great tips on things to do, see and eat. We had the perfect amount of free time at the falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The wine tasting was great too and I like that the tasting was at the end of the day. The bus was comfortable and clean. The group was a good size, too. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Toronto!

Despite the rainy day, it was a great experience. The tour guide gave

Despite the rainy day, it was a great experience. The tour guide gave us lots of colour commentary about the sights and peppered her presentations with just enough historical facts to keep things interesting. Somewhat of a long day but worthwhile. Would have preferred a longer time in Niagara On The Lake and could have easily skipped the ice wine tasting.

An excellent trip with Salvatore proving a great guide.

I can unreservedly recommend this trip. We were collected on time and from there on everything ran smoothly, with the apportionment of time between the various stops just right. Our guide Salvatore gave us a very informative commentary as well as providing useful hints which allowed us to make best use of our time. Overall great value for money.

Niagara Falls: Small-Group Day-Tour from Toronto Reviewed by David, 06/18/2019