Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF): Discover the Best of Travel Convenience

December 22, 2021

As the third busiest airport in the state of New York, the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (BUF) serves Buffalo, New York and the southern Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, Canada. The airport opened in 1926 on former farmland, and during World War II, it expanded to facilitate aircraft manufacturing and airline flights.

Currently, BUF has two paved runways. In late 2017, the airport began an $80 million renovation with more than 54,000 square feet of new space. The expansion project includes new secure walkways on the east and west side of the terminal and more curbside space for arriving and departing passengers.

BUF carriers include American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, and Vacation Express.

BUF features restaurant and shopping options that include both American and Canadian classics. Find a full list of food and drink options here. Vending machines offering coffee, snacks, and sodas are located in the lower level in the baggage claim area.
Complimentary WiFi is available through Boingo for 45-minute sessions and can be reached on laptops, tablets, and smartphones throughout the airport.

Parking near BUF with The Parking Spot helps travelers find the best, most convenient and most cost-effective parking option so their car-to-air transfer is as seamless as possible. On average, parking with The Parking Spot is approximately 40% less expensive than parking at the airport. Our 4099 Genesee Street location is just minutes from BUF, and reservations include complimentary door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport.
  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or TheParkingSpot.com.
  • 24/7 on-call shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app

Whether you are planning in advance or experiencing unexpected overnight delays, finding a place to sleep near BUF is easy. Check out these nearby hotel options:

For additional lodging options, refer to this helpful list on BUF’s website.

Niagara Falls State Park (Visitors Center - 332 Prospect St., Niagara Falls, NY) - Open 365 days a year, the incredible waterfalls, interactive exhibits, and hiking trails are perfect for outdoor adventurers of all ages. (25.2 miles from BUF)

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY) - Visit the house where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office, and view the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits dedicated to providing an insider’s look at the former president’s life. (9.9 miles from BUF)

Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY) - Open seven days a week, this museum is home to collections and experiences surrounding natural sciences, anthropology, zoology and emerging technology. (8.0 miles from BUF)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House (125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY) - Considered by some to be the architect’s greatest Prairie-style building of his career, this house is one of seven Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Buffalo. (7.7 miles from BUF)

Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY) - This kid-friendly establishment, located in Buffalo’s historic Delaware Park, is the third oldest zoo in the country. (7.7 miles from BUF)

Q. Does Buffalo International Airport close?
A. BUF is open 24/7 but TSA closes at 9 pm and opens at 4 am every day.

Q. Is BUF an international airport?
A. BUF is an international airport with service to over 30 airports in the US and Mexico.

Q. Where is Buffalo International Airport?
A. BUF is located in Cheektowaga, New York. It caters to the greater Buffalo area and is near the Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario, Canada.

Q. Who owns Buffalo International Airport?
A. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is the owner/operator of BUF.

Q. What time does the Buffalo airport open?
A. BUF is open 24/7, but security is only on site between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Q. How far is BUF from Niagara Falls?
A. BUF is about 25 miles away from the New York side of Niagara Falls.

Q. Is there a shuttle from Buffalo Airport to Niagara Falls?
A. There is a shuttle from BUF to Niagara Falls. The shuttle conveniently stops at all major hotels along the way.

Q. Is there a nursing area for moms inside BUF?
A. There is a private nursing lounge located at BUF, near Gate 14.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly play area inside BUF?
A. Unfortunately, there is no designated kid-friendly play area at BUF airport.


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