About Buffalo

Getting Around the City

Passengers on the Metro Rail subway.

Commuter’s Paradise

Buffalo is billed as the “20-Minute City” for its lack of traffic delays and blissfully brief commutes.

Forbes magazine agrees, declaring Buffalo the “best U.S. city” for commuting.

In fact, Buffalo’s average commute time—yes, it has been clocked at 20 minutes—is the second shortest of the country’s 52 largest cities.

That translates to an enhanced quality of life for our faculty, staff and students, who enjoy stress-free travel to the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, our affiliated hospitals and everywhere else they want and need to go.

Public Transportation

Buffalo’s Metro Bus provides quick, economical service throughout the city and suburbs.

The Metro Rail line connects UB’s South Campus with downtown Buffalo and the neighborhoods between. A limited number of free passes are available to UB students, faculty and staff. All rides are free in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo By Bicycle

Recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bronze-level “Bicycle Friendly Community,” Buffalo offers an array of options for the serious cyclist and the recreational rider.

GObike Buffalo offers access to a community bicycle workshop and hosts events throughout the year such as the SkyRide, where hundreds of bicyclists ride over the 110-foot summit of the Buffalo Skyway and enjoy panoramic views of downtown Buffalo and Lake Erie.

Buffalo BikeShare has hubs downtown, at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and at North Campus and South Campus for easy commuting.

UB students receive one free hour per day, and rentals can be booked by smartphone, computer, tablet or at the bike itself.

Getting to and from Buffalo

By Air

Buffalo Niagara International Airport boasts some of the most affordable airfares in the United States. There are 100 nonstop daily flights.

Buffalo is an hour’s flight from:

  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Chicago
  • Washington, D.C.

By Train and Bus

Buffalo is accessible from the east and west by Amtrak trains. There are two stations, one in suburban Depew and another in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo has a large Greyhound bus depot in downtown Buffalo.

Megabus provides bus service to New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia and other major cities. Fares start at $1 when ordered far enough in advance. There are Megabus stops in downtown Buffalo and at the airport.

Need a Ride?

UB’s Parking and Transportation Services offers:

  • Free inter- and intra-campus busing
  • Weekend and holiday express bus service to New York City and other cities
  • Access to the world’s leading car-sharing service
  • A carpool program