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GO trains return to Niagara Falls, June 24



GO Transit is resuming its seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and and holidays from Friday, June 24 until Labour Day, Monday, September 5.

The trains operate Friday evenings and several times Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, dropping off and picking up passengers at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO stations and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations.

GO is also again operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.

GO continues to operate buses along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route seven days a week throughout the year. The buses meet trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line at Burlington GO Station.

GO also temporarily restores the service over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Friday, October 7 until Monday, October 10.


12 Niagara Falls train

Starting Friday, June 24, a train leaves Union Station at 6:20 p.m. Fridays. It arrives in St. Catharines VIA Rail Station at 7:58 p.m. It ends its trip in Niagara Falls VIA Rail Station at 8:24 p.m. A return train leaves Niagara Falls at 8:40 p.m. and arrives in St. Catharines at 9:05 p.m. It ends its trip in Union Station at 10:44 p.m.

Starting Saturday, June 25, trains leave Union at 9 a.m. and 4:18 and 8:10 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. They arrive in St. Catharines at 10:38 a.m., 5:56 and 9:48 p.m. They end their trips in Niagara Falls at 11:04 a.m. and 6:22 and 10:14 p.m.

Trains leave Niagara Falls at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 7:20 and 10:30 p.m. They arrive in St. Catharines at 8:55 and 11:55 a.m. and 7:45 and 10:55 p.m. They end their trips in Union at 10:34 a.m., 1:34 and 9:24 p.m. and 12:34 a.m.

Buses operating along the 11 Niagara-on-the-Lake / St. Catharines route connect with the trains at St. Catharines VIA Rail Canada Station.

Seasonal summer weekend service ends Labour Day, Monday, September 5.

You can view the schedule for the line here. (.pdf)

11 Niagara-on-the-Lake / St. Catharines

Starting Friday, June 24, a train from Union Station arrives in St. Catharines VIA Rail Station at 7:58 p.m. Fridays. A train from Niagara Falls arrives in St. Catharines at 9:05 p.m.

Buses meet both trains. One leaves St. Catharines at 8:08 p.m. and operates express — without stopping — and end its trip on King Street south of Picton Street in at 8:48 p.m. Another leaves Niagara-on-the-Lake at 8:05 p.m. and ends its trip in St. Catharines at 8:50 p.m.

Starting Saturday, July 4, GO trains operating along the 12 Niagara Falls line** from Union arrive in St. Catharines at 10:38 a.m., 5:56 and 9:48 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Trains from Niagara Falls arrive in St. Catharines at 8:55 and 11:55 a.m. and 7:45 and 10:55 p.m.

Buses meet the trains. They leave St. Catharines VIA Rail Station at 10:48 a.m., 6:06 and 9:58 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. They end their trips in Niagara-on-the-Lake at 11:33 a.m. and 6:46 and 10:38 p.m. Buses leave Niagara-on-the-Lake at 7:55 and 10:55 a.m. and 6:40 and 9:55 p.m. They end their trips in St. Catharines at 8:40 and 11:40 a.m. and 7:30 and 9:40 p.m.

Seasonal summer weekend service ends Labour Day, Monday, September 5.

You can view the schedule for the route here. (.pdf)


The travel time between Union Station and Niagara Falls is about two hours, passing through many cities and towns and across the Welland Canal.

Although GO says it will make “every effort… to get you there on time”, you may experience delays because GO, freight and VIA trains share a single track through this corridor. Since a lift bridge carries the tracks across the canal, ships passing through the canal may also delay the trains.

GO is equipping all trains operating along the line Saturdays, Sundays and holidays with two special bicycle coaches. (The coaches are not available Friday evenings.) The bike coaches can hold 18 bikes on the lower level. All regular coaches can also hold two bikes.


Heading to St. Catharines or Thorold?

The St. Catharines Transit Commission can help you get around town. Board buses operating along the 115 West St. Catharines route at St. Paul Street West and Leeper Street — just west of the St. Catharines VIA Rail Canada Station. The bus will take you to the SCTC’s Downtown Terminal, where you can connect to buses to take you throughout St. Catharines and Thorold.

Heading to Niagara-on-the Lake?

NOTL Transit buses serve the old town and other areas of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, including the Outlet Collections Mall, Fridays and Saturdays.

Heading to tourist attractions in Niagara Falls and along the Niagara River?

WEGO Transportation System buses link Downtown Niagara Falls Transit Terminal — across Bridge Street from the Niagara Falls VIA Rail Canada Station — to Niagara Falls (we mean the waterfalls, not the city) and other tourist attractions operating by the Niagara Parks Commission between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

This year, WEGO is providing express buses to for GO passengers arriving at or leaving from Niagara Falls VIA Rail station Saturdays, Sundays and holidays:

  • 11:04 a.m. - from the station to Table Rock;
  • 6:15 p.m. - from Table Rock to the station; and
  • 6:45 p.m. - from Table Rock to the station.

Heading to other spots in Niagara Falls?

Niagara Falls Transit buses serve all of Niagara Falls (we mean the city, not the waterfalls) — and many of them start and end their trips from the Downtown Transit Terminal.

Heading to Welland and other cities and towns in the Niagara Peninsula?

Niagara Region Transit buses provide express services from the downtown terminals in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls Fridays and Saturdays.