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GO trains return to Niagara Falls
for Thanksgiving weekend, October 6, 7, 8, 9



GO Transit is providing train service along its 12 Niagara Falls line to help passengers celebrate Thanksgiving in “the ‘Falls” for one last weekend this year.

GO operates one train in each direction between Union Station and the Niagara Falls VIA Rail Canada Station Friday, October 6 evening, three Niagara-bound and four Toronto-bound trains Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving Monday, October 9.

Between Toronto and Niagara Falls, trains stop to pick up or drop off passengers at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations and the St. Catharines VIA Station.

GO is also operating its usual shuttle-bus service along the 11 Niagara-on-the-Lake / St. Catharines route this weekend.

Regular GO bus service along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route continues to operate daily and all year.


12 Niagara Falls trains

Friday, October 6, a train leaves Union at 6:20 p.m. It arrives in St. Catharines VIA Station at 7:58 p.m. It ends its trip in Niagara Falls at 8:24 p.m. A return train leaves Niagara Falls VIA Station 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.

Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving Monday, October 9, trains leave Union Station at 9 a.m. and 4:18 and 8:10 p.m. 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.

You can view the schedule for the trains here.

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

Friday, October 6, a train from Union arrives in St. Catharines VIA Station at 7:58 p.m. A train from Niagara Falls VIA Station arrives in St. Catharines at 9:05 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8 and Thanksgiving Monday, October 9, trains from Union Station 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 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 11:28 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 6:45 and 9:55 p.m. They end their trips in St. Catharines at 8:40 and 11:40 a.m. and 7:30 and 10:40 p.m.

You can view the schedule for the buses here.


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 Saturday, Sunday and Monday with two special bicycle coaches. (The coaches are not available Friday evening.) The bike coaches — the sixth and seventh rail cars from the locomotive — 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 buses operate to the SCTC’s Downtown Terminal, where you can connect to other 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.

Heading to other spots in Niagara Falls?

Niagara 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.