Cranking up and down the steep 50m slope between the falls and Fallsview Blvd is a quaint Incline Railway (905-356-0943; www.niagaraparks.cm; 6635 Niagara Pkwy; one way $2; 9am-midnight Jul-Aug, to 8pm Sep-Nov & Apr-Jun).
The Niagara Parks People Mover (905-371-0254, 877-642-7275; www.niagaraparks.com; day pass adult/child $7.50/4.50; every 20min 9am-9pm Mar-Oct) is an economical and efficient bus system, departing the huge Rapidsview parking lot south of the falls. Day passes can be purchased at most stops. Shuttles follow a 15km path from the parking lot north past the Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow and Whirlpool Bridges and Whirlpool Aero Car, continuing along Niagara Pkwy to Queenston in peak season.
Niagara Transit (905-356-1179; www.niagara transit.com; one way adult/child $3.50/1, day pass for 1 adult & 2 children $6; every 30min 9am-1:30am Jun-Aug, reduced service May, Sep & Oct) runs three shuttle-bus routes around town: the red route goes around Clifton Hill and other falls attractions, then up Lundy’s Lane and back; the blue route runs from downtown to the falls, then down to the Rapidsview parking lot and back; the green route goes from Rainbow Bridge north to Whirlpool Aero Car, then back down River Rd past the B&Bs to Clifton Hill. Out of season, use Niagara Transit’s regular city buses (adult/child $2.25/1).
Driving and parking around the centre is an expensive headache. Park way out and walk, or follow the parking district signs and stash the car for the day (around $6 per 30 minutes, or $15 per day). The huge Rapidsview parking lot (also the Niagara Parks People Mover depot; see below) is 3km south of the falls off River Rd.
Readers who cycle recommend Zoom Leisure Bicycle Rentals. They’re based in Niagara-on-the Lake, but will deliver a bike to you anywhere in the Niagara region – escape the falls via the Niagara River Recreation Trail. Longer rentals and two-wheeled wine tours available, too. Hostelling International Niagara Falls also rents out bikes.