Fly To Buffalo, New York
Buffalo may not be the most modern American city but what it lacks in ‘bells and whistles’ is made up for in the myriad of different cultures and nationalities that call it home. It’s a place where you can experience a mishmash of interesting foods and languages, where you can live cheaply and where everyone is welcome.
Buffalo enjoys humid summers and snowy winters and, at the head of the Niagara River and on the eastern shores of Lake Erie, it has beautiful scenery. It is also known by some as the ‘City of Trees’ because of all the greenery that you’ll find interspersed with some of the most beautiful architecture in the country, and it is the second most populous city in New York State.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Buffalo, or anywhere else in the United States of America. All applicants for a USA Visa need to appear at the Consulate in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban.
- The closest South African representation to Buffalo is the South African Consulate-General in New York City. It can be found at 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York 10016. Phone: +1 212 213 4880.
See and do
With its enviable position just one hour south of Niagara Falls, Buffalo is a great place to base yourself if you’re keen on exploring this iconic waterfall and the surrounding great outdoors. But don’t let this motivation cut your visit in Buffalo short, as there are some amazing cultural icons to explore in town.
You can start your cultural exploration of Buffalo at The Martin House Complex. Designed for Larkin Soap Company executive, Darwin D. Martin, the house consists of many elements and a very original design. You’ll find not only a main house and the smaller Barton House, but also chauffeur quarters, stables and even a glass-roofed conservatory. Take a tour of the grounds and house itself and marvel at the design and beautiful furniture pieces.
After you’ve enjoyed a day exploring the many parks of the city’s parkway system (one that is renowned in the country) then you can settle in for an evening of live performing arts. The Shows at the Kleinhans Music Hall and Shea’s Performing Arts Centre come highly recommended. If you’re keen for a drink or a spot of bar hopping afterward, rest assured that, unlike other American cities where the last call at the bars are general at 2am, Buffalo will keep on going until 4am.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport – BUF
Food and beverage: Anchor Bar, Blue Zone, Checkers, The Coffee Beanery, Freshens, Lake Erie Grille, Landmark Bar and Carvery, Matties Texas Red Hots, Villa Italian Kitchen, Which Wich.
Currency Exchange: Foreign exchange services are available at the Everything ASAP Store, located across from The Coffee Beanery and Gate 7 at Buffalo Airport.
Lost Luggage: Visit Baggage Service Offices, located at the Lower Level in Baggage Claim.
Airport Hotels: None onsite. Best Western Norstar, Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott and Days Inn can be contacted by the airport directly and offer an airport transfer service.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National.
Airport Hub: Buffalo Niagara International Airport (code BUF) is a hub for Southwest Airlines.