What is the best driving route from Chicago to Niagara Falls, Canada?

I really want to take my family on a trip to Niagara Falls, but crossing the Canadian border is confusing me. What is the best way to drive from Chicago to Niagara Falls, Canada?

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Answer provided by
Pat Roache
Answered on May 20, 2022
Oh, Canada! This is a fun trip—but crossing the border can be intimidating. The best driving route from Chicago to Niagara Falls crosses the American-Canadian border in Detroit and takes between 8 and 9 hours of driving time, depending on traffic. Here are the route details:
  • Take I-90 E out of Chicago (or I-94 E if you want to avoid tolls).
  • Merge onto I-94 E in Indiana
  • Depending on traffic, transfer to M-14 E in Ann Arbor, MI which will turn into I-96 E.
  • Once in Detroit, take I-96 E to the Ambassador Bridge and cross into Canada.
  • Continue on ON-3 until it turns into ON-401 E.
  • Transfer to ON-403 E then take the exit to follow Lincoln M Alexander Pkwy/Red Hill Valley Pkwy.
  • Merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way and take this to your destination!
The Motor City is a great place to stop for the night if you want to break up the trip. Just make sure to check your car insurance before you go. If you have any questions about driving internationally, give the experts at Jerry a call!
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