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City Population261,310

Elevation680 ft.

Sales TaxThe sales tax in Buffalo is 8.75 percent. There also is a 3-5 percent tax levied on lodgings and a 6 percent tax on rental cars.

Emergency911

Police (non-emergency)(716) 851-4444

Time and Temperature(716) 844-4444

HospitalsBuffalo General Medical Center, (716) 859-5600; Erie County Medical Center, (716) 898-3000; Mercy Hospital, (716) 826-7000; Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus, (716) 891-2400.

Visitor Information Visit Buffalo Niagara 403 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203. Phone:(716)852-0511 or (800)283-3256

For parks information phone (716) 851-9670.

Air TravelBuffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is at Genesee Street and Cayuga Road in nearby Cheektowaga; from I-90 exit 51E, take SR 33 (Kensington Expressway) east to Genesee Street. It is served by major domestic airlines. Airport Taxi Service provides limousine transportation to the airport from major hotels and the Ellicott Street Bus Terminal daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; phone (716) 633-8294. The Niagara Airbus runs to major hotels in Niagara Falls daily; phone (905) 374-8111.

Rental CarsHertz, (716) 632-4763 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail ServiceAmtrak has two connecting stations: one at Exchange Street near the junction of Main and Seneca streets and another on Dick Road, in Depew.

BusesGreyhound Lines Inc. operates out of the Ellicott Street Bus Terminal downtown; phone (716) 855-7532 or (800) 231-2222. For New York Trailways information phone (800) 295-5555 or (800) 858-8555.

TaxisCab companies include Airport Taxi Service, (716) 633-8294, and Queen City Taxi, (716) 874-5050. The base rate is $2.30 at flag drop plus $3 per mile.

Public TransportationThe major Metro bus routes operate daily 5 a.m. to midnight. Service varies by route, but buses generally run every 20 minutes on weekdays. The base fare is $2; exact fare is required.

A light rail rapid transit system runs from KeyBank Center at the base of Main Street through Buffalo Place and the theater district, ending at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo's south campus. Rail fares are the same as bus fares, with free transfers available between the two systems. Route maps are available at the Transportation Center at 181 Ellicott St.; phone (716) 855-7211.

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Travel Information

City Population

261,310

Elevation

680 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax in Buffalo is 8.75 percent. There also is a 3-5 percent tax levied on lodgings and a 6 percent tax on rental cars.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(716) 851-4444

Time and Temperature

(716) 844-4444

Hospitals

Buffalo General Medical Center, (716) 859-5600; Erie County Medical Center, (716) 898-3000; Mercy Hospital, (716) 826-7000; Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus, (716) 891-2400.

Visitor Information

403 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203. Phone:(716)852-0511 or (800)283-3256

Air Travel

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (716) 632-4763 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak has two connecting stations: one at Exchange Street near the junction of Main and Seneca streets and another on Dick Road, in Depew.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. operates out of the Ellicott Street Bus Terminal downtown; phone (716) 855-7532 or (800) 231-2222. For New York Trailways information phone (800) 295-5555 or (800) 858-8555.

Taxis

Cab companies include Airport Taxi Service, (716) 633-8294, and Queen City Taxi, (716) 874-5050. The base rate is $2.30 at flag drop plus $3 per mile.

Public Transportation

The major Metro bus routes operate daily 5 a.m. to midnight. Service varies by route, but buses generally run every 20 minutes on weekdays. The base fare is $2; exact fare is required.

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