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Getting Here

A trip to Erie is so easy it nearly plans itself! Explore Erie’s best attractions, shops, restaurants, events and more by requesting an Erie Adventure Guide, using our interactive trip planner, or map out your trip with the ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app.  

The Erie Visitor Center, as well as the VisitErie office, offers copies of the Erie Adventure Guide, as well a wide variety of maps and brochures to help you plan your perfect trip! 


Erie Visitor Center (inside the Tom Ridge Environmental Center)
301 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
(814) 833-7424
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

VisitErie
208 East Bayfront Parkway, 1st Floor
Erie, PA 16507
(814) 454-1000
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

 

Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA)

In operation since 1966, EMTA currently operates 28 fixed routes throughout Erie County including: Albion, Cranesville, Elk Creek, Erie, Fairview, Girard, Harborcreek, Lake City, Lawrence Park, McKean, Millcreek, North East, Summit, Union City, Waterford, Washington, and Wayne townships. Click here for bus routes and schedules.

EMTA Bayliner Trolley

For those that prefer a park and ride service, EMTA offers a Bayliner trolley option throughout Downtown Erie. The Downtown loop is free of charge.  Complete park and ride route information.

VE Map 2014

Getting Here By Car

  • From Buffalo, NY (90 Minutes):
    I-90 West to Erie, Pa. Exits or U.S. Rt. 5 West to Erie.
  • From Cleveland, OH (90 Minutes):
    Follow I-90 East to I-79 North to Erie.
  • From New York City, NY (7 Hours):
    I-87 North to Tappan Zee Bridge exit onto U.S. Rt. 6 or I-86 Follow I-86 through southern New York state to I-90 in Pa. Follow I-90 several miles to Erie exits. Or as an alternative, take the Holland Tunnel to I-80 to I-79 North to Erie.
  • From Harrisburg, PA (4.5 Hours):
    Follow I-476 North to I-80 West to I-79 North to Erie. Or take I-76 to Harrisburg, follow U.S. Rt. 322 to I-80 West then to I-79 North to Erie.
  • From Pittsburgh, PA (2 Hours):
    Take I-279 to I-79 North To Erie.
  • From Toronto (3.5 Hours):
    Take the Queen Elizabeth Way to Peace Bridge to Buffalo, NY, then follow I-90 West or U.S. Rt. 5 West to Erie.
  • From Washington, D.C. (5.5 Hours):
    Take I-270 North to I-70 West. Then get on I-76 West to I-79 North to Erie

Getting Here by Plane

Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field

Fly anywhere in the world, minutes from your front door. Business flights are a breeze, taking you nonstop to cities like Charlotte and Chicago. Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field is served by two major airline carriers with nonstop flights to two major cities and connections to over 1,100 different destinations. Convenient parking, access to public transit and easy boarding make Erie International Airport a great option for your next business or family flight into or out of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Airport shuttles, limousines and ride sharing services are available in the area.  The complete list can be found here

Current flight options:

  • United Airlines to Chicago IL 
  • American Airlines to Charlotte NC

 

Getting Here by Train

Erie is serviced by the Amtrak railroad station located inside historic Union Station in downtown Erie.  To learn more, click here.

Getting Here by Bus

Erie is serviced by Greyhound Bus Lines.  Tickets must be purchased online or by phone (800) 231-2222.  Tickets are not available for purchase in person.  Bus arrivals and departures are located on the outside platform behind the Intermodal Transportation Building, 208 East Bayfront Parkway.  For a list of arrivals/departures click here.  Note: There is no public access inside the building.  

Transient Boat Dockage

If you're traveling to the Erie region and would like to bring your boat and enjoy the waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie, there are public marinas available where you can temporarily dock your boat for overnight stays.  Public transient boat marinas can be found at Wolverine Park Marina or North East Marina.  There are also several area private boat clubs that offer transient dockage.  Find the full list here.  

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814-866-0246
6660 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

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C B & C Innovative Tours

814-315-4850 or 814-464-5680
225 West Grandview Blvd.
Erie, PA 16508

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814-459-6666
7171 West Ridge Road
Fairview, PA 16415

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Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field

814-833-4258
4411 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (The "E")

814-452-3515
127 East 14th Street
Erie, PA 16503

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Rupp Limousine (Many Tours Available!)

814-452-2025
303 East 32nd Street
Erie, PA 16504

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