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Getting Here

Erie is easily accessible by car, train, plane or bus! Located at the intersection of Interstates 79 and 90, you'll find traveling to and around Erie to be a breeze.

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
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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.  

Greyhound Update: As of 12/22/22, the Greyhound bus terminal located inside the Erie Intermodal Building has been temporarily reopened to passengers. There is still no ticket agent located within the office, but passengers may use the facility to wait for busses and use restroom facilities. 

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.  There are also several area private boat clubs that offer transient dockage.  Find the full list here.  

Getting Around Erie

After you arrive, you'll find that flat landscapes and limited traffic make it easy to get around. If you don't want to use your own vehicle, there are options available. 

Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA)

The EMTA currently operates 28 fixed bus routes throughout Erie County including to some of Erie's most popular tourist locations like Peach Street, Edinboro, North East, and throughout Downtown Erie. 

Get a current list of routes and schedules here

EMTA Bayliner Trolley and Downtown Cultural Loop

For those that prefer a park and ride service, EMTA offers a Bayliner trolley option throughout Downtown Erie. Both the Bayliner Trolley and Downtown Cultural Loop are offered free of charge. 

The Cultural Loop is a Saturday-only service, offering access to attractions like the Erie Insurance Arena, UPMC Park, the Erie Playhouse, Erie Art Museum and more. 

Cultural Loop Map   Park and Ride Information

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AAA East Central

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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Coach USA

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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Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America's Byway

1-800-SEAWAY-T (732-9298)
Route 5 and Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16505

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Rupp Limousine (Many Tours Available!)

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

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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The Cork 1794

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The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

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Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.