Where Is Buffalo? Map Location and Proximity to Other NY Cities

Buffalo, New York
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Written by Telea Dodge

Published: November 27, 2023

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The state of New York is the 30th-largest state in the United States. This northeastern and Mid-Atlantic state is famous for a great number of things, many of them contained within New York City. We won’t be talking much about New York City, today, though. In this article, we will be focusing on another city altogether. Of all the 62 cities in New York, we will be learning about Buffalo. We’re going to see where it is on a map, learn how far it is from other cities in the state, and learn a little bit about its population and culture. So, where is Buffalo? Let’s find it on a map!

Where Is Buffalo on a Map?

The buildings are illuminated before sunrise in the urban core of Buffalo New York

Buffalo, New York covers an area of 52.5 square miles and has an estimated population of 276,807 people as of 2021.


Buffalo is a city in the western corner of the state of New York. It rests along the shore of Lake Erie and is the seat of Erie County. It is situated at the head of the Niagara River and is very close to the Canadian border. This is famously the United States city that is nearest to Niagara Falls. Let’s look at this information as it appears on a helpful, interactive map.

The red dotted line on the map outlines the city of Buffalo. The city covers an area of 52.5 square miles and houses a population of 276,807 people as of the 2021 Census. Now, we’ll look at how far Buffalo is from other New York cities and major attractions in the state.

How Far Is Buffalo From Other New York Cities?

Let’s see how long it would take to travel from Buffalo to other cities in New York. We’ve used the help of Google Maps to acquire our distances between cities. We have also included estimated travel times between the cities. Our estimates are based on map estimates from the time of writing this article. Please note that your actual travel distances may vary based on traffic, construction, road closures, and weather events.

CityDistance From BuffaloEstimated Travel Time
New York City373 miles6 hours and 15 minutes
Albany289 miles4 hours and 17 minutes
Rochester74 miles1 hour and 12 minutes
Syracuse149 miles2 hours and 18 minutes
Islip429 miles7 hours and 9 minutes
New Rochelle387 miles6 hours and 11 minutes

Now that we can see the travel distances between these cities, let’s look at travel distances from Buffalo to some of the most popular attractions in the state.

How Far Is Buffalo From New York Attractions?

Niagara Falls in New York

Niagara Falls is the closest major attraction to Buffalo, New York. This incredible set of waterfalls draws 12 million people a year to the area.

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Planning a trip means knowing about the places you want to go and figuring out if you can visit them. In these calculations, we sometimes forget about travel distances. Buffalo is home to one of the most famous attractions in the entire state – Niagara Falls. We also want to look at its distance from other popular places across the state. For places on this list like the Adirondacks, keep in mind that there are several destinations in the area and that travel distances may vary based on your specific coordinates.

AttractionDistance From BuffaloEstimated Travel Time
Niagara Falls19.7 miles26 minutes
Letchworth State Park57 miles1 hour and 8 minutes
Times Square375 miles6 hours and 14 minutes
The Adirondacks334 miles5 hours and 52 minutes
Finger Lakes122 miles2 hours and 2 minutes

Things To Do in Buffalo

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The Buffalo Zoo is one of the many attractions you can find in Buffalo and one of the oldest zoos in the entire US.

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Niagara Falls isn’t the only attraction to visit in the Buffalo area. There are plenty of places to see and plenty of things to do in the area, and we’ll help you get your bearings with a few helpful suggestions.

The Buffalo Zoo

Cost of AdmissionHoursAddress
Regular (13-64): $17.95
Seniors (65+): $15.95
Children (2-12): $13.95
Members and Children under 2: FREE
Hours vary based on season. Please check hours on the Buffalo Zoo Website300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo NY 14214

The Buffalo Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. It was established in 1875 and is the seventh-oldest zoo in the United States. There are hundreds of different species of animals to see and learn about when you visit this zoo.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

Cost of AdmissionHoursAddress
Several tours available at different rates. Cost listed here is for the basic tour.

Adults: $25.00
Seniors: $23.00
Students: $10.00
Members and Children under 8: FREE
10:30 am – 4 pm125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214

People interested in architecture may get a thrill from visiting this historic house. The Martin House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest achievements. It was built between 1903 and 1905 and still stands as a historical testament of Wright’s work.

Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Cost of AdmissionHoursAddress
Adults: $18.00
Seniors (62+) and College Students: $16.00
Youth (6-18): $10.00
Children (0-5) and Members: FREE
Monday, 10 am–5 pm 
Tuesday, Closed 
Wednesday, Closed 
Thursday, 10 am–8 pm  
Friday, 10 am–8 pm  
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm 
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm 
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222

This historic art museum – previously known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery – has been collecting and showing art since 1862. This museum rests at the northern edge of Delaware Park which offers a more tranquil setting for accessing the museum and enjoying the rotating art available for viewing.


Cost of AdmissionHoursAddress
No admission costDawn – 10:30 pm, every day44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Canalside is a part of Buffalo’s waterfront revitalization project. It rests at a historic Erie Canal terminus and plays host to hundreds of events, such as festivals and concerts. Many of these events are free or low-cost in order to invite all residents to partake and enjoy the festivities. Canalside offers a ton of activities to do with the whole family, such as food, bike rentals, public art, and a roller rink!

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About the Author

Telea Dodge is an animal enthusiast and nature fiend with a particular interest in teaching a sense of community and compassion through interactions with the world at large. Carrying a passion for wild foraging, animal behaviorism, traveling, and music, Telea spends their free time practicing their hobbies while exploring with their companion dog, Spectre.

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