New York State Bar Exam

The NYS Bar Exam will be held at the Buffalo Convention Center on Tuesday, July 30 & Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

Box Lunch Meal Deal

The Buffalo Convention Center will be offering box lunches during the lunch break on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

You can purchase your box lunch and have it waiting for you at the Convention Center immediately following dismissal for lunch. Lunch must be pre-paid. You need to have your photo ID in order to pick up your boxed lunch.

Pre-Ordered Box Lunches: $19.00

*All meals served with whole fruit, chips, cookie, and soda or water*

Public Parking Lots

For your convenience here is a map that outlines public parking facilities in the neighborhood of the Convention Center.

While in Buffalo, the easiest way to get around is to utilize the NFTA’s Metro bus and rail service. To find the best route for you to take to and from the Buffalo Convention Center, (153 Franklin Street, Buffalo 14202) please consult their website.

When boarding, exact change is required. Drivers do not make change. The fare is $2.00/person (each way).

For exact bus route information and times, please see the NFTA-Metro website and consult Metro’s Trip Planner for your route directions. Complete bus and rail schedules can be downloaded.

If you are flying into the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, check out the schedule for Metro’s Route 204 bus. It goes from the airport directly downtown and accesses some of the major hotels (total fare is: $2.00 – exact change only). The first shuttle back to the airport after the exam departs from the Convention Center on Wednesday, July 31st ONLY beginning at 5:15 pm. The last shuttle departs the Buffalo Convention Center at 6:00 pm.

Public Transportation

You can now pay your NFTA Metro bus or rail fare quickly and easily with your smartphone using the Token Transit app.

Bus & Rail Passes On Your Phone, get the Token Transit app

On the Token Transit app, you can purchase tickets using your credit or debit card. Tickets can be purchased for immediate use or stored for future trips.

For easy access go to then enter your phone number

Shuttles, Vans And Taxis:

Downtown Restaurants

Downtown area restaurants directly surrounding the Buffalo Convention Center have been informed of the time limitations of exam participants. Check at the front desk at the Convention Center for a current list or visit our Restaurant page and use the ‘Near Me’ filter here: Restaurants in Erie County

Directions to the Buffalo Convention Center

The Buffalo Convention Center is the test site for the NYS Bar Exam on the dates of Tuesday, July 30 & Wednesday, July 31, 2024. The Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Buffalo adjacent to the city’s business district. A map of the area around the Convention Center is below. The physical address of the Convention Center, for the purposes of map requests on the Internet, is 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

View Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in a larger map

Personal Belongings

All coats, jackets, outerwear, bags (including laptop bags), and other prohibited items should be left at home, in your hotel, or in your car. Board policy provides that any items you bring to the test site must be stored, at your own risk, in a Personal Belongings Room upon arrival. Do not bring luggage with you to the examination site. We will not have space available for luggage in the Personal Belongings Room.


Check out Visit Buffalo Niagara’s listing of hotels.


Every attempt has been made to make your stay in Buffalo Niagara a pleasant one. We respectfully request that you use caution when storing laptops, purses and other personal belongs in your car. Leaving personal items in plain sight is just baiting someone who may be looking to do wrong. Please lock your valuables in the trunk of your car.

The Buffalo Police and Erie County Sheriff’s departments have been informed of the influx of people attending the NYS Bar Exam. The Police and Sheriffs departments have assured us they will focus attention on the downtown area before, during and after the exam.

For more information contact Visit Buffalo Niagara directly at (716) 852-0511