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Border Crossing Wait Times

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Travellers interested in a cross border shopping spree are probably contemplating which border crossing to take. You have 3 options; the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls; the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Queenston; or the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. The wait times for these vary so you should check which crossing to take right before you depart. The two most reliable websites are:

USA: Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Canada: Border Crossing Times

These are great resources, however to get live up to the minute information we recommend that you use your mobile phone and the Government of Canada Web Poratal (  

To access border crossing wait times information just follow these easy steps on your WAP enabled phone.

1. With your phone go to

2. Choose Services

3. Border Wait Times

4.  Choose Ontario

5. Find the border crossing you are interested in getting information on.

Rainbow Bridge

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Directions from Toronto:
1. Take the ramp onto Gardiner Expy (7.8 km)
2. Continue onto QEW (115 km)
3. Take the exit toward Dorchester Rd (0.7 km)
4. Turn left at King’s Hwy 420 (4.5 km)
5. Turn left at Rainbow Bridge

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge

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1. Take the ramp onto Gardiner Expy (7.8 km)
2. Continue onto QEW (108 km)
3. Slight left at King’s Hwy 405 (signs forLewiston U.S.A./Queenston/ON-405)
Entering United States (New York)  (9.6 km)

Peace Bridge

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1. Take the ramp onto Gardiner Expy (7.8 km)
2. Continue onto QEW
Entering United States (New York) (146 km)
3. Continue onto Peace Bridge Plaza (0.8 km)
4. Turn left to stay on Peace Bridge Plaza (0.2 km)
5. Continue onto Sheridan Terrace (0.3 km)
6. Sharp right at Busti Ave (0.8 km)
7. Take the 1st right onto Moore Dr (68 m)
8. Turn right at Baird Dr/Moore Dr (0.4 km)
9. Baird Dr/Moore Dr turns slightly right and becomes Peace Bridge Plaza
Entering Canada (Ontario) (0.8 km)
10. Continue onto Peace Bridge
Toll road (0.3 km)

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4 Responses
  1. The Peace Bridge Authority (PBA) is now making available to users of web-enabled cell phones the ability to check traffic conditions at bridges crossing the Niagara River on a new mobile website –

    This website is updated hourly by both the Peace Bridge Authority and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

    For more details visit or

    Thank you,
    Peace Bridge Authority

  2. master says:

    Thank you. Accessing the mobile page is very simple and the information is useful.

  3. Steve says:

    Great find. Thanks!

  4. RD says:

    I will be leaving from Mississauga to go to Buffalo airport on July 1(Thurs). Does anyone anticipate a big lineup to cross into US from the Lewinston bridge? People could take leave on July 2nd (Fri.) and then get the US long weekend too and hence my question.
    I am trying to find out how early should I leave from Meadowvale, Mississauga to reach about 9:45am at the BUF airport?

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