Sweetgrass – Coutts Border Crossing

Coutts border crossing

Coutts border crossing

The Sweetgrass – Coutts border crossing links the community of Sweet Grass, Montana to Coutts, Alberta. It is the busiest port of entry in the state of Montana and serves as an important trade route between the US states along Interstate 15, the Canadian province of Alberta, and Mexico. This crossing is also the only port between Alberta and Montana that offers its commercial services 24/7. The US and Canadian customs agencies share a massive joint border inspection station at this port.


Hours of Operations & Wait Times

Border Wait times - Sweetgrass -

Last Checked: 2017-11-20, At 9:00 pm MST
Vehicle TypeCanada -> USAUSA -> Canada
Personal vehiclesLanes open: 1Status: no delay - 0mNexus: N/AReady Lanes: N/Ano delay
Commercial vehiclesLanes open: 1Status: no delay - 0mFAST LaneN/Ano delay

The Sweetgrass MT border crossing is open to all vehicles 24/7 in both directions. NEXUS lanes are available at this crossing. NEXUS lanes heading to Canada are open on weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm, except on holidays. NEXUS lanes going into the US are open 7 days a week.

Travelers can check current border wait times at the Sweetgrass port of entry by visiting the US CBP and CBSA websites. Downloading the CBP Border Wait Times app on Google Play or iTunes or the CanBorder app can also help travelers monitor any changes while on the road.

Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

Find more about Weather in Sweetgrass, CATravelers who wish to keep updated on weather-related road conditions, vehicle restrictions, road work, and other travel information in Montana can dial 511 (800-226-7623 for calls outside the state) or visit the state’s travel info map online. Travelers heading to Alberta can also get updates on road and weather conditions in the province by calling 511 (1-855-391-9743 for outside Alberta), following ‎@511Alberta on Twitter, or checking Alberta’s Road Conditions Map. For this particular border crossing, travelers can also view live footage from a traffic camera located on Highway 4 near Coutts.

Contact & Directions for Your Trip

Travelers can use the phone numbers below to get in touch with the US or Canadian customs officials at this location. The map and the directions can also be used as a guide on how to reach the Sweetgrass – Coutts border crossing.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
From the US, head north to Sweet Grass on Interstate 15. The highway terminates when it reaches the US-Canada border. From Alberta, head south on Highway 4 to Coutts until you reach the port.

Address & Phone Numbers


  • U.S.: 39825 Interstate 15, Sweetgrass, MT 59484
  • US Customs: (406) 335-9610


  • Canada: Highway #4 South, Coutts, Alberta T0K 0N0
  • Canadian Customs: (800) 461 9999

Useful information for travelers

On your way to crossing the border hotels are available, compare best hotels prices available on the US side and Canadian side. Bed and breakfast can be found here and here. If you are looking to find cheap cars for rent check this website for comparision of car rent prices. Check best car rental deals from Hertz, Avis, National Car Hire and Alamo.

Are you heading for camping, check for this fantastic campgrounds, or search for the best RV parking places. Need an RV hired, check this website. Boats and canoes are available for rent if you are crossing the border for some fun and hiking check these accommodation options. Are you going for golf – see the top golf courses and tee times here. Hiking options.

Did you car break down middle of the road, call for car help get emergency services. Do you need travel insurance – visit our partners here. You pets can be insured as well here. Visiting Canada for medical reasons, check this website.

Documentation needs to be all ready, for find the necessary legal forms here.

Things to Know About the Sweetgrass – Coutts Border Crossing:

  • Duty free shops are located on both sides of the border – the Sweetgrass Duty Free Americas and the Coutts Duty Free.
  • In 1980, a narrow gauge railroad was built to enable the delivery of coal from Lethbridge, Alberta to mining and smelting companies in Great Falls, Montana. This resulted in establishing the Sweetgrass border crossing. The original railway station can be visited in Stirling Alberta at the Galt Historic Railway Park.
  • The town’s name, Sweetgrass, is derived from the grass that grows in the area that gives off a sweet, long-lasting aroma.

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