The Lewiston – Queenston Bridge border crossing is an international arch bridge that connects Lewiston, New York, to Queenston, Ontario across the Niagara River. This crossing is the fourth busiest commercial land port on the US-Canada border. The customs facilities are located at each end of the bridge. Into the US, there are 6 car inspection lanes and 4 truck inspection lanes. Into Canada, there are 10 car inspection lanes including a designated bilingual lane and 5 truck lanes.
Tolls are collected here but only on the Canadian side, after the customs processing. Tolls can be paid in cash or electronically via E-ZPass, ExpressPass, and NEXUS Toll programs. Current rates can be viewed here.
Hours of Operations & Wait Times
|Vehicle Type||Canada -> USA||USA -> Canada|
|Personal vehicles||Lanes open: 4Status: no delay - 3mNexus: Lanes ClosedReady Lanes: N/A||no delay|
|Commercial vehicles||Lanes open: 3Status: no delay - 1mFAST LaneN/A||no delay|
The Lewiston – Queenston Bridge border crossing is open to all vehicles 24/7 in both directions. The NEXUS lane going into the US is open on weekdays from 7 to 9 am. The NEXUS lane going into Canada is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. A dedicated FAST lane is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. The FAST lane is closed on all US and Canadian holidays.
Wait times can reach up to over an hour during peak hours and holidays such as Canada Day, Fourth of July and Labor day weekend. Travelers who want to get current updates on border wait times can visit the CBP and CBSA websites. To monitor changes in wait times while on the road, travelers can download the CBP Border Wait Times app on Google Play or iTunes or the CanBorder app.
Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions
Traffic can get heavy at the Lewiston – Queenston Bridge border crossing. During peak hours, travelers may experience five-mile backups of vehicles lining up to enter the US. Visitors to the state of New York can use the 511 Traveler Information System to get updates on road incidents, roadway conditions, weather, and travel speed. You can access all this information by dialing 511 or 888-465-1169 (calls from outside the NY state), downloading the 511NY app (iTunes, Google Play), or visiting the 511NY website. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission also provides traffic conditions at the bridge here.
Ontario also has a Traveller Information Services program that provides updates on road closures, winter road conditions, and construction projects. Travelers can call 511 (or 1-866-929-4257 for calls outside the province), follow the Twitter account @511Ontario, or visit the MTO Ontario 511 website to access the information.
Contact & Directions for Your Trip
Travelers who want to learn more about the Lewiston – Queenston Bridge border crossing can get in touch with the customs officials at this location using the numbers listed below. To drive to this bridge, travelers can use the map and directions as their guide.
Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map
Address & Phone Numbers
- U.S.: Niagara Thruway, Lewiston, NY 14092, USA
- US Customs: (716) 282-1500
- Canada: 14154 Niagara Parkway, Highway 405, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0
- Canadian Customs: 800-461-9999 / 204-983-3500 (calls outside Canada)
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Documentation needs to be all ready, for find the necessary legal forms here.
Things to Know About the Lewiston – Queenston Bridge Border Crossing:
- To get in touch with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, travelers can call 716-285-6322 (from the US) and 905-354-5641 (from Canada).
- Travelers can visit duty free shops on either side of the border. Tax & Duty Free and the Duty Free Americas are open 24/7.
- Some lanes on the bridge are reversible which means that the direction of traffic can change during peak hours. Take note of the gantries that have lights indicating the direction of the traffic in a particular lane.
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