Rainbow Bridge Border Crossing


Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge border crossing is an international arch bridge that spans across the Niagara River gorge and links the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario to Niagara Falls, New York. This crossing is often the recommended bridge for tourists for several reasons. No commercial vehicles are allowed to use it, it is the most direct route to Casino Niagara, and the bridge offers a breathtaking view of the Falls. As a result, traffic is usually heaviest during summer months and holidays where delays can reach up to an hour or more.
The Rainbow Bridge charges a toll for crossing it. Pedestrians and cyclists are charged $.50 each way. Passenger vehicles, on the other hand, are charged $3.75 U.S. or $4.75 Canadian dollars for a round trip. The pedestrian toll is collected when leaving Canada while the car tolls are collected when leaving the US.

Hours of Operations & Wait Times

Border Wait times - Buffalo/Niagara Falls - Rainbow Bridge

Last Checked: 2017-7-26, At 6:00 pm EDT
Vehicle TypeCanada -> USAUSA -> Canada
Personal vehiclesLanes open: 9Status: no delay - 0mNexus: Lanes ClosedReady Lanes: Lanes Closedno delay
Commercial vehiclesLanes open: Status: N/A - mFAST LaneN/Ano delay

The Rainbow Bridge border crossing is open to passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists 24/7. NEXUS lanes are not available at this crossing. Despite the lack of commercial vehicles, this international bridge is still considered one of the busiest land ports between US and Canada. There are 16 inspection lanes for vehicles entering Canada and 15 inspection lanes for vehicles heading to the US. Tour bus lanes are designated. Pedestrians can cross the bridge using the Pedestrian Walk Way.

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

Find more about Weather in Niagara Falls, CA

Like most border crossings between US and Canada, summer months and holidays are usually when traffic volume is at its peak at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing. Travelers who wish to get current traffic conditions on Rainbow Bridge can view images from the bridge’s cameras here or call the NFBC’s traffic update line at 1-800-715-6722. Traffic updates are also posted on Twitter (@NiagaraBridges).

New York’s 511 Traveler Information System also provides information on road incidents, roadway conditions, weather, and travel speed along its highways. Travelers can get updates by calling 511 or 888-465-1169 (calls from outside the NY state), getting the 511NY app (iTunes, Google Play), or visiting the 511NY website.

Ontario’s Traveller Information Services program gives similar updates to its travelers through its telephone service (511 or 1-866-929-4257 for calls outside the province), Twitter account @511Ontario, and the MTO Ontario 511 website.

Contact & Directions for Your Trip

Travelers who want to learn more about crossing the border at Rainbow Bridge can call the numbers listed below to get in touch with the customs officials at this location. Those who plan on taking this route to enter the US or Canada can use the map and directions below as a guide.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
From the US, follow I-190 then Niagara Scenic Parkway to Niagara Falls. Drive to Rainbow Boulevard until you reach Rainbow Bridge. From Canada, drive on the Queen Elizabeth Way until you reach the junction to Highway 420 in Niagara Falls. Then, take Centre St. to Falls Avenue where CBSA station at Rainbow Bridge is located.

Address & Phone Numbers

U.S.A 

  • U.S.: 302 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
  • US Customs: (716) 284-5174

Canada

  • Canada: 5660 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls ON  L2E 6T1
  • Canadian Customs: 800-461-9999 / 204-983-3500 (calls outside Canada)

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 Rainbow 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).
  • There are duty free shops located on both sides of the border. The Niagara Duty Free is located on the Canadian side at 5726 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario. The store is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm. The Duty Free Americas is located at Rainbow Bridge Plaza, and open daily from 8 am to 11 pm.
  • The Rainbow Plaza on the Canadian side features the Rainbow Tower, a 165 ft tower that was built in 1947. The tower has a carillon with 55 bells that are sounded four times a day, every day.

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