Detroit – Ambassador Bridge Crossing Wait Times & FAQ’s

Transporting over 68,000 daily travelers and more than 8,000 trucks, the impressive Ambassador suspension bridge, owned by billionaire businessman Manuel Moroun, spans the Detroit River and links the towns of Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario. The bridge is considered as the busiest crossing between the US and Canada. It is believed to carry over 25% of merchandise trade between the two countries.

Live and average Ambassador bridge wait times follow the FAQ’s below.

Please note during the COVID-19 situation some of the FAQ info below might be subject to change. Please let us know of any corrections requiredLive and average Ambassador Bridge wait times below remain accurate and are sourced from the US Customs & Border Patrol.

While there is a sidewalk on one side of the bridge, pedestrians are not allowed to walk across the bridge. Cycling is prohibited too. However, there is a bus route connecting the two towns if you want to use public transport or don’t have your own vehicle.
A standard toll for people to cross the bridge is $5 USD or $6.25 in Canadian Dollars. You can reduce the cost of the toll by joining the Ambassador Bridge Premier Commuter Card Program. With this scheme, the cost to cross Ambassador Bridge, whether you are coming from Canada or the US, will have a flat rate of $2.60. This rate applies every day without exception. However, the card requires commuters to prepay $150 onto their card. The card will automatically top-up when the balance on the card falls below $25.
The Ambassador Bridge is open 24/7. As one of the busiest ports, it operates around the clock. For a speedy crossing, there are NEXUS lanes. The service into Canada operates between 6 am and 11 pm from Monday to Friday and 8 am to 10 pm at the weekends and during the holidays. The NEXUS service into the States operates from 5:30 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday. During weekends and holidays the times change to 11.30 am to 7 pm. There is also a Ready Lane which runs from 6 am to 10 pm Monday – Saturday.
There are duty-free stores on either side of the border which include the Ammex Global Marketplace at 3400 W Fort Street and Ambassador Duty-Free Store at 707 Patricia Road. As with many crossings, there are duty-free allowances, you can find out more about there here.
Like other border crossings, you will have to stop and present your passport to proceed with your journey. You can also use other forms of identification, such as a birth certificate. Border control may also ask for photo identification alongside a certificate that proves citizenship.

Ambassador Bridge wait time data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Times may take a few seconds to load…

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