What Is the Average Wait Time at the U.S. Border?

What Is the Average Wait Time at the U.S. Border?

What Is the Average Wait Time at the U.S. Border?

Travelers by automobile can expect wait times of just minutes on slow weekdays to four hours or more on weekends and holidays when crossing the U.S. border. Wait times vary depending on the time of day, month or year, the location of the border crossing, and the mode of transportation.

Busier crossing ports, such as the Peace Arch in Washington/Canada, the Ambassador Bridge in Michigan/Canada, and the San Ysidro crossing in California/Mexico normally have longer wait times than less-traveled border crossings. Travelers crossing into Mexico typically have much shorter wait times when crossing into Mexico from the United States than when returning, where they are likely to encounter exhaustive security checks.