With Spring Break already upon us, and summer just around the corner, many Canadians will be heading south of the border by plane or by car. If you’re going by plane there’s not a lot you can do about delays and immigration line-ups, but driving is a different story.
For starters there are multiple entry points you can use (depending on where in Canada you are), and as we all know some of those crossings can be far busier than others. Long wait times at the US border crossing can be avoided, to a certain extent, by making use of one of the border crossing apps that are now available, plus there are useful apps that can help you with gas prices, exchange rates and so on. We took a look at some of the most useful border crossing apps available today.
For a nominal 99 cents Border Wait does what it says: providing wait times for Canadians heading into the US as well as wait times coming into the US from Mexico. It shows the border closest to you, the delay, number of open lanes, and more. Available on Google Play.
A step up from Border Wait in terms of complexity is Best Times to Cross the Border. Rather than just giving current wait times this app analyses data for the past three months and provides historical trends that can then be used to figure out the best times of day to use a border crossing. Download for free from iTunes or Google Play.
Where many of the border crossing apps lack is in only showing entry into the US from Canada and Mexico, not the other way around. BorderCheck answers this call by providing wait times to and from the US so you can switch to Canada bound when heading back home. This app is free on Google Play and for a similar app on iTunes there is a free download of BorderTimes.
Figuring out just how much you’re paying at the pump when you head into the US can be a challenge what with the exchange rate and the difference between litres and gallons. Gas Compare takes away the headache by calculating what it would cost you in Canadian dollars using today’s exchange rate. Download this app for free on Google Play.
Cross Border Gas Savings Calculator
Along very similar lines is the Cross Border Gas Savings Calculator, available for 99 cents on iTunes. This app uses the current exchange rate and in addition has a handy log feature so you can keep track of your savings as you’re travelling around.
And if you’re interested in saving money on gas, Gas Buddy is an essential download that works both in the US and Canada by finding the cheapest gas near you. This is a very helpful app if you’re not familiar with the city or state you’re in as it can save you dollars on purchasing gas every time. Free on both iTunes and Google Play.
There are many different apps for border crossing times and gas comparisons, with more being added on a regular basis. Do you have a favourite out of those we mentioned above, or can you suggest one that makes your life easier when heading south of the border?