How to Bridge from Avalanche to Polygon

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Author: Mr. KingsHOK
An accountant who turned cryptopreneur to pursue my interest in crypto and decentralized finance. Let me show you how to invest safely in the space with my experience over the years.

The AVAX Polygon bridge is best done through Cross-Chain DEx.

A decentralized protocol can allow you to transfer tokens between Avalanche C-Chain to Polygon network.

If you want to move your AVAX tokens to MATIC network (or vice versa), you’ll need to use a bridge protocol.

Bridge protocol is a cryptocurrency platform that allows transferring of crypto assets between two different networks.

The easiest and most secure network bridge applications that support AVAX and MATIC are Synapse and Multichain.

In this article, I will guide you can bridge from Avalanche to Polygon crypto network using any of the above stated protocol.

Keep reading…

How to bridge AVAX to Polygon

Before we start the AVAX to MATIC bridge, let me quickly show you RPC details to use in your MetaMask wallet.

Adding Avalanche and Polygon RPC details

In order to add both network to your MetaMask wallet, you will need to add verified RPC information.

To do this, you’ll need to visit Chainlist, then connect your MetaMask wallet account and select the networks of your choice.

Do the same for every other network RPC details you would like to have on your crypto wallet.

Once you’ve added the networks to your MetaMask wallet, you can proceed to the next process.

Bridging from AVAX to MATIC

As said earlier, the most simple way to bridge from Avalanche to Polygon network with your MetaMask wallet is going through Synapse platform.

It’s a bridging protocol with access to both blockchains, allowing users to quickly switch tokens between chains with ease and security.

Follow the steps below to get started:

  1. Visit Synapse Protocol website
  2. Connect your MetaMask wallet account
  3. Select a stablecoin like USDC to bridge
  4. Confirm the network protocol switch.

Once the the transfer is successful, the USDC will arrive in your MetaMask crypto wallet in few minutes.

To check, click the fox icon on your Chrome browser, select Matic Mainnet network and you’ll see your funds under the token you’ve sent.

Can you bridge from MATIC to AVAX?

If you want to bridge MATIC tokens to AVAX network, and not from AVAX to MATIC, you’ll have to do it on Synapse protocol.

Simply connect your Polygon or MATIC MetaMask crypto wallet account to Synapse, and send the transfer to AVAX instead of doing it the other way around.

How to bridge Polygon (MATIC) to Avalanche (AVAX) is the same process with this guide.

How long does it take to switch between AVAX and MATIC networks?

It should take less than 3 minutes to bridge assets from MATIC to AVAX, or from AVAX to MATIC.

Why use Synapse protocol?

Synapse is the largest and most trusted decentralized bridge that connects many chains including AVAX, Polygon, BSC, Optimism, Ethereum, Arbitrum, Boba Network, MOVR etc.

They are the cheapest and fastest way to bridge major stablecoins like USDC, or USDT to any of the available networks.

What is an alternative bridge?

The good alternative bridge to move assets between Avalanche and Polygon is Stargate Finance.

They provide relatively low fee swaps between AVAX and MATIC networks using USDC, USDT or Stargate’s native token STG.

Their platform is fast and it’s a reliable alternative to Synapse, if you want to do your own testing.

How much is AVAX Polygon Bridge fees?

The network transactions normally cost up-to $20 to move funds over to Polygon crypto network.

However, once your funds arrives the Polygon network, the costs to move funds around comes to about 10 cent per transaction.

Final words

Bridging AVAX to MATIC is quite easy, especially with protocols that are specifically built for the process.

As cross-chain compatibility becomes a bigger focus, things like bridging between chains will definitely be getting easier everyday.

As a first-timer, I recommend Synapse, because their fees are cheaper than competitors by around 0.5% per transaction.