Travel Guide from San Diego Airport to Tijuana to Tijuana, MX

Guide from San Diego Airport to Tijuana

We’ve got your transportation covered! Opt for our shuttle service from the airport for $60, and they’ll bring you directly to our clinic in Tijuana. Another option is Uber, which can pick you up at the airport for $25 and drop you off at the border. From there, you can walk across, and we’ll be there to meet you. And if you’re up for an adventure, public transportation is also available. Just follow the instructions below – it’s a budget-friendly choice at only a few dollars, and while it takes a bit more time, it’s straightforward to navigate.

San Diego Airport to Tijuana

How to get to Tijuana through public transportation

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Get on the Trolley, (electric train) to the border

After getting off the bus, spot the trolley station across the street. The San Diego Trolley, a nifty electric train with about 4 cars, comes every 15 to 30 minutes. Opt for the Blue Line labeled “San Ysidro/Tijuana Border” and jump on. In around 30 minutes, it’ll smoothly take you to the Tijuana border, making your journey straightforward and convenient.

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Taking the 992 MTS Bus

Exit the airport, find the bus stop on the sidewalk. If unsure, ask the info desk for guidance. Have $7 in change for the bus, drop it in the front box. Ask the driver for a day pass for bus and train rides. Tell the driver you’re getting off at the American Plaza Trolley stop downtown, close to the pier. The driver will remind you. Easy and convenient for exploring!

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Going to the border entrance

When exit the Trolley, call us to let us know you’re here, and we’ll send a driver. Follow the crowd down the platform, turn left, and follow signs that say “MEXICO.” Go through the turnstile gate and pass through customs. Have your US passport ready, and fill out a tourist permit form. A week’s stay is free, or opt for a 180-day permit for a small fee. It makes future visits easy—no need to stop at the immigration desk, just show the permit if asked.

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Go to the pick-up point

Once you step out of the Customs building, just follow the flow of people and stroll down the sidewalk to the street. On the opposite side of the street, you’ll spot a building named “Farmacia Milenio.” Simply wait for the driver at that location.

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How do I get from San Diego Airport to Tijuana?

  • You can take a shuttle, taxi, or use rideshare services like Uber or Lyft for a smooth transfer across the border.

Are there specific shuttle services there?

  • Yes, several shuttle services operate directly from the airport to Tijuana, offering a convenient and shared transportation option.

How long does it typically take to travel by a shuttle?

  • The travel time can vary, but on average, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions and border processing.

Can I use rideshare apps like Uber there?

  • Yes, rideshare services are available at the airport. You can use apps like Uber or Lyft for a more personalized journey.

Are there any specific documents needed when crossing?

  • Ensure you have a valid passport, as well as any required visas or travel permits. Check current border crossing regulations before your trip.

What’s the best time to travel  to avoid delays?

  • To minimize potential delays, it’s advisable to plan your travel during off-peak hours and to check for any current border wait times.

Are there direct taxis available there?

  • Yes, you can find taxis readily available at the airport for direct transportation to Tijuana.

Can I use public transportation to go there?

  • While there isn’t a direct public transportation option from the airport to Tijuana, you can use local transit options to reach the border and then walk across.

Are there currency exchange services at San Diego airport?

  • Yes, it has currency exchange services, allowing you to obtain Mexican pesos before your journey.

Is it recommended to pre-arrange transportation?

  • Pre-arranging transportation, especially for shuttles or private services, can provide convenience and peace of mind, ensuring a smoother transition.

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