editing needed--CBX Instructions--First draft

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego, California USA, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 09:57 (13 days ago) @ Timmac

Search on Expedia today shows the flight leaving at 5:53 AM. Unless you live in the San Diego area, this likely means overnight In a hotel somewhere.

Dear Timmac,

You are correct! Volaris changed the time. That is a very recent development. It used to leave at 3 am and now it leaves close to 6 am. Well, that is good news and bad news. Good news for those of us in San Diego who can show up at the TJ airport at 4 or 4:30 in the morning. Bad news, as you note, for those who had hoped to arrive in San Diego in the evening and then make their way to the TJ airport around midnight. Of course, you could camp out in the TJ airport all night. Ah, right.

An alternative to staying overnight in San Diego would be to spend the night in Tijuana. Many of the restaurants are awesome; some of the street food is to die for (and some is to die from). Then you would not incur the cost of the CBX going into Tijuana. (You can use the CBX going one way out of the Tijuana airport.) The lodging would be much cheaper and you would want to take a taxi or Uber/Lyft from your hotel to the airport in the wee hours of the morning. In this case, you could leave the San Diego airport, either taxi or bus to downtown, then get on the Trolley to San Ysidro / Tijuana. You could actually walk from the San Diego airport to downtown. It's about 30 to 45 minutes depending upon which terminal you arrive at and you walk along the San Diego Bay -- very scenic! A taxi to the border crossing would be fairly expensive; I am not sure how much an Uber/Lyft ride would cost. At the border crossing, you could buy your tourist visa, walk or take a taxi to downtown Tijuana or wherever you decided to stay. Downtown Tijuana has changed dramatically from the days when seas of gringos/gringas in short pants and baseball hats roamed up and down Avenida Revolucion buying velvet paintings of Elvis and Jesus. It now caters to the Mexican locals and is a very vibrant cultural center. If you love to dance, hit up Las Pulgas or any of the other late-night discotecas.


Dear MindPilot,

Your instructions are well done! Many graces! You might want to add that when you return to Tijuana, pay close attention to the signs directing you to the CBX. If you accidentally go through the wrong doors toward the usual airport exit, you are screwed. The warning is that if you do miss the CBX exit, you then can't go back through security and exit through the CBX. However, I wonder how much that is strictly enforced since it is really easy to miss the CBX exit if you are not paying attention.


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