Rob, Need to Update "Getting Here"

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego, California USA, Monday, March 29, 2021, 14:39 (48 days ago) @ John Redcorn

So you drive into TJ or get a cab?

You don't need to drive into TJ if you walk across the CBX, Cross Border Express. The CBX literally drops you into the Tijuana airport. The airport sits directly on the border. The CBX is simply a walking bridge across the border.

If you walk across either the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa border crossings, you can grab a cab easily. From San Ysidro, they will try to charge you $20. I have not done so in a while but you should be able to talk them down to $15 or lower. I usually use pesos and $250 pesos (about $12.50) is doable but I always throw them at least a $50 or even a $100 peso tip. (This is only when I am with someone else who does not want to hike downtown and take a bus to the airport.) The taxi ride from the Otay Mesa crossing should be much cheaper as it is very close to the airport. (Sorry. Have never done that.) Unless you were a San Diego local who lived closer to the Otay Mesa crossing, you would probably never have the opportunity to cab from the Otay Mesa border crossing.

Also, Uber (and I think Lyft) are available in Tijuana.

Driving into TJ is not recommended for the neophyte. You really should have Mexican insurance. (In fact, it is legally required, as it is in most of the United States.) Plus, the roads are a maze. GPS is much better than it used to be but still can send you in bizarre directions. (Wisdom born of experience: If the GPS in Mexico tells you it can get you over a mountain that is standing right in front of you with no visible major roadway, don't believe it.)

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