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3 ways to go from San Diego to Tijuana day trip


Do you want to go from San Diego to Tijuana for a day tip? Can’t you choose whether to go by bus, or take a flight? Do you want to know how to cross the border between the US and Mexico? Read this post to learn everything about how to get to Tijuana from San Diego and what to do there for a day!


San Diego is one of the best cities in the US in many ways. (Not housing prices!)

You can go there any time of the year and love the weather, it’s never too cold or too hot. That is the case for its southern neighbor, Tijuana.

If you are planning to visit San Diego, why not staying on the other side in Tijuana at nights and save some money? Or just have a delicious meal in Mexico and come back to the US at night?

BORDER between San Diego and Tijuana

We’ve all seen the border fences along the beach between Tijuana and San Diego on the news which is never tempting to visit those sad families on each side, talking and crying, but this border could have some potentials for you as a tourist.

crossing the border from San Diego to Tijuana

For crossing the border, you have three options:


You can take an hour ride bus to Tijuana, using Greyhound buses, It’s usually around $20 plus a border crossing fee which is less than $5!


you can get there by the comfort of your car and buy insurance from Mexican insurance agencies online or in San Ysidro, right before crossing the border.

When you get there in Tijuana, there’s plenty of park o meter on the street sides.

There might be some traffic, but never that crazy!

Hint: This way of communication is not recommended, because if God forbid, you have an accident, there’s probably a lot to deal with or if you get pulled over by Police, you never know if he’s a corrupted one or not but that’s how a lot of people prefer.


Simply park your car on the American side and walk to the border, signs are pretty straight forward and won’t allow you to get lost but before walking to the border, make sure you got whatever you needed from your car because you have to officially return to the US if you only want to go back to take something!

After getting there, take a white Taxi (Not the yellow ones) or Uber.

Uber works the same as in the US, plus when you’re right at the Mexican side, your phone still has coverage and you don’t need to use roaming.

Hint: If you don’t want your credit card to get charged in another country, exchange some money before crossing the border and on Uber’s app, choose the “Cash” option.

what to do in Tijuana

Stay in touristic areas and you’ll find tons of cool bars and restaurants.

you can also check for cultural events before going there.

safety in Tijuana

Tijuana has more than 1.3 million population and Mexico’s 6th largest city, so, don’t expect it to be crimeless, but it’s not as bad as media tries to tell you. their problems are mostly in none touristic areas.

If you go to touristic areas, you’d be completely safe because it’s heavily guarded by the Police, but be careful, local neighborhoods are only a few blocks away. If you’re not sure where you’re going, take a taxi or Uber.

Do not walk in the streets at night, especially if you have a large sun hat, shorts, sandals and a big camera around your neck, and I don’t have to remind you not to walk there drunk as much as possible!

coming back to the USA

It would be exactly like when you’re going there, that easy! (You’d remember it once you are coming back!)

The only con is that you should give yourself a considerable amount of time, waiting in the line if you don’t have Sentri pass, but if you do have it, you can come back in less than 5 minutes most of the times since there’s no line up on the Sentri’s side.

Have a great trip to Tijuana! Don’t forget to share your experiences with us!

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