Tijuana Airport’s San Diego Terminal Now Open

Filed Under: Other Airlines, Travel

I’ve lived in San Diego on and off for about five years, and one thing that surprised me at first was how much interaction there is between San Diego and Tijuana. It seems normal now, and we have many friends who live in TJ and commute, others who frequent Mexican beaches on weekends, and so forth.

There’s a great deal of traffic between the two cities, and as both airports primarily provide “domestic” service, it’s not uncommon to use one airport or the other based on where you’re traveling, though it’s not particularly convenient due to the frequently long wait times at the crossings.

As border cities with populations that have long-since outpaced their relative infrastructures, San Diego and Tijuana have a history of proposed airport solutions that never really go anywhere. Discussions have ranged from relocating one airport, to building a new shared facility, to developing a “floating” airport in the Pacific.

For one reason or another those plans have never really gotten off the ground, but one has finally come to fruition. After decades of discussion and several years of intense construction and planning, the San Diego terminal of the Tijuana airport opens today.


The new terminal consists of a passenger facility and a pedestrian bridge, with the idea being that most “landside” services will be available on the San Diego side of the border. Passengers will be able to use the Cross Border Xpress facility like any other airport terminal, cross the border using the skybridge, and enter the main Tijuana terminal directly.

Spanning 390 feet, the CBX skywalk is the first ever to connect a facility in the U.S. directly into a foreign airport terminal. Cross Border Xpress serves the approximately 2.4 million passengers who already cross the border as part of their travels, helping them avoid unpredictable, often long delays at congested San Ysidro and Otay Mesa land ports of entry.

The pedestrian bridge is a great solution, but it’s the passenger facility that really makes this work. The main border crossing is about seven miles away, so building a bridge from there would have resulted in miles of hamster tubes, which is I think how many people have been imaging this project.

How does the skybridge work?

To start, you have to be a ticketed passenger with flights departing or arriving in Tijuana. In order to cross the bridge, you’ll need to purchase a ticket for the bridge, and show your boarding pass.


When arriving at the Tijuana airport, you’ll claim your luggage prior to crossing the bridge, then will clear U.S. Customs on the San Diego side of the facility.


Does this work for any flights from Tijuana?

Yes, and all the airlines operating out of TIJ (Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris, and Aero Calafia) have service desks on the San Diego side of the facility.

You can buy tickets or request extra services (such as wheelchairs and unaccompanied minor services) on the San Diego side, but baggage still has to be checked on the Mexico side.

What about Global Entry?

The CBX has been designated an official point of entry to the United States, so all Customs and Border Protection services are available.

This means you can use Global Entry and SENTRI, or take care of I-94s or other immigration processes. For the latter, however, remember that the CBX facility can only be used by ticketed passengers of the Tijuana airport.

How much does it cost?

The Cross Border Xpress is a private venture, so there is a fee associated with using the terminal (sorta like a toll road).

You can buy tickets in advance on the CBX website, or by using the kiosks in either terminal:


While crossing tickets are free between today and December 18th, going forward each passenger will pay to use the facility:

  • Adults (12-65) | $18
  • Seniors (65+) | $14.40*
  • Children (3-12) | $14.40*
  • Infants (0-2) | Free


* The $14.40 price reflects a 20% discount for Seniors and Children per the CBX press release. The website isn’t currently displaying this discount.

How does parking/ground transportation work?

Just like any other airport! Once you’ve cleared immigration and crossed to the San Diego side of the bridge you’ll have access to shuttles, Uber, and car rentals from Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, and Hertz.

Long-term parking will be $10 per day, with short-term parking at the following rates:


Note that you cannot take the San Diego Trolley to the new cross-border terminal. The trolley goes to the main Otay Mesa crossing (which is miles away), so you’re better off going to the terminal directly using other methods.

What else does the San Diego terminal offer?

It seems CBX is attempting to make this as much like the usual airport experience as possible, and will have retail and concessions in addition to their other services:


I’ve also heard mention of a VIP lounge, but I can’t find any details about the access rules as of yet. Stay tuned!

Bottom line

This is certainly a creative solution, and I’m excited to see how it works in practice, even if it is on the pricey side. We often see compelling fares to Central and South America from Tijuana, but up until now the border hassles have negated the discounts somewhat.

For those traveling out of the Tijuana Airport on a regular basis, this should certainly be an improvement.

Anyone frequently use the Tijuana Airport? What are your thoughts on the new bridge?

  1. Great article Tiffany! There would also be savings from not having to take a taxi or shuttle from the normal border crossing to Tijuana Airport, so it’s not that bad. I’m sure eventually they will put a public transit option on the San Diego side.

  2. I wonder if this will make the price of flights for TJ go up in the future given that they might have more traffic.

  3. As someone who does the SAN-to-Bay Area route frequently, my initial thought was that this might be a way to access cheap flights when Volaris has a deal on the TIJ-OAK route for example. However, the $18 toll is likely to negate cost savings.

    Interesting idea, though. Will be interesting to watch how successful this is.

  4. Reminds me of Batumi airport in Georgia (the one in the Caucasus), which is also serves as a domestic Turkish airport. Passengers arriving on flights from Istanbul can either proceed directly to Georgian immigration and enter Georgia. Or they are redirected to a bus that will drive them across the border to Hopa, the closest Turkish town, where they will receive their luggage.

  5. How much does a taxi cost to Tijuana’s airport from the most common border crossing (San Ysidro)? The SD trolley takes you right to that crossing, meaning that you can save the $10 per day parking fee. (And Otay Mesa is way out there, in terms of taxis, etc.) Given the cost of this private venture, I’m not sure the cost savings is there.

  6. As a frequent traveller to San Diego, this is amazing news. My first search this morning was ARN-TIJ. 🙂

    Thx Tiffany.

  7. Sorry I couldn’t quite work this out from the article. If you’re flying into Tijuana on and international and want to proceed to the US, do you have to clear Mexican immigration? The reason I ask is because normally one passes immigration before collecting baggage, which from the description above you have to do before catching the cross border express. Or is this only for domestic flights?

  8. @ Scott B — Yeah, probably not a great option for US travel unless the fare is ridiculously low. Should be an improvement for flights to the other areas of Mexico though.

  9. So you’re paying $18 per person to walk across a 390ft bridge? I’m struggling to see how this is so amazing… (Though I’ve also not made this journey so could quite easily be missing something!)

  10. @ Callum — It would totally make sense if you’d done it. You’re paying $18 to avoid a taxi ride and a potentially lengthy (like +45 minutes) queue at the border crossing.

  11. Ah ok so not quite as seamless as say Basel where u can choose to use either Swiss or French immigration, depending on which side u are going to.

  12. Was anxiously waiting for the CBX to open however was disappointed to know that long term parking is limited and on a first come first served basis. Too risky for some one that planned to leave the car on the US side…bummer!

  13. A couple of things: Yes the trolley goes to the San Ysidro crossing NOT the more remote Otay Mesa. The latter is closer to the TJ airport and accessible by the 905 bus route from the Iris Ave trolley stop. Not sure at this point if that bus will stop at the new airport bridge facility but it would sure make sense because it is somewhat on the way and in-between the two traditional border crossings. Looking at the transit map for that bus route you could get pretty close to the new bridge and then walk or use Uber.

    If you skip the bridge to save $18 when returning to the US you could face wait times more than 45 minutes. I returned from the TJ airport a few years ago on a Saturday late morning and waited more than two hours at San Ysidro. It is a better gamble to save the $18 going the other way. A Mexican taxi from San Ysidro to the airport will be between $10 and $20.

    Always remember this when comparing ticket prices. If you fly to Mexico from the United States the Mexican tourist card is usually included in the ticket price. If you cross the border on foot from San Diego you will not need a tourist card until you venture south of Ensenada. Therefore as soon as you get to the Tijuana airport you will have to purchase a card (about $26) before you board your flight.

    One more thing: When I renewed my passport recently I paid a little extra to get the passport card too. It is good for Mexico and Canada (and the Bahamas I think) for land crossings only. I flew to Mexico City last spring from Tijuana (I am a US citizen living in San Diego) and was not quite sure if the Mexican airlines would take the passport card as identification. I ended up bringing both documents just for peace of mind but never had to show my passport. The card worked fine. The reason I got the card is that I just hate worrying about my passport getting wet, mangled or stolen in Mexico – especially on trips involving a lot of beach activity. The passport card is the size of a credit card and just as durable.

  14. I just checked with SD Metropolitan Transit and the bus to Otay Mesa stops one mile away from the bridge, so at this point is of no use at all. Was told there are no immediate plans to add a route to the bridge because of the remoteness of the location and uncertainty of sufficient demand. Really? The number to leave a comment for SDMT is 619-595-4912.

  15. Hi,
    I am flying out from Tijuana in a few weeks. Having read the comments I understand that I can catch the Trolley to San Ysidro, and from there walk around a mile to the new bridge crossing.

    Two questions: which stop should I take in San Ysidro? And is it viable to walk to the bridge from there?

    Thank you in advance.

  16. @ Benjamin — I’m pretty sure the trolley crossing is more than a mile away, looking at the map it seems to be about 7 miles.

  17. As noted in an earlier comment, take the trolley to the Iris Ave stop. Then take the 905 bus to a stop about a mile from the new bridge. You should probably ask the driver where to get off. I am not sure what that walk will be like.

  18. Hi Tiffany, thanks for this info! Where do travelers get their tourist card using the new bridge – San Diego terminal side or at the Tijuana airport?

  19. I have a friend flying in to TJ from Colombia. Can I use this “bridge” to drive across
    and pick her up as she enters the U.S.? Is there a waiting zone or parking for me so I can meet her? tx, tricia

  20. Thanks for the input.
    1. How far a walk is it?
    2. “CBX” terminal?
    3. Is there a parking lot or place I can wait at this “CBX” terminal?

  21. @ patricia adams — My pleasure! You’ll probably want to review the post in more detail, and your friend will want to look at the maps and such as well. The bridge is 390 feet, but there are terminals on each side, and a parking lot on the San Diego side (parking rates listed above).

  22. I will be traveling to TIJ and cross to San Diego to take a plane to Atlanta, does anyone know how much are the taxis from the CBX to the SAN airport?

  23. I used the CBX two weeks ago for the first time and I can’t stop telling people about it! From when I disembarked from the plane to getting into my car, 25 minutes passed. That was getting my bags, crossing the bridge and going through customs. What a miracle!

    My only criticism is that signage on the Otay side is poor. There is only one small sign directing people to the Cross Border Xpress. If you don’t know the exact name, it’s a little confusing. I hope the signage improves.

  24. Hi Tiffany,

    Good post, I am a Mex-Los Angeles frequent traveler, most of the times I use Mex-Tij route because customs brokers are in Otay Mesa area, so is very convenient for me this route, here let my experince with this many times for mexicans, a headache cross border.

    1.- When you arrives to Tijuana airport and want to go to USA (any location, San Diego, Los Angeles San Bernardino etc..) you have many ways to do that, Volaris and Aeromexico offers shuttles to many California locations beside Tijuana airport, so sounds easily goes for example to Los Angeles isn´t? but.. here is the but… it can takes you almost 5 hours arrrives to Los Angeles !! or more than 3 hrs arrives to San Diego!, bus have to make line in Customs and inmmigration area, the lanes many many times are more than one hour, bus have to wait until all passangers clear inmmigration so you have to wait hours to finish it.. so, for me is not an option, same situation with shuttle vans ..

    2.-You can take taxi to Otay border crossing or San Ysidro border crossing, cost USD 20 aprox , make line walking and sometimes wait hours to making line to clear customs and get the 25 miles away permit for mexicans or foreigners , this takes to you at least 2 hours, then you can get your greyhound to any USA city, so takes to arrive to LA 5 hours aprox..

    3.- Most convenient and cheaper for travelers returning via Tijuana airport: Rent a car at any TIJ car rental location, rent a car in Tij location is cheaper that any San Diego location because you save pay taxi to cross border in both ways, if you use this way the but is, yes there is a but also! you have to make line to cross the car to USA border, takes you about 1 hrs, in peak days more than 2 hrs, if any foreigner need inmmigration permit to go after 25 miles in USA, you have to out of USA walking the pedestrian bridge to Tijuana ( yes, you have to exit from USA and reenter walking) make again, yes again, line in customs and inmmigration area, this can take you more than 1 hour, takes you almost 5 hours arrives to Los Angeles but when you returns just cross mexican customs (so fast), deliver the car in rent a car counter and take your return fly easily.

    So finally I can compare CBX crossing with other ways to get USA from Tijuana airport.
    3.-If you takes CBX, just walk to cbx bridge, clear customs and get the 25 miles aways permit for foreigners, in all this stuff you spend just 1 hour, rent you car in any CBX location; rent a car in CBX right now is 50% more expensive than rent in Tijuana location;and you are in your way in not more than 1 hour.. very very convenient but ,, yes, again the but, pays for each traveler USD 18 for in and 18 for return fee, via Tijuana rent a car in Tijuana for 4 Travelers takes 2 hours more cross the border but is free in both sides, in and out, via CBX the cost is 144 USD for both crosses.. so CBX is not cheap but is a fastest way to get in USA for any traveler arriving via Tijuana. so, you want save time or money this is the real difference…

  25. @ kelly — I wouldn’t think so. Even if everything is on-time, and you don’t have checked bags, it’s still at least 30 minutes between terminals, and you’d have to clear immigration and security and all that in Tijuana.

  26. I am a US citizen, from San Diego, and plan to fly out of Tijuana airport to Cancun. I’ll be crossing at the CBX to get to the airport- is my passport card sufficient since I will cross the border by land and all air travel is within Mexico? I dont want to take my passport book if I don’t have to. Thanks in advance!

  27. That is a very good question. I am pretty sure the CBX would count as a land crossing and you will not need your passport. The card should be fine. All I can tell you for sure is that once you are in Mexico the card works for domestic air travel.

  28. If we return from mexico via CBX how can i explain tomy daughter in law where to wait for us on the US side?

  29. @ Manuela — She can wait outside, or meet you in the terminal. It’s just like a regular airport, but tiny!

  30. Thank you for your prompt reply, my daughter in law is coming from Riverside is there a street address so she can GPS it?

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks again!

  31. what will be the cost of a shuttle or a taxi from san diego airpot directly to cbx we are 3 travelers

  32. If we are going to fly going to los cabos via Tijuana where can we park our car from San Diego? Can we reserve parking for 4 days? Do we need to ride a taxi after crossing the bridge to go to Tijuana airport?

  33. There is a parking lot at the CBX… They have a small long term parking lot that costs $10/day and the rest of the large parking lot is $16/day I believe. When I traveled recently, I was able to get a spot in the long term lot. When you cross the bridge, you enter straight into the airport, so no need for a taxi, you’ll already be there. Happy travels!

  34. Last week I flew in and out of Rodriquez aka TJ Airport. I had heard that there were problems with the long term parking being full at the CBX so I decided not to drive to there. Instead I took the trolley from downtown San Diego and crossed the border at San Ysidro. Face it, it is just as quick and cheaper to get there this way vs CBX. My TJ cab (take the orange ones not the yellows) was 200 pesos or about $12.

    On my return I wanted to avoid a border wait (been there done that too many times) no matter the cost. In the baggage claim area at Rodriquez I bought a CBX ticket for 200 pesos. Yes you can pay in pesos. The chat out there that you can not is false. You can also pay 12 US dollars. I have no idea why I was not charged the advertised price of $18. You need to show your boarding pass to purchase the ticket.

    Quick note: There are signs in baggage claim steering you away from leaving the area prematurely but I can see how others have made that fatal mistake. Do not leave baggage claim until you are sure you are heading for the bridge ticket in hand. Otherwise you will not be able to use CBX.

    I walked across bridge and here was absolutely no wait to get through US Customs. This probably had something to do with my not having checked luggage so I was among the first from my flight to get there.

    Once across I figured I was facing a big cab or Uber fare. I checked Uber and there was someone nearby ready for a pick up. I was also going to try to team up with someone. Before too much of that consternation I noticed a van getting ready to leave. I asked them what was up and it turned out to be a $10 (per person) shuttle to San Ysidro. They waited for me to go back in the terminal to get my ticket and we were off. Awesome! The company is Executive Lines. They go about every half hour back and forth. You get dropped off behind the McDonalds next to the trolley stop right at the border. You could also catch them there to go to CBX but, again, I think it makes more sense to go the old fashion way to get to Rodriquez and take the CBX bridge upon the return.

    Bottom line: For the equivalent of $12 I got quickly to the airport and avoided the CBX fare. On the way back, for a total of $22, I avoided a long border wait and ended up at the exact same place to take the trolley home.

    One more thing: The bi lingual Executive Lines driver was very helpful to two others attempting to make bus connections from San Ysidro. One to Santa Ana and the other Los Angeles. There seemed to be some nuances to this and he spent some time with each getting it sorted out.

  35. thanks so much for this info. I have a friend travelling from Colombia to us for the first time via tj airport. I plan on bicking her up at the new CBX crossing. Do I understand she will need to purchase a $12 ticket inside the tj airport in order to use the “bridge?” thanks, tricia

  36. Yes she can purchase the ticket inside the airport at the baggage claim area. Tell her to only leave baggage claim via the route to the bridge. If she leaves baggage claim through the doors to the regular terminal exit she will not be able to get back in and take the CBX bridge. Tell her to hold on to her boarding pass as they will ask for that before allowing her to walk across the bridge.

  37. thank you! Does she have to have $12 American dollars or can she use a credit card? thanks again, tricia

  38. Not sure about the credit card. I doubt it. I would make sure she has the cash just to make sure.

  39. I will be travelling from the tijuana airport to guadaljara and was thinking of using the cbx bridge. Do you know if i need a passport for my 9 year old to go through the bridge? And how about my husband? Does he need a passport or is his green card sufficient?

  40. Your husband and child will need to have an airline boarding pass to pass either direction across the bridge. Beyond that any documentation that works for them at the other land crossings will work there.

  41. Thanks! I payed the bridge fee with our flights without reading the requirements first (i know not smart) and it says you need passports to cross through the bridge but since it was land crossing i thought i would ask and maybe someone who has used it would let me know. Thanks again for clarifying it. Now i hope theres long term parking available i have read it is very limited

  42. Just to be clear. My clarification was to emphasize that your family members would need a boarding pass to cross the bridge in either direction. From the description of your trip I was not sure if the family was flying to Guadalajara or just you with the family wanting to cross the bridge to see you off. The latter would not be possible.

    I am just assuming that your husband and child will be able to pass US and Mexican scrutiny at CBX with whatever documentation they have IF they are able routinely cross at San Ysidro or Otay with such documentation. I do not have a first hand account of this being the case however.

    I find it encouraging for you case that they did accept my passport tourist card. I did not bring my paper passport on my last trip. That tells me that CBX is considered a land crossing even though it is only open to air travelers.

  43. Yes, we have used birth certificates to fly out of tijuana for my children and to cross the US border by land and my husband has only taken his Green Card. I will give ourselves enough time to go through CBX B ridge in case for any reason they turn us back for the BC we can drive in to Tijuana. I really hope not i hate waiting in line to cross the border and this will definitely encourage me to travel more often 🙂 thanks again for your response.

  44. Im flying from the UK to Tijuana in a few weeks for medical procedure
    I was planing on visiting San Diego at some point in my trip so will it be possible to do this
    ie arrive and just go through customs / immigration to San Deigo

    I’ll have a British passport & return ticket for aroynd two weeks time and the ESTA for my passport

  45. As long as you do not leave the Tijuana airport you can cross the CBX bridge. Just make sure to have your inbound boarding pass in hand when purchasing the ticket. You will only be able to use the bridge to get back into Mexico the day of your outbound flight.

    I am curious: What are the flight segments from the UK to Tijuana?

  46. Thanks for the really quick reply
    It’s a flight to Mexico City 11 hr with a
    3 hour layover then straight on to Tijuana
    The ticket is £750 which is £500 cheaper than British Airways direct to SD due to the holiday time and and the arrival times are better

    Plus ive never been to the states before and i have this fear of being refused entry ( no idea why ) as I have been to canada Australia dubai and most of Europe and not on Interpol most wanted

  47. How far is the San Diego airport from the CBX terminal? Are there shuttles to the airport?
    Also, what age requirements are there for crossing on the CBX terminal? For example, a 15 year old flying to Tijuana – could they cross the bridge to San Diego alone?

  48. I emailed CBX direct for a few questions that I had and they got back to me straight away so it’s worth emailing them with the answers

  49. I purchased my CBX passes along with my Aeromexico flights. What Aeromexico provided me was just an Electronic Miscellaneous Document Receipt showing coupons for CBX with the payment details. Is that all I will need as my bridge ticket? I will also have my boarding pass and passport.

  50. What time is a good time to find long term parking for the price of $10? We are flying out next week at around 1am and arriving at about 11pm to the CBX bridge. What are the chances of finding long term parking?

  51. Good amount of info. Somebody knows if right now there are buses from USA side of the bridge to LA without having to go to San Ysidro? Thanks so much

  52. We are planning a family trip to La Paz thru TIJ in July. We have done this many times before but have had to either walk across and take a cab or bus or park at the TIJ airport parking. Since crossing the border can take upwards of 2-3 hours… not 1 hour…not 45 minutes.. seriously we have waited in line for 3 hours before.. I am very excited about the new CBX! $18 per passenger is well worth not waiting.
    -Being able to park you car on the US side and walk across the boarder quickly is worth every penny!
    -There is no way that you will not save money if you travel within Mexico from TIJ. It is a domestic flight vs. an international flight. You will save hundreds of dollars per ticket this way. For some of us traveling with kids this is the only option!

    My question is about the passport cards. I saw an earlier post where someone said that they used a passport card to cross immigration and it was fine. I assume that it would be fine becasue one is “walking” across the border. And isn’t that was the passport cards are for, land travel?

    So has anyone else crosses at CBX with a passport card?


  53. $15/day for parking makes the use of the CBX unattractive for vacation travelers. Because of this high parking rate, there is no real savings for those of us who vacation in Baja. Hopefully, lower cost, secure parking lots will be available in the near future.

  54. It makes sense if you are travelling alone, not going to be gone long and facing cab or Uber fares of $40 or so each way to the CBX lot. What vexes me is not knowing if there will be a spot when you get there. They should have a system to reserve a spot or at least have a live update of how many spaces are open.

    I figured out my routine in February. It worked perfectly: Bus to trolley station downtown, trolley to San Ysidro, walk across border and cab (take Orange ones) to airport. Total cost less than $20 dollars and about 2 hours my front door to boarding gate. CBX does not make sense to me heading to TJ airport.

    On the return I paid the equivalent of $12 dollars in pesos to cross the bridge. Not sure why it was not the equivalent of $18 dollars. There was no wait to buy the ticket or at US Customs. I took a $10 dollar shuttle from CBX to San Ysidro trolley station then reversed my route home. About two hours to my front door after landing. CBX totally worth it on the return as pedestrian wait times to cross into US at San Ysidro are routinely 2 to 3 hours. A friend did it in March and waited over 3 hours.

  55. I understand that everyone goes through U.S. customs and immigration when walking on the CBX bridge from the TIJ airport to the U.S. But, must an American citizen also go through Mexican immigration when leaving the TIJ airport for the U.S. via the CBX bridge?

  56. I am a us citizen, mexican wife and daughter, just had immigration interview 3 weeks ago and just received packets with sealed envelope and visa in passport, now just need the stamp in the passport from port of entry and to turn in sealed envelope at the border, can they do that at the CBX Bridge lile they would do in otay or san Ysidro? Thank you for the information.

  57. WOW, not impressed at all, just another way to squeeze more bucks from a thrifty traveller. Personally I find it cheaper to park in T.J. walk across the border, take a taxi to airport. On return I can take a bus from airport to T.J. for a buck and walk to parking lot. This new parking in Otay is too expensive and then be squeezed more bucks to cross the bridge, COME ON.

  58. So can you pass the bridge with just your birth certificates and I’d because I’m traveling and lost mine and my daughters didn’t come in?


  60. You can come back into the US w birth certificates and some other form of government ID for yourself if you don’t have a passport for your daughter depends on her age they might lecture you on not having a passport but will let you through. Going into Mexico is a different story they WILL send u back if you dont have passport for everyone. It happened to us.

  61. I am traveling with my parents to Guadalajara from Tijuana. My parents are Permanent residents but they don’t have a passport, will they be able to use CBX?

  62. u.s. customs figure out what is going on with the crawl space under the bridge floor yet ?

  63. I am traveling from Tiajuana airport to Cabo san lucas. I was told that I need a FMM card. Can I get one at the Tiajauana airport? Or do i get one once arrive to Cabo?

  64. can somebody tell me where the nearest greyhound station is on the san diiego side of the cbx is located and how far it is from the cbx?

  65. I’ve heard that you have to have a passport card not just the passport. Do you know if this is true?

  66. Does anyone know if you can cross using the bridge with a California ID and birth certificate? Or with an expired passport book?

  67. Hi there, quick question even though I have seen it being asked before. I would just like some clarification, we are walking across the CBX bridge and flying TJ to Puerto Vallarta, would a passport card be ok or will they require a book? Does anybody have recent experience with this?

  68. They accept a passport card because it is a land border, and you can use your passport card as your ID when checking in.

    You cannot cross with an ID and birth certificate. You must have a passport book or passport card (can’t even use Global Entry or SENTRI to enter Mexico) and you have to fill out a form and pay your fee for the tourist card.

  69. Doesn’t it make more sense, cost-wise, to walk the tj border and catch a taxi/uber at the border to the Tj airport? I imagine the ride is less than $10.
    Returning to the US from Tj, it does make more sense to take the bridge to avoid the long border lines.

  70. Hi, I am possibly going to fly into TIJ from El Salvador in December. I think based on the above comments, I will clear Mexican immigration, collect my bags, proceed through Mexican customs and then proceed via the CBX bridge to U.S. immigration & customs *or* do I first claim my bags after exiting the aircraft and then follow the signs to the CBX bridge and then only have to clear U.S. immigration and customs once inside California thereby bypassing Mexican immigration and customs altogether? I’m thinking most likely the 1st scenario is actually what happens. Thanks anyone for confirming! I have to make a connection to SAN for an early-morning domestic flight, hence my detailed questions.

  71. Hi, Tiffany: Im Italian Citizen, I live in Mexico Ihave Italian passport; i want to cross to San Diego on CBX, i will fly to Tijuana. What i need for cross to USA under de VWP (Visa Waiver Program)?

  72. @ LUIS TINOCO — That’s a fairly complicated question, and you will probably want to contact your local embassy or consulate for precise answers on that.

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