San Ysidro Transportation Tips by lmkluque
San Ysidro Transportation: 5 reviews and 11 photos
The San Diego Trolley Blue Line ends at the border between the United States and Mexico. Some call it the McDonalds station because the station was built in McDonalds parking lot.
There should be a bus stop within a block or so of your hotel if your hotel is not near a Trolley Line. Ask your driver which stop you should take to either take another bus to the Trolley or the nearest Trolley station. There are racks on the bus with connecting bus schedules and a pocket sized Trolley map and timetable.
The San Ysidro Trolley station is on the east side of ten lanes of freeway, so when you are going into Tijuana, you either take one of the buses parked in front of the border exit or walk over the bridge that spans above the ten lanes. When you return from Mexico into the U.S, the Trolley is only a few steps from the border exit.
Phone: (619) 234-5005
Car Insurance is not compulsory in Mexico, but the issue of insurance is important when driving in Mexico.
Most U,S, car insurance policies will not cover your car beyond the U.S. border--some do, so check out your policy before driving across.
Many car rental companies will not allow their cars to cross the border--some do, and the price of complete coverage is tacked on to the cost of the rental almost doubling it.
The issue of car insurance will only come up in Mexico if you have been in an accident and then it's too late!
Mexican Law requires that a driver involved in an automobile accident must be able to meet financial responsibility requirements in the event the driver is found responsible for the accident and occurring damages, bodily injury or death of another.
In the unfortunate event of an accident, only a Mexican insurance policy will be recognized as valid.
Baja-Mex Insurance sells Mexican Insurance by the day or by the year. The rates start at $18.00 (liability only.)
They are located on the U.S. side of the border, next to the Plaza Las Americas at:
4575 Camino De La Plaza
Phone: (619) 428-3861
Type: Car/Motor Home
Parking is an issue for those who want to drive to the border but not drive across.
Parking Lots are a big business in San Ysidro. The closer you are to the border, the more you'll have to pay for parking. Pay attention to the rates offered. You'll see big signs, $4.00, $5.00, $6.00 and $8.00, a no-brainer, right? Not exactly. At the $4.00 place it can be per hour, at the $5.00-$6.00 lot it might be for 8 hours, at the $8.00 sign you'll notice that it is for 24 hours of parking, and anything in between!
This lot is the nearest to the gate entering Mexico, on the west side of the freeway making it the most convenient place to park going in, but you'll have to walk across the bridge--over the freeway--to get back to your car upon your return to the U.S.A. I mention this in case you plan to come back after dark and after a few drinks, in that case it might be safer to park on the east side.
Another option is for long term parking, Border Station Parking is on the west side of the bridge, they offer long term and short term parking that is maned within a locked gate to assure car safety, as well as Tourist Info and they provide a bus to and from Tijuana.
Type: Car/Motor Home
To Park and walk across the border you'll have many parking lot choices. The things to consider are the rates and the location, how close to the border you want to be, what time and in what condition you plan to return.
San Ysidro, near the border, is divided by the converging I-5 and I-805 freeways. A block from the border entrance, west side of freeway and the border exit, east side of the freeway, is a bridge that spans the ten or so lanes of the freeway. You walk across this bridge get to or from your car, depending on the side you park.
Each freeway offers a "Last Chance Exit" to let you know that the next "exit" is the border. Take this "Last Chance Exit" and reconnoiter a bit to find the best parking place for your budget and for you needs.
This lot is nearest to the gate exiting Mexico, on the east side of the freeway. It is the most convenient place when leaving Mexico. It is especially the best place to park if you are alone, if it is dark when you return or if you are drunk, all conditions that put you at risk in any place in the world.
Type: Car/Motor Home
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