"U.S. border to Tijuana Airport" Tijuana Transportation Tip by mcnapalm11
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If you are by chance taking a Volaris flight out of TJ I would recommend taking a cab from San Diego airport to the greyhound bus station (not the train station) in downtown San Diego. Volaris has a shuttle you can/must book through their website that will take you directly from S.D., through the border, and directly to the airport in TJ. I think they have buses that leave 2 hours before the scheduled flight (TJ airport is small).
You will have to get off the bus at the border for a few minutes. The border agents in TJ will just look in the bus real quick and then you can get back on. At the airport, depending where you are going, you might need to get a tourist visa. If you are going anywhere other than Baja and and you are flying a Mexican airline you probably will need one. You can ask the immigration officer before security and he can give you one. You then need to go back to the main airport lobby, complete the form, then pay for it directly at the money exchange booth or bank. I think it is the equivlant of $25 USD or so. However, I just read that they now only accept pesos at the airport, so you might need to change a little money right there. Once you pay at the bank they will stamp the form. You then take the form and go through security. You need to keep this form the entire time you are on your trip. You may be asked to provide on exiting Mexico. If you lose it or don't get one they may charge you about $50 to buy one as you leave back to the States.
I travelled from my home in S.D. last year to the TJ airport this way. It was actually a good experience...think of it as a little adventure! I don't speak spanish really, but the locals were all very helpful and nice. The bus can also take you back to the border from the TJ airport. The bus can sometimes get you through the border quicker than walking and waiting in that huge line.
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