Posted July 7, 2017 by & filed under Baja, Border Crossing, California.

San Ysidro Border CrossingIf you’ve traveled by car or foot across the U.S / Mexican Border, you know that it can often entail a long wait to get through customs. The good news is there’s more than just one crossing point, and depending on your situation, that can save you a lot of time. So whether you’re just walking across the border for a short trip, or driving the whole family for a vacation, here’s a comprehensive list of the best places for you to cross the border.

PedWest

Location: San Ysidro, San Diego, California/Tijuana, Baja California
Access: Virginia Avenue/Plaza Viva Tijuana

Minor Crossing:

  • Foot traffic only. This crossing was made a two-way crossing on August 1, 2017 (previously northbound only).
  • Accepts Sentri.

 

San Ysidro

Location: San Ysidro, San Diego, California/Tijuana, Baja California
Access: I-5/Fed. 1

Mid-Size Crossing:

San Ysidro

Location: San Ysidro, San Diego, California/Tijuana, Baja California
Access: San Ysidro Boulevard/Rampa Xicoténcatl

Minor Crossing:

  • Pedestrian only.
  • Accepts Sentri.
  • Accepts Ready Lane Pass.
  • Accepts Fast Track Passes.
  • Banjercito location.

 

Cross-border Terminal

Location: Otay Mesa, San Diego, California/Tijuana International Airport
Access: Otay Pacific Drive/Carretera Aeropuerto S/N, colonia Nueva Tijuana

Minor Crossing:

  • Pedestrian only.
  • Ticketed passengers only.
  • Accepts Sentri.

 

Otay Mesa

Location: Mesa de Otay, San Diego, California/Tijuana, Baja California
Access: SR 905/Boulevard Garita de Otay

Major Crossing:

  • Trucks Permitted.
  • Accepts Sentri.
  • Accepts Ready Lane Pass.
  • Banjercito location.

 

Tecate

Location: Tecate, California/Tecate, Baja California
Access: SR 188/Avenida Presidente Lázaro Cárdenas

Major Crossing:

  • Trucks Permitted.
  • Accepts Sentri.
  • Banjercito location.

 

Calexico West

Location: Calexico, California/Mexicali, Baja California
Access: SR 111/Fed. 5 (Calzada Adolfo López Mateos)

Mid-Size Crossing:

  • No Trucks.
  • Accepts Sentri.

 

Calexico East

Location: Calexico, California/Mexicali, Baja California
Access: SR 7/Mexicali Boulevard Abelardo L. Rodríguez

Major Crossing:

 

Andrade

Location: Andrade, California/Los Algodones, Baja California
Access: SR 186/Ave. Mariano Lee y calle 2a.

Major Crossing:

If you want to check out the border crossing wait times before you go, use the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website.

One Response to “Where to Cross the California/Mexican Border”

  1. Roxanna Brock McDade

    Trip Advisor Update:

    The gate has finally been opened 🙂
    Aug 01, 2017, 11:03 PM
    Last night the Pedwest crossing next to Las Americas Plaza became two way – you can now enter Tijuana through it. Clean, modern and very spacious. Some might find it more convenient – particularly trolley wise – to stick with the usual crossing into Mexico but I’m happy to no longer have to walk up that ugly ramp with its concrete, mesh and ridiculous metal ‘leaves’ artwork!

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