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.

15 Responses to “Where to Cross the California/Mexican Border”

  1. Damon Shippley

    Good evening everyone! my wife, 2 boys, our 2 great Danes and myself are planning a month long trip to mexico and we plan to take our 35′ Bus conversion. My wife and 1 of my sons do not have the use of their legs and are in a wheel chair. My wife is worried about being x-rayed, and its a chore to get everyone in and out of the bus so I was wondering if someone could tell me which boarder crossings x-ray your vehicle when crossing into Mexico and which ones do not. Thanks in advance

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  2. Jose Gonzalez

    My online application has been cancelled because I failed to respond to a request for clear documents, how or when do I get a refund for the fees paid if no permit was issued.

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  3. gene

    I got my permit last year when crossing through El Paso, TX. On return thru Tijuana 5 months later there was no one to turn the permit back in. Im planning to return to the Baja this month but I may be illegal due to not returning my permit. I have the permit in hand and want to turn it in.

    Any ideas or advice?
    Gene

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  4. ROLANDO

    DOES SOMEBODY KNOWS WEE TO FIND STATISTICS OF THE VEHICLE CROSSING BY SENTRI IN SAN YSIDRO CALIFORNIA…MONDAY THORUGH SUNDAY BY HOUR?

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  5. Angie Casas

    Is the Banjercito office in Otay open 27/7? my parents are traveling to Mexico in vehicle next month and want to know where they can purchase a Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit and the hours of operation of the Otay location.

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  6. Benjamin Mendoza

    Hello, we traveled to Mexico on June and came back on July 22 but we didn’t return the permit cause we were planning on going back on December but we didn’t so are permit is still going? How can we cancel if the vehicle is on Calofornia?

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  7. Anonymous

    I always thought the walkway was esthetically pleasing.Steep at times, but better than the oldway. I’ll have to try this entry. Thanks.

    Reply
  8. Jorge DeLeon

    Planning on a one week trip to Loreto in an RV. Do I need to pull a Vehicle permit to travel to Loreto, BCS

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  9. Darrell

    What is the best crossing to use when bringing a RV 30 foot motorhome back from Baja Mexico

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  10. Clara Finan

    Can anyone tell me where I can return my TIP when taking the ferry from Mazatlan to La Paz? Can I return it in Mazatlan or do I wait until I go north on the Baja back to the US

    Reply

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