Getting Around

Local buses travel along routes across the city and offer a relatively cheap means of transport. The destination is usually written on the front of the bus. Taxis are a popular means of getting around and can easily be hailed off the street. The most common taxis are yellow cabs, which are unmetered, and white cabs with orange stripes, known as taxi libre, which are metered and generally charge much less than the yellow cabs. It's best to negotiate a fare before getting in the vehicle or, if the cab has a meter, make sure the taxi driver has it switched on.

Calling an Uber taxi has also become a popular option in Tijuana. A number of car hire companies are available in the city, and self-drive is a viable option. However, caution is advised due to safety concerns. Day visitors from California will find that most of the touristy parts of the city can easily be explored on foot, and it is unnecessary to bring a car over the border unless planning to go further south into Mexico.


Tijuana International Airport

The airport is located about three miles (5km) from the city centre, immediately south of the US border.

Tijuana International Airport (TIJ)


The airport is located about three miles (5km) from the city centre, immediately south of the US border.

Getting to the city

Blue-and-white public buses marked 'Plaza Rio' or 'Centro' run to the city centre from outside the airport. International coaches are also available to San Diego and other destinations in Southern California. Taxis and rental cars are also available.


GMT -8 (GMT -7, mid-March to early November)

Car rental

Rental cars are available from Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Yellow taxis are plentiful, and will take passengers to central Tijuana (Zona Centro). Fares can be paid in Mexican or US currency. Tickets for authorised taxis can be purchased at ticket machines at terminal exits at a fixed rate.

Transfer between terminals

In December 2015 a new terminal was opened, on the US side of the border known as the Cross Border Xpress or CBX. The two terminals are connected by a bridge.


Terminal facilities include VIP lounges, currency exchange, ATMs, shops and a food court.


There is short-term and long-term parking available at the airport.