The Tijuana Airport is actually closer to the Otay Mesa border crossing than the main TJ/San Ysidro crossing. I was pleasantly surprised at how efficient the facility operated. I flew in on a Baja "commuter" flight using Aero Calafia which now services Loreto, BCS three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The commuter flights are not for people that either do not like to fly or have a fear of "small planes." While the turbo-prop aircraft did hold about 30 people in 2+1 configuration it flew relatively low and was extremely noisy. The door to the pilots seats actually bumps into the first seated passenger and there is barely enough room for the passengers to enter and exit if the stewardess is standing at the entry.
Still the flight was comfortable (luckily we had little turbulance) and quite inexpensive compared to other airlines flying to Loreto.
For outgoing passengers, prepare for a bit of a different exercise if you're used to how tickets and baggage is handled in the US and Canada. At the far (west) end of the terminal you have the Customs inspection of your luggage. This is followed by checking your luggage if you have heavy cases. Next comes the security line and another check point before you exit to the plane to board. It's not usually time comsuming but for mainland flights with lots of people, believe them when they say arrive 2 hours early.
1. There is an airport in Tijuana so you could fly in, but driving across is the most common way to get there.
2. Another way is to take the SD Trolley (Blue Line) from San Diego to the border, walk across, then take a taxi to Revolution Avenue--the main street--make sure you settle on the price before getting in the taxi and don't be surprised if you have to share the taxi with others.
3. For those faint of heart--the driving can get rather hectic--there are local tour buses working out of San Diego, offering organized tours:
Gray Line or San Diego Tours offer tours starting at $26.00.
You may drive to the border, park on the US side and for $2.00 take a Mexicoach/Five Star Tours bus,(619) 232-5049, which leaves every 15 minutes, from the US parking lots and Trolley station, to downtown Tijuana.
1. Driving is the best way of getting around.
2. A taxi.
3. Some people like to walk.
Photo: Revolution Avenue around Fifth Street.
Living in Los Angeles we never take a plane to Tijuana but we have found that if we drive to TJ, we can get a cheaper flight to other parts of Mexico.
My sister in law Irma has a big family and they will drive or take a bus to TJ and then get their flight out of there to Durango or Morelia or Leon or whereever they will be traveling to. Sometimes they have been able to save $200-$250 or more per person than if they had flown out of the States.
Located on Carretera Aeropuerto s/n Domicilio Conocido CP 22300 Municipio de Tijuana BCN Mexico
If you want go Baja California from outside of Mexico (example, Europe) by plane, is more cheaper go first to Los Angeles or San Diego than Mexico City. They are more near from Baja California and you can take the bus to get to Tijuana the first city at the border. Is more cheaper than taking a plane from Mexico City.
The unique excepcion is you are coming from South America.
Rodriguez Field is Tijuana's International Airport. The city has grown rapidly in the last 30 years or so and now has a population of well over 700,000 people. However, despite its size, you'll probably fly into San Diego's Lindbergh Field (airport code: SAN).