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Crossing Borders: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

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Border Tours Tijuana Mexico from San diego
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore Tijuana, Mexico, without getting lost on this day trip from San Diego, a great choice for first-time visitors. Visit cultural attractions, sample authentic Mexican street food at a sidewalk taco stand, and do some shopping and sightseeing. Opt to walk or take public transportation and experience the city like a local. Your guide can suggest stops and adapt the itinerary to fit the needs of the group.
  • Explore San Diego’s sister city, Tijuana, without getting lost with a guide
  • See more of Tijuana in less time—ideal for first-time visitors
  • A small group tour for a personalized experience
  • Lunch and bottled water included on this San Diego tour

What's Included

  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 727 E San Ysidro Blvd
    727 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173, USA

    Front Doors of McDonald's *Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (customer will be advice)*

End point

  • Retorno Sentri
    Rtno Sentri, Cuauhtemoc, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

    Just near to the Border in the Side of Mexico so you can just cross the Border to US.

What To Expect

Start this Tijuana full-day tour by meeting up with your guide and small group in San Diego. Your tour group is limited to just 12 people to provide an intimate journey through the city, which is ideal for first-time visitors who want to travel through Mexico safely with a guide.

Once you meet up, your guide helps your group with border crossing into Mexico before you set off exploring Tijuana by foot. During your full-day tour, do some sightseeing with your guide to see cultural attractions and learn about them, too. A traditional Mexican lunch, as well as food samples are included, so you can get a peek into the culinary side of the city.

This Tijuana experience ends once your guide gets you safely back across the border back into the US.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Passport is required
  • Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (Customer will be advice)
  • If you are US citizen and don't have a passport, Birth Certificate (Not Copy) and ID are required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips


Do not bring your car or you will have to wait about 4 hours to cross back into the U.S. You can also call an Uber if you come on your own which will save you a lot of time.
I would recommend this tour, I never felt unsafe (so don’t believe what you hear).
I recommend this tour to anyone looking to explore Tijuana.
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Wonderful experience!
Sylvia_C, Jan 2024
Our tour guide Marisol was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. I would highly recommend this tour. We had to end up walking across the border, but there were no issues whatsoever. It was very easy. We ate at a local place, did tequila taste testing and shopped! A wonderful experience!
Very nice
Hessel_H, Jan 2024
The tour was great fun. A nice way to explore the city for the first time. The guide Marisol was also great!
We had a great time on...
Skye_A, Jan 2024
We had a great time on our day trip to Tiajuana. Humberto was an excellent guide and told us about so much history of Tiajuana. It was a super fun day.
Fun experience
Lavilyn_B, Dec 2023
We had a great time in Tijuana. Our tour guide, Tadeo, was excellent! He was very nice and knowledgeable. Thank you Tadeo! Well done.
See the real Tijuana
Rebecca_B, Dec 2023
We got the see the nooks and crannies where the interesting places are. We tasted tequila and beer, and had a wonderful lunch. We learned about both the present and past of the area. It was a great day, with the wonderful guide.
Alexander was very...
Wayne_L, Oct 2023
Alexander was very knowledgeable and also agreed to mail a postcard and letter for me. He told us the post boxes along the road were interestingly not functional.
Great tour, would recommend!
Kimberly_D, Oct 2023
This was a great tour if you just want a taste of Tijuana and you’re not ready to explore on your own. Our tour guide Alex took us around to some of his favorite spots, including taco shops, market places, and other essential Tijuana landmarks. He gave us time to take pictures and buy souvenirs and gave us options about what we were interested in doing/seeing. He answered all of our questions and made our first trip to Mexico a fun experience! You will likely have to cross the border and meet the tour guide on the other side. They wait by the information building which is right beyond the rotating metal gates. Advice: if you have to turn on international roaming on your phone, do it before you cross! Service will drop once you leave the gates and you can’t go back the same way once you exit. At the end of the tour, Alex took us directly to the line at the border crossing back to the US, leaving no room for error. The return trip takes longer, so be prepared to wait on the line for an hour or two, maybe more depending on the day. It’s not so bad if you’ve made friends with your tour mates. Highly recommend this tour if you are visiting San Diego and have a free day.
Fake one not worth money
Ahmed_F, Oct 2023
Fake one not recommended as you can do everything yourself and your expenses I paid 93 usd not getting anything other than lunch
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Sorry that you feel this way, but when you go on your way for 3 times and at the end take off before the time, most common will not have the real experience. Again we are sorry you feel this way but try next time fallow up with local guide or experience manager so you can get the full experience.
Exploring Tijuana
Dann_T, Oct 2023
It was a great exprience to Explorer the city without hassle. The knowledge of guide makes it easy to Explorer for whom never been in Mexico.
Good
kelly_m, Sep 2023
The guide Alex was amazing as is the tour & u get to see a lot of Tijuana the food was good there's a lot of walking
Enjoy an afternoon south of the border with Crossing Borders!
Richard_F, Aug 2023
The reviews of this trip are mixed but in our case we had a great experience as first time Tijuana visitors. Reading other people’s reviews was very helpful as anything that was different than plan had been noted by other travelers and so was not a surprise when it happened on our tour. We had a fantastic afternoon with Tadeo on the Tijuana tour. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and took us on a route that had a fun mix of historical spots, places to take photos, explore some Mexican cuisine and do a little shopping. We felt safe the entire time and felt like we got to see both tourist Tijuana and and have some local experiences. Other residents greeted him at most stops and along the way and that added to the fun. He would periodically send “the boss” pictures of our progress through the planned route which added confidence the tour had some oversight in a period where news reports Mexico is not always safe. Our group size was 5 people. Special moments we’re hearing about Tijuana’s role during prohibition and learning the Ceasar Salad was invented in Tijuana and the restaurant that is its home is still open. Tijuana also has a long tradition of manufacturing and there was an interesting exhibit in the museum about the history of aircraft manufacturing in TJ. We also enjoyed the local lunch at a family owned restaurant and learning TJ has a craft beer scene like San Diego with many fine local selections. At the candy shop we had our first encounter with cactus candy. We also learned the history of the Piñata… The tour started at 1pm and the agency gave us instructions and a contact number for him in the morning. I exchanged a few texts with him before we left San Diego to take the trolly to San Ysidro. The agency sent a mail asking us to meet at the McDonalds on the US side of the border but that plan changed and we were asked to cross the border on our own. Other reviews had mentioned this had happened so we were unsurprised and able to adapt to the change. We crossed and waited for him in a coffee shop, and were able to text him our location so he could find us easily on the Mexican side. Going from US to Mexico was fast and easy at mid day. Crossing back from Mexico to the US after the tour had a longer line but took 60-90 minutes and we encountered no problems. It was very helpful to have a guide as first time visitors. The signage to and from the city bus/van service was not always clear and it was painless with a friendly escort. We could have taken a taxi or Uber but with a guide there were no security worries about transport, getting lost, or accidentally wandering into a dangerous neighborhood. Well done.
Humberto, the tourist...
Sandra_M, Aug 2023
Humberto, the tourist guide was amazing! He was super friendly, attentive. He took us yo best places and thought us a lot of their history.
Great for first timers
Christopher_S, Aug 2023
Humberto made things convenient for us much appreciated . Great tour if going to Tijuana for the first time
Fun, new, safe
Harrison_H, Aug 2023
This tour was great, Victor was great, I would highly highly recommend it, it is 100 percent safe and well done
Do not recommend this tour
Urmi_C, Jul 2023
Our guide Victor was very polite but that’s where the good part ends. Our group was huge and should have had at least one more guide. Victor was unable to manage it. He often spoke to the folks in the front and others couldn’t hear. Our tour started 30 minutes late waiting for part of the group to arrive. The museum was skipped. Souvenir shopping was constantly pushed and we only covered 4 blocks of markets in almost 4 hours. 2 tacos and one non-alcoholic drink is included in the price. Pickup was supposed to be from San Diego before border crossing and was changed last minute to Tijuana where we crossed on our own.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Sorry to here you didn't like it, we have a limit of 14 people with one local guide this is with kids. Adults not more than 12 per local guide. the waiting time for others of the group is 20-30min max to respect other on the group. And we advise that, because we are in an international border we arrange starting 24 hours before and last minute. Sorry that you did not like it again. And thank you for the review of the guide we will improve on his training with the big groups (12-14).
An awesome tour of Tijuana!
Monica, Jul 2023
My wife and I had an awesome time on our Crossing Borders: Tijuana Day Trip tour. Tadeo was an incredible guide and we highly recommend him. His knowledge of the history of Tijuana, the culture, the people, the local artists, the food....everything was perfect! He tailored our tour of the area based on the things we wanted to see....and his warm personality, humor, and laid back attitude made the whole experience so much fun. Thank you, Tadeo!!!
Tour guide made the tour great!
Nichole_J, Jul 2023
Our tour guide was awesome!!!! Very knowledgeable, told us things that would keep us safe, and have a lot of information regarding the history of Tijuana to include some historic buildings.
Tour guide awesome…however some of the locations were underrated (not good)
Karee_J, Jul 2023
Tour guide (Humberto) was absolutely awesome and the one positive thing about the tour. He was extremely nice and knowledgeable. However, some of the places that we went to were not very good particularly the tequila tasting, and the expensive tequila attempted sales was a huge turn off. In addition the place that we went for margaritas was the worst I’ve ever had. Lol I make better margaritas at home. The lunch he took us to was very nice and authentic. Somebody from the tour company should’ve warned us about the difficulties getting back into the US 2.5 hours added to the end of the tour for Borden Crossing was not something we anticipated and was a bit of a mess.
Great Tour with a Real Baja California Experience!
Morlyn_D, Jun 2023
Our tour guide Humberto was top-notch! He was friendly, humble, knowledgeable, and talkative. He took us to some great spots and gave us a lot of historical information about Tijuana/ Baja California. There were great opportunities for photos, shopping, and snacking on local fare. There were, however, some important things missing in the listing of this tour. You must have a passport to cross the border, the address given was not the exact meeting site, we had to go through the border crossing checkpoint and declare our intentions for the trip, we were also not aware of the long lines at the border checkpoint. We did not know that we would have to meet our guide on the other side of the border. Despite these drawbacks, it was a good tour.
Interesting day - but missed information about meeting point
Uffe_S, Jun 2023
Super interesting day with a very informed and knowing guide. The only thing we missed was information about meeting point was on the Mexican side of the border. We was informed to meet at McDonalds at the San Diego side of the border. please inform comming guests that they have to cross the border themselves, working. No of the members in our group has understand that the meeting point was on the mexican side of the border and because of that we was delayed on the trip.
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