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Crossing Borders Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

Intro to Mexico Walking Tour: Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

Badge of ExcellenceSan Diego, USA
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Tijuana, Mexico is a short trip across the border from San Diego. The Mexican border town had at one point achieved notoriety as a town of ill-repute, but this reputation is only a small part of the history of this colorful, interesting city. Dip your toe into the fun and hospitality of this town with locals who are eager to share the true story of Tijuana with you.
  • Discover genuine Tijuana hospitality on a day tour south of the border
  • Lunch at an authentic local eatery is included (alcohol at your cost)
  • Enjoy learning about the culture of Baja Mexico
  • Please ensure you have proper identification to cross the border

What's Included

  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Tip for your guide

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    "San Ysidro Trolley Station" - Front Doors McDonald's Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (Customer will be advice)

End point

  • Rtno Sentri 1462
    Rtno Sentri 1462, Cuauhtemoc, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

    Mexico side of the Border

What To Expect

Tijuana Arch (Pass By)

Avenida Revolucion (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Passport is required
  • Border Regulations it may change the meeting point (Customer will be advice)
  • 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to enjoy a day trip to Mexico.
I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to see Tijuana.
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Amazing tour with Victor
Peytton_B, Feb 2024
Simply amazing. Victor was incredibly knowledgeable of the city and so so kind. He was very helpful whenever we had any type of question he had the answer. The local food spot we stopped at was AMAZING I wish I could have it again right now haha. I world say bring a little bit of cash but besides that we had the best time.
Five stars
Anita_S, Feb 2024
Excellent tour!! Humberto was knowledgeable, friendly and caring guide. We really enjoyed our first venture into Mexico with him. Highly recommend!
Fabulous Tijuana experience
Lora_Z, Feb 2024
We had such a fun afternoon. Marisol was an excellent guide and we really enjoyed everywhere she took us to! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
So unique
Bonnie_I, Feb 2024
This was the best time ever !!!! Tadeo was the better than you could ask for as a tour guide he helped with everything and even helped my 4 year old a ton I hope to do another tour soon ! 10000% recommend
Tijuana is a city of rich Mexican culture
Joseph_T, Feb 2024
Please please, take this tour. Our tour guide Tadeo Calles was absolutely amazing. His story telling skills along with his amazing guidance through Tijuana makes me want to come back! I felt very safe as my partner and I received a very enriching experience of the city that is only 134 years old and still growing! All you need to do is be prepared with the proper equipment (passport, walking shoes money) and your good! Trust that this tour is extremely unique and catered to those who have not been to Mexico! I highly recommend suggest Tadeo and this tour for his hospitality and knowledge is uncanny! 10/10
Humberto was excellent. ...
Steven_C, Jan 2024
Humberto was excellent. He knew the area well and was well connected with the local merchants. Very much behind the scenes and personal which was impressive.
Victor and the tour was amazing
Jason_A, Jan 2024
Victor was amazing and knowledgeable about the city and its history. An amazing experience. The meal was amazing he recommended and the tour was great.
Lots of fun and very local guide
Maria_K, Jan 2024
Humberto was a fantastic guide and the whole experience felt like going out with a friend! This tour is a great way to see Tijuana and get a local guide that knows good spots to go to. Highly recommend! Thank you, Humberto!
Shopping with a cool guide
Fred_G, Jan 2024
It was a great experience and Tadeo was a great guide and would recommend him to be your guide.. He us very helpful in taking pictures, let's you shop at your leisure and the different shops he taken us was very cool. I would do it again.
Excellent Excellent Tour
Gilbert_C, Jan 2024
This was one of the best tours I've had. My tour guide was Tadeo a local who had a connection with the people. We had some of the best Mexican food and Tequila tasting.
Great tour with Tadeo
Inga_K, Jan 2024
Tadeo is excellent guide with a lot of local knowledge and above all great personality. I highly recomendent this tour with Tadeo.
Guide no show, tour company miscommunication
Crystal_M, Dec 2023
Event did not occur, tour guide didn't show at time paid for. I paid for a 1030 tour no contact from guide at that time. Guide later responds to say that he was available at 1pm only.
Enjoyable Tour
Kathi_B, Dec 2023
We had a very nice tour of Tijuana. Marisol was very friendly and helpful. We felt safe at all times and had the best tacos/ quesadillas we’ve ever had. The only downside was the wait to cross back over the border but that isn’t her fault. Just advise others to plan for the possibility of a lengthy line.
Fantastic Tour
Lloyd_J, Dec 2023
It was like being guided by a close friend. Our tour guide Humberto Juarez beyond wonderful. His mannerisms, compassion, knowledge, and responsiveness to our needs allowed us to experience the best tour we have ever been on.
Good tour but some issues
Terry_U, Dec 2023
The guide Humberto was excellent and the tour covered the highlights of Tijuana. We walked about 10000 steps which was fine. However there were two bad points. We ate street Tacos which were very good but you ate them standing up surrounded by people in the sun. Being able to sit and eat would make the eating experience much more enjoyable. Also we were not told up front when the trip was booked we would stand in line for about 2 hours to get back into the USA. This I understand is very common unless you have Sentri or Global Entry to get back into the USA. There is no USA citizen line at the border everyone is in one long line. If I had known this beforehand I would not have booked the trip. Viator needs to be honest how long the wait will be to get back in the USA. I understand sometimes it can be up to 3 hours.
Would Recommend!
Wai_Y, Dec 2023
Victor is a great tour guide and taught me a lot about the history and culture of Tijuana. Great conversations!
Awesome Safe Tour
Don_F, Nov 2023
Great experience. We learned a lot of interesting facts about the city and its history.Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The food and shopping was awesome.
No stress walking tour around Tijuana
Daniel_A, Nov 2023
Absolutely easy way to check out Tijuana for an afternoon with a great tour guide - if you're not feeling like going there on your own. Border crossing you have to do yourself, but it was so simple.
I enjoyed Tijuana trip
Jihyun_J, Nov 2023
It was my first visit to Mexico and I had a lot of fun. Our guide Marisol is a kind and knowledgeable guide. I want to join this tour again someday.
Not acceptable
Vegard_S, Nov 2023
We where standing outside McDonalds where we had been told should bee the meeting point. I tried to contact tje guide several times without luck.