San Diego / Tijuana Border Crossing Wait Times & Guide

Crossing the border at Tijuana? There are 3 Tijuana border crossings between San Diego in the US and Tijuana in Mexico. These are; San Ysidro, Otay Mesa and Tecate. The San Ysidro border crossing and Otay border crossing are amongst the busiest anywhere in the world.

There are various types of crossing lanes, or garitas, for passenger vehicles, pedestrians and commercial vehicles. All trucks are inspected at the Otay Mesa port of entry where billions of dollars of goods pass between US & Mexico every year.

Please note during the COVID-19 situation some of the FAQ info below might be subject to change. Please let us know of any corrections requiredLive and average Tijuana border crossing times below remain accurate and are sourced from the US Customs & Border Patrol. How long is the wait at the Tijuana border? When is the best time to cross the Tijuana border? You can view live Tijuana border wait times right now by checking out the tables below.

You can walk across the San Diego / Tijuana border at all 3 ports of entry.

More than 2.5 million pedestrians cross through the Otay Mesa border every year.

At San Ysidro Pedestrians can cross at either the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) or the PedWest crossing. There is often no wait at the Cross Border Express which has around 15 pedestrian lanes.

At Tecate there is parking very close to the border on the US side. Many people pay a small fee to park there then walk across the border.

There is no toll at any of the Tijuana border gateways as long as you are staying within the free area and for fewer than 7 days. Otherwise, you will need to pay a $22 fee at a Mexican bank before you return over the border. When you do this remember to have your visa stamped or you may find it difficult to cross the border.
During the current COVID-19 situation opening hours may fluctuate but prior to this the following is our guidance.

The Otay Mesa border crossing is open 24 hours a day every day of the week. The waiting time for crossing is generally quite short in the pedestrian line. Most of the time it is less than 10 minutes to get through the line. At morning rush hour, it is around 25 minutes. The commercial crossing at Otay Mesa is open 6 am until 8 pm. The wait time can be quite long and is often well over an hour.

At San Ysidro the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) and the PedWest ports of entry are open 24 hours a day. There can be a long wait to cross the border in a vehicle at the CBX. The wait in line times ordinarily is generally around an hour. At PedWest, the delays are nearly always much shorter and usually no more than 25 minutes.

The Tecate border crossing is open from 5 am to 11 pm. The average wait time is around 40 minutes. It is nearer an hour at peak times in the morning but drops to approximately 20 minutes at the end of the day.

Tijuana border crossing times can be lengthy especially during weekends and US holidays. The pedestrian crossings are the fastest and quickest way to cross the Tijuana border.

During the current COVID-19 situation opening hours may fluctuate but prior to this the following is our guidance:

At Tijuana there are multiple duty-free options at the various border crossings.

The duty-free location for Otay Mesa, is very close to the crossing at 2450 Roll Drive. The store is open 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

At San Ysidro there are two stores on the Camino De La Plaza, and both are open seven days a week. Monday to Saturday the store is open 9 am to 9 pm, and on Sundays, it is open from 10 am to 6 pm. The other store opens from 10 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays, it opens later from 10 am to 7 pm The store on East San Ysidro Blvd is also open 7 days a week. Monday to Saturday it opens from 9 am to 9 pm. Sundays the store opens from 10 am to 4 pm.

There is a Baja duty-free store in Tecate. It is located very close to the border crossing and is very easy to find. It is open every day of the week. Monday to Thursday it opens 10 am until 8 pm. On Fridays, it opens from 10 am until 9 pm, Saturdays from 9 am until 8 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.

When crossing the border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego in the US you need to show appropriate ID. Options include; • Passport • PASS card • Enhanced Driver’s License • Trusted Traveller cards.

Any minors must have proof of citizenship. This could be in the form of an original birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Citizenship Certificate.

Tijuana border wait time data is from CBP and may take a few seconds to load…

Otay Mesa Passenger Crossing

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Otay Mesa Commercial Crossing

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San Ysidro El Chaparral & PedEast Wait Times

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San Ysidro Cross Border Xpress Wait Times

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San Ysidro PedWest Wait Times

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Tecate Border Wait Times

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