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May 22, 2017

Tijuana Airport - HowTo: Cross Border Express (CBX)

I need to pick up my kid brother at the Tijuana Airport as his Snowbird season has come to an end.  Marty is a retired postal worker living in Tacoma, but has a home in Mazatlan as  his winter residence.  It’s much less expensive to fly in/out of the Tijuana and using the Cross Border Express (CBX) footbridge that connects Otay Mesa to the TJ airport.  

From home it’s easy to hop on I-5 south to exit 3, CA-905 East.
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Follow CA-905 East 6 miles to Britannia Blvd.

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The route is well marked with directional arrows on the light poles.
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The CBX is not a free service - it is a toll bridge!, at this time it is $16 US one way!   Be sure to have enough US Dollars to cover that expense.  Or purchase your ticket, up to a year in advance online HERE.  To use the CBX bridge you must have a CBX ticket AND an airline boarding pass for a flight either departing Tijuana Airport within 24 hours, or having arrived within 2 hours.

There is ample parking, but the main lot is $18 per day!  Ouch!!! that’s out of line for a pick up, and there is no cell phone lot, as is available at Lindbergh Field.   The left lane is for long term parking $18 per day.  The right is for pick up and drop off.
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However, there is a short term lot $5 for up to 2 hours , but better still street parking is readily available.  The best bet is to park on the street and wait for a text/call from the person you’ll be picking up and then circle the pickup area.
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Once you’ve done this once it’s so very easy, much easier than the TJ or Otay pedestrian pick up.  I hope a reader might find this HowTo useful.  

A Google map showing the CBX can be found HERE.
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