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There are 3 ways to get from San Diego to Tijuana by bus, tram or car

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Bus  •  1h 10m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Tijuana Central Bus Term "Greyhound"

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Tram  •  1h 42m

  1. Take the tram from Fifth Avenue Station to San Ysidro Station UC San Diego Blue Line

1 alternative option

Drive  •  23 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Tijuana 32.7 km

San Diego to Tijuana by bus

The bus journey time between San Diego and Tijuana is around 1h 10m and covers a distance of around 34 km. The fastest bus normally takes 1h 10m. Operated by Greyhound USA, the San Diego to Tijuana bus service departs from San Diego and arrives in Tijuana Central Bus Term. Typically 29 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Bus route information

Average bus time:
1h 10m
Fastest bus time:
1h 10m
Bus distance:
34 km
Buses per week:
29
Cheapest price:
$200
Carbon emissions:
4 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
11:30
Last bus departs at:
22:20

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Diego to Tijuana bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Tijuana is to drive which costs $2 - $3 and takes 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Tijuana is to drive which costs $2 - $3 and takes 23 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego and arriving at Tijuana Central Bus Term. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 10m.

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The distance between San Diego and Tijuana is 28 km. The road distance is 32.7 km.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Tijuana without a car is to bus which takes 1h 10m and costs $9 - $15.

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The bus from San Diego to Tijuana Central Bus Term takes 1h 10m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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San Diego to Tijuana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego station.

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San Diego to Tijuana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Tijuana Central Bus Term station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Tijuana is 33 km. It takes approximately 23 min to drive from San Diego to Tijuana.

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  • Distance: 27.9 km
  • Duration: 1h 10m

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Tijuana, Mexico?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego to Tijuana Central Bus Term 4 times a day. Tickets cost $200 - $290 and the journey takes 1h 10m. Alternatively, San Diego Metro Transit operates a vehicle from Fifth Avenue Station to San Ysidro Station every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $25 - $55 and the journey takes 41 min.

Train operators
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from Fifth Avenue Station to San Ysidro Station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $55
Schedules at
sdmts.com
One Way - Senior / Disabled / Medicare
$26
One Way - Adult/Youth
$51
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego to Tijuana Central Bus Term
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$200 - $290
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $290
Flexible
$500 - $750

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