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Getting there & away

Mexican tourist cards are available 24 hours a day at the San Ysidro–Tijuana border in the Mexican immigration office (682-64-39). They are also available – although less dependably –at a small office in the main bus terminal (Central Camionera, below). You are required to have one as you cross the border, but this is rarely enforced north of Ensenada.



Car & motorcycle

The San Ysidro border crossing, which is a 10-minute walk from downtown Tijuana, is open 24 hours, but motorists may find the Mesa de Otay crossing (also open 24 hours) less congested; it’s 8km to the east of San Ysidro.

Rental agencies in San Diego are the cheapest option, but most of them only allow journeys as far as Ensenada. California Baja Rent-A-Car (619-470-7368; www.cabaja.com), in Spring Valley, California, 32km from downtown San Diego and 24km from San Ysidro, is a pricey option but allows you to continue driving beyond Ensenada.

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The Aeropuerto Internacional Abelardo L Rod­ríguez (683-24-18) is in Mesa de Otay, east of downtown.

Aero California (684-21-00; Plaza Río Tijuana) Flies to La Paz and serves many mainland destinations from Mexico City northward.

Aeroméxico (683-84-44, 684-92-68; Local A 12-1, Plaza Río Tijuana) Serves many mainland Mexican destinations, and has nonstop flights to La Paz and flights to Tucson and Phoenix, both via Hermosillo.

Mexicana & Click Mexicana (634-65-66; Av Diego Rivera 1511, Zona Río) Flies daily to Los Angeles (but not from Los Angeles) and also serves many mainland Mexican cities.

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