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Old 06-29-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Use of Cross Border Express in San Diego/Tijuana Area

We used this service for the first time during our most recent trip. It is a really good option. Parking at Delta Parking was $10/day and was located about 10 min ride from the drop off point at CBX. Price per person to cross was $15 or $65 for a family of 5 like we had. You can buy tickets online from the CBX website, but they do not sell the family passes online...only on site. You need your boarding passes already printed out before able to use the CBX. Also need to get the green form for immigration, etc, have one one for each person in your group completed before passing as well. After paying for the CBX ticket and completing the green forms for everyone, it is probably a 15 min walk "to the other side". You go through immigration in TJ and not your final destination. Very fast process. They did hit me for 500 pesos/person tourism tax fee that I was not expecting. I guess when you buy airline tickets departing from US, it is included in the price of the ticket. But if you travel as we did, you need to pay when you cross in addition to the price of the ticket. Getting to the gates and actually getting on the plane in TJ was much easier of course than LAX or even SAN. The return is even more painless and quick. Then a quick call to the parking place, 10 min ride to pick up our vehicle, and we were on our way. We live about 25 min ride from CBX so was a great option for us.

I found my receipt and we paid $275 for the flight, another $29 for the unexpected tourism tax, and another $26 for round trip CBX use. So it was a total of $330 each. Not bad when the best ticket price I could find leaving SAN at that time was over $500 each.

LAX had a price war with somebody where they had ridiculously low prices less than $200 round trip to CUN, but I think that does not happen frequently. SAN had airfare over $500 much of the year so far, but have seen in the $400-450 range recently.

Another big surprise was the quality and efficiency of the Mexican airlines. We took Interjet SAN to CUN and was a smooth ride, everything on time. Quick layover in Mexico City with connecting gate nearby. The return flight was on Volaris and was a non-stop flight! No frills on these flights (Interjet no food, Volaris you pay for snacks, no wifi on either. No TV) But comfortable seats, more leg room than on US airlines. Great experience.

All in all, we would use CBX again if the prices for SAN to CUN are higher than $400.

We try to avoid LAX at all costs since you never can predict the traffic to get there. Hard to plan travel in and out of there. Plus 90+ miles from where we live.
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Old 06-29-2017   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the report!

We have friends in SoCal who we visit and will consider this option.
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Thanks for the info. Although we live 15-20 mins from LAX, this would be a good option. My stepson is a Marine at Camp Pendleton so we could drive up to his place the night before and drive to CBX the next day.
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