Tijuana Airport Parking on the US Border Side
So you have decided to fly out of Tijuana Airport and now you are searching in the internet for the best way to get to the Tijuana Airport terminal. Probably by now you have already read some blogs on Yelp, Google or TripAdvisor. Maybe you have a friend or relative who has done it before but you are not quite sure about the information you receive. Or maybe you have already collected so much information that you are now suffering of information paralysis. Perhaps you are just getting started, this is your first time flying out of the Tijuana Airport and we are your first source of information. If any of the above statements describe your situation, then this website is aimed at you. So lets get started!
To get to the Tijuana Airport terminal you have basically five choices;
- you can drive and park at the Tijuana Airport parking lot (not a good choice)
- you can park on the USA border side, walk across and take a cab to the airport (best choice — Otay Mesa)
- you can hire shuttle to the Tijuana Airport (nice but a very expensive choice)
- you can ask a friend or relative to drive you to the Tijuana Airport terminal (you will have to pay back the BIG favor)
- you can have a friend or relative drop you off at the any of the border crossings (good choice too)
1) Tijuana Airport Parking Lot (not a good choice):
Parking fees at the Tijuana Airport average $18.00 dollars a day. The Tijuana airport parking lot is open 24/7. Driving to the airport through San Ysidro might take close to 30 minutes and about 15 miutes through Otay Mesa. Car insurance for the time your car will stay in Mexico is highly recommended. Driving back across the border at San Ysidro should take close to 2 or 4 hours and through Otay Mesa 1 hour on a good day and as much as 4 hours on a busy day.
2) Parking on the USA border side (best choice — Otay Mesa):
Tijuana and San Diego share two port of entries; to the West we have San Ysidro port of entry and to the East we have Otay Mesa. Otay Mesa is the best border for Tijuana Airport. The airport is just on the other side of the border fence or 2.5 miles West of the Otay Mesa border crossing.
It is fast, safe, easy and reliable to walk across south on foot. The border crossing at Otay Mesa is open 24/7 on both directions for cars and pedestrians. On the other side of the border you may take a cab to the airport — taxi fare is $12 dollars for the ride (as of 07/25/2014). Need to learn more, watch out video here, Taxis in Tijuana Otay to Tijuana Airport. If you want to see what walking across South at Otay Mesa looks like click here Crossing South on Foot at the Otay Mesa Border Crossing (webpage under construction).
3) Shuttle to the Tijuana Airport (nice but a very expensive choice):
A shuttle company will pick you up at your home and drive you to the airport through either the San ysidro or Otay Mesa port of entry. I strongly recommend that you allowed plenty of time for that. So many things can go wrong at the border. The doors can be shut down for many reasons. If there is traffic in the frewway near the border crossing just ask the driver to drop you off at the border, walk across and take a cab to the airport. You will loose your flight and a lot more money if you decide to take chances with the traffic. On your return you will probably have to take shuttle back to your place.
4) Ask a friend or relative to drive you to the Tijuana Airport terminal (you will have to pay back the BIG favor):
Most people will be happy to drive you to the airport but when they hear that the wait time to drive south is close to an hour and crossing north over three hours, there is a sudden change in attitude. Besides at one time or another you will have to return the big favor. Plus you have to pretty much beg for that favor. If you own a car, just drive to the Otay border. Park your car, walk across, take a cab to the airport. Take charge of your situation.Last year a customer of us needed to use ouir parking service again. He tried to persuade his “compadre” to park at Delta but instead he decided to park at the airport as he usually used to do for many years in the past. On the return day, we picked up our old customer. He left our lot and drove to his destination, Bakersfield, CA. When our customer was near to his destination he call me to let me know that his “compadre” was finally driving across the border. Some old habits are hard to break even when they do more bad than good.
5) You can have a friend or relative drop you off at the any of the border crossings (good choice too):
This will be just like step #4 above. The only difference will be that the persons making the favor will not have to waste hours of his/her time going through the border on both directions. This will work better if you are local to the border crossing area. You will have to be picked up on your return.
Why Delta Truck Parking?
Everyday we receive in our parking single female customers or families with small children and toddlers. They all arrive to our parking lot at all hours; 11pm, 3am, 4am, 6am, 9am, 1pm, 7pm. Some bring lots of luggage and some just bring a small carry-on. It is done everyday, all day long. We have experience. We are setup for this type of customer market. We have customers who bring brand new European cars, custom-made SUVs, race cars, old cars, regular family cars, special needs vehicles. We have seen it all, from the expensive Ferrari to the good old reliable Toyota Tercel. Each and every car is kept safe and each car owner is treated with the same respect. We work hard to earn you money and we give more much more for your money as well.
Delta Truck Parking is a COMMERCIAL parking lot near the Otay Mesa border crossing. We provide safe and secure same day, overnight and long term parking service for both regular cars and commercial vehicles. You are welcome to park your car for as little as one hour or for as long as 20 days or longer. See our parking fees or calculate parking costs or read more about how our car parking service work. If you are ready, book online, spaces are limited. Reservations are not required but of course we only guarantee parking to those who pay in advance.
We are located 1.5miles North of the Otay Mesa border crossing, just far enough from undesirable parking headaches but close enough for a comfortable 5 minute mini-van ride to the border crossing walkway. If you hate car door dings or if you drive a luxury car or if you prefer to arrive to the border crossing in our shuttle van, then we are the type of parking service you are looking for.
Just one last thing before you decide:
Car parking is provided as valet parking service. What that means is that you must leave your car keys with us. So if you don’t mind leaving your car keys and if you don’t mind our truck driver accounts, then you just found yourself a very safe and secure parking lot in Otay Mesa. See what other have said about us on Yelp and at Google.
Highly recommend this parking location Yelp Reviews
Parked here for 7 days since my flight was out of Tijuana to Guadalajara. They have a 24hr shuttle service to the border and advice you to take a specific taxi for safety purposes. Taxi charged us $12.00 to the border and made us feel very safe. Came back at 3am from Guadalajara 7 days later, called them to pick us up from the designated location and they were there no more than 10min later. Highly recommend this parking location. They even have a double gate to keep vehicles secure.
Carla H.—1/6/2014 .
Much safer then parking at the Tijuana Airport parking lot Google Reviews
I’d have to say the best way to fly out of TJ is to park at Delta Truck Parking and take their shuttle to the Tijuana Airport (airport shuttle no longer available). The parking lot is very close and convenient in Otay Mesa, close to the border and the 125 freeway. Truck parking may worry you, but the trucks park very far away from the cars and they have a very good 24 hours security and a 24 hour guard there. I feel my Jeep is safer here then at any parking lot at the San Diego Airport and much safer then parking it at the Tijuana Airport parking lot. The people are friendly, the shuttle service is swift and very reasonably priced and the lot is safe! Five Stars!
Cabo Russ. —December 2013