Using the CBX border bridge to fly into/out of Tijuana

  • Using the CBX border bridge to fly into/out of Tijuana

    Posted by FishFinder on August 25, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Flying Out | Requirements to cross to Mexico through CBX

    You may only use the bridge within 24 hours of your flight departure

    Travelers are permitted to cross into Mexico.

    Mexican Nationals:

    • Passport, INE credential, birth certificate, consular card or Mexican nationality certificate
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

    Foreigner:

    • Passport
    • FMM Form (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) Complete your FMM form here
    • Payment of migratory rights (only if your stay is longer than 7 days)
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

     

    Flying In | Requirements to cross to the United States through CBX

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    You may use the CBX bridge to cross to San Diego within 2 hours of landing in the Tijuana International Airport. Make sure not to leave the baggage claim area and head towards the CBX entrance.

    Fully vaccinated, non-U.S. citizen travelers with appropriate documentation, including those with B1/B2 visas, are permitted to enter the United States through CBX. All non-U.S. travelers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination. Travelers ages 17 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement but should be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Click here for more information.

    A COVID-19 test is not required for CBX passengers.

    U.S. Citizens or Residents:

    • Passport (book or card) or Permanent Resident Card
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

    Foreigners:

      • Passport
      • Visa
      • I-94 permit. All passengers, with the exception of U.S. citizens and residents, traveling more than 25 miles (approx. 40 km) from the border or staying more than 30 days in the United States will be required to prepay and complete their provisional I-94 permit before crossing through CBX. Pre-pay it here.
      • You can also pre-pay your I-94 in the CBP One app

    Boarding pass

    • CBX Ticket

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    *** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ***

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    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO USE CBX?

    A boarding pass, a CBX ticket and official valid travel documents. If you are traveling southbound, you may only use the bridge within 24 hours to your flight departure. If you are traveling northbound, you may only use the bridge within 2 hours of landing.

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    PARKING, TRANSPORTATION AND SERVICE OPTIONS AT CBX?

    Does CBX offer long term parking?

    Long-term parking services are not available however, limited time promotions and discounts are offered throughout the year. To learn more about these and other promotions, follow us on Facebook or contact us at [email protected]

    Click here for more information on parking rates

    Can I purchase parking in advance?

    Yes, you can reserve parking in our Premium Lot or Lot 3 directly from the homepage of this website. For information about daily rates please visit https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/parking

    Does the shuttle service accept credit card payments?

    Yes, credit and debit cards are accepted as well as cash (only dollars).

    What transportation options can I find at CBX?

    Car rental, shuttle, taxis, rideshare such as Lyft, Uber

    What bus lines can I find at CBX?

    Limousine Express offers transportation from CBX to several destinations. Visit https://eplalimo.com for information on routes, schedule, pricing and reservations or call 915-532-4061/866-691-9732.

    How do I get from San Diego to CBX?

    Shuttle. Cross Border Xpress partner, Damaris, operates a shuttle service from San Diego to CBX. Get your tickets here. Lyft App.
    City bus. At downtown San Diego, the blue line trolley to Iris Avenue, then transfer to bus 909. Drop off on Siempre Viva Rd & Britannia Bl. From there, it’s a 0.7 mile walking distance to the CBX terminal.
    In the car. You can park at CBX from $15 dlls per day. Passengers can be dropped off in the CBX terminal at the departures area.

    What services do you offer for guests with disabilities/mobility impairments?

    The CBX facility is ADA compliant, in partnership with airlines flying in and out of the Tijuana Airport, Cross Border Xpress also provides wheelchair assistance. Please contact your airline to request this service.

    Does CBX provide porter service or luggage carts to cross the bridge?

    Yes, CBX offers luggage cart service free of charge and porters are available only at the Tijuana International airport.

    Where can I check-in my luggage if I cross to the Tijuana Airport through CBX?

    CBX offers an exclusive “drop off” area located at the Tijuana Airport available only for passengers traveling with Viva Aerobus and Volaris. We suggest you contact your airline about rates and additional baggage costs at check-in. For check-in with all other airlines, go to your airline’s counter at the general check-in area in the Tijuana Airport.

    Are ATMs and Currency Exchange services available at the CBX?

    Currency exchange and ATMs are available at the CBX San Diego Terminal.

    Is there a smoking area at the Cross Border Xpress terminal?

    Smoking is permitted in the designated areas outside the CBX San Diego terminal. No smoking is allowed within the terminal building or bridge.

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    WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO CROSS THROUGH CBX?

    Remember that in order to cross through CBX you must be a passenger of the Tijuana International Airport. You will need a boarding pass, a CBX ticket and official valid travel documents.

    Crossing to Mexico

    You may only use the bridge within 24 hours to your flight departure.

    Mexican Nationals:

    • Passport, INE credential, birth certificate, consular card o Mexican nationality certificate.
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

    Foreigner:

    • Passport
    • FMM Form (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) Complete the form here
    • Payment of migratory rights (only if your stay is longer than 7 days)
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

    For more information visit: http://www.inm.gob.mx

    Crossing to the United States

    You may use the CBX bridge within 2 hours of landing in the Tijuana International Airport. The CBX entrance is immediately adjacent to the baggage claim area. Do not exit to the public area of the airport, otherwise you will not be allowed to cross through CBX. All re-entries to the baggage claim area are prohibited.

    United States Nationals:

    • Passport (book or card)
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

    Foreigners:

    • Passport
    • Visa
    • I-94 permit (If you travel more than 25 miles from the border or your stay is longer than 30 days) Pre-pay it here and expedite your crossing through CBX.
    • Boarding pass
    • CBX ticket

    For more information visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site: http://www.cbp.gov/

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    DO I NEED A PERMIT TO CROSS TO MEXICO?

    Non-Mexican citizens are required to fill out a Multiple Migration Form (FMM). To expedite your travel we suggest you complete the form here prior to your trip.

    In addition, if your stay is longer than 7 days you must pay for your immigration rights through a tourist permit with an estimated cost of 25-30 dollars, based on the currency exchange of the day.

    For more information visit Mexico’s National Migration Institute website: https://www.inm.gob.mx

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    DOES THE TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM APPLY IN CBX?

    Yes. The trusted traveler program applies to CBX, including Global Entry and SENTRI.

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    ARE THERE ANY PROHIBITED ITEMS I CAN’T BRING WITH ME WHEN CROSSING THE BORDER AT CBX?

    Cross Border Xpress is part of a secure airport terminal and it is also an international border crossing for the United States and Mexico. All international laws from migration and customs authorities from U.S. and Mexico apply.

    For more information visit the following sites:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection: http://www.cbp.gov/

    Mexican Customs: http://www.sat.gob.mx/Paginas/Inicio.aspx#

    Mexico’s National Migration Institute: http://www.inm.gob.mx/

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    DO I NEED TO BE VACCINATED TO USE CBX?

    Only non-American citizens entering the U.S. need to verbally atest or present proof of full vaccination with one of the FDA approved vaccines by the U.S. government: Janssen(J&J), Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, Sinovac.

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    CAN I USE MY AIRLINE TICKET FOR CBX?

    To cross through the CBX bridge you are required to have a CBX crossing ticket and a valid boarding pass. Please visit our Requirements webpage for more information.

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    WHEN ARRIVING AT THE TIJUANA AIRPORT FROM A DOMESTIC FLIGHT, CAN I GO TO TIJUANA AND RETURN TO THE AIRPORT TO CROSS THE BORDER THROUGH CROSS BORDER XPRESS?

    No, a passenger that goes out of the baggage claim area to the public area of the airport is not allowed to re-enter and use the CBX bridge. Passengers can use the bridge within 2 hours of landing in the Tijuana International Airport.

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    CAN I PRINT MY BOARDING PASS AT CBX?

    To save time and expedite your crossing we recommend you complete your web check-in through your airlines’ website. If you need to print it for any reason, Yes, CBX has automated kiosks where you can print boarding passes for Aeroméxico, Volaris and Interjet. And if you require personal assistance you can visit the Aeroméxico, Viva Aerobus and Volaris counters located at the CBX San Diego terminal.

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    WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION OF CROSS BORDER XPRESS?

    The CBX San Diego terminal and the CBX bridge are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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    CBX Tickets & Price

    Traveling in one direction or round trip?

    • Single Ticket: Cross in one direction, save by purchasing through this website or the CBX App.
    • Round trip Ticket: If you already have a return date, this is the ticket for you. Save your ticket, you will need to present it when you return.

    We also offer a variety of products and rates based on seasonality.

    Check the calendar and specific dates per season to purchase your tickets according to your travel date.

     

    CBX Parking rates starting as low as $15 USD per day

    Lots 1, 2 & 3 – $23 USD

    Premium Lot – $30 USD

    Lots A, B, C & D – $20 USD

    Reserved Parking – $30 USD
    Your reservation guarantees a space even if the lot is full on arrival.
    Valid for parking in Premium Lot or Lot 3.
    No in and out privileges. You CANNOT enter & exit more than once.

    24 Hour Advance Cancellation Policy.
    All parking passes are date and location specific and cannot be exchanged for another day or location.
    To use the CBX reserved parking service you must complete your reservation at least 6 hours prior to your arrival.
    Park anywhere in Premium Lot that does not say “Reserved”.

    Valet Parking
    0-4 Hrs – $25 USD
    Daily Rate – $35 USD

    Daily Rates subject to change without prior notice.

     

     

    amandae replied 1 week, 2 days ago 14 Members · 23 Replies
  • 23 Replies
  • nashsimpson

    Member
    August 25, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Awesome post – great info! I am going to bookmark this.

    • paranewbi

      Member
      August 27, 2022 at 5:48 am

      X2!

  • MikeyD

    Member
    August 25, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, that was a lot of work compiling all that. Do you work at CBX or something?

  • DB-Baja

    Member
    August 26, 2022 at 6:25 am

    So you have to purchase your airline tickets through CBX? Are they same deals available anywhere else?

    • paranewbi

      Member
      August 27, 2022 at 5:48 am

      No… you can purchase your flight ticket at any Mexican airlines, just print out your ticket and bring it with you (usually you can print out your boarding pass 2hrs in advance and that is sufficient at CBX). That way you get to walk past the crowded airline counters within the CBX facility that others are getting their ticket/boarding pass at (Don’t get in any lines within CBX just go to the entrance to crossing where agents are standing to review your documents detailed out in the above).

      I also go on the CBX website to purchase my CBX crossing pass… a lot of the airlines offer to complete this with your flight purchase but will get you for a few bucks for the pleasure.

      • JuanSoler

        Member
        August 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

        Are the fares on CBX more expensive?

        • maxmo

          Member
          August 29, 2022 at 7:00 am

          Is there a penalty for not using the CBX website to but your ticket?

          • cabodream

            Member
            August 29, 2022 at 7:48 pm

            I don’t believe so.

        • paranewbi

          Member
          August 30, 2022 at 9:16 am

          IF your asking about the CBX crossing tickets (you need 2 – one for each way) It is cheaper to buy them on the CBX website as the airlines that will include those crossing tickets with your flight purchase will charge a small fee extra for providing that service.

          The CBX website doesn’t sale airline tickets… Within the CBX building are airlines counters that will sale and service all tickets, luggage, etc. associated with the airlines located at Tijuana International (NOT the name of the airport just more expedient). The times I have used the CBX crossing those counters are insanely crowded (mostly with people wanting their boarding pass printed out ($) because you have to have it to cross.

          I always purchase my flight ticket (months in advance for the deals) online and then print my boarding pass out the night before my flight so I have it in hand with my passport and FMM (also printed out online) as well as my CBX crossing passes for coming and going, for the quickest transit through CBX to TJ International and vice versa.

          Why anyone would purchase their flight ticket at CBX… not knowing if there was room available on the flight you want/need, is beyond me when you can do that in your own home. If you don’t have a printer available then fight the crowd at the counters for a boarding pass to a flight that you already have secured at home and you know is available. You’ll also have to spend a few moments in the immigration area filling out your FMM.

          With 2 million people transiting CBX each year… do what you can to not have to stand in any of the lines. And if you buy your tickets months in advance you’ll get the best deals (Especially with Volaris).

          • guacamole

            Member
            September 1, 2022 at 6:27 am

            Thanks for clearing that up, I was getting confused too. How much are the CBX tickets to use their access to and from the airport per person?

            • paranewbi

              Member
              September 1, 2022 at 8:09 am

              Prices can be found here… https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/ticketshttps://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/tickets

              RT = $35/$40/$45 depending on the ‘season’.

              I didn’t realize since it’s been a year when I last purchased tickets to cross at CBX. Fortunately I will be purchasing this year for our kids/grand-kids to fly into Loreto and camp with us (in our RV) during what’s now the ‘Low Season’ pricing!

              I’m starting to think with my grand-kids making $15-$18 an hour at their entry level jobs (and still living with mom) I should stop spending my retirement on them and let them spend theirs!

              Talk now in Cali is to raise the ‘fast food’ workers wages to $22 per hour… but that’s for another thread.

              • BajaBundo

                Member
                September 2, 2022 at 6:57 am

                22 bucks an hour while living at home means they should start paying for room and board in my opinion, but that’s just me.

                • paranewbi

                  Member
                  September 2, 2022 at 1:14 pm

                  I agree! and they do! It’s Grandma that I bow to when she wants her kids/grand-kids on the beach with us in Baja 🙂

                  I really can’t complain since she did agree to my insistence that they ‘aged out’ at 18 for birthday and Christmas gifts (cards forever more!). And with 5 kids, 11 grand-kids (all older teens or adults now!) and 4 great grand-kids; I came out on the good financial bargaining!!

                  I would rather give our money to airlines than Chuck-E-Cheese…

                  • amandae

                    Member
                    September 2, 2022 at 6:08 pm

                    I love your priorities; prefer to buy airline tickets over paying for kids birthday parties and margaritas over buying travel insurance. 😆😆😆

                    Any more pearls of wisdom you might want to share???

                    😁

                    • paranewbi

                      Member
                      September 4, 2022 at 4:46 am

                      I’ve driven pretty much nothing but dirt roads to Panama from San Diego (VW bus) surfing my way through all of the Central America countries… this in the 70″s. Only asphalt was around the capitals of each and the Pan Am highway was being torn out of the tundra going south.

                      Months would go by before getting back home.

                      I came to a conclusion during those times and it pretty much is my motto today;

                      “If you go far enough, you will get back home.”

                    • BajaGringo

                      Organizer
                      September 4, 2022 at 10:52 am

                      I spent several years living in Tucuman, Argentina during the 70’s and 80’s and the Pan American Hwy passed right through. Back during that time I had the opportunity meet and talk with some who made the trip from North to South America; they rode motorcycles, different makes and models of trucks and vans, one Suburban and one Land Rover that I will never forget.

                      They all shared similar stories of problems and hazards to get through Central America which seemed to be the most difficult section for most based on poor to no roads available, breaking down with lack of parts available and highway pirates.

                      One retired couple I met drove down in a VW Kombi and it took them nearly 3 months to get through Central America in 1973. One of their problems was their windshield got shattered and were unable to get a replacement. They finally found a local glass shop that manufactured one out of about 5 or 6 different pieces of plexiglass, each cut to make the curve with the Kombi’s frame and all glued together with epoxy. They told me it took a few days of driving to get used to the prism effect and it leaked like a sieve around the outer seal and they were – of course – driving through the region during the really extreme rainy season.

                      The most memorable one without a doubt was a Canadian driving a Land Rover down who encountered similar problems as the rest but also high centered on a rock passing through northern Colombia, badly damaging his oil pan. The problem was he was trying to outrun a small group of bandits, chasing him in a pickup and he couldn’t stop. He escaped the pirates but his engine seized further down the road.

                      He was able to get a local to help him tow the Land Rover to the next village but there were no Land Rover mechanics there back then and even fewer parts. After spending a week going over all his options, he ended up cutting a deal with a local mechanic who swapped out and adapted a complete drive train from a Ford Bronco to fit under the Land Rover chassis.

                      It really was something to see as they had to cut and modify the chassis to make it work including modifications to the floor of his Land Rover, requiring the front seats to be raised almost 3 inches to stay level, which felt really odd to ride in.

                      The whole job including the Bronco drive train cost him 1500 dollars.

                      When I asked him why he didn’t just sell/trade his Land Rover for another vehicle from a local there, he told me that the Land Rover belonged to his wife and he had promised to bring it back in one piece.

                      I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to see her reaction and hear that conversation on his return.

                    • paranewbi

                      Member
                      September 5, 2022 at 5:33 am

                      OH, OH… might be a need for a new thread! Although venturing a little out of the ‘Baja’ topic range, a thread of ‘experiences’ might be interesting.

                      So I started a new thread “Those south of the border experiences”.

                    • BajaGringo

                      Organizer
                      September 5, 2022 at 7:39 am

                      Good idea

  • carloshc

    Member
    August 26, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Amazing! I live in Tijuana and didn’t know what a good service that CBX access offers.

    🖕🖕🖕

    • nashsimpson

      Member
      September 22, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      I think that it’s still a secret to a lot of people. Some friends who have a timeshare in Cabo always fly out of San Diego and when I mentioned the CBX as an alternative, they acted like they had never heard of it? Maybe some good prime time marketing would help.

      • amandae

        Member
        September 23, 2022 at 8:07 am

        I hear the parking lot for the CBX on the San Diego side is full most of the time, not sure they can handle more people without some further expansion?

  • mx-rider

    Member
    August 27, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

  • cabodream

    Member
    August 29, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Great info here all on one page – thank you!

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