Are you tired of the San Ysidro border wait time? I, along with many others, are thrilled over the changes happening at the Tijuana/San Diego border. Stop waiting in hour-long lines, and say hello to PedWest! Both the U.S. and Mexican governments have been making moves to improve the port of entry (both ways!) by implementing a new west side pedestrian crossing.
Decrease Your San Ysidro Border Wait Time
Out with the Old
The Tijuana/San Diego border crossing is notoriously awful. The border is open 24 hours a day and it’s the most crossed port of entry in the world. So you can surely expect delays. If you choose to cross by car, be aware that the wait to cross back into the United States is a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour. I have personally waited up to 7 hours during a holiday weekend.
If crossing on foot, you might get lucky depending on the day and time, but a wait of a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour can be expected. It has become the norm to wait 2 hours or more. I have personally waited 2 hours when crossing during a normal weekend.
In with the New
But this is all changing! Say hello to San Ysidro’s new port of entry, PedWest. PedWest opened July 15th, 2016, and is for pedestrians only. This change impacts 20,000+ pedestrians who cross on a daily basis. Right now, the crossing is only open from Mexico into the United States. There are 8 lanes open, with 6 more coming soon. I used PedWest in my most recent trip (during a weekend) and there was no wait. I’ll say it again, there was no wait. 😁 However, this is likely to change as people become more aware of its existence.
How to Get to PedWest from Tijuana
Although PedWest is located west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, it is still part of the overall complex. It’s located near the Las Americas Premium Outlets right next to the border.
If coming from Tijuana’s Zona Centro (downtown), take the bridge next to the Mercado de Artesnías, between Avenida Negrete and Avenida internacional. This bridge will connect to a ramp leading to the entry of PedWest.
How to get to the Trolley System?
I know what you’re thinking. But wait, how do I get back to the trolley or my parked car? The Virginia Avenue Transit Center has implemented a system to provide access to the public buses and trolley system. These changes also allow private vehicle and taxi pick up, which was unavailable in the old port of entry. You can take the 907 bus (roughly 5-minute drive) or simply walk. I chose to walk, and it’s an easy (and safe!) half a mile or so.
Pro Tip: If you arrived via the trolley, the 907 bus is at no extra cost to you.
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