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How CBX Makes Traveling to Mexico Affordable

We traveled as a guest of La Paz

How CBX Makes Traveling to Mexico Affordable

I love Mexico. I love the people, the culture, the food, and the beauty of the country. Our family spends lots of time in Ensenada, Rosarito, and Valle de Guadalupe because it has always been affordable to drive down from Southern California. While I love spending my time in these regions of Mexico, there is so much more of the country I want to explore, but the cost of travel has always been too high to travel on a regular basis until the recent opening of the Cross Border Xpress (CBX).

Entrance to CBX

When making arrangements to visit La Paz for the first time, it was an ideal time to test out CBX. Flights to La Paz from John Wayne or LAX can range anywhere from $350+ per person, but when flying out of Tijuana, the rates can be as low as $150 per person roundtrip! That is a huge price difference, making it more affordable for families to visit La Paz. Plus, when flying out of LAX or John Wayne, you’re more than likely going to have a layover somewhere in Mexico, making the travel time longer than it needs to be, which can be challenging when traveling with small children.

Cross Border Xpress

CBX Ticket Kiosk

I had a car service pick me up from my house, and take me to the CBX border crossing in San Diego. There is a secure parking lot at CBX for $15 a day, but the cost of a car service was not much more than the parking fee.

San Diego Mexico Bridge Terminal

When I walked into the beautiful CBX airport terminal, I was able to print out my boarding pass, and purchase a ticket to have bridge access. I then took my luggage to the gate where I was able to walk about five minutes over the border and straight into the Tijuana airport terminal. I went from terminal to terminal.

Ticketing for CBX

Tijuana Airport Customs

CBX Bridge

Once in the Tijuana airport terminal, I checked in my bags and then walked to the airport gate to board the plane.

Tijuana Airport Terminal

The entire process from arriving at CBX in San Diego to boarding the plane in Tijuana took about 15 minutes!! I have never experienced such a seamless airport departure process, and returning home was just as fast and easy.

Flying from Tijuana to La Paz

Food Options on Volaris

Not only was the cost of travel cut in half but it was also a less stressful traveling experience compared to traveling out of our local US airports.

Tijuana Airport Runway

Who can use CBX? You can only use this border crossing if you have an advance purchased plane ticket out of the Tijuana airport.

Volaris Airlines

The flight took about 1 1/2 hours to get to La Paz, and I was at Bismarkcito having a cocktail within thirty minutes of landing.

US and Mexico at CBX

Returning to US using CBX

Returning to the US using CBX

Coming home was just as easy. The important thing to note when landing in Tijuana is to follow the giant purple CBX signs (you can’t miss them). You will want to follow the signs to the bridge, and NOT exit into Tijuana. If you don’t follow the signs to the bridge and exit into Tijuana, then you’ll have to cross into the US using the traditional border crossing. If you have any questions when heading back into the US, there are multiple CBX employees available at baggage claim to make sure your family makes it to the bridge without any problems.

Do not exit into Tijuana and take the CBX Bridge

Crossing to Tijuana airport from San Diego

What are you waiting for? Book your discounted flight to La Paz on Volaris Airlines from Tijuana at 1/2 the price of flights out of the US, and have more money saved for future vacations to explore more of Mexico. When planning future family vacations to Mexico, I’ll always plan to fly out of Tijuana using the CBX border crossing.


CBX Ticket booth in Tijuana

One way $12
Roundtrip $24
Family pricing for up to 6 family members $40

CBX Shuttle Service

There is also a shuttle service available:
CBX ↔ San Ysidro
Operating every 30 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

CBX ↔ Downtown San Diego
Operating every 2 hours from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Affordable Mexico Family Vacation

Cross Border Xpress
2745 Otay Pacific Drive
Otay Mesa, CA 92154

Crossing the US Mexico border

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  1. Great description of the cbx crossing. We’ve used it 7 or 8 times since it opened in Dec. 2015. It is the best thing that ever happened to traveling in Mexico! If the price of parking was a bit less it would make it perfect!

    • Yes! After coming back multiple times, I agree that parking does have room for improvement. I have expressed my concerns with some of the people who are working on the project, and they are aware…and working to improve some of the parking challenges =)

  2. Thank you so much for this! We are using this for the first time and this really helped me understand the process. Quick question. Do you know if the Family Pass is round trip or one way? Thanks so much!

    • Glad it helped. Yes, you can purchase a roundtrip family pass. Have a great trip!!

  3. I am so glad I came across your blog! My cousin is getting married in La Paz this fall and Iness thinking of flying out flying out of Tijuana and of course using the bridge. I am curious about the car service you mentioned, could you specify which one you used?

    • I don’t recall the name of the car service that we used, but there are a lot of reliable car services in Southern California. Ps. You are going to LOVE La Paz!!


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