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Tijuana Travel Guide

Everything you need to know about traveling to Tijuana, Mexico


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Traveling to Tijuana, Mexico is an exciting experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. As a Mexican border town, Tijuana offers a unique combination of cultural experiences, from traditional Mexican carnivals to modern nightlife venues. Whether you’re looking for adventure or just want to relax and take in the sights, there’s something for everyone in Tijuana.

Tijuana truly has it all: incredible food, stunning beaches, and buzzing nightlife. The city is renowned for its delicious street tacos and other culinary delights like ceviche and flautas. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of the local favorites like pozole or menudo. There are also plenty of great beach spots around town to soak up some sun or do some surfing.

In this Tijuana travel guide, you will find all the information you need including safety tips.

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✈️ Tijuana Travel Guide: Quick Info

  • 🇲🇽 State: Baja California
  • ⏰ Timezone: Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7)
  • ✈️ Airport: Tijuana International Airport
  • 💲 Currency: Mexican pesos (MXN) with $ sign used. Don’t confuse it with US$ or USD. USD is widely accepted in Tijuana so you don’t even have to change to Mexican pesos.
  • 🔌 Power plug: Mexico uses a type A socket (US, Canada). For more information about power plugs in Mexico, see this link (with photos)
  • 📱 Mexico sim card: The best provider that works in Sayulita area and the Riviera Nayarit is Telcel. See our complete Mexico sim card guide for more information.
  • 📡 Wifi: The average Wifi speed in Tijuana is 25 Mbps with a fiber optic connection of up to 50 Mbps.
  • 🛃 Visa: Mexico is no longer giving 180 days visa to tourists so make sure that you have proof of accommodation and outbound flight so you’ll get the right visa.
  • 🤟 Language: Everyone can speak English very well in Tijuana so you don’t have to worry if you don’t speak Spanish. It is still advised to learn some basic Spanish when visiting Mexico.
  • 🌵 Culture: Tijuana is known to Americans to be a party town so expect a vibrant atmosphere and night life culture in Tijuana. It is also a melting pot of Mexico where you will find all nationalities not just from Latin America but all over the world! Most Americans who work in San Diego choose to lie in Tijuana (or Rosarito) for lower costs.

🗺️ Tijuana Map

☀️ Best time to visit Tijuana

From April through October, temperatures usually range from 70-85F (21-30C), making it an excellent time for outdoor activities. The summer months are especially popular as temperatures stay mild throughout the day and night. Along with beautiful weather during these months, you can also enjoy some of the city’s signature events like its famous Carnaval celebration in May or its massive music festival at Plaza Monumental in August.

🚦 Tijuana Transportation Guide

  • ✈️ Tijuana Airport Transfer: Tijuana is the major airport in the state of Baja California so there are many taxi services to any point like Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada. An airport transfer from Tijuana starts at $110 USD for groups of 3.
  • 🚕 Taxi: Tijuana taxi rides are surprisingly affordable and easy to find. Most trips within the city cost between $2-$3 USD. It’s always important when traveling abroad that you agree on a fare and confirm it with your driver before beginning your journey. Uber works in Tijuana, and it’s safe!
  • 🚌 Bus: Local buses frequently run throughout the town. You can get anywhere in Tijuana for less than $2 USD. To make things even easier, if you need help finding your route or making connections, friendly locals will be more than happy to help.
  • 🚗 Rental cars: When you rent a car at Tijuana Airport, expect to pay between $20 – $40 USD per day for economy or compact cars. Mid-size and full-size vehicles will cost around $30-$60 daily. SUVs may be available for those looking for more space, but expect to pay top dollar; prices range from $50 – $80 daily.

💲 Tijuana Travel Budget

If you are backpacking, you can spend $25 USD per day given that you’ll cook in your hostel or stay in a bed in a hostel dorm. Mid-range travelers can spend $75 USD per day (per person) which includes a stay in a boutique hotel.

There aren’t all-inclusive resorts in Tijuana but more of 5-star and luxury hotels with pools and amenities like a resort.


There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to accommodation prices in Tijuana. Luxury hotels can go up to $200 USD per night (for 2 people, while hotels start at $55 USD. There are also lovely Airbnbs under $100 USDA bed in a hostel dorm starts at $18 USD per night.


To start off with lighter fare, tacos are typically the cheapest option available in most eateries. You can get a delicious taco for just $2-$3 USD – perfect for those on a budget! For something heartier and more filling, try some burritos or enchiladas – both usually cost around $4-5 USD per plate.


Tours in Tijuana start from $35 USD and can go up to $300 USD. Again, there is no exact answer on how much you need for the tours and excursions – it will all depend on the activity that you want to do but group tours are always cheaper than individual tours.

  • 💳 Use of credit cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in Tijuana, and some are even preferred over cash or debit cards. Visa and Mastercard are the two most commonly accepted cards throughout Mexico, but American Express is also welcome at many merchants. Additionally, if traveling to Tijuana, it is wise to carry cash, as not all small businesses take credit cards.
  • 🏧 Cash/ATMs: Plenty of reliable and safe ATMs all over the city provide easy access to your money. Banamex is an excellent option for international travelers. With locations throughout the city and its convenient 24/7 customer service options, customers can easily withdraw pesos from their accounts with ease. Plus, Banamex has some of the lowest withdrawal fees around. If you’ve got an account at Santander, then head to one of their ATMs, as they offer great exchange rates and free withdrawals for both domestic and international users.
  • 💱 Money exchange: USD is widely accepted in Tijuana, so you don’t have to change to Mexican pesos. If you want convenience and security, head to Dolar Express. It provides secure currency exchange services with some of the lowest fees around town. They also offer a great selection of foreign coins.
  • 💁🏻‍♀️ Tipping: When dining out in Tijuana, leaving a tip is always appreciated. The standard amount for good service is 10-15%, but feel free to leave more if you had a great meal. Double-check your bill before leaving; some restaurants may already include the gratuity! Tipping tour guides and drivers are also standard practice in Tijuana.

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🏄‍♀️  Things to do in Tijuana


Explore the city of Tijuana

From savoring delicious Mexican cuisine, exploring downtown’s bustling markets, and learning about local culture and history, there’s a lot to see in the city of Tijuana! Visit key sites like Avenida Revolución, Mercado Hidalgo, Monumental Plaza de Toros, and Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT). Stroll along the beachfront promenade, where you can take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.


Stroll Avenida Revolucion

From street vendors to luxury boutiques, this lively avenue has no shortage of activity and entertainment. It’s not all about the shopping, though; Avenida Revolucion also boasts several top-rated restaurants offering delicious Mexican cuisine that won’t break the bank. Plus, with its lively bars and clubs staying open late into the night, it’s a great place to hang out and get drinks while getting to know the culture of Tijuana.


Visit Playas de Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana is the best area to see the culture of the US and Mexico borders. Here, you will see San Diego from afar and see murals depicting both happy and sad stories about crossing this border.


Wine tour in Valle de Guadalupe

Learn about their unique history and sip on award-winning wines from across the globe. This tour offers something for everyone, from tastings to tours of vineyards and breathtaking views. Enjoy a gourmet lunch with beverages at a local restaurant before heading back to Tijuana or San Diego. This is a great day trip option from the USA.


Tijuana food tour: lobster trip

Go on an adventure from Tijuana to the charming lobster village of Puerto Nuevo. Along the way, you’ll pass through quaint towns filled with colorful buildings and stunning ocean views. Once you reach Puerto Nuevo, indulge in some of the freshest seafood from local fishing villages.


Spend an afternoon in Rosarito

This tour of El Vergel Pools and Malecon Beaches in Tijuana is a must! Swim in tranquil coves surrounded by lush vegetation before heading to El Vergel Pool Park, where you can explore waterfalls and hidden grottos. Enjoy a relaxing lunch with Mexican dishes at one of the park’s restaurants before cruising down Malecon Beach to watch dolphins playing in their natural habitat.


Visit one of the oldest wineries in Mexico

Just 3 hours from Tijuana is Valle de Santo Tomas, one of the oldest wineries in Mexico. Go here if you want to change the usual Valle de Guadalupe route! The surrounding hills and mountains provide an idyllic setting for sunset dinners or leisurely walks through the rows of grape vines.

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Wine route with tasting

This 6-hour wine route tour is perfect for wine enthusiasts who are eager to explore some of Mexico’s best wineries and vineyards. You’ll get to sample some of the finest wines from renowned vintners in the region, as well as enjoy a delicious lunch and learn about Mexican culture and food.

Baja California region full-day tour

This full-day tour takes you through the markets and streets of downtown Tijuana. You’ll have the chance to visit historical sites, amazing art galleries, and other local attractions. During your time here, you’ll be able to sample authentic Mexican cuisine as well as get an up close look at some of the city’s colorful murals. Plus, there will be opportunities for shopping along the way too!

Mixology tour

This mixology tour is perfect for adventurous travelers looking to explore the unique and vibrant culture of Tijuana. On this fun-filled day, you’ll visit some of the city’s best bars, get a crash course in tequila tasting, and learn about local history and culture from your expert guide. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time for shopping at traditional Mexican markets!

🍲 Tijuana Restaurants

🛏️ Tijuana Hotels

Tijuana has many hotel types, with luxury hotels (no resorts) from $150 USD per night (2 people). Backpackers can stay in hostels for as low as $18 USD per night. Boutique hotels start from $55 USD and are the best option if you’re looking for a simpler accommodation. Below are the best hotels in Tijuana (with prices) that we highly recommend:

✨ Tijuana travel and safety tips

  • Safety in Tijuana: If you are traveling to Tijuana for leisure and fun, it is safe! Tour guides will always bring you to safe spots for tourists. You will also see many Americans and Canadians living in the border so you will have a more familiar feeling of home.
  • Stay vigilant: keep an eye on your surroundings and keep your belongings close. Don’t make yourself an easy target by walking around with flashy jewelry or backpacks full of electronics.
  • Local police are always present: don’t hesitate to approach police in Tijuana. Both local law enforcement and private security companies are available 24/7.
  • Get a Sentri pass: This fast lane makes it quick and easy for pre-approved travelers to cross the U.S.-Mexico border quickly and hassle-free. With this particular pass, there’s no waiting in line at immigration or customs – all you have to do is drive up, flash your card, and voila: you’re on your way! Plus, since the Sentri lanes are dedicated only to those with the official pass, traffic moves quickly through these lanes – so no more sitting in gridlock for hours!
  • A day trip to Tijuana is easy from San Diego: Located just 20 miles south of San Diego, this vibrant Mexican border town is bursting with history, culture and amazing food – all ready for you to explore. Tijuana offers travelers a huge variety of activities to choose from – shop ’til you drop at one of the many open-air markets or get some inspiration from its buzzing art scene.
  • The Baja California wine region is near Tijuana: There are hundreds of vineyards spread all throughout Baja California Norte, all within 1-3 hours drive from Tijuana. Discover the most significant wine regions in Ensenada when you visit Tijuana!

⁉️ Tijuana FAQ

ABSOLUTELY! Located just south of the border from San Diego, California, this vibrant city is an ideal spot for travelers looking to explore something different. From its bustling nightlife and delicious cuisine to its interesting history, there are plenty of reasons why visitors should plan their next trip to Tijuana.

Tijuan is known for its lively atmosphere. Whether you’re in the mood for a wild night out or a relaxing evening in one of the many cantinas, there’s something for everyone regarding entertainment options.

YES, YOU CAN! If you’re in San Diego, California, all you have to do is hop in your car and drive south on Interstate 5. In as little as 20 minutes (or less!), you’ll find yourself on the streets of Tijuana. You can also leave your car on the other side and walk but it is more convenient to drive.

You cannot go to Tijuana from San Diego without a passport. It’s important to note that no passport or visa is required for entry; all U.S. citizens need is their driver’s license or state ID card for re-entry into the United States.

ABSOLUTELY! Although the peso is the official currency of Mexico, US dollars are widely accepted in Tijuana. From grocery stores and restaurants to souvenir shops and even street vendors, you will find that many places accept US dollars as payment.

Tijuana is one of the most dynamic cities in all of Mexico, and it’s known for various exciting reasons. First, it’s a popular tourist destination due to its vibrant nightlife and proximity to San Diego, California.

Tijuana also features world-class restaurants where you can experience delicious Mexican fare like tacos al pastor or carne asada. For shoppers, dozens of street markets throughout the city offer unique handcrafted items from local artisans.

On top of all this, Tijuana has an incredible beachfront that offer plenty of opportunities for swimming, surfing, and soaking up the sun. Plus, if you’re looking for something truly unique during your visit here, then be sure to explore the intriguing murals located around town – each one will tell you stories about Tijuana’s culture and history!

The official language in Mexico is Spanish but many people in Tijuana can speak English! You won’t have a hard time traveling around Tijuana as everyone in the service industry speaks English (close to native).

ABSOLUTELY! Many Americans drive daily to work in the United States and live in Tijuana. This way, they have lower costs of living and enjoy the excellent quality of life at the border.

Tijuana has been an integral part of Mexican culture since the early 1900s, when it served as a major hub of international commerce. This city straddling the US-Mexico border has also played a crucial role in helping immigrants and tourists travel in and out of Mexico.

This bustling border city is known for its vibrant nightlife, progressive art scene, and delicious cuisine influenced by Mexican and American cultures.

In addition to being one of the largest cities in Mexico, Tijuana offers easy access to some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, like Ensenada and Rosarito Beach. This lively city has become an iconic symbol of modern-day Mexican culture!

The crime rate in this Mexican city is rising, and it’s causing locals to feel uneasy. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying your trip to TJ – follow the safety tips in this article, and you’ll be good to go! On a personal note, I traveled to Tijuana alone, and I never felt harmed.

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Thursday 27th of July 2023

A trip to Tijuana sounds exciting. Happy to know that Uber works. Thank you for managing our expectation in terms of budget. I would love to try the Tijuana food tour and enjoy some lobsters. Thank you for sharing this guide. This is really helpful.


Tuesday 25th of July 2023

To be honest, this wasn't on my radar but I see why it should be. Rosarito in particular caught my attention with its hidden grottos. I love the sound of the lobster villages as well as visiting the oldest winery. Of course, the Mexican food is going to be a huge draw. Wouldnt say no to some water fun that you have mentioned.


Tuesday 25th of July 2023

I was not aware that there is a significant wine industry in Tijuana. But I like the idea of joining a wine tour in Mexico. I would love to do this on a longer tour in the Baja California region. Sea Kayaking and whale watching are other activities I have set my eyes on.


Tuesday 25th of July 2023

Tijuana looks like it's got it all going on, mural art, wineries, great food and sandy beaches - where do I sign up! I would enjoy visiting Playas de Tijuana to see the street art but also the historical Mexican sites would be interesting to see.

Alice Mola

Sunday 23rd of July 2023

I'm thinking about visiting Mexico with a friend in November, but we haven't quite decided where yet so this is such an awesome guide to have! I had no idea they also had tip culture in Mexico (we don't really do it here in France) so this is great to know beforehand. Getting tacos for 2 to 3 USD sounds like a dream, I think the food is what I look forward to the most when I travel. Destination wise I think the beaches of Rosarito are calling my name!

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