Jun 3, 2007, 9:55 AM
Post #7 of 14
Oscar, yes there are economic advantages to flying out of Tijuana. Depending upon the Mexican destination, Volaris can be substantially less expensive. San Diego is my home airport and is serviced by AeroMexico. Prices on AeroMex out of SAN and TIJ are usually very similar, making the drive and border crossing not such an attractive option. However, Volaris and Alma both offer very inexpensive fares inside Mexico that AeroMex and Mexicana don't, can't or won't meet. The airport in San Diego is about 5 miles from the Santa Fe train depot, which would make a connection through San Diego doable. But San Diego isn't the most easily accessible airport so I think it would require a good deal of coordination on the part of the traveler. ExpressJet just started flying a bunch of nonstops into SAN from small or underserved cities, so this might be a new option if you live in a smaller town.
Re: [Oscar2] Volaris TJ to SDiego Bus Service
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Here's how the Volaris transfer works:
Volaris times their shuttles to their flights to ensure that you won't miss it. Though, with the way the border is these days, they don't guarantee you'll make the flight. Therefore, they require that you be at the Santa Fe depot 3 hours prior to departure.
1. Arrive at the Santa Fe depot 3 hours in advance and purchase your shuttle ticket. I think you can also purchase your plane ticket there as well.
2. Board shuttle for the border. At the border you will be dropped off to clear Mexican customs and, since these are domestic flights, this is where you'll get your FM-T
3. Reboard the Volaris shuttle for the Tijuana airport
4. Arrive at the airport, check-in, board your flight and go.
1. Go to Volaris customer service and they will call their shuttle for you
2. Transport to the border to clear American customs. Even on foot, these days it can take up to an hour to clear American customs at the Tijuana border crossing. That said, I've walked across at midnight and it took all of about 3 minutes.
3. Reboard the Volaris shuttle to the Santa Fe depot.
It used to take only a few minutes to cross the border southbound, but even that's beginning to back up. Reports of waits up to an hour to get into Mexico have been reported. This is not the norm and seems to happen mostly during holidays. The Tijuana border crossing is the busiest crossing in the world, Northbound waits of up to 3 hours are not unusual, though 45-90 minutes seem to be the norm. Pedestrian crossing is quicker, though not always by much.
The Volaris web site, is well done and in both languages and has very specific information regarding the shuttle service. One of the interesting things I've always noticed about flights in and out of Tijuana is that there are a huge amount that are very late at night or after midnight. Volaris' flight schedule is no different. A lot of their flights leave late or in the wee hours of the morning. This is not particularly convenient for me and, frankly, I'm not too wild about traveling through Tijuana at those hours of the night either.
http://www.volaris.com.mx/ Here's the link, the shuttle information is under "Services" and they usually have a box ad for it at the bottom of the page as well. Their prices are phenomenal. $100 USD Tijuana to Morelia is calling my name...