Traveling to Mexico

Trains, Planes and Automobiles!

Thank you to everyone making their way to Mexico to celebrate our wedding day.

We created this blog to help answer any questions you may have regarding traveling to Ensenada.

Please see our recommendations below on how to travel to Ensenada, Mexico.

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Let’s start at the beginning!  We describe travel to the wedding in 3 stages:

  1. Getting to San Diego*
  2. Getting to the USA/Mexico Border From Downtown San Diego
  3. Traveling from the Border (Tijuana) to Ensenada
  4. Traveling from Tijuana International Airport to Ensenada

*note: if you plan to fly directly to Tijuana, please skip ahead to step 4

Getting to San Diego from Los Angeles, California 

Flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego International Airport

Price: $75 +

Travel Time: 45 minutes

Southwest offers seasonal discounts on flights from LAX to SAN.  We suggest regularly checking flight prices leading up to your trip as the cost may vary.

If booking a connecting flight to San Diego, please be aware that LAX is a very large airport and delays may occur.  Make sure to leave ample time between arrival and departure.

 

Car Rental

Cost: Prices vary

Travel Time: 2 ½ hours to 4 ½ hours depending on traffic

When renting a vehicle in the USA and traveling to Mexico, you must choose a rental car company that explicitly allows its vehicles to enter Mexico.  You must also purchase Mexican auto insurance before cross the US/Mexico border.  For other important information regarding driving in Mexico, please visit Travel Advisor.

Information and rental options available at: http://www.bajabound.com/mexicocarrentals/

 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train

Cost: $37+

Travel Time: 2 ½ hours

Travel Directions: From LAX, travel by metro, bus, or taxi or via shuttle to Union Station to board the Pacific Surfliner Train.  The train provides service every 90 minutes and will deliver you directly into downtown San Diego at the Santa Fe Depot.  Be at the station at least 20 minutes before departure.

The Pacific Surfliner Train offers a comfortable journey with a bar and restaurant carriage.  The train hugs the coast as it travels south to San Diego, offering beautiful views of the Pacific ocean.

Train schedule available athttps://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak

 

Getting to the USA/Mexican Border from Downtown San Diego

Coordinated Shuttle Service

Travel Time: 90 minutes (from San Diego International Airport)

Cost: TBD (expected: $25.00-$60.00)

We are currently working with a tourist shuttle company to provide shuttle service from downtown San Diego to Ensenada on Thursday, July 28 (expected to depart around noon).  Prices per passenger and the shuttle departure time will depend on availability and bus capacity.  Guests interested in the using the shuttle service must sign up before May 2016.  Please demonstrate your interest in using the shuttle service by filling out the sign-up form: http://eoghainandalyssa.com/shuttle-service-sign-up 

 

Blue Line Trolley

Cost: $2.50

Travel Time: 45 minutes+

Travel Directions:  From the Santa Fe Depot or from numerous Blue Line Trolley stops throughout San Diego, take the Blue Line Trolley towards the San Ysidro Trolley Station.  If you are traveling directly from San Diego International Airport, take a cab or city bus Route 992 toward downtown to the City College Trolley Station.

Unboard at the San Ysidro Trolley Station and follow signs (posted in English and Spanish) directing you toward the pedestrian border crossing.

Trolley schedule available at: http://www.sdmts.com/schedules-real-time

 

Taxi/Uber/Lyft

Cost: $45+

 

Traveling to Ensenada 

Coordinated Shuttle Service

Travel Time: 90 minutes (from San Diego International Airport)

Cost: TBD (expected: $25.00-$60.00)

We are currently working with a tourist shuttle company to provide shuttle service from downtown San Diego to Ensenada on Thursday, July 28 (expected to depart around noon).  Prices per passenger and the shuttle departure time will depend on availability and bus capacity.  Guests interested in the using the shuttle service must sign up before May 2016.  Please demonstrate your interest in using the shuttle service by filling out the sign-up form: http://eoghainandalyssa.com/shuttle-service-sign-up 

ABC Bus

Travel Time: 70 minutes (from the USA/Mexico border)

Cost: $15.00

Travel Directions: After entering Mexico through the San Ysidro USA/Mexican pedestrian border crossing, pass the lines of people catching city buses toward an elevated walkway that stretches overtop 4 lanes of traffic coming into and out of Mexico. The walk takes about 10-minutes. When you get to the end of the walkway, keep walking straight until you come to the main street. Turn left on the street to the main circular intersection. Take a right crossing the busy street. You will see a building with dark glass, walk around it and you will arrive at the ABC BUSLINE station. The bus stops in Rosarito and then on to Ensenada.  We will provide an instructional video shortly.

ABC bus provides nice, modern buses equipped with bathrooms, air-conditioning, individual lights and air, and often shows a movie during the journey.  The bus leaves every hour.  Tickets can bought same-day online or from the bus terminal.

Sit on the right side so you can see the Pacific Ocean on the journey south!

Bus schedule is available at: http://www.abc.com.mx/

 

Taxi/Uber (in Mexico)

Travel Time: 70 minutes (from the USA/Mexico border)

Cost: $70+