A Cross-Border Xpress (CBX) gateway between San Diego and Tijuana’s international airport opened on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The purple 390 feet (120 m) bridge, suspended above the border fence, offers ticketed airline passengers an easier way of going from one country to another.

The Cross-Border Xpress is a unique way for frequent travelers to skip the long wait times at the busy Otay Messa Border. Individuals from Mexico who can travel to Tijuana International Airport can walk across the border within minutes, bypassing the border. Conversely, those flying from Tijuana international airport can quickly enter from the US side, bypassing the border. Americans can take advantage of cheaper and more available routes to all Mexican destinations by flying out of TJ airport using convenience CBX access.

The enclosed pedestrian sky bridge spans the U.S./Mexico border and is the first true bi-national airport in the world. To celebrate its grand opening, the passage fee is waived before December 18th, 2015.

Passage Fee Pricing:


  • One-Way: (Either from CBX to Tijuana Airport or from Tijuana Airport to CBX) = $12
  • Round-Trip: Southbound & Northbound Crossing = $12

Pricing for Parking

  • Without Validation: 0 – 2 Hours: $2 | Per 30mins after: $2 | 24-Hour Max Rate: $16
  • Validation:0 – 2 Hours: FREE | Per 30mins After: $2 | 24 Hour Max Rate: $16
  • Long Term Parking is just $10 per day


  • Cross-Border Xpress
  • 2745 Otay Pacific Drive
  • Otay Messa, CA 92154

Website: https://www.crossborderxpress.com/tickets

U.S./Mexico Border Crossings

There are 3 border crossings in California to connect the United States to Mexico; San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Calexico.

About San Ysidro Border

San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the world, connecting San Diego, CA, to Tijuana, Mexico.  Located to the east of  Otay Port of Entry, this border unites Mexican Federal Highway 1 with US Interstate 5. On a daily basis, 50,000 vehicles and 25,000 pedestrians cross this border.

About Otay Mesa Port of Entry

Otay Mesa, California, Mexico-U.S. border is east of the San Ysidro border for the San Diego-Baja crossing. It has two garitas crossings; one for regular passengers and one for commercial. There are plans to make a new gateway at Otay Mesa by 2024 to reduce the wait time to cross.