If you drive to the border:
The new pedestrian entry gate into Mexico is now on the east side of the freeway, next to the US Customs building. To get there, you need to go south on either Interstate 5 or 805, (they merge together just before the border). You will exit at mile marker 1-A. There is a green highway sign prior to the exit with flashing yellow light. It will read, "Camino de la Plaza"; "Last USA Exit". (Make sure you don't drive past this exit or you will end up driving into Mexico). Come down the exit ramp, and you will come up to the traffic light at Camino de la Plaza Blvd. Turn left onto Camino de la Plaza, and go over the bridge that will take you to the east side of the freeway. When you come up to the traffic light at San Ysidro Blvdon, turn right, and start looking for a place to park. You will see a large parking lot immediately on your right, and there is also one a block down, behind the "Jack-in-the-Box". After parking your car, walk south, toward the US Customs building. When you get to the Trolley Train platform, you will need to walk across the tracks toward the McDonalds. Turn right in front of the "McDonald's", and walk around to the back side of the building. There you will see the beginning of the new pedestrian path into Mexico. Don't worry, there are plenty of signs, and people to show you the way. Walking south on the pedestrian pathway, you will soon come to the turnstile gate into Mexico.
Taking the Trolley to cross the border? Just get off the train, and walk around to the back side of the building where the McDonald's is located. As you go around the corner of the building, you will see the new pedestrian path into Mexico. There are plenty of signs to show you the way.
Finding our clinic-Dental Art International: Once you enter Mexico, continue down the indicated path. When you cone to the first bridge, turn right to go back over the traffic leaving Mexico. From the top of the bridge, you will see the sign for another McDonald's, as well as the large glass Medical building MEDAC. Make your way through the sidewalk vendors toward the McDonald's. Facing the McDonalds, Dental Art is located to your left, across the little plaza, in the large glass three story building called MEDAC. We are located on the right hand side of the main entrance, before you go into the building.
How to get from the San Diego Airport to the Tijuana border crossing:
One of the first questions that comes to mind when one is considering going to have dental work done by a Tijuana dentist, is “how do I get to Tijuana?” Since this question is usually asked by dental patients who are coming from a long distance I would first suggest that you fly into San Diego airport. Airfare is much more expensive flying into Tijuana than into San Diego. The San Diego airport is just 15 miles to the Tijuana border crossing. Once you are at San Diego airport, there are three options for getting to the border.
1. The least expensive option is to use the public transportation system and take the trolley to the border. The cost for the city airport shuttle and the trolley, (a light rail train), is just five dollars..
2. An airport taxi will charge you from $80 tom $100 to get to the Tijuana border crossing.
3. We have an arrangement with a private shuttle service who will take you not only to the border, but will deliver you right to our dental clinic, or to your hotel. He charges $60, but we will cover half the cost.
If you decide to take the trolley from the airport, it is very simple, and takes a little over an hour to get to the border. Here are the step by step instructions:
At each of the airport terminals, outside the baggage claim, there is a bus stop for the 992 MTS city bus. (If you don’t see the bus stop, just ask at the information desk in the baggage claim area). When you get on the bus, have a $5 bill ready to give the driver and he will give you a day pass that is also good for the trolley. Just tell the driver that you want to drop you off where you can get on the trolley. He will drop you off across the street from the American Plaza train platform. Cross Broadway street, and stay on the right side of the platform. You will take the red train that is marked “Blue Line” to San Ysidro/Tijuana. This will take you right up to the border, and will actually drop you off right in front of the exit from US Customs. When you get off the Trolley, follow the instructions above in order to cross the border, and find our clinic. Always call us BEFORE crossing the border, that is because your cell phone service might stop working in Mexico.
The photo below shows the layout of the new pedestrian path into Mexico.