About San Ysidro-Tijuana Border Crossing
The San Ysidro Border Crossing is home to the world's busiest land border crossing, where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana. The San Ysidro Border Crossing is one of three ports of entry in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region.
In the 2005 U.S. fiscal year, more than 17 million vehicles and 50 million people entered the United States at the San Ysidro Border Crossing. The great majority of these are workers (both of Mexican and U.S. nationality) commuting from Tijuana to jobs in the greater San Diego area and throughout southern California. There is also reverse traffic, both of workers traveling to maquiladoras in Mexico and those purchasing services or seeking entertainment in Tijuana.
San Ysidro Border Crossing times are often slow, particularly for those entering the United States in cars. For this reason many cross on foot, the line for which is frequently much faster than the vehicle line. Some foot travelers own a car in each country, and keep them in one of the large parking lots located near the San Ysidro Border Crossing post, or use the respective public transportation systems of both cities (both systems have a bus station built solely to serve the border crossing point, and the San Diego Trolley runs from downtown San Diego to the border crossing).
Trucks are generally instructed to use the Otay Mesa border crossing instead of the San Ysidro border crossing.
Border Wait Time Phone Numbers
To check on waiting time at the U.S./Mexico checkpoints, call the corresponding numbers: San Ysidro, California : (619) 690-8999 Otay, California : (619) 671-8999 In Mexico : 700-7000
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