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Tijuana, Mexico


Are you ready to take part in the World Design Festival powered by Tijuana Design Week? If you’re as excited as we are, then you’ll want to make sure you have all the details on how to get to Tijuana for this incredible event. We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive transportation guide.


Shuttle Service

In partnership with MexiCoach, there will be two shuttle options:

  1. Limited Shuttle service from San Diego to CECUT (Tijuana, MX) is available Friday (5/3), Saturday (5/4), and Sunday (5/5).  Only 45 spots per day are available, pick up time at 9 AM in SD and return to SD at 6 PM. Must have a valid passport.
  2. Shuttle Service on the Tijuana side of the border to CECUT. This is a great option for attendees looking to park or take the trolley by the border and cross on foot. Shuttles will run every 2 hours starting at 8:30 AM til 5 PM.
    1. Shuttle Times from the Tijuana side of the border: 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM
    2. Shuttle Times from CECUT back to TJ border: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM

To guarantee your spot on the shuttle, please purchase your ticket beforehand here.

The pick-up point will be across the Tijuana Border at the Baja California Railroad Company Parking Lot (click here to learn how to walk there from Ped East) and Drop-off at CECUT.



For those who love the freedom of the open road, driving to Tijuana is a fantastic option. From certain parts of San Diego, it’s just a quick 30-minute drive. You have two main exits to choose from: Otay Mesa exit and El Chaparral San Ysidro exit. Whichever route you take, you’re in for a scenic journey with easy access to the World Design Festival powered Tijuana Design Week.

Trolley & Pedestrian Bridge:

If you prefer to sit back and relax while someone else does the driving, then the trolley and pedestrian bridge combo might be your best bet. Take the blue line all the way to San Ysidro station and cross by foot to Mexico. Although it takes a bit longer, approximately 50 minutes in total, it’s a stress-free option. Plus, you get to enjoy the sights along the way, all for the cost of $2.50.



For budget-conscious travelers who still want to experience the excitement of Tijuana Design Week, hopping on the bus is a great choice. The bus ride takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, offering an affordable and convenient way to reach Tijuana for the festival. And with a fare of around $2.50, it’s easy on the wallet too.


Here’s Your Flight Guide!

For those planning to attend Tijuana Design Week, understanding the flight durations to both San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Tijuana Airport is crucial for efficient travel arrangements.Let’s explore the flight durations from various cities to both destinations, ensuring you arrive at Tijuana Design Week ready to immerse yourself in creativity and innovation.

To San Diego International Airport (SAN):

  • Houston, Texas: For travelers departing from Houston, Texas, you can expect a nonstop flight duration of approximately 3 hours and 24 minutes to reach San Diego.
  • Austin, Texas: If you’re flying from Austin, Texas, the flight to San Diego is slightly shorter, with a nonstop duration of around 3 hours and 11 minutes.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Those departing from Phoenix, Arizona, will enjoy a relatively quick flight, with a duration of approximately 1 hour and 11 minutes to San Diego.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Travelers from Las Vegas, Nevada, can anticipate a flight duration of about 1 hour and 20 minutes to San Diego.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Flying from Chicago, Illinois, to San Diego involves a longer journey, with a nonstop flight time averaging around 4 hours and 19 minutes.
  • New York City, New York: For those embarking on a cross-country journey from New York City, New York, to San Diego, the flight duration extends to approximately 6 hours and 8 minutes.

To Tijuana, Mexico Airport:

  • Mexico City: Travelers departing from Mexico City can expect a flight duration of approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes to reach Tijuana Airport.
  • Guadalajara, México: From Guadalajara, México, the flight duration to Tijuana is approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes.
  • Monterrey, México: Traveling from Monterrey, México, to Tijuana involves a flight duration of about 2 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Puebla, México: For those departing from Puebla, México, the flight to Tijuana has an average duration of around 3 hours and 33 minutes.


Discover the Best Hotels in Tijuana for Your Unforgettable Stay!

Quartz Hotel & SPA

Address: P.º del Centenario 9580, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22320 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Immerse yourself in luxury at Quartz Hotel & SPA. With pool views, a fitness center, and a hot tub, this 5-star retreat promises indulgence at every turn. Conveniently located near Las Americas Premium Outlets, enjoy express check-in/out and free WiFi for a seamless stay.


Grand Hotel

Blvd. Agua Caliente 4558, Aviacion, 22014 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Experience the essence of sophistication at Grand Hotel. Located on the iconic Agua Caliente Boulevard, this hotel seamlessly blends modernity with tradition. From skyline city views to private lounge access, each of the 365 guest rooms and suites offers a memorable escape just 40 minutes from San Diego.


Hotel Lucerna

P.º de los Héroes 10902, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Tijuana’s top destination in an exclusive location. With a friendly staff at your service, immerse yourself in the inviting atmosphere of their beautifully designed spaces—a perfect blend of elegance and comfort awaits.



Blvd. Agua Caliente 11553, 22420 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Redefine your travels at Tijuana Marriott Hotel. With high-tech amenities and upscale comforts, enjoy a seamless blend of convenience and luxury. Located near Tijuana International Airport and major attractions, including Estadio Caliente, indulge in spacious rooms and 24-hour room service for a truly rejuvenating experience.


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