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  • Location:San Diego, California
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Tijuana Sightseeing Tour from San Diego

Experience the best of Tijuana on this half-day sightseeing tour from San Diego! Relax on a comfortable coach and enjoy narration from your guide as you see sites like the Avenue of the Heroes, Agua Caliente, Cuauhtemoc Monument and General Zaragoza Statute. Stop at Avenida Revolución for free time to browse shops and galleries and enjoy an authentic Mexican lunch (own expense).


  • Sightseeing tour of Tijuana from San Diego
  • Take a comfortable coach ride to the Mexico border and enjoy narration from your knowledgeable guide
  • See several sites including the Avenue of the Heroes, Agua Caliente and General Zaragoza Statue
  • Enjoy free time at Avenida Revolución to browse local shops, art galleries and restaurants
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Tijuana Sightseeing Tour from San Diego

Tijuana Sightseeing Tour from San Diego

You’ll be picked up from your San Diego hotel and taken on a comfortable coach ride south to Tijuana, a town right below the US-Mexico border.

Learn from your guide how this city, founded in 1889, was once home to the Grand Casino, which attracted celebrities and Hollywood movie stars like Charlie Chaplin, Rita Hayworth, Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth.

Pass the Avenue of the Heroes (Paseo de los Héroes), noted for its many monuments and sculptures of heroes, like the Monumento a la Raza (Monument to the Race), the Abraham Lincoln statue, the Ignacio Zaragoza statue, the Cuauhtémoc statue and the Lázaro Cárdenas statue.

See Agua Caliente, named for the neighboring hot springs. This historic entertainment center is home to a casino and hotel that were designed in a Mexican and Californian colonial style, and is fitted with gardens, its own airstrip and bungalows.

Stop at Avenida Revolución, the tourist epicenter of Tijuana, where you can spend two hours browsing shop and art galleries. Grab a drink at the bars or head to a local restaurant to enjoy some Mariachi music over a fresh Mexican meal (own expense).

Continue driving past Frontón Palacio Jai Alai, a landmark fronting nearly an entire block of Avenida Revolución. See the General Zaragoza Statute, commemorating Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, a former general in the Mexican army, and see the Cuauhtemoc Monument, honoring a 16th-century Aztec ruler.

Other highlights of your tour include Jai Alai Fronton Palace, the Wax Museum (optional), the Tijuana Cultural Center, the Agua Caliente Race Track and the Bazar de Mexico.

After your tour, you’ll be taken back to your San Diego hotel.

Customer Reviews

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My tour to Tijuana was the best. My driver Mike was awesome and very knowledgeable. On my next visit to San Diego I will tour with Viator Also will recommend this company to anyone I know traveling in the San Diego area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was the highlight of our trip to San Diego we really enjoyed the commentary by our tour guide, Mike. He was personable, informed and informative. We enjoyed meeting the individuals he has become friends with in Tijuana, including the children and the shopkeepers. Tijuana was very clean compared to the border towns south of Texas. The first sight we saw in Tijuana was a Costco which really surprised us. Thanks, Mike and Viator, for a most enjoyable day.

Craig D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

On phone customer service was a bit discourteous and poor, which initially made me a bit anxious about the trip. That said, I went along with it. And had a whale of a time. Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and courteous. Nice option to hop over to Mexico if you're limited on time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I loved this tour, our guide was amazing, he loved his job and was passionate about making this tour a fabulous tour and it was... Do it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I came from Canada to celebrate my daughter Grade-12 completion. My daughter said I couldn't have been better, and we got true feel of the Mexican culture

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I really enjoyed this tour. Mike may well be the only tour guide left willing to take tourists from San Diego to Tijuana and I really appreciate both his dedication and enthusiasm. He is a genuinely kind person, and really wants people to have a good time on the trip. It is obvious he also genuinely cares about the people living in Tijuana and by bringing tourists there he is doing his part to help out as he can. This tour was really like no other tour I have been on. Mike is not out to charm anyone and does not mince words: he tells it like it is. He told us all about the problems Mexico is having, and Tijuana in particular. He talked about the drug gangs, the extreme poverty, the difficulty shopkeepers in Tijuana are having making a living both because there are so few tourists, and because of the low value of the peso. He not only talked about it, he showed us the seedy side of Tijuana. We drove past areas of pretty extreme poverty, and he took us on a short drive along several streets where call girls were everywhere. These girls were young and obviously in desperate circumstances. Several of us on the bus later talked about how just the few miles between Tijuana and San Diego separated these teenage girls from the life they would have led had they grown up in San Diego. These girls would be in high school and looking forward to lives full of great potential, rather than working as prostitutes in Tijuana. Later Mike showed us the hundreds of crosses people have put up along the Mexican border. Each cross represents someone who lost their life trying to make it into the US. The fence between the US and Mexico is getting ever higher, with more and more security. This means that attempts to get across will become increasingly desperate and the line of crosses will only continue to grow. Very sad. Without exception every person we interacted with in Tijuana was kind to us and we felt safe. The trip is a true learning experience and one I would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This trip dosent seem to have enough enrollment weekdays, so book knowing that your tour cold be rescheduled. My your was in a Saturday, and there were enought people to go. Many people on the Saturday tour had been rebooked. Try to book for a weekend,mand the tour company makes you confirm your reservation the day of at 11 am to ensure proper enrollment.
We were picked up at iur hotel by our tour guide mike. He was a very friendly guy who gave us useful info as he was driving us to mexico. We entered mexico with no problems, and he gave us a driving tour of tijuana. The only negative was that there was this singing man who came on the bus. We got guilted into giving him a few bucks.
We were dropped off in the main area with a meeting time. The tour guide mike was really nice, and he even invited us to go out for ceviche with him. There were tins if stires to buy mexicrap that is really neat! Go shopping, then go find a place for food and drinks. You have to pay to use the public bathrooms,which are not the cleanest. Travel with sanitizer and tissues in the event there is no toilet paper!
We had no trouble entering the US.Mike took us to the otay mesa checkpoint, which is typically less crowded than the san ysidro one. San ysidro is where you can hop in the metro to get back to san diego, so therefore more crowded!
Dont forget your passport, bring small us dollars, and BARTER!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was amazing! The tour guide was informative and extremely entertaining. I would happily go again and look forward to booking tours through viator in the future. Highly reccomend mike as a tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Mike our guide was fun and experienced. he made the trip super special!.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good trip. The driver/guider is gorgeous!

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