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Catching A Ride From San Diego to Tijuana Just Became Uber Easy

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | March 18, 2016

Catching A Ride From San Diego to Tijuana Just Became Uber Easy

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Uber is going to Mexico, Tijuana to be specific, to take shots of tequila, make questionable life decisions and come back with one of several reasonably priced souvenirs.

This is the latest from Uber’s blog, which introduces UberPASSPORT as a new innovation that will squire business and leisure travelers from San Diego to Tijuana.

There is one big caveat at the moment: You can catch a ride to TJ, but there might be some issue getting a ride back, which is the kind of ominous predicament we crave in our international travels.

The blog explains that you can indeed use Uber in Mexico, utilizing UberENGLISH to get rides in and around Tijuana.

So while you can get transport to Tijuana, you will have to jump through some necessary hoops such as taking the pedestrian crossing back into the United States (with proper documentation, obviously) in order to hail your return trip back to San Diego.

Head of Global Operations for Uber Ryan Graves took the first ride into Tijuana and had this to say, via Uber: “Connecting and celebrating great cities, like San Diego and Tijuana, is right in Uber’s wheelhouse. Their rich cultures and vibrant economies are seamlessly connected, and we hope that by making the cross-border trip just as seamless, we can unlock even more travel opportunities and make the experience better for our riders.”

READ MORE: How You Can Save Money on Airfare (By Walking to Mexico)

Dave Rodriguez, the California State Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), expounded on the importance of this new innovation: “While we know that there are many places all over the world Uber could have launched this product, the California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) commends Uber for choosing the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.  With over 53 million Latinos in the United States and 40% of them in California, our fortunes and futures with Latin America are truly tied to one another.”

Taking the one-way trip to Tijuana looks simple enough: You open Uber, tap on Passport and you are nearly there.

Prices range from $90 to $160 depending on what part of the city you are in at the moment. Of course, Uber allows you to split the fare among four riders, easing the financial burden and leaving more money for that Mexico sojourn.  

Now it’s far easier to catch a ride to Tijuana from San Diego, which is a big deal for day-trippers and business travelers in the area. Oh, and bachelor and bachelorette parties might find some use in the service.

You never know.


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