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SENTRI Lane - San Ysidro

NOTE:  The line to SENTRI at San Ysidro has been moved to relieve congestion on the Via Rapida.  As of March 1, 2014, traffic to SENTRI must use Padre Kino.

If you ask five people how to get to the San Ysidro SENTRI lanes in Tijuana, you will likely get seven different answers. It seems that everyone has their own route. Problem is, nearly no one can give directions for how they go, usually the answer is "I'll have to show you."

With that in mind, here are two options to get to the San Ysidro SENTRI lanes, with maps. These routes do not require making any illegal turns, as some routes do, and they are less subject to street closures by the police when traffic is congested. Of course, you need a SENTRI or Global Entry pass and a SENTRI-pre-approved vehicle to use the SENTRI lanes.

We hope it helps.


From Mex Highway 1, the free road

 (Our slideshow is being updated with photos of the new route)

  1. Drive into Tijuana on Mex Highway 1, the free road from Rosarito.
  2. As you enter the city, the road will split and become one way.  Continue on this road, there is only a slight change in the direction of the road at the intersection with Blvd Agua Caliente, there's a Pemex station on the opposite left corner, continue across to the right of Pemex keeping in the main traffic lanes.
  3. You will come to a traffic circle with a statue of an Indian, Cuauhtemoc, which is also the street name of the free road in Tijuana.
  4. Continue across to the opposite side of the traffic circle, 1/2 way across.  In other words, continue in a straight line from the other side of the traffic circle.
  5. As you cross the bridge over the river, just past the traffic circle, move into the left lane.
  6. Turn left on the third street after the bridge.  It's only a few yards from the bridge.  The first is one way coming toward you (no left turn), the second left is the turn to city hall and very soon after that is the left turn onto Padre Kino. Turn here.
  7. Continue to the end, and follow the signs to SENTRI.

 

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From Mex Highway 1D, the toll/scenic road

 (Our slideshow is being updated with photos of the new route)

  1. Drive to Tijuana from Rosarito on the toll road.  After the toll plaza at Playas de Tijuana, the toll road ends and the highway turns inland toward Tijuana
  2. It is best to stay on this road.  Do not take the exit marked "San Diego".  (If you prefer to take this exit, skip to step #7)
  3. At the Municipal Cemetery the road takes a slight left, stay on the main road.
  4. Stay in the main lanes, the road, called "Benito Juarez" also called Second St., becomes one way through central Tijuana.  Traffic generally moves well through here.
  5. Continue on Second St.
  6. Continue on Second Street and move into the right lanes, following the signs to Paseo de los Heroes.
  7. Follow the signs to Paseo de los Heroes  (This is where traffic that took the border road from Step #2, Via Internacional rejoins Second St.)
  8. Continue on Paseo de los Heroes to the first traffic circle, with the "Scissors" sculpture (McDonalds is on the corner), and go 3/4 around the circle, the equivalent of making a left turn.
  9. Continue over the bridge over the river.  Stay in the main lanes.
  10. You will come to another traffic circle with a statue of a man, Miguel Hidalgo known as the Father of Mexico.  Go halfway across this circle as if you were continuing in a straight line.
  11. This street will end at Padre Kino. Go toward the left and follow the signs to SENTRI.

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