Just along the United States-Mexico border, Tijuana is the perfect place to explore with a rental car. Ditch the unreliable public transportation and drive around the city at your own pace. Not only that, you can also head south along the Baja California peninsula for some stunning views, including a chance to see the whales in Guerrero Negro.
You’ll find that most of the major rental car agencies operate at Tijuana International Airport (TIJ), also known as General Abelardo L. Rodríguez, including Hertz and Enterprise. The car rental desks are situated in the Arrivals Hall of the airport’s terminal. You’ll need an International Driving Permit to rent a car in Mexico, as well as insurance.
While Tijuana isn’t hard to navigate, a GPS always comes in handy. Because of its warm temperatures, the city sees a rise in tourism in April as well as in August, so beware that Tijuana will be more crowded during those seasons. Avenida Revolucion is the main avenue, so avoid driving there if you want to skip the crowds, and simply explore the area on foot instead.
Rush hour traffic in Tijuana is heavily influenced by its location near the border. If you want to cross into, or out of, the United States, avoid Friday and Sunday evenings as you will likely encounter heavy traffic jams. Evening rush hour traffic, starting from 5 p.m., can result in heavy congestion along the 5 and 805.
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FAQs about renting a car in Tijuana
Some car rental companies in Tijuana which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar and Sixt
On average a hire car in Tijuana costs C$ 10 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Europcar (C$ 43/day), Budget (C$ 48/day) and Alamo (C$ 49/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Alamo Boulevard Cuauhtemoc 22300 (6 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Tijuana. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Tijuana is C$ 5.12 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 61 and C$ 82, depending on the car size.
Standard (Mitsubishi Galant or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tijuana.
Car rental companies onsite at Rodriguez airport include Europcar and Sixt.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Rodriguez airport to off-airport locations include Europcar and Sixt.
A Standard car rental in Tijuana costs C$ 14 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Tijuana costs C$ 20 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Tijuana costs C$ 2 per day, on average.
In Tijuana, cars are most frequently rented at Advantage Tijuana Airport - Europcar Gral Abelardo L. Rodriguez AP (5 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Tijuana costs C$ 67 per week (C$ 10 per day).
On average a rental car in Tijuana costs C$ 288 per month (C$ 10 per day).
If you’re driving in Tijuana only for business and don’t require much passenger or luggage space, then a compact car is enough. But if you’re looking to go on a road trip along the coast to places like Rosarito beach, a convertible can be a great option for when the weather is nice. If you’re with a group of friends or family, a van is a good option.
The speed limit in urban areas is typically 60 km/h (37 mph), unless otherwise posted. The speed limit on urban throughways ranges between 60 and 80 km/h (37-50 mph), and on rural highways it ranges between 70 and 90 km/h (43-55 mph). Major highways outside cities have a maximum limit of 110 km/h (68 mph).
The average gas prices in Tijuana are around 69.81 MXN ($3.50 USD) per gallon. Some gas stations may offer lower prices of about 60.53 MXN ($3.03 USD) per gallon, but you can also find prices as high as 75.71 MXN ($3.79 USD) per gallon. If you need to go to the gas station, avoid going during evening rush hour as you will likely get stuck in big lines.
The best option is to find accommodation that can provide parking, as street parking in the city center can be challenging, and it is usually time-restricted. You can park at the border cross parking lot, with rates starting at $8 per 8 hours. You can also park at the airport for long-term stays, with rates ranging between $12 and $16 per day.