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Avenida Internacional (aka Vía Internacional or simply Internacional) is the most direct and usually the fastest route to get into the border line. If the border line is very long (which it can be on Sundays or holidays), this may not be the most direct route. Sometimes authorities block off the exits closer to the border line which means part the directions below may not be an option. (In case of a long line, consider the Calle Segunda alternate route. Since the border line extends onto Calle Segunda, this route is directly into the line.)
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1. After going through the toll booth from the Scenic Toll Road
(Mexico Highway 1) at Playas de Tijuana, follow the SAN DIEGO/INTERSTATE 5 signs.
2. After coming down the hill into the valley, exit RIGHT following the
SAN DIEGO/ZONA RIO signs.
3. The exit is a loop to Avenida Internactional.
4. Continue up the hill.
5. Now Avenida Internacional is paralleling the U.S./Mexico border.
6. Continue for a few miles.
7. Watch for the SAN DIEGO/INTERSTATE 5 signs and continue to follow them.
(This photo also shows an exit sign for Avenida Revolución. The Avenida
Revolución exit is an alternate way to find the borderline on Calle
Segunda. View Photos.)
8. Once you cross under this bridge, prepare to exit to the RIGHT.
9. Exit RIGHT before the PEMEX gas station onto AV. MELCHOR OCAMPO.
10. At the light is Calle Segunda. Smart & Final will be on your left,
Mexitlán is across the street. Take a LEFT here onto CALLE SEGUNDA.
11. Continue straight to find the border lines. Keep left to get into the
regular border lines and just to the right of the concrete divider to
follow the COL. FEDERAL signs to the Fast Pass Lane or SENTRI lines.