Mexican Toll Roads and the Green Angels
Mexico boasts an extensive network of well maintained toll roads throughout
the country. The cost for the toll varies, but information about the cost can
be found on the Caminos
y Puentes Federales website or the Secretaria
de Communicacion y Transportes (SCT) website.
Features of the SCT (Secretaria de Communicación y Transportes)
- Detailed maps of toll roads throughout Mexico
- A great feature of this site is it allows you to map the route and doing
so gives you breakdown and total of the tolls. First, it will ask you for
the state you will be originating from and then the state you will be visiting.
Then you will be able to select the city of origin and destination.
Features of the Caminos y Puentes Federales website:
If you don't read Spanish, you may want to follow these directions: From the Caminos
y Puentes homepage, select the left menu option that says "Para Viajar" and
then select the right menu option that says "Traza Tu Ruta." Next, click on the green link in the center of the page that says "Traza Tu Ruta."
This application will allow you to select from what city you are originating and then your destination.
Toll road costs for Baja California Norte as of January 2009:
- Playas de Tijuana - $26 Pesos (appx US $2.00)
- Rosarito - $26 Pesos (appx US $2.00)
- Ensenada - $29 Pesos (appx US $2.20)
- Tijuana to Tecate - $75 Pesos (appx US$5.75)
- Tecate to Mexicali - $150 Pesos (appx US $11.50 and a total of 4 toll booths)
Zip through the toll booths with IAVE - the electronic
way to pay!
Toll Road Insurance
Did you know when you pay a toll you are automatically covered by the insurance
provided by Caminos y Puentes Federales? When you receive the receipt from
the toll booth (make sure to keep it in a safe place you will need it to file
a claim) read the back of it. It may say something
like this: "El seguro cubre responsabilidad civil, gastos medicos y
ultimos gastos." English translation: "Insurance covers civil liability,
medical payments and funeral expenses." This insurance has always been
somewhat of a mystery to people. What exactly does it cover? Here we explain
what it does (and doesn't cover) while you are on the toll road.
Toll Road Insurance Coverage:
The insurance covers two different situations. One, if you are at fault it
will cover the following:
- Damage to the road
- Damage to other vehicles including medical payments for occupants and pedestrians
- Medical payments and funeral expenses for occupants of your vehicle
- There is no deductible if you are driving a car, but there are deductibles
if you are driving a bus or a small bus or larger vehicle
The insurance will not cover damage to your vehicle if you are at fault
Secondly, if you are not at fault, it will pay for :
- Damage to your vehicle including towing expenses
- Medical payments for occupants of your vehicle including land ambulance
to the nearest medical center
- The above will be covered as a consequence of landslides, objects within
the asphalt, holes, and substances that have been spilled on the road.
- If tires have been damaged, lights broken, or glass breakage has occured
to the vehicle, the insurance will only cover the damage if it is due to
loose pavement on the road due to maintenence of the road.
You may learn more and read the conditions of the insurance in Spanish by visiting the Seguro del Usuario page on Caminos y Puentes website.
Green Angels - ángeles Verdes
The green angels are mobile mechanics who patrol the Mexican toll roads in
spiffy green trucks to offer free assistance in the case of a breakdown (labor
and towing are free, but to replace a part would be at the expense of the car
owner). In addition, they are equipped to give tourist information as they
are connected to government offices via a network. Although their services
are free, tips are appreciated.
Take notice of the emergency signs along the road with phone numbers.
If your vehicle breaks down, pull over to the side of the road and lift the
hood to signal them. Call one of the numbers below depending upon which toll
road you are on and the green angels are on their way to help.
- Tijuana - Ensenada ~ 01 800 990 3900
- El Hongo - La Rumorosa ~ 01 800 990 3900
- Tijuana - Tecate ~ 01 800 888 0911
The extensive network of toll roads is country wide. View a map of the routes that are patrolled by the green angels.