Travel to San Diego / Tijuana

San Diego and Tijuana are located on either side of the US / Mexico border, with practically no distance between them. Please note that applying for and securing a visa to the USA and to Mexico is your responsibility.

We recommend those traveling by airplane fly to / from San Diego airport (SAN), which is served by most international airlines. City Bus Public transit is available to and from the Airport and downtown San Diego on the Metropolitan Transit System’s Route 992, which stops at Terminals 1 and 2.
Alternatively, you may fly into Tijuana International airport (TIJ). We are recommending that participants stay in San Diego because two days of the conference will take place on the San Diego side of the border. However, it is possible to stay in Tijuana and cross over into San Diego if you prefer.
For convenience, we recommend the Hilton Garden Inn – Old Town hotel in San Diego, which is a short distance from our main conference venue in San Diego.

We have a few rooms at a discount which you can access here.

Conference Venues & Border Crossing

On November 14 and 16, the conference venue will be the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Conference participants should make their way to the Kroc School Rotunda, where the conference registration desk will be located. The informal evening gathering on November 14 will take place at Border X Brewing. We will not be providing transport to this venue, please make your own way.

On November 15, the conference venue will be the and the Escuela Libre de Arquitectura in Tijuana. We will be crossing the border on foot at San Ysidro PedWest. Participants should plan to make their own way to the border crossing at Pedwest (not PedEast) by 7:45 am. Please meet in front of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Coffee Shop, which is directly across the street from the crossing (the exact address is 4463 Camino de Plaza, San Diego 92173). We will leave promptly by 8:15 so we can all cross in time for morning sessions.

The border crossing is located in San Diego, so it is not difficult to get there on your own. Here are some transport options:

1. You can take the San Diego Trolley to which will cost around $2.50. The Trolley drops you off in PedEast about 15 min walk from PedWest – using the pedestrian bridge that connects PedWest to the eastern side of San Ysidro you can reach Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

2. You can use a ridesharing or taxi service, which will cost approximately $30 from central San Diego.

3. If you have a car, you can drive and park at the border. Take I5 South to I805 south, exit at Camino de la Plaza and make an immediate right into the Border Parking Station 4570 Camino De La Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173. Parking costs about $30 for Fridays. From the parking, you can cross Camino de La Plaza and head over to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop. Drive time from USD on a Friday morning is about 25 min to 1 hour depending on traffic.

DO NOT PLAN TO DRIVE IN WITH A PERSONAL CAR ACROSS THE BORDER: you have to acquire car insurance at around $30 a day and the return time by vehicle is between 2-4 hours on a Friday evening.

The evening gathering on November 15 will take place at the Cross-Border Friendship Park in Tijuana.

We will be providing transport to the evening gathering location (Bi-national Friendship Park). Please meet outside of Espacio Migrante at 4pm to board a bus.

We will also be providing buses from our evening gathering near El Faro adjacent to the Bi-national Friendship Park at 8pm. Buses will go to Chaparral, right outside the border crossing we will enter Mexico in the morning. Just a few steps away we will be crossing back to San Diego.

Once on the other side of the border, participants are expected to make their own way back to their hotels.

For emergencies only, the conference emergency number is +1 617-379-1459