Tecate is a small city in Baja California (state) on the border with California, about an hour east of Tijuana. Unlike most US/Mexico border crossings, there is no town on the US side.

Get in

From San Diego, take Highway 94 east.

From Tijuana, Take the toll road ("cuota") that parallels Mexico Highway 2, 30 miles east. Highway 2 then leads east about 80 miles to Mexicali by way of the notorious "Rumorosa Grade".

From Ensenada take Mexico Highway 3 east. The highway is two lanes and is about a 75 minute drive to the border crossing.

Tecate's border crossing is probably the easiest in California. You can pay a few dollars to park at one of the lots on the US side and walk across the border. It can also be an alternative border crossing to get back into the US; it's less crowded than the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings (to get back into the US). It will be a long drive from Tijuana, but it will save you some time.

Get around



Tecate has a central shopping plaza, but those crossing the border and looking for souvenirs will be disappointed.


Tecate is home to the namesake Tecate Brewery, which offers tours.


Go next

Routes through Tecate

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