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Tijuana Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Tijuana Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

being that is was january of this year it was fairly cold down there , so i was surprised that they would crank the air conditioner all night long. – a traveller

TIJ Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Tijuana International Airport.

What to Expect

Passenger services at Tijuana Airport (code: TIJ) are provided in a mid-size terminal with a decent selection of eateries and shops. Operating hours for these services vary, but a couple are open 24 hours. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to access a lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Tijuana Airport Departure Gates
(Photo courtesy of RebeccaT / June 2020)

Where to Sleep

Based on past reviews, you will want to pack a blanket and dress warm as the terminal is said to get cold.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

The airport also hosts a cross-border terminal on the U.S. side of the border. Connected to the main terminal by an international bridge, this terminal is used to process departing passengers from the U.S. side of the border prior to their entry into Mexico.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Tijuana Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel del Principado – (3 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
  • Gamma de Fiesta Inn Tijuana – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Fiesta Inn Tijuana Otay Aeropuerto – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • City Express Junior Tijuana Otay – (8 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Tijuana Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Tijuana airport. Connect to the “GAP FREE” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Banamex, Bancomer, Banorte, HSBC Bank and Globo Cambio. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminal 1.

Currency Exchange – Global Exchange is open 24 hours. Location: Terminal 1, Departures.

Duty Free & Shopping – The Sky Free Shop, La Cava de Don Chava and Tiendas Cuadra are all open 24 hours.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Aca las Tortas • Mini Market • Subway • Wings.

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Pharmacy – Farmacias Roma is located in Terminal 1, Landside. Hours: 24 hours a day.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Tijuana and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Viajes Lincoln*, Travels of the Rubi, Anchor Travel*. * open 24 hours.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Tijuana airport is served by the following airlines: Aereocalafia • Aeroméxico • Aeroméxico Connect • Hainan Airlines • Interjet • Viva Aerobus • Volaris.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport has a few options for bus connections. For more information, visit the Tijuana Airport website.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite in the Arrivals Hall: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Enterprise/National • Firefly • Hertz • Mex Rent a Car.


Travel like the locals do! If your load is light, you can travel at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking a “colectivo” (shared-ride taxi) from the main terminal. Colectivos run from 5:00AM – 10:00PM. Make sure your colectivo is going to your destination before hopping in.


Prepaid taxis are readily available for hire 24 hours in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2020-09-14

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.