BORDER SHUTTLE from USA or MEXICO
Once you get to the Border, there are two ways to get a shuttle to Sam Dental.
1. You can walk across, and we will pick you up at our designated pick up point on the Mexico side of the border, (see instructions below),
2. You can take the MEXICOACH bus from the Border Station Parking lot on the USA side. We will pick you up at the bus station on Revolution Ave.
For more information about the MEXICOACH shuttle from USA side of the border, Click Here.
Instructions for Shuttle from Mexican side of the border:
The Idea of going to a Mexico dentist can be a scary thing to someone who is unfamiliar with travel in another country. But going to a dentist in Tijuana is almost like going to just another part of San Diego, CA.. Downtown Tijuana is just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego.
We recommend parking on the US side and walking into Tijuana. It is easier to walk, and returning to the USA through pedestrian lane is much faster than via the driving lane. If you drive back into the USA by car, the line can be 1 1/2 hours long. Walking back into the USA usually only takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Once you get to Tijuana, the folks at Sam Dental will take care of everything. All you have to do is get to the border and call us. Our phone receptionist, is Ceci. She is the one who you probably called to set your appointment. She will direct you. Ceci's direct number is: 619-600-5587. Make sure you call BEFORE you cross over into Mexico, since your cell phone might not work once you cross the border. Because communication in Mexico is not always smooth, Ceci might not get through to the driver instantly, and she wants to make sure that someone is on their way before she gives you the go ahead to cross into Mexico. Also, if traffic is bad, it can take the driver up to 15 minutes to arrive, so he needs a little lead time to keep you from waiting on the street too long.
Entering Mexican Customs:
Please note: the new entrance into Mexico for pedestrians, is now located on the East side of the freeway, back of the buildings by the trolley tracks, next to US Customs.
Go to the Mexico pedestrian entrance located on the East side of US Customs. Once you walk through the turnstile gate, you are in Mexico. You will walk past the Mexican Customs Officials, They will NOT be asking you for your passport. (You will only need to show your passport or birth certificate and I.D. to the US Customs as you re-enter the USA). After you pass the Customs officers,keep walking down the indicated path, until you come to the first bridge. Go up and over the bridges that span the traffic going north into the US. While you are up on the bridge, you will see the sign of a McDonald's ahead on the Mexican side of the border. Make you way through the food vender stands until you see the McDonald's across the street. Don't cross the street, but rather, turn to your right. Our van, if he gets there before you do, will be parked on the opposite side of the street, from the McDonald's. If you get there first, our driver will look for you on the opposite side of the street from the McDonald's, near the phone public phones.
Driving to the border?
Take Interstate 5 or 805 toward the border, and exit at the "last exit in the USA", it will be exit 1-A. The exit ramps off of both freeways merge together, and you will come to a light at the cross street, "Camino de la Plaza". At the light, you will need to turn to the left on "Camino de la Plaza" street. You will go up over a bridge that crosses back over the freeway. When you come to the end of the bridge you will come to San Ysidro Blvd. Turn right, and look for a parking lot. (There will be parking immediately on your right as you turn on San Ysidro Blvd, and there is also parking back behind the "Jack-In--The-Box").
Leaving your car, walk South toward US Customs. On the East side of the Trolley tracks is a group of buildings. You will find the new pedestrian path going around to the back side of the building. There are signs to show you the way.
Please look at the photos to the upper right.
Taking the trolley to the border?
Take the trolley to the end of the line. The Trolley station is located right in front of the exit from US Customs. Stepping off the train, and looking toward Mexico, US Customs is the big building in front of you to the right. On the East side of the tracks is a building where a McDonalds is located. You will find the new pedestrian path going around toward the back side of the building. There are signs to show you the way.