I never risk leaving my car on the Mexican side of the border over night without me there. Also, the other reason I do not use the airport for parking is the fact that its MUCH quicker to walk across then to drive across when entering the USA after your trip – so save a few hours and feel more secure about your vehicle by parking it in the USA.
From my experience, the best option for this is in OTAY MESA – and if you’re going to park in Otay and go from there, I only recommend Delta Truck Parking. Their website is http://OtayMesaParking.com and it has SEVERAL pages worth of good info about parking and making the trip to the airport very easily! Worth the read.
About the Shuttle:
AIRPORT SHUTTLE – Delta Parking offers a shuttle service directly to the airport. It runs Monday – Friday during normal business hours on the hour. The price per person is extremely reasonable and the effortless travel that is provide and the peace of mind of getting there quickly is worth every penny and more. After you park your car, ask for the shuttle. You can also read more about it on the website they have, posted above.
BORDER SHUTTLE – Should you chose to walk across (say you went on a weekend when the shuttle to the airport was not available) then you would use their 100% free border shuttle (Available 24 hours a day!) to get dropped off at the walking path that leads you into Mexico. Very simple, free, and once across you have White Airport taxis waiting for you and they are fairly quick too. The cab costs about $12, tip is only expected if they go out of their way to help you with luggage. Most gringos over tip taxi drivers in Mexico.
RETURN SHUTTLE – Once you return from your trip, you’ll buy a taxi from the airport to the border (180 PESOS). They drop you off, you walk across and then call Delta Parking to come pick you up. They pick you up for FREE and take you back to your car in their secured lot. I recommend reading their site about the methods and drop off / pick up locations, but what I can tell you is that they are very quick when you arrive, often 5-8 minutes after you call. (they provide you a business card with the number to call – easy!)
Here is a map to show you how close Delta Truck Parking and the Airport are to each other. This is the most likely route you’ll be taken.
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