If you're too late or too early for the bus, you can walk about half a mile into downtown Tijuana. Halfway between 3rd and 4th streets on Av. Madero, an alleyway holds the yellow-and-white station wagons that pack as many as 9 passengers on their way to Rosarito. You'll be more comfortable in the back (rumble seat), but you'll cringe every time a crazy driver tailgates you within inches. The back seat is the worst, that's where they try to cram in 4 passengers, but the fear factor is a lot less. The prices get higher as the night goes on, and I haven't been able to establish a pattern, possibly because the various drivers all have their own ideas on the subject. The 'tarifa oficial' is $11 pesos (1 dollar), but after dark it goes up to $12, then $20, then whatever the hell they want into the wee hours of the morning. Highest I've ever seen is $35, still only about $US3.20.
If you succumb to the gauntlet of tourist-taxi drivers at the border, you'll be paying from $10 to $15, or even more, for the same distance. Of course, you'll be more comfortable, and if you're traveling with a lot of luggage or with family, that may be the better choice. But for one person, the bus is by far the best deal, followed by the shared taxi.
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