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How to get from LA to Ensenada (Mexico)

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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member, 255 posts) 6 May '08 02:11

Good Morning,

I will soon be visiting the West coast of the US, and was planning to make a trip to Ensenada in northern Mexico. I will be doing the following route:

LA
Ensenada
San Diego
LA
Fiji

I have heard that you can get a 'cruise ship' from LA to ensenada, but am not sure how long it will take? I can imagine this would be a nice and stress-free way of travelling down but i don’t want it to take too long (i.e. over 2 days), has anyone ever done this?

I think other methods include getting the train to San Diego and then getting a 'trolley' (is this a type of bus??) over the border and then a local bus to Ensenada? Or even a bus all the way??

Can anyone recommend what would be the easiest method to travel down?

I hope you can help.

Thanks

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 6 May '08 10:35

There is no easy way to get to Ensenada. Most visitors come from S. California and simply drive down. Yes, there is a public bus from Tijuana, but Mexican buses are pretty bad! Yes, they do have boats that leave from San Diego. I suggest you google for "ensenada cruise san diego", as I know nothing about them. I do not believe that rental cars from the USA can be taken into Mexico. You asked about the Tijuana Trolley from San Diego - this is the best way to get there from downtown San Diego - it's light rail (cars built in Hungary I believe) - I use this myself and it takes you to the border, and you simply walk from there into downtown TJ (buses and cabs also available) - it's a short walk. Tijuana is the second largest city in Mexico at this time (larger than San Diego, but much less developed).

I would not waste too much time in Los Angeles - it's really one big maze of expressways (freeways) with shopping centers and housing developments here and there. I find it quite boring! If I were you I'd do San Francisco instead, and then you can fly down to LA to connect for your flight to Fiji. San Diego is worth seeing - the beaches are excellent and it's always sunny. I particularly like Pacific Beach and Coronado (La Jolla for the wealthy only!) Traffic can be a problem anywhere in S. California - I don't recommend that you rent a car! San Francisco is the true "Paris" of N. America!

[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2008, at 10:47 AM by Daawgon ]

3. Posted by Turbo (Budding Member, 4 posts) 10 May '08 07:05

Quoting jadeverell

Good Morning,

I will soon be visiting the West coast of the US, and was planning to make a trip to Ensenada in northern Mexico. I will be doing the following route:

LA
Ensenada
San Diego
LA
Fiji

I have heard that you can get a 'cruise ship' from LA to ensenada, but am not sure how long it will take? I can imagine this would be a nice and stress-free way of travelling down but i don’t want it to take too long (i.e. over 2 days), has anyone ever done this?

I think other methods include getting the train to San Diego and then getting a 'trolley' (is this a type of bus??) over the border and then a local bus to Ensenada? Or even a bus all the way??

Can anyone recommend what would be the easiest method to travel down?

I hope you can help.

Thanks

Hi, Me and a geezer from Barnet did this route last summer and further through Baja.
We took the trolley from downtown San Diego across the border, when in Mexico there are lots of taxis available, with this you can fleece them for the cheapest fare going to the bus station.
We got a fare for $4 its about a 10 min ride, then we took the bus to Ensenada from there.
If your interested though we went on from Ensenada on another bus down to Erendira searching for a hostel on the pacific coast, what we weren't expecting was that we had to hitchike from Erendira to the hostel which is about 10km. It however was a great experience riding on the back of a pick truck through the mountains.
I found Mexico a bootiful country and would recommend staying their londer I wish I did.
Any other questions just ask.