The PedWest San Ysidro pedestrian border crossing opened in July 2016. The new pedestrian bridge and crossing facility is located just west of the southbound vehicle El Chaparral crossing and has 14 lanes—12 northbound and 2 southbound. PedWest is meant to supplement the original pedestrian crossing east of the northbound vehicle crossing lanes at San Ysidro. The original eastern pedestrian crossing currently has reduced lanes while construction is taking place to build a new facility which will open in 2019.
The U.S. side of the facility leaves pedestrians in the new Virginia Avenue Transit Center, next to the Las Americas outlet mall. Here, pedestrians can take a bus (or a 10-minute walk) back over to the San Ysidro trolley stop and San Ysirdo port of entry where the southbound pedestrian crossing is located (and the old eastern northbound pedestrian crossing).
The entrance for the northbound PedWest bridge is just north of Plaza Viva Tijuana, accessed by Colonia Federal (recommended) or by walking over the bridge from the Plaza de Artesanias. See our MAP for the exact location (GPS: 32.54038, -117.03229).
The PedWest southbound lanes are accessed on the U.S. side from Virginia Avenue, right next to Plaza Las Americas mall.
The San Diego Union Tribune has a helpful video that shows the easiest way to get to and use to the PedWest facility.
DBTC Insider Tips:
-PedWest is open 6am-10pm for southbound crossing, 24/7 for northbound crossing
-There are Ready Lane and SENTRI lanes at PedWest
-Follow signs for USA and “Peatonal Oeste”
-Be aware of pickpockets in this area as you are walking to the PedWest bridge on the Mexico side. Watch your belongings and be aware of your surroundings. There is a heavy police force patrolling the area, and you should feel free to ask them for help or to approach them if you are having a problem.
-There is a car drop-off area right next to the pedestrian entrance that can be reached by accessing Colonia Federal and turning just north of Plaza Viva Tijuana.