Tijuana warmly welcomes business executives and tourists; this is why the way you dress goes according to the purpose of your visit. What is important is that you feel comfortable. There are some restaurants and night clubs where you can’t go in if you’re wearing shorts, t-shirt, jeans or tennis shoes. In summer, we suggest you come with a sweater or a light jacket; in the winter, you should bring a jacket or a coat.

Business Hours

Most of the establishments, stores and malls open from Monday through Friday, from 10:00 to 22:00 hours.

Up next, we show you an approximate schedule of the most important establishments in the city

Banks: Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 to 16:00 hours. Some open on Saturday.

Offices: Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 to 19:00 hours. They almost always have one or two hours for lunch, between 14:00 and 16:00 hours.

Stores: Monday thru Saturday, from 10:00 to 21:00 hours. Some of the stores located in the main avenues and malls open until 22:00 hours.

Tipping & Taxes

In Tijuana, like in many other places in the world, it’s a custom to leave a tip. At restaurants, it is absolutely necessary, and it’s usually around 15%. In hotels, you should tip the bell boys according to the number of suitcases you have, commonly around $1.00 dollar per bag. It is also recommended to tip the maids. As of the taxi services, you don’t have to tip the drivers unless it is a tour or a special service.

The VAT (value-added tax) in border cities like Tijuana is of 11% over the price of the product. In hotels, there is a 3% hotel occupancy tax. If you need a ticket, just ask for it at the front desk or at the cashier, most of the time they will give you one.

Monetary System

As well as the rest of the country, the official currency is the Mexican peso. The exchange rate between the peso and the American dollar is variable, as of March 2012, it’s between $12.00 and $13.00 pesos per $1.00 dollar.

To exchange pesos to dollars and vice versa, you just have to go to any bank or exchange house in the city. Both currencies are accepted in all the establishments in Tijuana.

Credit Cards

Most of the establishments accept national and international credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, and American Express, as well as traveler’s checks. Personal checks are not accepted in most places.

Servicio Postal

The correspondence is usually mailed by air, but there’s also ordinary mail.

If you want to buy stamps, the opening hours are Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 19:00 hours.

For special services (money orders, registered mail, insurance, and more), the opening hours are Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00 hours, and Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 to 13:00 hours. If you want to buy collection stamps (philately), you can go to the postal office Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 to 13:00 hours.

For more information:

Servicio Postal Mexicano (Mexican Postal Service)
Ph. (664)684-7950 & (664)684-7950



Telephone Access

Nowadays, Tijuana has a modern telephonic system that allows us to connect with the rest of the world in a fast and easy way.

Public phones can be used with pesos or dollars, and with LADAtel phone cards, which you can buy at the airport, some commercial establishments and at any TELNOR (Northeast Phone Company) office.

How to dial long distance phone numbers (direct distance dialing)

  • From the USA to Tijuana: 011 52 664 + local seven digit number
  • From Tijuana to the rest of Mexico: 01 + area code + phone number
  • From Tijuana to the USA: 001 + area code + local phone number
  • From Tijuana to the rest of the world: 00 + country area code + city area code + local phone number