Pacific Southwest Railway Museum's
Rail Excursions to Old Mexico
Tunnel #3 on the Mexican railway portion of the line (The Tijuana & Tecate Railway) has recently suffered a fire. At this time, all Ticket to Tecate trains have been suspended. This is a devastating blow to our Museum operations, and we encourage you to come up to Campo to experience our other train operations and Museum. If and when any additional details become known on potential future Ticket to Tecate trains, we will post that information here. Please check back with us from time to time.
Tecate WeatherPlease note that the Tecate trips are by reservation only. The Department of Homeland Security requires passenger manifests to be submitted in advance for all trips to Mexico. The Museum will be unable to accommodate reservation-less walk-up passengers on the morning of a trip to Mexico. Thanks for your understanding.
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is pleased to announce its regularly scheduled rail excursions to Tecate, Mexico. Join us on this unique rail experience that spans an International Border.
The train departs on time, so arrive well in advance of scheduled departure (drive time is approximately 80-minutes from downtown San Diego). There is plenty of free parking at the depot. Boarding begins 30-minutes before scheduled departures.
Videos of an excursion to Garcia in March 2008 are available.
Visitors to Tecate should be on the lookout for Peewee and his owner Miguel. Peewee is a local celebrity and debuted on American television last year in Huell Howser's California Gold episode about our Tecate train.
Once in Tecate, lunch or dinner is up to you. Bring a picnic, dine in one of Tecate's many restaurants or nibble on pastries from the food booths or panadarias. Stroll about to explore the sights and shops of this quaint border town. Relax and enjoy the lively mariachi music and entertainment. There is a special rhythm to be absorbed on a Saturday afternoon in the cheerful town plaza.
Optional one-hour Tecate Brewery tours are available at no additional cost. Tours begin at the Tecate depot upon arrival and are scheduled in groups of forty (subject to Brewery schedule).
For that really special trip, the Museum's Santa Fe #1509 observation car or the private car Robert Peary is available for private charter to Tecate for $400 plus a minimum of 20 full-fare adult tickets for the Robert Peary or 35 for the #1509. See Car Charters for further details. Please discuss your private car needs with the Reservations Manager.
Normal departure time is 10:30 A.M. with a return to Campo at 4:30 P.M.Placing ReservationsThe Museum offers on-line reservation processing through DynamicTicketSolutions.
Please click on the desired travel date below and you will be taken to our secure reservations page.
You may pay your fare on-line with your choice of credit card. U.S. Customs traveler information will be collected at that time. Be sure to include passenger information for ALL travelers, including toddlers and babies less than three-years old. See customs information for further details.
Make sure your email address is correct and that your spam prevention software is configured to allow messages sent from the Museum to receive your reservation confirmation. The Museum will not use your address for any other purpose except to send information about your reservation and your selected excursion.
Email NotesTicketless Travel
If you don't receive an email confirmation within a reasonable period of time (one hour), it's possible that your email address was incorrect or your ISP is blocking mail from the Museum's reservation system. The Museum has recently seen mail to Yahoo customers blocked as suspected spam. Drop a note to support if you suspect your confirmation has been misdelivered.
If you use a service that blocks all email except from approved sources, you will have to pre-configure your service to accept mail from "firstname.lastname@example.org" or you will not receive your confirmation.
Please print your reservation confirmation and present it at Campo Depot Will Call on the morning of your trip to receive your tickets.
Tunnel #3 on the Mexican railway portion of the line (The Tijuana & Tecate Railway) has recently suffered a fire. At this time, all Ticket to Tecate trains have been suspended.
- Depart Campo at 10:30 AM
- Arrive Tecate at 11:45 AM
- Depart Tecate at 3:15 PM
- Arrive Campo at 4:30 PM
The Museum's Consolidated Excursion Calendar
Note: Occasionally, some additional seats may become available for a date that was listed as sold out. You are encouraged to check this page from time to time to see if any seats become available. All seats for sale will be sold from this page and this page only. There is no need to call or email for availability, this is the only place where additional seats will be announced and made available for purchase.
Boarding commences 30-minutes before scheduled departures.
Regular Fare: $43.00 Child Fare: $23.00 (3-12 years old) Toddler Fare: Free (Assumes lap seating for child)
- Cab Rides are not available on the Tecate excursions.
- For your comfort, smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Museum grounds and trains are prohibited. Unopened alcoholic beverages may be hand-carried from Mexico if otherwise in compliance with Customs regulations.
- The Museum reserves the right to cancel a scheduled excursion for any reason. Passengers with paid reservations will be offered free rescheduling or a full refund of their fares.
Tecate Brewery Walking Tour
For your safety, the following rules apply if you take the Tecate Brewery Walking Tour:
- No sandals, high heels or shoes that don't cover your feet
- No pictures or videos during the tour
- No eating, drinking or smoking during the tour
- The tour takes about 40-minutes, be prepared for walking
- Children less than 2-years old and pregnant women are not allowed to take the tour
Accessibility NoticeWhile the needs of mobility-limited passengers can be met while in the United States, please be aware that conditions vary in Mexico. Passengers should be prepared to walk to the Tecate town square, the brewery and to restaurants over possibly rough terrain. Also be aware that the Museum's wheel chair lift is available only at the Campo facility. Passengers will be required to navigate railroad boarding steps while detraining in Tecate. Hand assistance is available if required.
Customs InformationEach passenger is required to clear US Customs upon their return to Campo. Customs requires that certain information pertaining to each returning passenger be provided before their tickets are issued. The required information will be requested during the on-line ordering process. U.S. citizens may use a drivers license or passport for identification. Be sure to list each person's full name exactly as it appears on their identification.
Once again, the Museum's agreement with U.S. Customs requires that tickets NOT be issued until the Customs information is filed with DHS. Therefore, failure to provide this information for each person traveling in your party will prevent us from issuing a ticket for that person. Sorry, no exceptions are permitted.
Please remember that the Customs information is required by the U.S. Government. The Museum is responsible for collecting this data but will not retain it after the scheduled trip date.
Required IdentificationU.S. citizens returning from Mexico will be required to present one of the following documents:Ticket Return Policy
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport Card
- Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)
- Trusted Traveler Program Card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST)
Children under the age of 16 may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
Please see this document for further information from DHS.
We understand that unplanned emergencies arise from time and time and could interfere with your plans to ride a train with us. There are NO REFUNDS. However, if you give us at least 30 (thirty) days advanced notice, we will be happy to:
We are required to provide US Customs with a manifest prior to any Mexican trip, therefore any replacement guest info mus t be provided to the reservations manager at least 24 hours in advance of the trip.
- Accommodate one reschedule of your visit; or
- You may substitute another party(s) in your place.
You may send an email to the Reservations Manager with your change requests.
These trips will sell out quickly, be sure to get your reservation in early!