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Ah yes, the cost. Here is where the taxi de ruta wins hands down over the especial. Most rutas are seven and a half pesos in the daytime, and more after nine or ten at night.
EXCEPT: if you can't get a taxi filled with paying customers, you will have to all agree to pay more. When Michael first moved to Tijuana, he lived at the beach and came home late from work, ten, eleven, even twelve midnight. If there were only three or four riders for the beach, well, they would each have to pay ten, fifteen, sometimes twenty pesos apiece.
EXCEPT #2: Longer routes like Rosarito (from Madero between Third and Fourth) charge more than a dollar.
Depending on demand and profitibility and custom, the taxi co-ops run many hours; some go all night and all day.
Well, you should be able to imagine this: a typical American station wagon, front seat, back seat, and tailgate. In the front, the driver and two passengers. In the back seat three, or often, four passengers crammed in tight. In the back/tail, two or three passengers. Add in peoples' bags and boxes, and voila! A Sardine Taxi -- un taxi de sardinas.
There are too many ruta-taxi routes to put on one page. Your best
bet is to find out for yourself, or from someone who travels the taxis regularly, well, like us, yes, who have found
out these few routes. Just for starters, consider these:
Gringos & Tijuanenses: Please SEND US your Favorite TAXI routes.
We want to post as many as possible.
If I tell you there are hundreds of others, would you believe it?
Well, hundreds of other taxis. Thousands. On dozens of routes.
Gringos & Tijuanenses: Please SEND US your Favorite TAXI routes. We want to post as many as possible.
If I tell you there are hundreds of others, would you believe it? Well, hundreds of other taxis. Thousands. On dozens of routes.
Why take a taxi de ruta instead of a bus? Good question. Multiple answers. Michael sometimes takes the bus, sometimes takes the taxi. He tells us that his reasons, and reasons his friends tell him, are as follows.
Busses usually aren't as crowded -- except at rush hour. That's why he will take the bus. Well, that and it's easier to read or write on a bus. And he & Dano always be readin'n'scribblin' yes.
But then, taxis are usually faster, and there are more of them. Since they are smaller they can manouver more quickly through that famous Tijuana traffic, and they don't stop unless someone wants to get on or off (same as a bus, but with fewer seats, fewer stops, eh?).
The price difference is only one and a half pesos (Mexican), like fifteen cents (busses are five-and-a-half pesos, most route taxis cost seven pesos) WATCH OUT PRICES ARE ALWAYS CHANGING!!!!! Except late at night, when taxis cost more. But there are no busses running late at night.
Michael says repeat that: There Are NO Busses Running Late at Night. Not all route taxis run 24 hours, but some do, if they can get a car full -- otherwise you pay more.
But the chief reason is speed, and the vast number of routes that the taxis de ruta run.