Hi ChicagoAmo, Welcome to the forums.
Not sure how long you are planning for this trip?
FIRST, you'd have to get to downtown LA to the train station.
THEN , you'd take the AMTRAK train 3hrs. to San Diego.
THEN,you'd take the lightrail(electric train) that in San Diego is called the trolley down to the border(about30-40min.)
AFTER that you walk across the border and you are in Tijuana which is NOT the best most interesting spot in Mexico but.....
It is your trip.
I took the Amtrak from S.D. to L.A. a couple years ago. I didn't know where I would have to catch it from the Burbank airport, but if I can catch it there it would certainly be beneficial. Thanks so much for the replies and info, it's been very helpful.
When you leave the Burbank terminal, you can take the shuttle to the Amtrak station, or turn right and walk about a block. There is a sheltered platform
(covering looks like huge wings). The Amtrak Surfliner goes to Union Station, and there is about a 20 minute layover. You do not change trains; you just stay in the same seats or change to the oceanview side of the car.
Burbank Airport is small, just ask anyone if you hav a question.
I notice that on this thread nobody tried to dissuade you from the trip to Tijuana.
You are not "visiting Mexico" when you are in Tijuana. It is a depressed border town which has had its share of problems with drug wars recently.
Frankly, I would spend my time in lovely San Diego and save my "Mexican experience" for a flight later into the interior of the country. I am afraid if you experience Tijuana you will be forever put off by Mexico, which is actually a lovely and complex country with interesting history.
The town I'm planning on visiting is called Rosarito. However, from what I can gather it is very close to Tijuana. The family I'm visiting will pick me up at the border, however I do have concerns about what to expect once I get thru customs and if they aren't there promptly to pick me up. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
There's no customs on the way INTO Mexico when you walk across the border. You just walk in and that's that. You will find yourself on a street with taxis asking if you'd like one. I suppose you'll just have to stand there and wait for the people who are meeting you.
On your way back into the USA you'll have to wait in line to show your passport and answer some questions.
What is the date that Americans will need passports to travel to Canada and Mexico? (It may have already passed.) Check on that and make sure you have your passport with you if needed.