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Fri May 17, 2002 8:09 pm

Got some business in Tamaulipas (Mexico) where I will be for a month or so. During a weekened I plan to visit some friends in the US flying from Brownsville .
I would like to know if this is feasible. How long does it take to cross by car the Brownsville-Matamoros border? Long tramits? Long queues on a Friday afternoon?
The Brownsville airport, does it have a long term parking lot? How much does it cost?
I will appreciate any info you can give me.
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RE: Brownsville

Fri May 17, 2002 8:40 pm

You are a very lucky man, because you have found in RogueTrader a connoisseur of the Texas/Mexican border!

Yes, crossing the border is feasible. By car on a Friday afternoon is the busiest time, though. Plan on about an hour delay just to be safe. Usually, it takes about 20 minutes when its busy, and when its not busy there is no waiting whatsoever. But, allow an hour so you will be sure not to miss your flight from BRO, which I assume will be on Continental?

BRO does have long term parking, but I don't exactly how much it costs because I usually fly to HRL now. I think about $8-$10 a day.

The best thing for you to do would be to get dropped off at the border, cross the Rio Grande bridge on foot, and then take a cab from the American side to the airport. This would cost about $20, but you avoid the hassle of driving a car across and then paying to park it at the airport. Walking across the border is very fast, usually no waiting whatsoever.

While in the area you should visit South Padre Island: a beach vacation resort.

kind regards,


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RE: Brownsville

Fri May 17, 2002 9:44 pm

Since my parents do many business in the tamaulipas - texas border, I cross the Matamoros - Brownsville the Reynosa - Mcallen and the Nuevo Laredo - Laredo borders a lot. I can tell you that Brownsville has two border bridges that are not far away from each other (1 mile) and both get you to downtown Brownsville. Most of the week they are not crowded, but on fridays and saturdays the lines get a little bit long (take your time!, things have change at the border since 9/11). Although the matamoros - brownsville border is the least crowded; I cross the Laredo border last march and it took us some time to cross. They are searching lots of cars and trucks which is time consuming. Since you are not Mexican, it can take you some more time to get the I94 or the visa waver form (depends on which passport you hold). You park your car, get into the INS building and pay $6 USD.

Las time I flew from Brownsville airport was on august last year. I flew on Continental Airlines only flight from Brownsville at 6:30 in the morning on a B737-500 to Houston (the other flights from BRO are Express Jet flights to IAH on ERJ's and ATR's operating on behalf of Continental Airlines). The airport is very small, it has one restaurant-bar, two ticket counters, 5 car rental counters and a baggage claim area and that is it. The airport used to be a very ugly, but they did some work on the departures area and it improved a little. The parking in the airport was completely free til august I was there. I don't know if they charge a fee today, but I really don't think so, since they have a lot of parking space to handle every user of the airport. Lots of people leave their cars there for quick trips.

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RE: Brownsville

Fri May 17, 2002 9:50 pm

Rojo is correct. I was at BRO in February of this year. They do not charge for parking, as they have more than enough parking spaces. I believe your only domestic choice is Continental to IAH.

Have a great time in the borderlands.

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RE: Brownsville

Fri May 17, 2002 10:27 pm

Is there a border crossing in Reynosa? I have not seen it in the maps I have consulted. Is it crowded?
It may be more convenient for me to cross there and fly from Harlingen.
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RE: Brownsville

Sat May 18, 2002 4:20 am


Reynosa is a little bit bigger than Matamoros and has three international bridges to cross the border. The issue here is that Reynosa has a border with McAllen, not Harlingen. Although McAllen also has an airport (MFE-McAllen Miller) which is a very beautiful airport served by Continental and America/TWA with non-stop service to Dallas and Houston (TWA used to fly to AUS and STL, not sure if they still do). One of the bridges takes you straigh to MFE airport.

If you are using your car to get to the airport, you can fly from the airport were you find the cheapest fare, since the three airports of the Rio Grande Valley are not far away from each other. I will assume that HRL will have good fares, since Southwest has non-stop flights to Houston. I remember that a round trip was like $100USD including taxes.


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