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Nuevo Laredo Columbia Bridge to Mexico Is Best

Columbia Bridge is 20 miles NW of downtown Laredo.

Laredo is considered a "safe" border crossing these days. The Columbia Bridge is considered the safest choice. Most tourists, especially RVers, prefer the Columbia Brdge to the downtown Laredo bridges, even though it is way to heck and gone. It is an easy crossing to Mexico with little traffic. The officials are used to dealing with foreigners, and are friendly. The highway from the bridge to the Monterrey Highway is divided multi-lane all the way. Columbia has a lot going for it.

My roadlogs and Trip-plans can start at Coumlbia to take you just about anywhere in Mexico. It is a good jumping off point for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Veracruz (surprisingly), Guatemala, Belize, Yucatan, Guadalajara, Pto. Vallarta, Mazatlan, Oaxaca. That pretty well covers mainland Mexico.

Category Columbia Bridge Downtown Laredo
Hours 8-Midnight M-F, 10-4 Sat, Sunday Noon-4 24 Hrs Every Day
Distance from Laredo 20 Miles in USA, 35 in Mex. Adds 1 hour to trip None. Cars can negotiate city street turns to Aduana. RVs will have difficulty. Drive time 1/2 hour shorter than Columbia due to congestion.
Advantage No Traffic, Easy drive to Monterrey Hwy. Hotels, RV park, Change Pesos, Restaurants

If you are coming directly from San Antonio, TX, the Columbia Bridge is actually closer for you than the downtown bridge. If you time it right, you could cross here and arrive in Saltillo or Matehuala by sunset.

Sample Map from Roadlog

My roadlogs are detailed travel guides for drivers. Not only do they tell you where to turn, they offer valuabvle landmarks and tips no GPS or travel app written by somebody who doesn't drive can. For example, "If you didn't change money in Laredo, you should be able to change some at convenience stores like OXXO." Or, "You have to pay tolls with Mexican pesos."

And, of course they have many maps like the one here to get you where you want to go. See sidebar to order roadlogs.

Laredo-Columbia Bridge

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