Layover in Bogota - Is 6.5 hrs enough time to see the city?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 17, 2013 6:37 PM Last Post By: Diego67
Jul 16, 2013 1:55 PM
Layover in Bogota - Is 6.5 hrs enough time to see the city?My wife and I are travelling to Quito via Bogota, and have a 6.5 hour layover at the airport in Bogota. We're considering going into town for the afternoon, though worry that we might not have enough time. From what I've read on the forum and elsewhere, it seems to take between 20 mins to 1 hour to clear customs, and then from 20 mins to 1.5 hours to get into the city centre, depending on the traffic.
As we're arriving at 1pm, I'm hoping that the traffic will not be that bad, though we would be leaving the city centre at around 5:30pm to catch a 7:30pm flight, and would imagine that the traffic might not be so great at that time of day. Thoughts?
Any advice would be great.
Jul 16, 2013 2:09 PM
Jul 16, 2013 2:53 PM
2My maximum time through customs & immigration has been around 1-1/2 hours, and my minimum was 12 minutes. Since you are connecting to an international flight you will not have to go through customs or, more accurately, will have only your hand baggage to take through customs. So, if you take the worst case you will probably be in a taxi or on a bus for the Transmilenio by 1430h. EIther way, at this time of day you should be in town (Candelaria?) by 1500h (and could be earlier).
If you already have boarding passes for your Quito flight then I would plan to be at the airport again by 1800h. Traffic at this time is s...l...o...w. If you are using the Transmilenio then it will be relatively unaffected by the traffic and you can probably leave Centro around 1715-1730h. If planning on a taxi then I would allow an hour, hence leave around 1700h.
So: you would have around 2 to 2-1/2 hours in town. You could get a brief taste of (for example) Candelaria, the Museo de Oro, the National Museum, Botero Museum, or the Museo del Banco de la Republica, (among other alternatives), however would have time to visit no more than one of these, with a quick stroll through the Plaza if you choose something close by, and even then time would be limited, however if your goal is to get a taste of Bogota then this may well be better than sitting at the airport for 6-1/2 hours.
Jul 16, 2013 3:49 PM
Jul 16, 2013 9:44 PM
4It's kind of an annoying length of time - not really long enough to get into the city and look around without having one eye on the clock, but a long time to sit in the airport transit lounge. I think I'd err on the side of caution though in this case.
If you do go into town, the Gold Museum is the one "don't miss" attraction in Bogota IMO.
Jul 17, 2013 12:30 AM
Jul 17, 2013 1:09 AM
6You problem is that you have to get back to the airport at rush hour. However if you are quickly out of the airport, you might be able to go and have a quick look. If you have no plans of coming back to Bogotá, I would personally go in there and have a walk around La Candelaria. You can easily do this in an hour. But I would start going back to the airport early... perhaps already at 4 pm. Then you should be very unlucky to miss your flight.
Jul 17, 2013 11:05 AM
Jul 17, 2013 6:37 PM
8It will not take you more than 20 min-30 min to clear immigration and customs. The horror stories were at the old airport, not at the new one. As your luggage will be going through directly to your connecting flight, as said before you will not have to wait for bags to come out. Mid day traffic should be ok, maximum 30 min to downtown.
I agree I would begin my trip back around 4 max 4:30 p.m. If difficult to find a taxi take Transmilenio at Museo del Oro station, get on bus B74 and change at Avenida Jimenez Station to bus K10 to Portal El Dorado. From there change to the feeder bus for the extra mile to the airport. About 30 min for this trip.
If in doubt try www.surumbo.com for the bus network map, choose origin and destination and it will give you the easiest route.
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