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Airports & Airlines

Most airline offices in Bogotá are in the north; some have more than one office. There are plenty of domestic flights to destinations all over the country.

Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado

Bogotá's shiny airport, Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado, which handles nearly all domestic and international flights, is located 13km northwest of the city center. It received a massive US$900-million face-lift in 2014, and an expansion in 2017 to accommodate an additional 12 million passengers annually.

Terminal T1, which replaced the old El Dorado terminal, serves all international flights, Avianca's main domestic routes (Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín and Pereira) and domestic routes from other airlines.

Terminal T2 (commonly referred to as Puente Aéreo), 1km west of T1 and reached by airport shuttle, serves the remainder of Avianca's domestic routes (Armenia, Barrancabermeja, Bucaramanga, Cúcuta, Florencia, Ibagué, Leticia, Manizales, Montería, Neiva, Pasto, Popayán, Riohacha, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Villavicencio and Yopal).

Transport Options

The most economical and efficient route from the airport is the TransMilenio. You'll need to buy a tarjeta tullave from the attendants in blue-and-yellow jackets outside Puerta 8 of the arrivals area next to where the buses depart.

If you're staying in Chapinero or points to the north, bus M86/K86 departs from outside Puerta 8 in the arrivals hall every seven minutes between around 4:30am and 10:45pm Monday to Friday, 6am to 10:45pm Saturday and 6am to 9:45pm Sunday, and heads towards Centro Internacional before turning north and carrying on up Carrera 7 to Calle 116.

If you're staying in La Candelaria, you'll need to change buses. From the airport, catch bus K86 to Portal El Dorado, and switch to TransMilenio 1 to Universidades, which is attached to Las Aguas Station via an underground tunnel. To the airport, catch 1 from Universidades to Plaza de la Democracia and switch to bus K86 to the airport.

Either way, plan on a solid hour's travel at the best of times, allowing longer during rush hour.

Taxi Imperial manages a fleet of white airport taxis – look for the folks in orange jackets – which are pricier (more comfortable! working seat belts!), but regular yellow taxis are fine as well. Estimated fares from the airport are La Candelaria COP$30,000 to COP$32,000, Chapinero COP$35,000 to COP$37,000 and Zona Rosa COP$35,000 to COP$38,000. The (usually lengthy) taxi line is right outside the main terminal. You pay a sobrecargo (surcharge) of COP$4900 for taxi trips to or from the airport and there's also sometimes a nominal add-on fee for luggage. Uber is also an (often cheaper) option.

Bus

Bogotá's main bus terminal, La Terminal, about 5km west of the city center in the squeaky-clean planned neighborhood of Salitre, is one of South America's best and most efficient, and it's shockingly unsketchy. It's housed in a huge, arched red-brick building divided into five módulos (units). Southbound buses leave at the western end from módulo 1 (color-coded yellow); east and westbound buses from módulo 2 (blue); and northbound buses from módulo 3 (red). Colectivo vans leave for some nearby towns such as Villavicencio from módulo 4, while all arrivals come into módulo 5 (at the station's eastern end).

There are plenty of fast-food options, ATMs, left-luggage rooms, (clean) bathrooms and even showers (COP$7000), and a PIT information center in módulo 5, which will help you track down bus times or call for accommodations.

Each módulo has a number of side-by-side ticket vendors from various companies, and these folks sometimes try to hassle you for their buses. For some long-distance destinations – particularly to the Caribbean coast – you can sometimes haggle in low season. The usual type of bus is the climatizado, which is air-conditioned. Various companies are not the best at displaying destinations, fares and departure schedules – the best resource for that is La Terminal's official website.

To & From the Bus Terminal

The fastest and most convenient option to La Terminal is a TransMilenio–short walk combo. El Tiempo station, on the TransMilenio M86/K86 line to the airport, is 950m from the terminal. To reach La Terminal, exit El Tiempo station on the footbridge to the right and then head right again down to the sidewalk. Walk straight along for 1½ blocks to Carrera 69 and turn left (between the Cámara de Comercio Bogotá and World Business Port buildings). Walk five blocks, passing Maloka on the left and traversing two pedestrian footbridges (over Calle 24A and Av La Esperanza, respectively), then continue on the sidewalk for 300m towards the 't' tower. Do not follow Google maps, which does not account for the footbridges and will take you the long way round. Follow the directions in reverse to leave La Terminal.

Módulo 5 of La Terminal has an organized taxi service; it has outrageous lines, but you pay by the meter. Rates are around COP$14,000 to COP$16,000 to La Candelaria or Chapinero Alto and COP$15,000 to COP$16,000 to Zona Rosa. Uber is usually cheaper. There's a COP$2000 surcharge between 8am and 5am.

Domestic Buses

For most domestic destinations there are frequent departures during the day by several companies; departures are usually half-hourly for destinations such as Medellín, Cali and Bucaramanga). Shop around for prices and departure times, as they will vary wildly depending on season, company and quality of service.

Expreso Bolivariano is Colombia's best national bus company, with comfortable buses. For online booking, PinBus (https://pinbus.com) sell tickets for many of the country's most popular routes.

Domestic Bus Routes

Armenia

Price (COP$)

43,000-68,000

Duration

7hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1)

Companies

Bolivariano, Magdalena, Velotax

Barranquilla

Price (COP$)

80,000-100,000

Duration

17-20hr

Módulo (No)

red (3) & blue (2)

Companies

Brasilia, Continental Bus, Ochoa

Bucaramanga

Price (COP$)

60,000-70,000

Duration

8-9hr

Módulo (No)

red (3)

Companies

Autoboy, Berlinas, Copetran & others

Cali

Price (COP$)

60,000-70,000

Duration

8-10hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1)

Companies

Bolivariano, Magdalena, Palmira, Velotax

Cartagena

Price (COP$)

100,000-110,000

Duration

12-24hr

Módulo (No)

red (3)

Companies

Autoboy, Berlinas, Brasilia, Copetran

Cúcuta

Price (COP$)

90,000-115,000

Duration

15-16hr

Módulo (No)

red (3) & blue (2)

Companies

Berlinas, Bolivariano, Copetran, Cotrans, Ormeño

Ipiales

Price (COP$)

148,000

Duration

22hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1) & red (3)

Companies

Bolivariano, Brasilia, Continental Bus, Ormeño

Manizales

Price (COP$)

50,000-64,000

Duration

8-9hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1), blue (2) & green (4)

Companies

Bolivariano, Palmira, Tax La Feria, Tolima

Medellín

Price (COP$)

60,000-80,000

Duration

9hr

Módulo (No)

blue (2)

Companies

Arauca, Bolivariano, Brasilia, Magdalena

Neiva

Price (COP$)

30,000-50,000

Duration

5-6hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1)

Companies

Bolivariano, Coomotor, Cootranshuila, Magdalena, Taxis Verdes, Tolima

Pasto

Price (COP$)

120,000-140,000

Duration

18-20hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1) & blue (2)

Companies

Continental Bus, Cruz del Sur

Pereira

Price (COP$)

50,000-75,000

Duration

7-9hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1)

Companies

Bolivariano, Magdalena, Velotax

Popayán

Price (COP$)

95,000-110,000

Duration

12hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1)

Companies

Continental Bus, Cruz del Sur, Velotax

Ráquira

Price (COP$)

22,000

Duration

3-4hr

Módulo (No)

red (3)

Companies

El Carmen, Coflonorte, La Verde

Riohacha

Price (COP$)

100,000-107,000

Duration

18-19hr

Módulo (No)

red (3)

Companies

Copetran

San Agustín

Price (COP$)

65,000

Duration

9-10hr

Módulo (No)

yellow (1)

Companies

Coomotor, Taxis Verdes

San Gil

Price (COP$)

50,000

Duration

6-7hr

Módulo (No)

red (3)

Companies

Omega

Santa Marta

Price (COP$)

80,000-90,000

Duration

16-17hr

Módulo (No)

red (3)

Companies

Berlinas, Brasilia, Copetran

Tunja

Price (COP$)

22,000

Duration

3hr

Módulo (No)

red (3) & green (4)

Companies

Autoboy, Los Muiscas, Nueva Flota Boyaca

Villa de Leyva

Price (COP$)

25,000

Duration

4hr

Módulo (No)

blue (2) & red (3)

Companies

Aguila, Alianza, El Carmen, Cundinamarca & others

Villavicencio

Price (COP$)

26,000

Duration

3hr

Módulo (No)

blue (2)

Companies

Arimena, Autollanos, Bolivariano, Macarena, Velotax

International Buses

Expreso Ormeño and Cruz del Sur sell tickets for most destinations around South America.

International Bus Routes

At research time in mid-2018, buses to Caracas were suspended due to indefinite border closures.

Buenos Aires

Price (COP$)

1,120,000

Duration

6 days

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Guayaquil

Price (COP$)

335,000

Duration

36hr

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Lima

Price (COP$)

472,000

Duration

3 days

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Mendoza

Price (COP$)

1,030,000

Duration

5 days

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Quito

Price (COP$)

450,000

Duration

28hr

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Rio de Janeiro

Price (COP$)

1,275,000

Duration

8½ days

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Santiago

Price (COP$)

900,000

Duration

5½ days

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

São Paulo

Price (COP$)

1,300,000

Duration

8 days

Departure

11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri

Train

The Turistren runs Saturday and Sunday from Bogotá to Zipaquirá, leaving from Sabana Station.