Bogotá's impressive fleet of Korean-made yellow taxis are a safe, reliable and relatively inexpensive way of getting around. In mid-2018 the city was in the process of changing from traditional taxi meters to a digital-pricing scheme similar to those implemented by taxi apps like Uber. Not 100% popular with Bogotá's large army of taxistas, the new GPS-based app will calculate routing and fares (and probably spark an increase in prices). For those hailing taxis off the street (something you really shouldn't ever do), taxis will be required to install tablets on the passenger-side back seat to display the route and fare in advance.
Rollout of the new app was supposed to take place in stages between June and September 2018, but due to technological glitches there have been some delays. Until the changes are fully implemented, expect to see a mix of meters and apps.
Traditionally, the minimum unit fare is '50,' which equates to COP$4450. Taxi trips on Sunday and holidays, or after dark, include a COP$2000 surcharge; trips to the airport have a COP$4900 surcharge. There is a COP$700 surcharge for booking taxis.
If you're going to make a couple of trips to distant places, it may be cheaper to hire a taxi for about COP$18,500 per hour.
Don't even think about waving down a taxi in the street unless you are with a local. When you do so, you're not registered and therefore forfeit all the security measures put in place to protect you, increasing your chances of robbery exponentially. You can call numerous companies that provide radio service, such as Taxis Libres or Tax Express, but popular taxi apps Uber (www.uber.com), Tappsi (www.tappsi.co) and Cabify (www.cabify.com) are even better and eliminate the language barrier.
Some drivers, particularly in late hours, will round fares up a bit. Drivers don't often get tips.