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.
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$2000 surcharge between 8am and 5am.
For most domestic destinations there are frequent departures during the day by several companies; departures are usually half-hourly for destinations such as Medellín, Cali and Bucaramanga). Shop around for prices and departure times, as they will vary wildly depending on season, company and quality of service.
|Destination||Price (COP$)||Duration||Módulo (No)||Companies|
|Armenia||43,000-68,000||7hr||yellow (1)||Bolivariano, Magdalena, Velotax|
|Barranquilla||80,000-100,000||17-20hr||red (3) & blue (2)||Brasilia, Continental Bus, Ochoa|
|Bucaramanga||60,000-70,000||8-9hr||red (3)||Autoboy, Berlinas, Copetran & others|
|Cali||60,000-70,000||8-10hr||yellow (1)||Bolivariano, Magdalena, Palmira, Velotax|
|Cartagena||100,000-110,000||12-24hr||red (3)||Autoboy, Berlinas, Brasilia, Copetran|
|Cúcuta||90,000-115,000||15-16hr||red (3) & blue (2)||Berlinas, Bolivariano, Copetran, Cotrans, Ormeño|
|Ipiales||148,000||22hr||yellow (1) & red (3)||Bolivariano, Brasilia, Continental Bus, Ormeño|
|Manizales||50,000-64,000||8-9hr||yellow (1), blue (2) & green (4)||Bolivariano, Palmira, Tax La Feria, Tolima|
|Medellín||60,000-80,000||9hr||blue (2)||Arauca, Bolivariano, Brasilia, Magdalena|
|Neiva||30,000-50,000||5-6hr||yellow (1)||Bolivariano, Coomotor, Cootranshuila, Magdalena, Taxis Verdes, Tolima|
|Pasto||120,000-140,000||18-20hr||yellow (1) & blue (2)||Continental Bus, Cruz del Sur|
|Pereira||50,000-75,000||7-9hr||yellow (1)||Bolivariano, Magdalena, Velotax|
|Popayán||95,000-110,000||12hr||yellow (1)||Continental Bus, Cruz del Sur, Velotax|
|Ráquira||22,000||3-4hr||red (3)||El Carmen, Coflonorte, La Verde|
|San Agustín||65,000||9-10hr||yellow (1)||Coomotor, Taxis Verdes|
|San Gil||50,000||6-7hr||red (3)||Omega|
|Santa Marta||80,000-90,000||16-17hr||red (3)||Berlinas, Brasilia, Copetran|
|Tunja||22,000||3hr||red (3) & green (4)||Autoboy, Los Muiscas, Nueva Flota Boyaca|
|Villa de Leyva||25,000||4hr||blue (2) & red (3)||Aguila, Alianza, El Carmen, Cundinamarca & others|
|Villavicencio||26,000||3hr||blue (2)||Arimena, Autollanos, Bolivariano, Macarena, Velotax|
At research time in mid-2018, buses to Caracas were suspended due to indefinite border closures.
|Buenos Aires||1,120,000||6 days||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|Guayaquil||335,000||36hr||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|Lima||472,000||3 days||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|Mendoza||1,030,000||5 days||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|Quito||450,000||28hr||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|Rio de Janeiro||1,275,000||8½ days||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|Santiago||900,000||5½ days||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|
|São Paulo||1,300,000||8 days||11am Mon & Wed, 9am Fri|