Arrival to Bogotá


By plane

Highway system in Bogotá Bogotá Photo Gallery

Bogotá El Dorado international airport (BOG) is located 13 km outside of the city. Upon arrival in Bogotá you can take a shuttle van to the center, sharing with fellow travelers. Buses operate as well, take one that says “centro” or “La Candelaria”. A safe taxi ride to the center/La Candelaria district costs between US$5 and US$10. Taxis can be reserved in the taxi office at the airport. You can also book your airport transfer directly while booking your course. A driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you safely to your accommodation.

By Bus

Bogotá’s bus terminal Terminal de Transporte de Bogotá is located close to the airport, in the northeastern part of the city. It operates buses to all parts of the country. Bus Station in Bogotá Bogotá Photo Gallery The company Bolivariano operates destination travels to the Venezuelan and Ecuadorian border. When arriving in Bogotá by bus, you can take a city bus, “colectivo” (shared taxi with fixed route) or a taxi to the city center. Be aware that public transport to and from the terminal stops around 9 pm, and a bus ride during peak hours may take up to 1 hour. A taxi ride to and from the bus terminal is the fastest alternative and costs around $US5.



Transportation in Bogotá

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The streets of Bogotá are densely packed, but thanks to the modern, commuting bus service TransMilenio, you can move around the city cheap and relatively quickly. A ticket for TransMilenio costs COP$1,750 (US$ 1). Regular buses, busetas (small buses), colectivos and taxis reach areas that TransMilenio doesn’t cover. They cost around COP$900/ US$0.50.

Yellow taxis are abundant, inexpensive and have meters. If the driver doesn’t use the meter, insist that he does. The safest way to take a taxi is to reserve it first via a “radio taxi” service (tel. 288 8888). An average taxi ride should never cost more then US$4, unless you travel to or from the airport. With more than 300 km of ciclorutas, Bogotá has Latin America’s most extended bicycle network. On Sundays until 2 pm, many roads in Bogotá are entirely closed to cars. If you are interested in exploring Bogotá by bike, the agency Bogotravel Tours rents bikes and organizes guided bicycle tours through the city.

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