Colombia Transportation

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Colombia Transportation

  • Taxis

    Bogotá Transportation

    Taxis in Bogota and in Colombia in general have been a nice surprise. I never had to ask to turn on the meter, all taxi drivers use it. Prices are cheap, from Airport to the city centre it's bout 40 minuts and 15.000 COP about 6€.

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  • Transportation

    Cartagena Transportation

    Cartagena is full of wonderful buses, some are very old and dangerous and some have televisions and air con. Most bus journeys cost 1200 pesos around 50 cent in euros. The air con buses cost 1500 pesos and are probabley much better if you want cold air. However most buses stop for everyone and if you dont get a seat it can be a very uncomfortable...

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  • Buses, Busetas, Colectivos...

    Bogotá Transportation

    The intercity bus terminal in San Gil is located 3km west of downtown. The easiest way to get there is taking a taxi which only costs 3.000 COP (January 2010). Frequent buses depart to Bogotá, most of them come from Bucaramanga making a stop in San Gil. The journey takes about 6 hours. My time in San Gil was very limited and filled with day...

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  • TransMilenio

    Bogotá Transportation

    Though the very core of Bogota's old town is easily explored on foot, getting further afield requires some kind of locomotion. Many tourist opt for taxis which are generally metered and fairly priced but still pricey if you are on a budget and compared to food and lodging in town. That said, when traveling with your luggage to either the airport or...

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  • Airplane

    Bogotá Transportation

    There were only a very few days left until my flight back to Europe so I decided to join Donna and take a flight as well. Two airlines have flights from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Avianca and Aires. We found a better deal with Avianca so we booked a flight with them. It was an evening flight with the departure from Barranquilla at 17:31 and arrival to...

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  • Bicycle/Wheel sports

    Bogotá Transportation

    On Sunday mornings (and holidays) between 7.00 - 14.00 some of the main streets in Bogotá are closed down for cars. Lots of cyclists, skaters and pedestrians use the roads instead. For example can you go along Carrera 7 from Plaza Bolívar all the way to the north part of Bogotá. Carrera 7 will be car free, but cars will cross the street going from...

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  • 'Chiva'

    Bogotá Transportation

    Typically these busses get pretty crowded. Usually I took the smaller and faster busses. I remember that the driver always played the local music called Ballenato, the kind of music you will hear everywhere in Colombia: in bars, taxis and busses...

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  • El Nuevo Dorado International Airport

    Located about nine miles (13 kilometers) west of Bogota's city center, El Nuevo Dorado International Airport (BOG) is the main international gateway to Colombia, and is the third-busiest airport in South America in terms of passenger traffic. The airport handles flights from within South America and from Central America, North America, the...

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  • City Map of Medellín

    City Map of MedellínOthers have posted about the unavailability of a good city map of Medellín. At the end of March 2011, I arrived at the José María Córdova airport on a domestic flight and after collecting my luggage; I turned right and walked a short distance to the international flight arrival gate outside of customs. Alongside the wall are...

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  • How to get to Zipaquira and the Salt...

    Unless you’re totally petrified about traveling unescorted (i.e., without a guide), visiting the Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira using public transportation is easy, much cheaper, and it gives you more flexibility with your time. It’s especially easier if you go on a weekday when it’s less crowded. If you’re in Bogota, go to a TranMilenio (TM) station,...

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  • Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport

    Located about seven miles (12 kilometers) south of downtown Barranquilla, Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ) is Colombia's main airport serving the northern part of the country and the Caribbean coast. It mainly handles domestic flights, although it does serve some international destinations including Panama City, Miami, and Fort...

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  • Long distance buses

    Some websites for long distance buses:http://www.bolivariano.com.co/http://www.fronteras.com.co/http://www.berlinasdelfonce.com/http://expresobrasilia.com/For an overview:http://www.viajaporcolombia.com/buses-intermunicipales/Most are comfortable, preferably, when feasible, to travel by day.Info updated February 2011.

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  • Flying

    From Europe Avianca, Iberia and Air France. Air Plus Comet went bankrupt in 2009. From the USA: Delta, Continental, American and the LCC Spirit Airlines from FLL.Bogota has 2 terminals, one called El Dorado (Int. + domestic), the other Puente Aereo. The latter is only Avianca-domestic and almost all (but not all) domestic departures/arrivals of AV...

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  • one big country requires different modes

    Getting around Colombia is quite easy though expect some very long travel times unless you are willing to break up your journeys in small towns between the main attractions. Colombia is one of South America's bigger countries and distances if traveling entirely by land are great. There are no trains to speak of so bus if the choice of those on a...

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  • arriving by air is easiest

    Getting to Colombia is generally easy if arriving by air. The capital of Bogotá is probably the most common entry point and is where we flew into and out of the country. Other large cities are serviced internationally but don't be surprised if your plane touches down in Bogotá en route. It is particularly easy flying to Bogotá from South Florida in...

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  • Buses

    The buses here are reliable. Clean and very easy to use. There are MANY different types of buses here and too many different lines to count. If I'd have to guess I would say a pretty small portion of the population here actually own a car, quite a few have motorcycles but many seem to rely on public transportation.Buses1) Greyhound type buses - for...

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  • Colombia ....essential information for...

    Step 1 - throw out your compass. The maps here are not oriented with the North on the top of the map. They are oriented to the mountains or major momuments or I am not kidding here to best fit on the paper. Most maps will not tell you where north is so a compass is totally useless. If you are using more than one map of a city or area....both may be...

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  • Departure Tax

    I have heard a MILLION different stories about the Colombia Departure tax....all different all crazy (you can get out of it if you skip the line..if you keep a piece of paper or get a piece of paper stamped when you enter the country...etc all bogus by the way)....to help with the confusion I have copied the following directly from the Colombian...

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  • To Pamplona from San Antonio (Venezuela)

    Before you leave Venezuela you must pay the departure tax and get the exit stamp in your passport from the DIEX office in San Antonio (you don’t get it at the border). The office is situated on Carrera 9, between Calle 6 and 7. I arrived at the office at 6.50 in the morning and first paid the departure tax (46 BsF in July 2008) in a shop on the...

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  • Boat to Panama

    There are sailboats transporting passengers from Cartagena to Panama. You can contact them yourself at a Yacht Club or arrange it through your hotel. The trip usually takes about 5 days to reach Porvenir, in San Blas Islands. San Blas by the way are the precious jewels of Panama. I remember them with joy and I think they will be in my mind for a...

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  • To go to Cali

    Take the plane which will get you there fastly and safely as this look to be your main concern. I've done it with American Airlines (Miami-Cali) or from Bogota on Avianca (nice airline - ticket around 100$)Now, you can off course, take buses but the trip is long and roads bumpy. From what i've heard, there are no security worries to have on that...

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  • To Maracaibo (Venezuela) from Santa...

    I took a taxi from Casa Familiar to the terminal in Santa Marta and it was 4000 pesos (August 2008). Brasilia Expresos had a bus to Maicao at 7am for 20 000 pesos. The bus arrived at 7.15 and it was a small comfortable bus. It took four hours to Maicao and I had not even left the bus before men started to call Maracaibo, Maracaibo. Before going to...

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  • CARTAGENA: BUS TERMINAL IS A LONG...

    The bus terminal of Cartagena is, unfortunately, quite a long distance away.Depending on which bus you hop on (they may have the word 'TERMINAL' on the sign, but their routes may vary), you can spend up to 1 hour travelling there. And then, another hour back.If you already can estimate your duration of stay, upon arrival, buy your departure...

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  • CARTAGENA: BUS TERMINAL IS A LONG...

    The bus terminal of Cartagena is, unfortunately, quite a long distance away.Depending on which bus you hop on (they may have the word 'TERMINAL' on the sign, but their routes may vary), you can spend up to 1 hour travelling there. And then, another hour back.If you already can estimate your duration of stay, upon arrival, buy your departure...

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  • BICYCLE

    I noticed there are many overhead bridges and lanes created for cyclists. I was very surprised that this city actually catered a lot of infrastructure for bicycle-travelling. In fact, on Sundays, several major avenues are closed or halved (4 lanes reduced to 2) for people to go cycling, roller-blading, jogging or walking their dogs. There are even...

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  • BOGOTA: TRANSMILINEO

    Bogotá has a spiffy means of transportation called ‘Transmilenio‘. There are stations with entrances and exits for the passengers, ticket booths to sell the tickets, and fixed routes on lanes that are free of other vehicles. It looks every way like a metro station, except they use buses and the buses sometimes have to stop for traffic at junctions...

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  • To Santa Marta/Taganga from Coro...

    As I was going to change transport several times and cross the border I left the posada in Coro already at 6am. I found a taxi without walking too far, it was 5000 pesos to the bus terminal. At the terminal I decided to take a por puesto (shared taxi) to Maracaibo instead of the bus because it is faster. Not until 7.30 did the car get full so we...

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  • General Transportation

    Colombia, nowadays, is developing a new transport system that share the traditional Colombian ways to go from one place to another, with innovate systems from the first and second world as Transmilenio in Bogotá and Medellin’s metro. Colombia has six international airports in the country’s principal cities, Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Cartagena,...

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  • City Buses

    Flagging a taxi can be dangerous (people have been ambushed), so we found ourselves using buses as often as taxis.Very cheap, ranging from 900 - 1050 pesos ($.40 - $.45) and literally no wait time. Buses are everywhere and will pull over at pretty much any spot. Our favorite areas are in the north of the city, so we would pick one up on a main road...

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  • Public Interstate Buses

    They’re always buses run between Colombia’s major cities as the main source of public transport. Since this is a very mountainous country, traveling on road can be very time-consuming and you need to be very patient since they’ll be security check-points all the way from place to place. The bus service is an ‘alright’ mode of transport and the...

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  • Getting there from US/Europe and...

    There are not many international flights to Bogota. Maybe the biggest hubs are from Miami by American Airlines (daily flights) and from Frankfurt by Lufthansa. The Bogota Int'l Airport is tiny and not so ‘computerized’ so it may take lots of time checkin’ in and out. If you’re flying further to another city (regular flights to Cali, Medellin,...

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  • Please Mind the Darien Gap

    Sadly, travelling overland from Central America to South America is not an option, at least for all but the most foolhardy of travellers. There is about an 80-mile-long break in the PanAmerican Highway which is known as the Darien Gap. There are various land and sea routes through the gap that have been attempted by small numbers of adventurous...

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  • Hitch a Ride on a Yacht

    If you don't want to fly to get from Panama to Colombia, the other option is to find a private yacht that is willing to take you for a fee. This is a fairly common practice, although you might have to wait a few days before you find a boat ready to go. You can ask around and put up notices in the yacht clubs in either Panama City or Colon. We...

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  • Flight from Panama

    If you fly from Panama City to Cartagena, you may be told by the travel agent that you have to buy a return ticket to satisfy immigration requirements, even if you have no intention of returning to Panama. We were initially sold a one-way ticket, but the next day the travel agent called us back into the office and told us we would have to pay...

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  • taxistas

    Muy loco!!!!! The Traffic is horrid that would be about the only negative thing i could say about colombia. They drive fast, close and there are no pedestrian laws. Be very careful getting around.

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  • Sailing to Colombia

    I can highly recommend Peter Rippingale, skipper of the Golden Eagle, to sail from Panama to Colombia, or vice-versa. Details will follow as soon as possible, but for now, I can say that Peter is experienced, dependable, professional, fun-loving, and sails a great yacht. I felt totally safe during the 4-day trip from Portobello, Panama to...

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  • You can fix anything with boxcutters and...

    Colombia is not just a land of coffee and cartels, but it is also a land of contrasts. One contrast I found is with Bogota El Dorado International Airport security. Passengers undergo a very thorough screening. Documentation is checked, questions are asked, personal items and persons are scanned and hand searched multiple times by DAS, the...

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  • Flying to Colombia from the UK

    British Airways operates three flights a week to Bogota El Dorado airport via Caracas in Venezuela (although you don't have to get off the plane during the stopover), flight time around 12 hours and 45 minutes including stopover time. At the time of writing (March 2003) the cost was around £600 (US$1,000) return.If you're flying on to another...

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  • Nice and easy

    Traveling by bus in Northern Colombia is inexpensive, fast and smooth.Modern air-con buses run frequently between the major cities.The 4-hour trip between Santa Marta and Cartagena was 11.000 pesos.The trip from Santa Marta to the Venezulean border was 15.000 pesos.

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  • Transportation within cities

    Although the ways to get around within a city in Colombia differ to some extent, the most common transportation vehicles are buses and collectivos (small taxi-like buses with fixed routes). Although subway-lines have been built in Medellin, and there is a subway-like bus-type in Bogota, the inter-city transportation is still pretty chaotic in...

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  • Buses take you everywhere

    The best way to travel around Colombia is by bus. Although the distances may be rather long and sometimes take more that 12 hours, it is still a great way to see the country. The bus-tickets are relatively cheap (well, when compared to the planes, since these are the only two ways to get around the country) and the buses are surprisingly...

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  • Most of the larger...

    Most of the larger international airlines fly to Bogotoa. You can fly directly with 'Avianca' from some european cities (Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, London). Avianca has several departures every day to Cartagena, so if you fly with them from your original destination you will have no problem with your connections. We arrived with a no connected...

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  • Because of the guerilla,...

    Because of the guerilla, driving to Leticia is too dangerous, so I had to take the plane. There are very few areas in Colombia safe for the tourist, but for those interested in jungle tours without a lot of tourists, Leticia is a must, and it's still pretty safe. Some drug traffic from Peru passes through the area by river to Manaus, Brazil, but...

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  • Traveling between Central America &...

    Traveling between Central America and South America is not as hard as it seems. Sure, traveling overland through the Darien is out of the question, but you can fly or take a boat to South America from Panama. Your options are limited, but the best place to start is Panama City. Once in Panama City,, just head to the Voyager hostel (near Plaza...

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  • Why a dump truck is the best....

    Why a dump truck is the best. You will love the handling in this baby. Traffic, at 35 tons and 45 ft in height, you will not have a problem with traffic. You will however, have a small problem with fuel milage.This Cat will get you where ever you need to go!

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