We will tell you how to get from Medellin airport to city center. The distance from Jose Maria Cordova airport to Medellin city center is 25 kilometers.
The travel time from Medellin airport to Medellin city center is 20-40 minutes by car depending on the traffic and time of the day. Click here to book online Medellin activities and day trips
The cheapest way from Medellin airport to city center is by public bus for 13K COP which is $3.5 USD. You can get shared transportation with Bookaway for $15 USD and $27 USD private transfer from Medellin airport to downtown for two people.
If you go by taxi for $25 USD. You can hire Beat, Cabify and Uber for $16-22 USD.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MEDELLIN
There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from in Medellin. Accommodation prices can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid-budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and for more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Medellin. The most popular areas are El Poblado and city center.
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Medellin Airport To Downtown
Bus From Medellin Airport to City Center (Cheapest Way)
The buses are the cheapest way from Medellin airport to city center. There is no metro in Medellin airport going to the city. The bus fare Medellin airport to city is 13K COP which is $3 USD. And you will pay to the driver in cash.
ComBuses airport bus are running every 15 minutes from the airport to Sandiego Mall starting from 4 am to 10 pm. You will have to go outside the airport in the gates: 2A and 2B to get the bus.
MEDELLIN AIRPORT TO NUTIBARA AND MEDELLIN AIRPORT TO SANDIEGO MALL
The travel time from Medellin airport to city center by bus to Sandiego Mall from the airport 45 minutes. Bus from the airport to Hotel Nutibara is 60 minutes. You can stop at Nutibara Hotel where you can get the metro, bus or taxi or going walking distance to your accommodation.
Hotel Nutibara To Sandiego Mall to El Poblado
Once you are getting to your destination by bus. Maybe you will have to get metro, public bus or taxi if you don’t want to walk. Hotel Nutibara to Sandiego Mall has 3 kilometers distance.
From Sandiego Mall 4 kilometers to El Poblado. Sandiego Mall has a 6-minute walk to Exposiciones metro station. If you move with Beat or taxi prices can go 8000-10000 COP to your final destination depending on the distance in Medellin city center.
Metro Map in Medellin
Metro in Medellin has the Line A North to South. The Line B Center to West. And the Tram Line T from the Center to East. You can also take Medellin Metro Cable Car to have a great views of the city.
The metro fare in Medellin is 3000 COP for one way and you will have to get the Civica Eventual Metro Card. The metro opening hours in Medellin is from 4 30 am to 11 pm.
You will have to buy Cívica Eventual Metro Card costing 6000 COP to move around the metro in Medellin. One way costs by public transportation in Medellin costs 3000 COP per person.
If you take the Cable car tyou will have to pay 3000 COP and the Civica Eventual Metro Card for 6000 COP (you can use for a few people topping up as we used for the three of us in Medellin).
Taxis From Medellin Airport to Medellin City Center
If you want to go from Medellin airport to city center by taxi is the most comfortable way. There are White taxis and Yellow taxis. The taxi fare with the white taxi is 90K COP which is around $25 USD if you use the new route with the toll road.
Beat, Didi And Uber
If you prefer using Beat App like like Cabify and Uber. These apps you can ask for the ride from Medellin airport to city and they will pick you up from the airport for similar or cheaper price than a taxi. You can get services from Medellin airport to Medellin city center for $16-22 USD.
Colectivos (Shared Taxi) From Medellin Airport To Downtown
Colectivos are shared white taxis. You will share the taxi with 4 other passengers and the fare is 20K COP which is around $5 USD per person. A great option if you are traveling alone or with someone else and you want the comfort of the taxi but saving a few dollars.
The final destination of the shared taxi is Sandiego Mall where you can get a bus, metro or taxi. Sandiego Mall is 3 kilometers walking distance to Plaza Botero and 5 minutes walking distance from Exposiciones Metro station.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION MEDELLIN AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Medellin. Prices are around $27 USD for two people and $15 USD if you are traveling alone from Medellin airport to Medellin city center.
BEST WAY FROM MEDELLIN AIRPORT TO MEDELLIN CITY CENTER
The best way from Medellin airport to city center is by bus for $3 USD and 45 minutes travel time if you are on a budget and traveling alone. Once in Sandiego Mall you can go walking distance, metro, bus or taxi depending how far is your accommodation.
If you wish more comfort you can get a shared transfer with Bookaway from Medellin airport to downtown for $15 USD one person or $27 USD for two people. You can also get a taxi for $25 USD or using Cabify and Uber apps for $16-22 USD.
Accommodation in Medellin
There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from in Medellin. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Medellin. The most popular areas are El Poblado and city center.
WHAT TO SEE IN MEDELLIN
There is a lot what to see in Medellin and we choose SAG Tour Medellin to guide us around Medellin. Since walking around Plaza Botero watching the sculptures, local markets where you can find everything around El Hueco to try local food in the restaurants.
You can also experience the Metro Cable Car around Medellin and visiting Comuna 13 one of the most popular places in Medellin. El Poblado is full of coffee shops and restaurants if you are looking for that vibe.
Plaza Botero is located in city center and you will be able to see Fernando Botero sculptures. There are more than 20 different ones around the park. You can go walking distance from Plaza Botero to visit markets, churches and local restaurants.
CABLE CAR AROUND MEDELLIN
A Cable Car ride is a must in Medellin. You will have to get a single Metro ticket for 3000 COP which is less than $1 USD and you will enjoy incredible views.
Comuna 13 is the most popular place for tourists if you love street art and graffitis. You can ride the electric stairs around this colorful neighborhood. As we did with SAG Tour Medellin with our guide Luis (living there) guiding us and explaining the huge change from the past to the brilliant future that Comuna 13 will have.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COLOMBIA
A total of $5-6 USD dollar can be your daily food budget travel in Colombia. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $3-5 USD. And you can get snack like street foods for $1 USD. You can buy a combination of patacones and papas rellenas with a drink for only $1 USD.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA
You can go to Colombia any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Colombia because is the sunniest also the peak season. October to November are the months ideal for those working with a budget, because its is considered the low season in the country.
ATMS AND CASH IN COLOMBIA
The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=3500 COP. ATM’s are available all throughout the country but my advise to you is to us those are inside the banks. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transaction tend to be higher for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K COP depending on the bank.
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