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Getting from Bogota Airport to the City Centre

Bogota is Colombia’s well-known capital city and is rapidly becoming a must-see tourist destination. Packed with art, fashion, culture, history, opportunities, and unforgettable experiences, Bogota is a great city to visit.

When visiting this beautiful city, you will be landing at Bogota International Airport (BOG), also known as El Dorado International Airport. To get from Bogota airport to the city centre, you have 2 transportation options; you can take a taxi or private transfer or the bus. Choosing a Bogota airport taxi is a safe and hassle-free transport option, taking only 20 minutes to reach downtown Bogota. Alternatively, you can take the Transmilieno bus, which is a more cost-savvy travel method.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €6.35 20min 24/7
Bus €1.10 60.min 04:30–22:45

How to get from Bogota Airport to City Centre by taxi

Bogota airport taxis and private transfers are a fast and reliable way to get to the city centre. Not only are Bogota taxis inexpensive, but they also provide 24/7 door-to-door services, in the comfort and safety of your own vehicle.

Taxi fare from Bogota Airport to the City Centre

Bogota airport taxis calculate their prices using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. Your taxi fare from Bogota airport to the city centre (La Candelaria) should cost around €5.35 (23,800 COP). Please note that an airport surcharge of €1 (4,400 COP) will be demanded and an extra €0.45 (2,000 COP) apply for taxi rides between 20:00 and 05:00, as well as Sundays and public holidays.

Nonetheless, if you wish to travel with an English-speaking driver, at a fixed price with no extra costs, it is highly recommended to book your Bogota airport transfer online.

Cost

€6.35 (28,200 COP)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Bogota International Airport

Where do I get it from?

You can find the official Bogota airport taxi ranks at Terminal 1’s Exit doors 2, 3, 5 and 6, and at Terminal 2’s Arrivals exit.

Please note that you will need to pre-pay your taxi ride at the taxi counters, located at the Arrivals Hall.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Bogota International Airport (BOG) is definitely the best way to get to the city centre. Taxis provide inexpensive door-to-door, comfortable transfer services straight to your Bogota hotel.

Editor’s Note

It is important to know that you will need to pre-pay for your Bogota airport taxi transfer at the airport’s taxi counters, which can be found at the Arrivals Halls; this can be done in both cash or credit card.

Useful Tips

Many non-official airport taxis operate from the airport; it is highly recommended to use an official taxi from Bogota airport, as these unauthorised drivers charge excessively.
If you choose to take a yellow taxi, that doesn’t require a pre-paid slip, be sure to confirm any extra charges with the taxi driver before starting your journey downtown.
It is not common to tip your Bogota taxi driver, however, it is always greatly appreciated.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Bogota. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Bogota Airport to City Centre by bus

Another more cost-savvy transportation option from Bogota Airport to the city centre is on the Transmilenio bus. In order to get the bus, you will need to take the free airport “Feeder” shuttle to “Portal El Dorado” station which is located a few kilometres away from the airport. At Portal El Dorado you can choose between bus No 1 to La Candelaria or the K86 line also takes you to the city centre. The total travel time from Bogota airport to downtown is around 1 hour.

How much is a bus ticket from Bogota airport to the city centre?

A one-way ticket on the Transmilenio bus from Bogota airport to downtown costs €0.55 (2,400 COP). However, you will need to purchase a Tullave bus card beforehand at the Portal El Dorado bus station.

Please note that the airport Feeder shuttle is free.

Cost

€0.55 (2,400 COP)

Trip Duration

1 hour

There is an average waiting time of 10 minutes for both the Feeder shuttle and the buses.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Feeder shuttle operates Monday to Saturday from 05:00 to 22:45 and on Sundays from 06:00 to 21:45, and the Transmilenio buses 1 and K86 operate Monday to Friday from 04:30 to 22:45, Saturdays from 06:00 to 22:45 and Sundays from 06:00 to 21:45.

Where do I get it from?

The El Dorado airport buses are all operated by TransMilenio / SITP and leave from the Portal El Dorado bus station which is located a few kilometres away from the International Arrivals Hall. In order to get there, you can take the free Feeder airport shuttle which can be found outside Exit 6, on Terminal 1’s first floor.

Convenience

Taking the Bogota airport bus is a cheap and convenient way to get from BOG International Airport to downtown Bogota. However, if you land after hours, you will have to find an alternative solution, as there are no night buses. Moreover, as Bogota taxis are inexpensive, it is much easier to opt for a 24/7 door-to-door solution, especially if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

Please note that if you are in a hurry, and haven’t had time to purchase your Tullave card, you can always ask another traveller to buy your ticket which you can pay back to them back in cash. This is very common for airport bus rides and it is not prohibited.

Useful Tips

Please remember that you will need to purchase a rechargeable ‘Tullave’ card in order to buy your bus ticket. You can buy the card at a kiosk on the Arrivals floor, next to the escalator.
Buses are generally safe in Bogota, but it is better not to leave your personal belongings unattended, as pickpockets target airport travellers.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Bogota airport from the city centre?

Bogota International Airport is located 11 km away from Bogota’s city centre. It takes around 20 minutes to reach by car or by taxi.

How do I get from El Dorado airport to the city centre?

There are two transportation options to get from BOG airport to downtown Bogota; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take an airport bus.

How much is a taxi from Bogota airport to downtown (La Candelaria)?

Bogota airport taxis calculate their prices using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. Your taxi fare from Bogota airport to the city centre (La Candelaria) should cost around €5.35 (23,800 COP) or €6.35 (28,200 COP) with the airport surcharge. Please note an extra €0.45 (2,000 COP) apply for taxi rides between 20:00 and 05:00, as well as Sundays and public holidays.

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