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How to Get from Pereira Airport to Salento

40 km southeast of Pereira Airport, the village of Salento is the entry door to the majestic Cocora Valley. A colourful, typical village of the Coffee District, Salento offers an authentic Colombian atmosphere, bodegas included, and the opportunity to visit coffee farms, go for a horse ride, or hike in the nearby Los Nevados National Park.

You can take a taxi or combine two buses to get from Pereira Airport to Salento. A taxi is the fastest option, taking around 38 minutes. T. A taxi is the fastest option, taking around 38 minutes. The bus journey is not direct. It involves taking a bus to Pereira Terminal and a second one to Salento. The average journey time is 1 hour and 45 minutes, but it can be much longer depending on the traffic and how long your transfer takes.

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How to get from Pereira Airport to Salento by taxi

A taxi from Pereira Airport is the most convenient way to get to Salento. Taxis are available 24/7, provide a much faster transfer, and allow you to reach your destination without further changes. Regardless of your arrival time, it’s best to pre-book your airport taxi with a reputable company. It will save time and prevent you from having to haggle about the fare.

Pereira to Salento: what does a taxi cost?

Taxis in and around Pereira are fitted with a taximeter and charge fares according to official rates. Those charges include a pick-up fee, a charge for every 80 m or 70 seconds in case of congestion, and an airport tax. A surcharge is applied to evening fares from 19:00 to 05:00 and on Sundays and bank holidays.

A ride from Pereira Airport to Salento costs around €20.40 (COP 86,100) for up to 4 people.

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€20.40 (COP 86,100)

Trip Duration

38 Min.

Taxis are always available, but waiting times can be longer in the evening or on Sundays.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Pereira Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from Pereira Airport to Salento?

The taxi rank is outside of the terminal. If you pre-book your transfer, you will have to confirm the meeting location with the company. With Welcome Pickups, your driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall.


Taxis are the only door-to-door travel option and the most convenient way to get from Pereira Airport to Salento. They offer a comfortable and relatively quick transfer without having to make stops along the way. This option is best if you have luggage, as not only may you want to avoid dealing with them, but luggage storage is limited on the bus. Additionally, taxis are available 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about bus schedules if you arrive late.

Editor’s Note

Remember to pre-book your taxi ride. Depending on your arrival day or time, some drivers may try to negotiate a fare higher than the official rates, or you may have to wait a while to get in a car.

Useful Tips

Some taxis, but not all of them, accept payment by card. If you plan to use this payment means, inform your driver before the ride begins. If you plan to pay with cash, make sure you have notes in Colombian pesos.
Tipping is not mandatory. If you’re satisfied with your ride, you can add between €0.25 and €1.20 (COP 1,000 to 5,000) to the fare.
Make sure you take a licenced taxi with a reputable company.

How to get from Pereira Airport to Salento by bus

Taking a bus to Salento from Pereira Airport offers a very affordable travel alternative if you’re on a tight budget or want to see more of the region’s landscapes and towns. 

The trip is longer. First, you must get to Pereira Terminal in the city centre, where the bus to Salento departs. You can ride Bus 26 from the airport or take a taxi for a quicker transfer. Once at Pereira Terminal, you will board a bus to Salento.

If you opt for a taxi to the city centre, allow about 1 hour and 45 minutes for the quickest bus journey. The travel time can be longer if you take Bus 26 to reach Pereira Terminal and traffic is particularly bad. Likewise, you may have to wait for a while for your bus to Salento.

How much is the bus from Pereira Airport to Salento?

A bus ticket from Pereira Airport to Pereira Terminal costs €0.60 (COP 2,650), and a bus ticket to Salento costs €2.60 (COP 11,000). The total price for the journey is €3.20 (COP 13,650) per person.

You can buy your ticket to Pereira Terminal on board and the one to Salento from the Alcala Expreso office at Pereira Terminal. You will be issued a receipt showing your seat and bus number.


€.3.20 (COP 13,650)

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 45 Min.

Bus 26 departs fairly frequently, but the frequency can vary greatly. Buses to Salento leave every 60 minutes.

Value for Money

Bus 26: 05:30 to 23:00 Monday to Sunday. Bus to Salento: 06:30 to 18:30 every day.

Where do I get the bus from?

If you plan to take Bus 26 to Pereira Terminal, the bus stop will be on your right once you exit the terminal. At Pereira Terminal, check your ticket receipt to find your bus number and locate it within the rows of buses outside.


Although the bus is less convenient than a taxi, it can be a good option to reach Salento from Pereira Airport if you want to save money, are okay with spending more time travelling, and don’t mind a crowd. 

The buses run frequently during the day, but it’s important to note that the last bus departs at 18:30. You will need to purchase your ticket at the station, which may involve queuing, so it’s best to factor in enough time for ticket purchase and locating your bus. While the buses to Salento are reasonably comfortable, they are not the best option if you’re travelling with heavy or bulky luggage.

Editor’s Note

Buses from Pereira to Salento are operated by buses and microbuses. Buses can carry up to 25 passengers, while microbuses accommodate a maximum of 18 people.

Useful Tips

Keep an eye on your belongings, and ensure no one touches or manipulates your bags. Keep your valuables with you.
Make sure you have small notes in Colombian pesos to pay for your bus ticket.
If you travel from the airport to the bus terminal on Bus 26, you must request a stop by pressing a button. Bus stops are not announced, but you can follow your journey live on Google Maps.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Salento from Pereira Airport?

Salento is 40 km of Pereira Airport. By car, the journey takes about 38 minutes in light traffic, whereas taking public transport will take at least 1 hour and 45 minutes not including wait time.

How to get from Pereira Airport to Salento?

You have two options for getting from Pereira Airport to Salento. The first is to take an airport taxi. In good traffic, you will get to your destination in about 38 minutes. The second option is longer and combines two buses or a taxi transfer with a bus. Allow at least 1 hour and 45 minutes for the quickest journey.

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