The BEST way to travel from Bogota to Medellín in Colombia in 2022 (2022)

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If you are traveling in Colombia you are probably at some point going to want to travel from Bogota to Medellin (the second-largest city in Colombia). To do this you have main 2 options. In this post, I will talk you through the pros and cons and a step by step to help you get from Bogota to Medellin.

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You have 3 options for getting from Bogota to Medellin (in from Medellin to Bogota):

  1. Take a bus
  2. Take a plane
  3. Rent a car and drive yourself (not advisable unless you plan on roadtripping Colombia as it will be expensive)

Need to book transportation in Colombia?

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If you book through them you will pay a little more than if you book in person at the bus station. But it’s worth it for the ease and security in my opinion. Click here to search for transportation in Colombia.

In all honesty, there really isn’t that much difference in cost between flying between Medellin and Bogota and taking the bus.

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The biggest issue is time!

Taking the bus from Medellin to Bogota can take between 10-15 hours and a flight will take around 1 hour (plus getting through security on either end of course).

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you need to be prepared for anything! Travel insurance has always been high my list of things to get before I travel but now more than ever its at the top of my list.

I’m pretty sure we have all had travel plans messed up because of COVID and not all insurers covered this. So when looking for travel insurance it’s important to check it covers travel disruption due to COVID-19, World Nomads, Safety Wing, or Travel Insurance Master all provide cover for this.

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I also use Travel Insurance Master for some short vacation type trips as they are cheaper than World Nomads a lot of the time.

If you are doing shorter trips or a longer backpacking trip then WorldNomads or Travel Insurance Master are the best option. If you are a digital nomad or planning travel of at least 6 months then go for SafetyWing.

1. Taking the Bus from Bogota to Medellin

You can take a bus from the main transport terminal in Bogota to the bus station in the north of Medellin. There are multiple buses scheduled per day including several overnight buses. The bus may tell you 10 hours, but I was on it for 12 and I’ve heard of people who were on it for 15 hours or more. So don’t make any plans to do anything other than sitting on the bus for the whole day/ night.

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If you want to make the most of your time get a night bus. You will save on accommodation and you can sleep through the time. This is the most economical way to travel. Even though the flight may be short all of the fuss with security and waiting will eat into your day anyway.

Book the bus with Brazilia as they have really comfy seats that go right back! I got lots of sleep and no bad back. If you do travel through the night though be warned they crank the AC up so be sure to wrap up warm!

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If you do have the time though take a bus during the day. I actually missed my flight (oops) so I had no choice. But I was so glad I did with these views! Although after 10 hours I was feeling a little crazy…

It was a really nice bus ride, breathtaking scenery, films on some big TV screens and a really good meal on the side of the road!

Tips for taking the bus from Bogota to Medellin:

  • Make sure you have some layers as it can get cold with the AC
  • Bring snacks and plenty of water… I didn’t and had to survive on a packet of Oreos!
  • You will only stop once…so go easy on the water

Booking the bus:

The best way to book your bus from Bogota to Medellin is through GuateGo. They do charge a small booking fee to cover their expenses, but it makes life so much easier! You can check the times and book your bus to Medillen ahead of time without having to go to the bus station the day before. Or if you prefer you can just turn up and get a ticket. You can check the times and prices of the Bogota to Medellin bus here.

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These buses can get full so if you want to be guaranteed a seat on the bus book on Guatego or get to the station early. If you want to take a night bus you will 100% need to book it in advance, I didn’t travel from Santa Marta to Medellin and had to spend an extra night there!

Getting to the bus stop in Bogota:

  • I took a taxi from La Candelaria and it was around 25 minutes and cost me $10mil pesos.

Getting from the bus stop in Medellin:

  • When I arrived in Medellin I was able to get a taxi from the bus stop to take me to Laureles for $13mil

If you want to travel from Medellin to Bogota then you will just need to reverse this journey.

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Please note prices have increased a little due to 2020…

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2. Fly from Bogota to Medellin

If you don’t have luggage you need to check in and don’t mind paying a few $$ more. Then flying is by far the quickest option. There are several flights per day between Bogota to the main airport in Medellin. And 1 or 2 to the smaller more central airport.

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You can easily get to the airport on public transport from La Candelaria see here. Once in Medellin, it will cost around $70 mil COP to get into town from the main airport in a taxi, and a lot less from the smaller airport. There are no buses that will take you to Medellin from the airport but you can get a taxi collectivo. The price will depend on how many people are sharing, and how much the driver wants to charge you! But expect to pay around$15mil COP. The colectivos pick up and drop off from San Diego shopping center.

Word of warning if you book a flight with Vivo Colombia. They like to catch people out with extra charges, so make sure you read the fine print and print everything off. Also, don’t try and get away with oversized/ overweight luggage. They love to charge extra!

Wondering where to stay in Medellin? I recommend staying in either El Poblado or Laureles and here are a few of my favorite places to stay:

Parceros Med Hostel ( I stayed here for a month and loved it!)
Los Patios Hostel Boutique
Purple Monkey Hostel
Hostal Medellin -LaurelesEl Jardín de la 10 – El Poblado

You can also read my full Where to Stay in Medellin Guide here.

Wondering where to stay in Bogota? I recommend staying in Chapenero over La Candelaria if you are staying longer than 24 hours.

Hotels I recommend are:

Hotel Morrison
Selina Chapinaro
Republica Hostel Chapinero
Hotel Living 55
93 Luxury Suites & Residences

If you are only in town for 1 night then I recommend staying in one of these places in La Candelaria:

Selina La Candelaria
Casa artistica
Arche Noah Boutique Hostel

If you need a hotel close to the airport then I recommendthe Radisson AR Bogota Airport.

Concerned about safety in Bogotá? Take a read of my safety guide to Bogotá.

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FAQs

Is there a bus from Bogota to Medellin? ›

Direct routes for travel from Bogota to Medellin

The bus offers routes to the most remote areas as well as reliable services. There are 60 direct buses per day and 425 buses per week from Bogota to Medellin. The trip takes around 12 hours and tickets cost from 16 USD.

How much is a ticket to Bogota to Medellin? ›

Prices were available within the past 7 days and starts at CA $72 for one-way flights and CA $143 for round trip, for the period specified.

How do you travel between cities in Colombia? ›

Colombia's generally reliable and numerous buses are your best bet for intercity travel, though increased competition between domestic airlines means that air travel is frequently only slightly more expensive than travel by bus and far faster and more comfortable.

How long is the bus from Bogota to Medellin? ›

Bogota to Medellin Bus Service
Avg. Bus Duration: 9 hrs 30 mins
Buses depart from: Bogota
Bus arrives in: Medellin
Cheapest Bus: COP 71000.00
Earliest Bus: 06:20
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How many days do you need in Medellin? ›

You should plan to spend at least three to five days in Medellin, but any length of time is great! Every year Medellin is becoming more popular as a tourist destination, and it's easy to see why. The city has so much to offer, from its stunning setting in the Andes mountains to its vibrant culture and friendly people.

How do I get from Medellin to Bogotá? ›

You have 3 options for getting from Bogota to Medellin (in from Medellin to Bogota): Take a bus. Take a plane. Rent a car and drive yourself (not advisable unless you plan on roadtripping Colombia as it will be expensive)

Is Bogota or Medellin better? ›

The nightlife in Bogota is considered to be the best in Colombia. The city offers a wider range of options for nightlife than Medellin. However, you will find a vibrant nightlife scene in Medellin as the city is increasingly becoming popular among foreign travelers.

How far is Bogota from Medellin by plane? ›

The distance between two of Colombia's largest cities, Bogotá and Medellín, is 260 miles (419 km). The easiest way to make the trip is to fly, which takes about an hour.

What is there to do between Medellin and Bogota? ›

The top stops along the way from Bogota to Medellin (with short detours) are Gold Museum, Salt Cathedral, and El Peñón de Guatapé. Other popular stops include Lake Guatavita, Plaza de Bolívar, and Temático Hacienda Nápoles Park.

How much money should I bring to Colombia? ›

Budget traveler: If you're on a tight budget and pay close attention to what you spend, $30 – $35 a day may be sufficient. Mid-range traveler: If you want something a little more luxurious, doing a few more expensive activities, or staying in good accommodations, plan a budget of $35 – $65 per day.

Do they have Uber in Colombia? ›

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Bogota. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

Are taxis expensive in Bogota? ›

Most fares within Bogota will cost much less than $20,000 pesos, and it is rare that a taxi driver will have change for a $50,000 peso note (or perhaps they do, but they'll usually claim that they don't).

Is Bogota or Medellín better? ›

The nightlife in Bogota is considered to be the best in Colombia. The city offers a wider range of options for nightlife than Medellin. However, you will find a vibrant nightlife scene in Medellin as the city is increasingly becoming popular among foreign travelers.

How long is the bus ride from Medellín to Cartagena? ›

Cartagena by bus: the land trip from Medellín to Cartagena takes approximately 14 hours with a distance of 805 km.

Where does Bogota and Medellín stop? ›

The top stops along the way from Bogota to Medellin (with short detours) are Gold Museum, Salt Cathedral, and El Peñón de Guatapé. Other popular stops include Lake Guatavita, Plaza de Bolívar, and Temático Hacienda Nápoles Park.

How do I get from Bogota to Cartagena? ›

The easiest and quickest way to travel from Bogota to Cartagena is flying. Flights start from just $27 USD and take 1.5 hours. Travel by bus is popular and comfortable in Colombia. The bus from Bogota to Cartagena is formidable taking 24 hours and with tickets from just $26 making it a cheap last minute option.

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