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3 ways to move from Medellín airport to the city


3 ways to move from Medellín airport to the city

Medellín is one of the most visited cities in Colombia and certainly one of the most beautiful. So if you’re interested in traveling to Medellín, pack your bags and prepare yourself to spend a great time while getting to know the greatest people in the country. For you to enjoy your stay and avoid any setbacks, we have some tips that may help you to move around the city and get easily from the Medellín airport to the city.

Aeropuerto José Maria Córdova

In Medellín, there are two airports: Enrique Olaya Herrera (EOH) and José María Cordova (MDE). Both receive people from all over the world and connect Medellín to the rest of the country.

However, José María Cordova is the biggest in this city. Also, is the second most important in Colombia after El Dorado —in Bogota—. So, if you want to visit this beautiful place, you’ll probably land in this airport.

Since it’s located far from the city, it’s very important for you to know what kind of transportation it’s available. There are many options for you to choose.

Let’s start from the beginning: where’s located?

José María Cordova, also known as Rionegro airport, is located precisely in Rionegro, 30 km from Medellín. Far away in comparison to Enrique Olaya Herrera airport, which is located just 10 minutes away.

But don’t worry. Even when it seems a little bit far, there are many options to get to the city. Just take into account your budget and the amount of time you have.

3 ways to get to the city from the Medellín airport

Pay attention to these ideas, they may help you to move around like a totally pro.

1. For the practical travelers: the city cabs

The Medellín airport has a cab service just at the exit of the arrival gates. This is the easiest and most comfortable way to get to Medellín. Also, is the most used mean of transportation among foreign.

How much? Around USD 25 (75.000 pesos) according to the exchange rate. You can see the fair just at front.

However, to avoid any overpayment, request the service over the phone or go to the authorize points in the airport.

How long it would take? 40 to 50 minutes, the fastest way to get to the city from the Medellín airport. Also, it’s the most preferred for the international travelers but certainly the most expensive.

One big selling point
This service is available 24 hours.

2. For the chatty one: the shared taxi service

Outside the airport you can find another option and it’s a shared cap service. This is a great opportunity to get to know people from all over the country and the world. Here, you share the taxi with 4 more people.

These cabs leave the airport each 30 minutes or if they manage to gather the number of passengers. So if you don’t have too much time to spare, maybe try the traditional service.

How much does it cost? Around USD 6 (18.000 pesos) according to the exchange rate.

How long it would take? 35 to 40 minutes.

One big selling point
The big difference between to the normal cabs is than you can split the fare with the people traveling with you. Still you will enjoy the luxury and comfort of a private service.

3. For the backpackers: public transportation

You can take this service directly from the airport, since they are located outside the arrival gates also. They will leave you in San Diego mall, in the city center.

From this point on, you can take a cab to your hotel or walk depending on how far away it’s located.

This service is available from 6 a.m. to midnight. The fare is pay inside the bus before it leaves, so you don’t need to buy a ticket in advance.

How much does it cost? Certainly, this is the cheapest way to move from the Medellín airport to the city. It will only cost you USD 3 (10.000 pesos) according to the exchange rate.

How long it would take? Around 60 minutes.

One big selling point
Buses will leave you in a centric point of the city. An area surrounded by ATM, restaurants, bars and many important landmarks such as Pies Descalsos Park.


Enjoy the road from the Medellín airport

Finally, not matter the way you choose, taxi, shared taxi or bus, you will still have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view and get to know some of the most wonderful landscapes and mountains of this region.

Also, on the side of the road, there are many restaurants and traditional fondas, where you can taste some of the typical food of this region. So, if you are not in a rush, and your driver allows it, make a pause and start living Medellín.