Bogotà Getting There

BY PLANE

There are numerous international flights from the main American and European cities. Bogotà's airport is called Aeropuerto El Dorado (www.elnuevodorado.com).

All medium to large Colombian cities are connected to Bogota through the main domestic airlines: www.avianca.com, www.aeres.comwww.copaair.com.

=> There's an air departure tax that you should pay when you leave the country (to be paid in dollars or pesos, we're still trying to figure out the exact price), it should be included in your ticket. If not, be well in advance at the airport to be sure to comply with this extra tax.

The airport serves both international and domestic flights through 2 terminals: Puento Aéreo serves most domestic flights and El Dorado international ones.

The airport is 13kms away from the city and you can easily take a taxi or a bus to get you to the city center. It's safe by taxi and there's a taxi booth at the airport that will give you the exact price you need to pay. From the city center, you will be charge extra but the fare to the airport should not cost you more than 25,000 pesos.

If that's still too expensive or if you're traveling alone, you can take the bus or Colectivos. from the city center, you can catch buses marked "Terminal" on Carrera 10 between Calle 17 and 26.

=> The Transmilenio should connect the city to the airport in 2012 making this journey easier and cheaper.

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BY LAND

The Bus terminal offers international services to most South American cities and all domestic destinations. International destinations include Buenos Aires (7 days!), Quito, Caracas, Guayaquil, Lima, Mendoza, Santiago...

All medium and large Colombian cities are connected to the Bogotà bus terminal. Check the different bus companies online, you will be able to buy tickets online from Expreso Brasilia in the beginning of 2011. Otherwise, get there a few days before traveling and check different companies to compare timetables, travel time, comfort and of course prices.

The Bus terminal is in Salitre, about 5km west of the city center. Similar to the airport, there's a taxi service that should help you getting out of there safely.

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