Medellín Getting There

BY PLANE
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There are 2 airports in Medellín, the new José María Córdoba airport, 35km southeast of the city, near the town of Rionegro. It serves all international and most domestic flights, except for some flights on light planes which use the old Olaya Herrera airport right inside the city.

Only Satena (www.satena.com) flies to Olaya Herrera from other cities. It's definitly worth checking as you save a lot of time and money travelling to the airport near Rio Negro. You miss the nice view when arriving next to Medellin but this will be forgotten once you start visiting the city.

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From José María Córdoba airport, there are some international flights from and to the US, South America and Spain. All medium to large Colombian cities are connected to Medellín through the main domestic airlines: www.avianca.comwww.copaair.comwww.lan.com,www.vivacolombia.co

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=> Olaya Herrera airport is situated close to the South Terminal bus station, you can there use Medellín transportation system or take a taxi.

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From José María Córdoba airport, you have 35kms to cover. One good option is the mini-bus that will cost you 7,000 pesos per person and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel Nutibara, it also stops at various points in the city, feel free to ask the driver where to stop depending on where you're staying. The buses leaves every 15min/30 min.
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A taxi would usually cost around 50,000 to 55,000 pesos but you can also share a taxi making it more affordable.

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BY LAND

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There are two bus terminals, North and South.

The North Terminal (Terminal del Norte) handles buses to the north, east and south-east including Sante Fe de Antioquia, Guatape (8,000/10,000 pesos, 1h30/2h), Cartagena (65,000 pesos for 13hours) , Barranquilla (65,000 pesos for 14 hours), Santa Marta (75,000 pesos for 16hours) and Bogotá (50,000 pesos for 10 hours).

The North Terminal is located close to the metro station Estacion Caribe, a taxi from the center or El Poblado is also an easy option (5,000 to 10,000 pesos. You can also check our transportation pages for Medellín.
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=> Yes a bus trip is always an adventure but if you book your tickets ahead and a bit of planning, it shouldn't cost you much more to fly and should be a lot more pleasant to travel between the main cities. I haven't met a Colombian who would take the bus from Bogota to Medellin for example, yes the 2 cities are close but you have 2 and a hlaf mountains ranges to cross!
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The South Terminal (Terminal del Sur) will take you to the Zona Cafetera cities of Manizales (10,000 pesos, 4 hours), Pereira (14,000 pesos, 5 hours), Armenia (18,000 pesos, 6 hours) and the south west including Cali (8/9 hours, 50/60,000 pesos)

=> If you're planning a trip to the Zona Cafetera, the bus is the way forward, it's cheaper and the view over the mountains during these trips are part of the experience. You can fly between Cali and Medellín but even this trip is not too bad

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