How to get North from Bogota?

Well here is a tricky one, if you are a bit skinned and don't have the budget for a plane, your journey might be a bit of a nightmare. Colombia has many mountains that are very long to cross (for ex it can take up to 14 hours to go from Bogota to Medellin, only 200 kms!) & Information is always hard to find about the best way to do it.

Mountains surrounding Bogoota
There is good information about timings and companies
going to Zipaquira, Villa de Leyva, Chiquinquira, San Gil (and more) from Bogota's main bus station :
>> Official Website




=> The main station (Terminal de transporte) is located in the centre at the junction of Calle 13 and Avenida 68. So a great start point if you are staying at La Candelaria.


>> How to acces to the terminal : Here!

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But unfortunately, it is impossible to find anything about going North from The Portal del Norte (if you live in the north of Bogota you will save at least 1 hour taking a bus from there rather than having to go back down to the main station).

And we understood why by going there... The portal del Norte is actually just a bus stop! There is no terminal, no signs, no timings, nothing. You will need to look at the buses stationing in front of the Exito (big supermarket) and find the right one! (ask bus drivers but be careful, they might push to get you on their bus without being the best journey!) There are only 2 routes going North anyway, one Going through Tunja (Road 55 more east) and one going though Chiquinquira (Road 45A more west). So you will be able to do “bus combinations” rather than having to wait hours for a direct bus.

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For example to go to San Gil, we took a bus that stopped at Barbosa (through Chiquinquira) and then another bus to san Gil, the whole trip took about 7 hours and was pretty smooth with great landscapes. It cost 18 000 COP for 1st ride and 15 000 for the 2nd one. Another recommended stop will be Tunja (through the other road).

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