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Medellín Travel Guide

Getting Here & Around

Medellín has two airports, the Aeropuerto Jose Maria Córdoba in Rionegro is on top of a plateau 38 km (24 mi) southeast of the city. Aerorepública, Avianca, and Satena fly here from Bogotá and other Colombian cities. Downtown there is the older airport, Aeropuerto Olaya Herrera, where smaller propeller aircraft run by Aires and Satena land.

Medellín has two bus stations—the Terminal de Transporte del Norte, where you'll find buses to Bogotá and the Caribbean coast, and the Terminal de Transporte del Sur, which has buses bound for Cali.

Cars are not the safest means of transportation in Medellín, unless you're taking a taxi.

A paved, two-lane highway connects Bogotá and Medellín, and the 560-km (347-mi) journey takes about nine hours.

Medellín has an excellent train system. Because most of the track is elevated, it's a good way to see the city. There are two lines, one running north–south, the other east–west. A one-way fare is 1,050 pesos, and a round-trip ticket costs 2,050 pesos.

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