How to get around in Medellín

Medellín and its inhabitants could not be more proud of their public transportation. The city of Medellin offers various modes of transport, Metro, Bus, Taxi.

The best way to move around Medellín is the subway, it’s fast, clean and very safe. 

At night it is best to use cabs (official ones).

Get Around in Medellin by Subway

The city is served by five subway lines, thus avoiding traffic jams.

It has 2 lines and 28 stations

metro medellin @metrodemedellin
metro medellin @metrodemedellin

The metroplus: Medellin’s metroplus (a kind of bus) has been providing transport in the city since 2010.

In order for you to use it comfortably, it is highly recommended that you look for an accommodation that has a metro station nearby, so that it is much faster to make the transfers between the most important points to visit in Medellín in 1 day.

In case you don’t find one or your destination is far from the metro station, you can use the metro and then a taxi to do the last kilometers and avoid much of the congestion that many times exists in the city.

Medellin Metro Map

medellin subway metro map
medellin subway metro map

Metro Cable Tour

A true pride of the paisa, Medellin’s cable metro allows you to reach the heights of the city (like a cable car) and enjoy an incomparable panoramic view.

It’s also a great way to enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire valley. You will see the city stretching out over the surrounding hills and see the “hottest” areas, such as the slums.

Inaugurated in 2004. Medellin was the first city in the world to introduce cable cars as public transport.

Thousands of families living in the Medellin heights were able to reach their homes much faster thanks to the metrocable.

See from the air neighborhoods and communes like 7 (Robledo) and 13 (San Javier),

To date, there are 4 Cable lines: H, J, K and L (or Cable Arvi).

A new line, line M, which will link Villa Hermosa to Buenos Aires, is under construction.

Before or after the tour of Comuna 13 we recommend you take the Metrocable on the top floor of San Javier metro station.

Another way to have the best view of the city is to book this helicopter ride in which they will pick you up at your hotel.

  • Price : 2550 Cop
  • Opening Hours : Every day from 4.30am to 11pm (or 9am to 10pm on Sundays) for the H, J and K cables and every day except Tuesday from 9am to 6pm.
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metrocable medellin @cvbslatam

Get Around in Medellin by Bus

The city has a well-developed bus network that operates with the Metroplus.

There are 2 bus terminals, one in the north and one in the south with this website in common.

Terminal del Norte

The North Terminal “Mariano Ospina Perez” is located in the Caribe neighborhood. You can reach it through the Caribe Station of the Medellín Metro Line A. It provides transportation services to the areas located to the east and north of Antioquia: Bogotá, Tunja, Santander, and to the main cities of the North Coast of Colombia: Cartagena de Indias, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Sincelejo, Montería, Magangué and others.

Terminal del Sur (Alberto Díaz Muñoz)

The Terminal Sur “Alberto Díaz Muñoz” is located in the Guayabal neighborhood, below the Olaya Herrera airport and the subway Line A – station: Poblado. It provides transportation services to the south of Antioquia, also to the East of Antioquia, to the main cities of the Coffee Axis such as Manizales, Pereira and Armenia, to the Department of Tolima and to the main cities in the south of Colombia such as Cali, Ibagué, Neiva, Popayán and Pasto.

Bus + Subway

Another way to get around in Medellin is to take a bus from the Combuses company.  They leave every 15 minutes, and drop you off at the San Diego Mall. From there, you can take the subway to your destination. 

The closest subway stop is Exposiciones, and if you are staying in Poblado there are only two subway stops away.

Pro Tip

To book your bus tickets online, use the platform Redbus.com, which is the leader in Colombia and assures the same prices as in the terminal.

Get around in Medellin by Taxi

There are several taxi companies in the city of Medellin.

If you decide to take a taxi, take one of the yellow ones, which are the official ones, and these are the ones we strongly recommend you use.

It is advisable to make a reservation by phone. It is also possible to take a collective taxi.

taxis parque lleras medellin colombia
taxis parque lleras medellin colombia

Get to Medellin by Plane

There are 2 airports in Medellin:

  • José Maria Córdova Airport: international located 45min/1h from the city. This airport has direct connections with Miami, New York, Panama, Lima, Quito, Caracas and Madrid, as well as with some major cities in Colombia.
  • Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport : for national flights, located in the south of the city. It serves regional flights to several cities in the north and center of the country by the companies Satena, Ada and Easy Fly.

How to get from the airport to the city ?

If you arrive by plane in Medellín, at its José María Córdova International Airport, in the municipality of Rionegro, you have several options for getting to the city. 

This airport is located about 30 kilometers from Medellín : Taxi, Bus / Subway and Uber

Uber

In Colombia Uber works quite well, but it is illegal. So better to take a taxi

Get Around in Medellin : Rent a car

The last way to get around in Medellin is to rent a car, to have a total freedom, and to discover the surroundings of Medellin. The roads are beautiful and you can visit some very nice villages in the surroundings (count between 2 and 6 hours drive).

Some examples of distances to places to visit around Medellin:

  • Medellin to Santa Fe de Antioquia: 1h30 – 60 km
  • Medellin to Urrao : 4h30 – 120km
  • Medellin to Tamesis : 3h30 – 110km
  • Medellin to Guatape : 2h – 80 km
  • Medellin to Rio Claro: 3 hours drive – 160 km
  • Medellin to Jardin : 3h – 130 km
  • Medellin to Jerico : 3h – 120 km

How to Get to Medellin from other Cities ?

Bogota to Medellin

From Bogotá 12 buses leave daily to the city of Medellín. The travel time is about 10 hours (415km) and the estimated price is about 25 Usd. Some of the companies that make this trip are: Bolivariano, Rapido Ochoa or Expreso Brasilia.

Armenia (Eje Cafetero) to Medellín

From the city of Armenia in the Eje Cafetero, there are frequent buses that make the trip to the capital. The travel time is about 5 hours and the estimated price is about 17 Usd. Two of the companies that make this journey are Flota Occidental  and Empresa Arauca.

From Cali to Medellin

From Cali there are about 5 buses daily to the city of Medellin. The travel time is about 10 hours (417km) and the estimated price is about 20€. Two of the companies that make this trip are Empresa Arauca and Bolivariano.

From Cartagena to Medellin

From Cartagena de Indias several buses leave daily to the city of Medellin. The travel time is around 13 or 14 hours (637km) and the estimated price is around 40€. Some of the companies that make this trip are: Expreso Brasilia o Unitransco.

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