Colombia has a number of airports – both domestic and international.
Flying domestically in Colombia will save you a lot of time. Tickets can sometimes be bought for around double the price of a bus ticket.
This is a list of the main airports in Colombia, ordered in proximity to La Ciudad Perdida.
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Santa Marta (SMR)
Simón Bolívar Airport is the closest domestic airport to La Ciudad Perdida. It takes around 30 minutes to get into town.
Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport is located 12km from the city. It’s the closest international airport to La Ciudad Perdida.
Rafael Núñez International Airport is located in the urban area of Cartagena. It’s an international airport but most flights arrive from North America.
El Dorado International Airport is situated around 15km from the center of Colombia’s capital city. It’s the main hub for international flights in Colombia.
José María Córdova International Airport is located around 35km/ 50 minutes from the city center. Most of the international flights to and from the airport are to North and South American destinations.
Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport – Medellin (EOH)
The domestic terminal is located in the sourthwest of the city.
Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport/ Palmaseca International Airport is located 20km from the city. It connects Colombia to other countries in North and South America.
Ground Transport from Airports:
Taxis in Colombia are an easy, safe and affordable way to get to your accommodation from the airport. Most airports will have a marked booth or stand near the airport exit to direct you to registered taxis.
The minimum fare for metered taxis ranges from 3,000-5,000 COP (approximately USD$1.50-$2.50). Some taxis may work off a fixed fare system depending on distance so you’ll need to ask the driver how much it will be.
Taxi drivers may accept US dollars at the international airports but it’s best to use Colombian Pesos which are freely available from ATM’s (Cajero Automático in Spanish) or Foreign Currency Exchanges (Casa de Cambio in Spanish) in the airport terminal.