Colombian cities are fairly easy to get around via public transport, walking or taxis. For transport directly between cities, buses and domestic flights are the most common option. Rental cars are a great option though if you want to explore outside the cities. Major car rental companies like Hertz, Avis and National as well as local car hire companies operate in the bigger Colombian cities and at most airports.
Car rentals in Colombia start from around 120,000 COP (approximately USD$60) per day. The majority of cars available for rental will have manual transmissions but automatic transmissions are available (generally for a premium price).
Colombian drivers, especially in the cities, can be erratic. They rarely use their indicators, will switch frequently between lanes and in some cases, not follow marked lanes. The law is to drive on the right but risky overtaking is common especially in the mountains where slow trucks climbing steeply cause slow traffic.
The majority of Colombia is mountainous terrain that is frequently affected by land and mudslides so consult locals about road conditions before venturing away from major cities
A common sight on Colombian roads will be military or police personnel. This is to ensure safety and isn’t a major concern. Make sure to carry your passport and international drivers licence in case you are required to show identification.