How to Get to Medellin from the International Airport

View of Medellin valley

View of Medellin valley from the road to the international airport.

The Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport is the principal airport to serve Medellin and the Aburra Valley.

It is located about 40 miles outside of Medellin, in the municipality of Rio Negro (about 2,300 meters in elevation) and there are a few different options for getting into the city, all of which take about an hour.


The most convenient method to get into Medellin, albeit the most expensive, is to grab a taxi outside of the baggage claim area. Just head for the taxi in the front of the line.

The going rate to Medellin is now about 60,000 Colombian pesos, or about $34. The driver may charge between 55,000 and 60,000 but never pay more than that.


The official airport bus which travels between the city center and the airport  costs just 7,000 COP (about $4) and leaves every 15 minutes, or when it fills up.

It is a small and often crowded but a cheap and reliable option. The bus runs until about 9 pm so if you are arriving on a late-night flight, you may be forced to take a taxi.

When exiting the airport, turn to your right and walk down the sidewalk until you see the white bus. It will drop you near the San Diego mall (first stop), or in the city center near the Hotel Nutibara (second stop).


A colectivo, or shared taxi, is another option to get to Medellin. It is a taxi shared by three or four passengers, who split the fare. When split between four, the cost will only be about 15,000 COP (about $8.50). The driver may not take you all the way to your destination if it is out-of-the-way, as they prefer to drop you at a more central location.

The road between the JMC airport is four lanes, and well-lit. It is a relatively safe road unless the harsh winter weather causes landslides which can shut down a couple of lanes of traffic at a time.

Once you get out of the mountains, the view of Medellin spread out in the Aburra Valley is quite a spectacle.

Enjoy your stay!


Place: Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport

Address: Vía Hacia Automedellin, Rionegro, Antioquia





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  1. Pierre Desmet says:

    Like to see ways to get back to the airport, I am in las Palmas and see a bus on its way up the hill every now and then on its way to the airport, but have no idea were it starts and how often. The port aria told me there’s a number you can call to get him to stop, but has no idea how to do this. Thanks

    • You can just wave your arm at just about any local bus and they’ll stop and pick you up in Colombia.

      I’ve been told in the past you can pick up the airport shuttle near San Diego Mall, which is at the start/end of Las Palmas highway, but if you’re already further up it, then I’d just try to pick it up from the road.

      You can also try to get a share taxi from the Terminal del Sur (Southern bus terminal), but it could take a long time for anyone else going there to show up.

      I just pay for taxis nowadays.

  2. I will be arrival in Jose Cordova Airport around 10:30pm and pretty much forced to take the taxi for the first time in Medellin. Do you have any recommendations or tips on which airport taxis are official and which will are red flags? Thanks for your help.

    • Pretty much any white taxi at the departure area is official. The rate is too, 60,000 pesos or about $30. Confirm it when you get in, but I’ve never had an issue with airport taxis trying to rip me off. You’ll find most drivers pretty honest, which is something I appreciate living in the city.

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