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.
BY PRIVATE DRIVER
The most secure and relaxing method is by booking a private driver that will wait for you at Arrivals and transport you direct to your destination.
This is generally US$5 to US$10 more expensive than a taxi, but having a bilingual driver to speak to, a clean modern car and paying with a credit card can ensure your first impression of Medellín is a positive one.
Another convenient method to get into Medellin 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 65,000 Colombian pesos, you shouldn’t pay more than that unless you are going to another municipality in the metro area like Envigado or Sabaneta.
Taxi´s in Medellin are terrible with directions so be sure you can explain exactly where you are going in Spanish. Be sure they drop you at the correct address and that you exchange Pesos at the Airport because they will not accept Dollars.
The official airport bus which travels between the city center and the airport costs just 9,000 COP 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). From those two locations you take a taxi to your final destination.
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. They will drop you at the San Diego mall. Its similar to the bus just a bit faster. You make be able to negotiate a trip to your final destination after San Diego, but that will be an extra cost.
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.
A question on your mind may be if Medellin is safe? The rumors aren’t true and you should be able to travel around Medellin and all of Colombia without any problems.
Enjoy your stay!