How to Get to Medellin from the International Airport

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 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!

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