El Dorado international airport is located about a 30-minute drive from central Bogotá, but during rush hour (7.00am-10.00am and 5.00pm-8.00pm) you should allow up to 50 minutes in travel time. The airport is currently being up-graded and passengers may experience noise and dust during the renovations.

The international airport departure tax is US$52 and must be paid in cash prior to immigration clearance. Money can be changed inside the airport, and there is an ATM.

The check-in counters do, however, accept payment by credit card.

Ground transport

A taxi from the airport to most major hotels will cost around 30.000 COP. Fares for a 20-minute ride should not be more than 10.000 COP. Some top hotels in Bogotá provide luxury cars at higher fares in US dollars.

For security reasons we do not recommend the use of buses, vans or informal taxis. Taxis should always be called from an office or hotel, and preferably not from the street.


Tips for taxi drivers are not common practice. The usual tip for an airport or hotel porter is about US$1.