By Cable Car
Since most of the Colombian population lives in the Andes, cable car systems are becoming popular for both commuting and tourist transportation. You can ride the ones in Manizales and MedellÃn, which are integrated in the Metro system (http://www.medellininfo.c...), as well as the ones in rural small towns of Antioquia : JardÃn, JericÃ³, SopetrÃ¡n and San AndrÃ©s de Cuerquia. Also enjoy the magnificent view of the new cable car above the Chicamocha river canyon in Santander.
The taxi networks in big cities such as in Bogota are extensive and very cheap. A bright yellow taxi journey across Bogota, can take up to a day but cost less than US$15.If you order a taxi by phone the company will then give you the taxi registration number. Then the taxi will be waiting at the given address. You may need to give them a three or four digit code given to you when you book the taxi. During the day some taxi ranks outside hotels, office buildings and government offices will only allow certified drivers and companies and will also take your name and details when you board the taxi. Taxis from city to city are easy to arrange by phoning ahead and agreeing the price, it will still be cheap by western standards and is safe and quite agreeable.The meter in all taxis starts at 25, and then increases over distance. The number it arrives at corresponds to a tariff that will be on display on the front seat of the cab. Note that taxi and bus prices increase on sundays, public holidays, early in the morning and late at night. For taxis there are also extra charges for baggage and for booking in advance by telephone.Unlike many other countries it is not customary to tip the taxi driver. It's up to the individual. Many taxis are not allowed to travel outside of Bogota due to boundary restrictions with their licences. You should always make arrangements to travel outside of Bogota by taxi ahead of time.In some locations Las Aguas in the Candelaria district of Bogota for example you may find an individual acting as a tout for taxi drivers - they will offer you a taxi and lead you to a particular cab. They then recevie a small tip from the driver.Taxis and much else besides are much more expensive in Cartagena than in other cities.
The only metro system of Colombia is in MedellÃn, in the Antioquia department. It connects the towns that make up what is known as "Medellin" - Line A departs from ItagÃ¼Ã to NiquÃa, Line B from San Antonio to San JavÃer. The metro system also has two cable car lines : Metrocable Line K from Acevedo to Santo Domingo Savio and Metrocable Line J departing from San Javier. Riding the cable cars is a unique experience, as passengers travel up the mountains in gondolas. The MetroCable has six stations and an extension to the new ArvÃ ecopark. Ride to Arvi costs about 4USD 3500 COP. There, after a 20 minutes trip in the gondola carts you reach an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level.
Driving is on the right hand side of the road-most cars have standard transmissions. Colombia's fleet is composed mainly of cars with 4-Cylinder engines that are of European and Japanese manufacture.Foreign visitors may drive if they show an international driver's license a multilingual endorsement card issued by automobile and driver's clubs around the world.
Insurance is cheap and mandatory.
The speed limit in residential areas is 30 km/h 19 mph, and in urban areas it is 60 km/h 37 mph. There is a national speed limit of 80 km/h 50 mph.
The country has a well-maintained network of roads that connect all major cities in the Andean areas, as well as the ones in the Caribbean Coast. There may be significant landslides on roads and highways during the rainy season November to February, by which traffic gets interrupted. This usually is resolved within 6 hours to 4 days.There are many toll crossings; the fee is about US$3.00.There are also plenty of dirt roads of variable quality.International land travel is only possible to Ecuador and Venezuela.
By Urban Bus
Around the turn of this century urban centers in Colombia saw the development of a highly efficient and neat bus transit systems that are spreading to other countries. In BogotÃ¡ you can find the Transmilenio, in Medellin el Metroplus (http://www.metroplus.gov.co), in Cali el Mio, in Barranquilla Transmetro, in Bucaramanga MetrolÃnea, in Pereira the MegabÃºs.It is still recommended that you keep an eye on your belongings and that you do not carry valuables, excess cash more than $20,000 COP visible or unnecessary items. Never accept food or drinks from strangers. Avoid talking to strangers at bus stops or terminals. It is possible you may be stopped at police check points. A calm attitude is the best key to avoid inconveniences.
The most important domestic carriers in Colombia (http://www.paisatours.com...) are : Avianca (http://www.avianca.com/), COPA Colombia formerly AeroRepublica (http://www.copaair.com/si...), Satena (http://www.satena.gov.co/), LAN Colombia (http://www.lan.com/), EasyFly (http://www.easyfly.com.co/) and VivaColombia starting in mid 2012 (http://www.vivacolombia.co). They all have well-kept fleets and regular service to major towns and cities in Colombia. The major Colombian airports have been certified as "Highly Safe" by international organizations. Please be aware that the online payment process of some domestic airlines is complicated: For example Easyfly does not accept international credit cards. Payments can be done at the airport or official ticket offices.
Travel by bus is widespread and has different levels of quality. Long-distance trips rarely cost over US$55.00 one way. When acquiring tickets for the bus, the local custom is that the passanger comes to the terminal and buys the next available bus going to the desired destination. Depending on the company or terminal, it may be even not possible to purchase a ticket 1 or several days in advance! Therefore, it is recommendable to know at least when a particular service starts and ends in a day. Long distance bus travel tends to be very slow because main highways are two-lane roads with lots of truck traffic. For any distance more than 5 hours, you may want to check into air travel. Aires often has very competitive rates www.aires.com.co
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Some companies that offers routes to the north:
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