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Welcome to El Dorado Airport

The airport is located eight miles (13km) north west of the centre of Bogota.

Information & Facts

Airport Taxis

Taxi booths are located in the terminals where passengers should book taxis and receive a receipt for the fare, agreed in advance. It takes about 35 minutes to get into central Bogota.

Car Rental

Avis, Hertz and National are represented at the airport. Driving in Colombia is risky and it is recommended that visitors hire a car with a driver, rather than opting for self-drive.

City Transfers

Travelling time is about 35 minutes into Bogota. Public buses serve the airport but are not recommended for visitors. Visitors are advised to arrange airport transfers with their hotels or hosts in advance of arrival.


Tel: +57 (0)1 266 3405.

Departure Tax
US$33; a revenue fee of US$23 is also payable by anyone staying longer than two months. Payable in US dollars or pesos

There are two passenger terminals, with a branch of the Banco Popular situated in the main terminal, El Dorado, which changes cash and travellers cheques at good rates. ATMs are also available. On the first floor of the terminal are snack bars, restaurants and handcraft shops. Free Colombian coffee is dispensed in the customs area and duty-free shopping is available.

Spanish is the official language.

The unit of currency is the Colombian Peso (COP), which is divided into 100 centavos. Banks have no fixed policy on exchanging cash and travellers cheques. Some provide the service, some not, and different banks can differ on this from day to day. Generally foreign exchange is only offered in the early morning. Cash can be exchanged at casas de cambio, or money exchange bureaux, located in cities and border towns. US Dollars are preferred for both cash and travellers cheque exchanges. Travellers cheques are difficult to exchange outside of Bogota. Visitors are warned to beware of fake US Dollars, which are printed in Colombia. Credit cards, especially Visa, are becoming more widely accepted and are welcome at top hotels and restaurants, travel agents and car rental agencies. In the main towns and cities ATMs are becoming more prevalent, but cards should be used with caution for security reasons.

Terminal Transfers

Buses run frequently between the two terminals.

Local time is GMT -5.
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