Information & Facts
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.
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.
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.
US$33; a revenue fee of US$23 is also payable by
anyone staying longer than two months. Payable in US dollars or
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
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.
Buses run frequently between the two terminals.
Local time is GMT -5.