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Bogotá Airport 2022 Traveler's Guide: Important info for travelers!

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July 11, 2022
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Known for its rich culture and diverse landscapes, Columbia is a fantastic destination for all travelers. However, navigating the Bogotá Airport in Columbia might be difficult if you're a first-time traveler. Don't fret. We've gathered all of the critical information you'll need before you land at the Bogotá Airport to know to navigate the airport smoothly!

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Planning a trip to Colombia soon? You'll most likely be flying through El Dorado International Airport, AKA Bogotá Airport.

Navigating airports can be really stressful, especially if it's your first time visiting the country. To help you become more prepared before you touch down in Colombia, we've accumulated all of the critical information you'll need to know to navigate Bogota's airport. Keep reading to find out what the important info is!

Where is Bogotá airport located?

Bogotá Airport is located in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. It is the third-highest capital in South America in elevation, right behind São Paulo in Brazil and Lima in Peru. You're definitely in for a nice change in scenery if you're coming from a coastal city when you step off the plane!

What is the Bogotá Airport also called?

While most people generally refer to the airport as Bogotá Airport, the airport has an official name. The official name of Bogota Airport is called El Dorado International Airport. It is also known as El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport.

Bogota airport entrance.
Image Courtesy: International Airport Review

What's the Airport Code for Bogotá Airport?

Before we dive into the ins and outs of the airport itself, what code should you be looking for when making your bookings? Bogotá (El Dorado) Airport's IATA code is BOG - easy to remember!

Bogotá Airport is the largest and main international airport serving Bogotá, so if you're trying to fly into the capital of Colombia, you'll be headed there. 

Another domestic airport is located just outside Bogotá called Flaminio Suárez Camacho airport. Still, you're more likely to fly into Bogotá Airport, especially on an international flight. 

Bogota airport signs.
Image Courtesy: Collins Aerospace on Twitter

Getting to the city from Bogotá Airport.

The Bogotá Airport is located 11km away from the city in the Fontibon district. It'll take around 20 to 40 minutes to get there. You can take either a bus or a taxi from the airport itself to make the journey. 

Taxi

You can hail a cab from Bogotá Airport from gates 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Terminal 1 and the arrivals gate of Terminal 2.

The authorized taxi service for the airport is Taxi Imperial. It will be the best choice if you want direct pick up from the airport. 

You can expect to pay somewhere around COP 15,000 to 16,000 for a taxi ride to the city and an additional COP 4,400 for airport pickup fare (keep in mind prices may fluctuate or change).

Ubers are also available in Colombia and are allowed for pick up at the airport if you prefer to use their services.

Bus

Using public transport is a reliable and quick way to get to the city from the airport. To do this, you can use the Transmilenio service. This will require you to first take a feeder bus, called Ruta Alimentadora 16-14 Aeropuerto, to where the Transmilenio buses are located. 

You can take bus line no.1 (red), which connects the El Dorado bus station with Las Aguas in the city center. The feeder service is free of charge, but a single fare on the Transmilenio will cost COP 2,400. 

This will need to be paid with the Tullave card and can be purchased in the Arrivals area of Bogotá Airport.

Bogota airport shuttle busses.
Image Courtesy: BNamericas

Bogotá Airport hotels

If you're looking to find a hotel closer to the airport than within the city itself, there are plenty of options. While there aren't any hotels within the airport itself, you'll find big hotel names like Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton by Hilton, or Grand Hyatt, and more local hotels that service the area. Many hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport as well. 

Covid Testing at Bogotá Airport

If you need to get a Covid test while in Bogotá, particularly for further travels, you can find a testing site directly in the airport. Synlab has testing facilities for PCR and antigen tests that you can book before traveling. They require booking in advance, so you can't just show up for testing, but their online system makes advance booking easy.

Make sure to look up any country-specific restrictions before flying to Columbia to ensure you're caught up on all of the covid requirements!

Bogotá Airport's layout

Bogotá Airport is a medium-sized airport with two terminals, servicing both domestic and international flights and having lounge access to several airlines. 

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal and houses check-in facilities and gates for domestic and international flights departing and arriving into the airport. 

Terminal 2, or Puente Aéreo Terminal, is only for domestic flights, mainly flying to Medellin and Cali. There are no lounges in Terminal 2, and it is smaller than Terminal 1. Still, you will find food courts and other typical airport amenities in both terminals. 

There is a free shuttle bus that you can use to transfer between terminals.

Bogota airport layout.
Image Courtesy: Colombiainfo.org

Airport Lounges

If you're traveling internationally via Bogotá Airport, you'll find yourself in Terminal 1, which contains several airport lounges. There aren't as many as larger airports might have, but this doesn't mean that there is no lounge access should you wish to elevate your airport experience. 

In the international departures area, you'll find the 24 hour El Dorado Lounge. For around 36 euros per traveler, you'll receive three hours' access to the lounge, which has food, showers, WiFi, and even spa services! 

Other lounges in Terminal 1 include Copa, Avianca (VIP and Diamond Elite), LATAM, and an American Express Lounge. You can purchase lounge access at the airport or via airport lounge services like Priority Pass.

Bogota airport lounge.
Image Courtesy: Priority Pass

Airlines

Bogotá Airport is served by a vast host of airlines flying in and out of their terminals. 

While many airlines service Latin, central, and south America like LATAM, Copa, Viva Airlines Peru, Viva Colombia, and Satena, Bogotá Airport still hosts international companies like KLM, Lufthansa, Delta, British Airways, Air France, and American Airlines. 

Head here for a complete list of airlines flying in or out of Bogotá Airport!

Airplane landing on runway.
Photo by Pascal Meier on Unsplash

Ready for departure? 

You're now on your way to being an expert on Bogotá Airport and ready for your next trip to Colombia. 

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Originally published on:  
March 27, 2022

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