Here we help you find the easiest route to Colombia from wherever you are in the world. New routes are opening up all the time thanks to Colombia quickly becoming one of the world´s top travel destinations and we’ll do our best to keep you up to date with any changes to do with how to get to Colombia.
Colombia has 5 international airports located around the cities of Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena and Medellin.
Some airlines such as TACA and LAN have direct flights to Cali, Medellin or Cartagena from USA, Central America or South America. Travelling to Colombia is often cheaper via USA through Avianca, American Airlines, or Continental Airlines; and directly from Europe with Avianca, Iberia or Air France amongst others. Check their websites for further details.
There is an exit tax of US$33 for all international travelers (including Colombian citizens) if you stay one month or less; and US$66 if you stay longer when leaving from Bogota, and US$111 when leaving from Cartagena. Some airlines include the departure tax in their prices; check with the concerning airline. Otherwise, you can pay it in US Dollars or Colombian Pesos at the airport. Only the exact amount is accepted at the tax payment points.
Direct flights to Colombia are available from Germany, France and Spain, as well as throughout South America, Central America and North America.
Within Colombia itself, there is a budget airline called Viva Colombia, which has dramatically reduced the cost of internal flights.
By Bus, Car or Ship
From Venezuela you can take a bus or car to Cucuta, the major city closest to the border. From there you can take a local bus or internal flight to your next destination. You can also cross the border in the north at Maicao.
Similarly, from Ecuador, you cross the border from Tulcan with the next stop at Ipiales. Again, you have the option of taking an internal flight or a local bus to Pasto or Cali, the next major cities on that route.
From Peru/Brazil, if you´re feeling adventurous, you can take an 8-hour speed boat ride from Iquitos (Peru) to Leticia in Colombia or Tabatinga in Brazil. There, you can fly onto the rest of Colombia.
From Panama, you can catch a medium-sized speed boat that leaves from Colon and lands in Sapzurro, Colombia. Major cruise companies also have services to Cartagena from USA, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.