Getting around Bogotá

Public transport

The bus system operated by TransMilenio (tel: (1) 220 3000; www.transmilenio.gov.co/WebSite/English_Default.aspx) has revolutionised transport in the city. The network covers the whole town (all the main transport arteries), and buses are clean, safe, cheap and efficient. Work started to extend the network to the airport in 2009.

For a really South American transport experience, take a local buseta. They are all over the place, stop anywhere to pick up and drop off passengers, and you usually get off/on through the front door.

Taxis

Bogotá is well served by its big fleet of yellow taxis. They all have meters (always insist on the meters being switched on) and are also inexpensive. They also should have stickers displaying day and night time fares. A 10km (6 mile) ride should cost no more than Col$10,000.

Car hire

Car hire is available with Avis (tel: (1) 629 1722; www.avis.com) and American Car Rental (tel: (1) 243 2130; www.americanrentacarltda.com).

Avis, Hertz and National all have representatives at the airport. A driver also can be hired there.

Bicycle hire

Bogotá is well known for its impressive and extensive bicycle network, which covers over 300km (186 miles) of cycle paths. They are mainly situated in the north of Bogotá, while the city centre routes are heavily congested. The best day for a ride is on traffic-free Sunday, known as cyclovía. The bicycle network is integrated with the TransMilenio bus system, which provides bicycle parking facilities. So-called ciclorutas are bicycle lanes on the most important streets in Bogotá. Unlike ciclovias, they are permanent, not just on Sundays.

Bike hire is not common, but try Bici-Café (tel: (1) 341 1027; ww.bogotabiketours.com) in La Candelaria.

 

 

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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