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Key information about Bogota

Population

10,978,360

Country
Colombia
Money
Currency
COP - Colombian Peso ($)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 3834.36 COP
ATM fees

5000 -10,000 COP (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted everywhere

Tipping

10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service

Airport
Main airport

El Dorado International Airport (BOG)

Airport to city center

Taxi (30000 COP), Transmilenio Bus (4000 COP), Uber (~25000 COP)

Other options

Medellรญn Airport (MDE) receives international flights and also offers flights to Bogota every day - flight duration 40 minutes. Santa Marta (SMR), Barranquilla (BAQ) and Cartagena (CTG) are all less than an hour from Bogota by air.

Transportation
Taxi apps

Uber, Cabify

Public transportation

Transmilenio (Rapid Bus Transfer): 2500 COP per ride with your Tu Llave card and recharge at stations
SITP (Bus): 2300 COP per ride with Tu Llave card, recharge at stations

Getting around

You can purchase a Tu Llave card at any Transmilenio station, where you can also recharge. The card costs 5000 COP.

SIM card
Best options

Tigo, Movistar, Claro

Expected cost

56000 COP for 5GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

Best to buy at an authorized branch store with your passport.

Language
Official language(s)

Spanish

Level of English

Low

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions.

Local food specialities

Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua

Eat like a local

Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menรบ del dรญa. Community markets and sports bars.

Vegetarian / vegan options

104 options on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

Rappi, UberEats

Supermarkets

Carulla: High-end supermarket selling a wide variety of local and imported goods, a good wine and spirits selection and great fresh produce and meats variety.
Exito: Large, local stores selling large variety of local and imported goods with heavy discounts. Varied customer service.
Olympica: Less common in central Bogota, these stores are larger and hold a variety of fresh goods and produce as well as local and imported goods. Good variety.
D1: Larger convenience-style stores easily found across the city at low prices. Limited variety and most lower quality brand prices. You can often find fantastic bargains here!
Ara: Medium-sized stores easily found across the city. Limited variety of brands but you can find almost anything necessary here. Beware higher fees when paying with an international credit or debit card.
Local markets: Located around the city, open air markets will offer you the best produce in town at incredible prices. Favourites are Paloquemao Market, La Perserverancia and Usaquรฉn.