Transfer to/from - Medellin airport (MDE)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Medellin international airport (MDE)


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Medellin international airport (MDE)

The Medellín international airport has different alternatives of means of transport according to the budget or level of demand of each passenger. From inexpensive alternatives such as the bus "minibus" or the collective (shared taxi) to more comfortable options such as the exclusive taxi or the private transfer.


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Door to Door transfers

The use of a private driver is usually the most expensive but most comfortable and safety method to get to and from the Medellín international airport.

From the airport, a private driver will wait for you in the Arrivals hall with a sign with your name and will transport you directly to your destination. And if you go to the airport, a private driver will pick you up at the place where you are staying and will transport you to the airport.

Rates – from 35 usd for four people (the price may be higher, depending on the company and vehicle or if there are more than 4 passengers)

: 24 hours
Medellin airport – downtown journey time: 25 – 30 minutes

Some companies that provide this kind of service are: Civitatis  –  Medellin Airport Transfer – Colombia4u

Shared Taxis

The colectivos are the white shared taxis to get a lower cost. It represents the regular taxi fare (about 23 USD) but is divided among the passengers (up to 4 people).

Thus, they represent a budget option to the taxi or private transfer, especially if you go to the south since they only go to and from the San Diego shopping center in Medellín. There you will have to take another taxi to your accommodation. In turn, 4 blocks from the shopping center is the Exposiciones metro station

To keep in mind

Shared white airport taxis will be waiting for passengers normally in the Texaco gas station parking lot next to the San Diego Mall. Keep in mind that if you go with a lot of luggage, it can be a bit uncomfortable. So if you get there first, be sure to claim the front passenger seat. Otherwise, you will be crammed into the back seat with two other people. And usually collective taxis wait until they have four passengers to get out.

The journey time between San Diego and the airport, like any regular taxi, takes between 25 and 30 minutes.

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Public buses

The Combuses company provides public bus service (called busetas) from the José María Córdova airport to Medellín and vice versa, with three different routes, Autopista – Palmas, Autopista – Medellín-Bogotá and Vía Santa Elena and two offices that depart: one from Downtown sector of Medellín and another of San Diego Medellín.

It is the cheapest option, although the least comfortable and safe.

Meeting points in the city and the airport Stop at Nutibara-Centro

For people who live or stay in the center and north of the city, the stop is near the Hotel Nutibara next to Plaza Botero in the heart of Medellín.
Address: Carrera 50 A # 53-13
Tel: (4) 511 4023

San Diego stop

For people who live or stay in the southern part of the city, the stop is at the San Diego Mall.
Address: Calle 36 # 45-14
Tel: (4) 232 0228

Stop at the airport
Rate - The cost of a single ticket is 10,500 COP and you can buy it directly from the driver.

From Medellín Airport: All day every 15 minutes, 24 hours.
From the San Diego shopping center towards the Airport: From 3.30 am to 10:00 pm every 15 minutes.
From Nutibara-Centro towards the Airport: From 4:00 am to 10:00 pm every 15 minutes.
Journey time
Total travel time is one hour depending on traffic.


Buses tend to fill up fast, keep that in mind if you’re carrying a lot of luggage. They only have 19 seats. They can also be an attractive place for opportunists and pickpockets. And at night it can be a bit unsafe, especially when you get off the bus and have to walk with your luggage and money to the place where you stay.

Taxis and rideshare apps

There are two types of taxis: white taxis and yellow taxis.

The difference is that white taxis are those that are licensed to operate at Medellín airport, while yellow taxis can only take passengers to the airport, but are not allowed to enter the airport to pick up passengers.

White Taxis

It is one of the options most used by foreign tourists. They have established stops. There are several companies operating from the terminal building: Flota Córdova Rionegro, Combuses, Rapido Medellín Rionegro, Transportes Unidos La Ceja, Aerotaxi, Transportes Chachafruto, TUR and Copetaxi.


The estimated fee is 80,000 Colombian pesos (about 23 USD). The fare is fixed and regulated by law (usually presented at the airport). With what gives you security of the final price you will pay.

However, if the taxi driver wants to be very smart, it is worth knowing that there is no special overnight rate, and you should not pay the tunnel toll, as it is included in the fixed rate.

Frequency and route

The service is open 24 hours and the trip to the center of Medellín varies between 25 and 30 minutes

Yellow taxis

As mentioned above, the yellow taxi is just for getting from Medellín to the airport. That is, they can take passengers from Medellín or other locations to the airport, but they cannot pick up passengers at the airport to transfer them to the city. Even so, some of these taxi drivers can try to pick up passengers at the airport.

As they are the most plentiful in the city, you are likely to find a yellow taxi to go from Medellín to José María Córdova airport more easily.


The estimated fee is 80,000 Colombian pesos (about 23 USD).

Uber, Beat and DiDi

Although they don’t have an exclusive stop to pick up passengers (like white taxis), ridesharing cars take the left lane of the depressed one that leads to the arrival gates. And that is where you can find them. In any case, it is recommended to coordinate the exact meeting point with the driver.

Latest updates: March 07, 2022

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.

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