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TRANSPORTATION IN MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

2024-05-01 15:39:15

How to get around in Medellin.

Let's get straight to the point. When pondering transportation, safety is what we all want. Medellín, Colombia offers several forms of transportation, each with its advantages. When considering both efficiency and safety, here are some of the best options:

  1. If it's late at night, you're by yourself, and you've been partying, take Uber. Uber.com. The Uber platform has safety features that the other options simply don't have. The accountability and safety features are the added security you are looking for in Medellin. Here is the funny thing, It's technically not legal in Medellin. BUT, everyone uses it. You may be asked to sit in the front seat not to give the appearance of a ride sharing program. Another important feature, you don't have to adjust any settings when moving from country to country and the app automatically switches your location and currency.
  2. There are also other transportation applications that offer affordable options for the traveler. You can download InDriver, Didi, Beat or Cabify.
  3. Taxis: Through the Uber app. When you request a ride through Uber in Medellin you will be presented options. The price will be listed with the different types of cars. For example, an oversized vehicle request is more expensive than the economy option. Taxis are also an option on this platform and usually a cheaper option. The benefit is you get the Taxi price with the Uber safety feature.


  1. Taxis: Taxis are abundant in Medellín. They're generally safe, especially if you use reputable companies or request one through a hotel or an app. It's a good practice to ensure the taxi meter is running or negotiate the fare beforehand. Taxis are a popular option during the daytime and when there are two or more people.
  2. Metro System: Medellín is renowned for its Metro system, which is not only efficient but also safe. The safety rule applies to any public transportation. Do not have your valuables out and visible. Your watch, jewelry, phone and other items of value should be out of sight. The metro lines connect various parts of the city and are often preferred by both locals and tourists. There's also a Metrocable (cable car) system which connects to the metro and offers stunning views of the city.
  3. Buses: While buses can get crowded, they are a reliable means to get around. There are also integrated bus routes that connect to the Metro system.
  4. Walking: Many parts of Medellín are pedestrian-friendly, especially in the El Poblado area which is popular among tourists. Just always be aware of your surroundings and avoid poorly lit or deserted areas late at night.
  5. Bicycles: Medellín has been working on expanding its bike lanes. If you're comfortable on a bike, it can be a good way to see the city, especially in areas with dedicated bike paths.

As with any city, always stay aware of your surroundings, avoid showing off expensive items, and use common sense. Medellín is generally safe, but it's always good to be cautious.

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