The José María Córdoba (JMC) international airport is located about 40 kilometres from Medellin. The route between the airport and the city has excellent roads, but it’s a long and curvy ride with many inclinations caused by the mountainous terrain. The 40 kilometre journey to and from the JMC airport takes around one hour (or more at the peak traffic hours). The road is likely to have a lot of traffic as the route to and from the airport is also used by locals that live outside of Medellin and travel to and from their offices. On the contrary, the local Olaya Herrera Airport is located inside the city, but only operates limited domestic flights.
There are different options to get from the airport to Medellin. The cheapest option is by bus. They leave from the airport every 30 minutes or so, and will drop you off behind the Nutibara Hotel in the center of the city. You can easily identify these buses as there is usually a line of people waiting for them outside the airport. It’s the cheapest option, but for passengers with large suitcases, or if you’re travelling in a group, not always the most comfortable option. Also, the drop off location – especially at night – is not considered one of the safest places in Medellin.
Another option are the white ‘shared’ taxis. They drop you off or depart from the San Diego shopping center. For some, the downside of this option is that taxis do not start their journey until they fill up all the available seats (which makes your departure time a bit unpredictable).
In both cases (bus and white taxi) the service goes from the city of Medellín to the JMC Airport and vice versa, but none of them will take you to the door of your hotel (you must take an additional taxi once you are in the city)
The Medellin Airport Transfer service
At Medellin Airport Transfer we offer transportation to and from the JMC international airport (including some nearby towns such as: Envigado, Itagüi, Bello, etc). We only use modern and spacious cars. When you book with us you get a private vehicle, therefore, if you are the only traveler, you will be the only passenger in the car. Our drivers will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall, with a sign displaying your name so you can easily identify them. The price of the service (in a vehicle for 1 to 4 passengers) is $ 35 USD (we also offer larger vehicles). You can pay for you journey by credit card on our safe and secure website.
Once you meet with your driver at the airport he will take you to the city and drop you off right at the hotel or address you indicated when you made the reservation. We also offer transport from Medellin to the airport, as well as round trips to make sure that once your holiday or business trip is completed, we will pick you up at your hotel and take you back to the JMC airport in comfort and style. Our drivers always track your flight so if you’re delayed they will know and wait until your flight has arrived.
Our modern fleet of vehicles; the possibility of using air conditioning and listening to music or not; professional and experienced drivers and the fact that you will not need to explain which direction you are heading… will make each journey a comfortable experience.
Our bilingual (Spanish and English) customer service team can communicate with you through email, Facebook chat and WhatsApp to make sure that you are taken care of throughout every step of the process. We are available for all your questions or inquiries through our contact page.
Paying online for your pick up with your credit card has many benefits. Unfortunately, in some cases, taxi drivers will raise the price once they recognize that you are a tourist or a foreigner. With us you know what you pay before using the service. No need to exchange money at the airport or necessity to negotiate the price with a taxi driver that doesn’t speak English.
All you want when you arrive from your long travel is to have a comfortable and hassle-free ride to your hotel. Sit back and relax. Welcome to the city of eternal spring!