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Medellin – Basic City Guide

Medellin – Basic City Guide

Medellin is located in the department (state) of Antioquia which is situated in the Northwest part of Colombia.

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How to get to Medellin:

By Air to Medellin:

Enrique Olaya Herrera – In the city of Medellin proper, serving local and some national destinations.  Cra. 65A no.13-157.   Telephone (4) 403 67 80/81

Jose Maria Cordova International – located in the municipality of Rionegro, about 35 – 45 minutes’ drive from Medellin. Flights from this centre serve some national and numerous international destinations.


By Ground to Medellin:

In Medellin there are two bus terminals. The North Terminal connects to the Metro system.

Terminal Norte – North Terminal – Cra. 64C No. 78-580.  Telephone (4) 444 80 20

Terminal Sur – South Terminal – Cra. 65 No. 8B-91. Telephone (4) 444 80 20

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Bus Transportation:

The Metro and the Metrocable system are an integrated system of transportation that cover from North to South and East to West.

The Metro operates from Monday to Saturday from 4:30 a.m. to 11  p.m.  Sundays and holidays from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Metrocable operates from Monday to Saturday from 4:30 a.m. to 11  p.m.  Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Telephone (4) 444 95 98 .

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The rest of the city is serviced by private bus lines. The average price in 2013 is $1.600 COP . There are no transfers between private lines.



Taxis in Medellin are regulated by a taxi meter.  The value of your fare is indicated on the meter.  In the evening there may be an additional surcharge. It is always better to call a known taxi service than to hail one in the street.


Police in Medellin:

The police operate out of 6 districts. Each have police stations and CAI – Centros de Attencion Inmediata  (Centres of Immediate Attention)

Police Command – Cll. 48, no.45-58. Telephone (4) 251 89 50 or 251 48 05

Tourist Police Cll. 30A No 55-64 int.138, Cerro Nutibarra.

Emergency : dial – 123


Hospitals in Medellin

Clinica Medellin – Cll. 53 No. 46-38. Telephone (4) 356 85 85  .

Clinica Las Americas – Diagonal 75B no. 2A-80/140. Telephone (4) 342 10 10/341 29 46

Clinica Cardiovascular – Cll. 78B No. 75-21. Telephone (4) 4445 5000

Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe – Cll. 78B No. 69-240.  (4) 445 94 25/12


Orientation in Medellin:

The Rio Medellin runs from the south to the north of the Aburra valley. The carreteras in the city run ”parallel” to the river and the calles basically run east to west. The neighbourhood of Laureles  is a bit more complicated having ”ciculares’, diagonales and transversales”

The main roadways are the South and North freeways – Autopista Sur/Norte, the Regional, Las Palmas (takes you to the airport), Industrial Avenue – Avenida de los Industriales, East Avenue – Avenida Oriental, Avenida la 33, Avenida San Juan, Avenida ”la 80”.  In district of El Poblado you have Las Vegas Avenue,  Poblado Avenue (the Golden Mile), Transversal Intermedia, Transversal Inferior (runs North to South) and Transversal Superior (basically runs south to north which a slight exception at the north end).


Road distances from Medellin to other cities :

Bogota  – 415 km

Cali – 399 km

Cartagena – 643 km

Manizales – 183 km


Climate in Medellin

Medellin is known as the ”City of Eternal Spring” and has a spring-like climate all year round. There are rainy periods in April and October. The mean average temperature is 25 C with a fluctuation between about 18 C and 29 C.  As you move eastward up the mountain to the International Airport the temperature will drop up to 5 degrees C. As you head westward to Santa Fe de Antioquia the temperature becomes warmer.


Please note:

1) The area code in Medellin is (4) so it is not necessary to dial it with the numbers listed above if you are in the city or local area.

2) While EscapeArtist does its best to maintain the above information as customer service, we do not take responsibility for the information being outdated or incorrect.

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