The ticket for these buses has an approximate value of USD 3.5.
You can take the bus back to the airport in these same places at the end of your trip.
You can also take shared taxis that leave you in specific places, sharing with other people the total rate, or private taxis that take you directly to your hotel or Airbnb, which can be a little more expensive.
If you want to save money, you can try using rideshare apps. Or have a different experience renting a car and driving by yourself.
Currently, the fastest route to the airport is using the Eastern tunnel, which only takes 30 minutes. The entrance to the tunnel is in the Asomadera neighborhood. From the exit in Rionegro, it only takes 10 minutes to reach the airport.
Wi-Fi at the Airport
Most airports offer Wi-Fi service, and the Medellin airport isn’t far behind! Entering the free ‘Airplan’ network, you can enjoy the internet on any device.
That’s a highlighted feature if you need to do some work while you wait to board your flight.
Although the connection strength is stable, it may present some problems occasionally.
If you need a faster connection, your best option is to stay in one of the VIP lounges, or you can also try your luck at any of the airport restaurants.
These places are ideal for spending a very long layover. Whether to have a snack or take a long nap while you wait, the VIP Lounges are the best option if you’re going to be for a few hours at the airport.
These are also widely used by frequent travelers with premium airline accounts or VIP memberships.
If your flight’s delayed, you can access them by paying an additional fee.
There you’ll find beds, showers, Wi-Fi, computers, and snacks, among other services. Most VIP lounges have accessibility and offer amenities such as air conditioning, a bar, monitors with flight information, etc.
You can also access the lounges if you’re a LifeMiles member or travel on a specific airline, such as Star Alliance for the Avianca VIP Lounge.
Some others, like Lounge Medellin International, have rooms for children with different toys and activities to distract them while waiting for their flight.
At the Medellin airport, there are different VIP lounges. Some of them are:
Avianca VIP Lounge
The Lounge Medellin by Global Lounge Network
The Lounge Medellin International
Restaurants, Shops, and Facilities
In José María Cordova, you’ll find different food options in the national and international halls and near the counter areas.
There are also currency exchange services, bookstores, Colombian souvenir shops, electronics stores, perfume shops, clothing shops, and Duty-Free in the international sector.
In the second part of the airport, there are small terraces with open areas to have a drink while you wait to enter the room.
You can also find popular food chains such as Burger King, Burger Joint, and Dunkin Donuts.
Don’t forget to buy some extra bean bags to take home or give as a souvenir to your family or friends!
Now, If you’re craving lunch, I highly recommend grabbing a bite at Ajiacos y Mondongos, a restaurant located in the national boarding room on the second floor.
My insider tip is Ajiaco, a soup based on criolla potato, capira potato, pastusa potato, shredded chicken, and sweet corn. I suggest you add capers, milk cream, avocado, and arepa as accompaniments. A typical Colombian delicacy worth trying!
Although the prices are a little higher, at the airport you can find everything you need to make last-minute purchases or do some window shopping while you wait for your flight departure.
You can also find restaurants, parking lots, hotels, car rental agencies, and a mall in the airport roundabout.
Car Rental Agencies
Getting around Medellin can be a lot of fun if you drive by yourself and dare to venture along the highways and streets of the city.
Of course, it demands a higher budget since you’ll have other costs, such as gas and tolls, but it gives you the freedom to travel comfortably and making as many stops as you want.
If you’ve rented a car, and you go to the airport to take your flight for the express trip, you can leave it in the parking lot without any problem!
This parking lot has an approximate capacity for up to 520 vehicles, and you can pay for parking from hours to full days.
Just make sure to leave your car with the doors closed and the alarms on. Let the parking lot operators know if you’ll leave valuables inside the vehicle.
In the airport roundabout, you’ll find options that vary in price and provide different services. Some are:
Las Palmas parking lot
La Hortensia parking lot
Localiza parking lot
Ecopark parking lot
El Rompoy parking lot
If for some reason, you need to leave your car parked for a few months, you can also pay a monthly fee.
Information for Passengers With Reduced Mobility
The airport is 100% accessible and has ramps, electric stairs, elevators, and special telephones. VIP lounges are also suitable for people with reduced mobility or special needs.
Emotional support pets or service animals are also welcome at the airport. Just keep in mind that they must comply with special regulations to be able to travel and pay some additional costs.
Likewise, if you need special assistance, you can request it with your airline a few days before the flight.
Stays Near the Airport
Near the José María Cordova airport, there are different hotels to spend the night in case of an emergency. It’s also the safest option since there’s no locker to store luggage, and the restaurants close at night.
The closer you’re to the airport, the pricier the hotels and hostels will be. So if you want to save money, you can try a slightly more modest hotel or Finca.
But, the truth is, Medellin really isn’t that far from the airport. Your best bet is to stay at one of the chic hotels just down the hill from the airport tunnel. A few I can personally recommend include: