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Domestic Flights in Colombia | Colombia Backpacking


Domestic Flights in Colombia

Domestic flights in Colombia are now the best way to get around the country, and can often be found quite cheaply, thanks in large part to new low cost carrier Viva Colombia. Avianca and LAN, as well, often offers promotions.

In order to get the best deals, it is typically necessary to buy 30 days in advance. You can typically find one way fares between Colombia's major cities, such as Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Cartagena, and Santa Marta, for between $50.000 and $80.000 pesos. That's $25 to $40, which is often cheaper than you can buy a bus ticket for. Most of these flights are between 45 and 90 minutes, whereas the same bus rides would take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours! Yikes! Much cheaper, safer, and faster to do a little planning ahead, and snap up cheap tickets on Colombia's low cost carriers.

Bogota Medellin and Cali

Viva Colombia is a bright spot in transportation in Colombia. With a hub in Medellin, they currently service Cartagena, Bogota, Cali, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, San Andres, Monteria, and Pereira. Flights between Medellin, Bogota, and Cali are remarkably cheap: with a month of anticipation you can often fight flights in the $40.000 to $60.000 range!

The Caribbean Coast

Flights to the coastal cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena are a little more expensive, but if you do a bit of digging, you can still find one way flights from Medellin for as little as $55.000! If you're planning on heading to Santa Marta, and its neighboring attractions Taganga and Tairona, Viva Colombia is a great choice as well. You can find flights on certain dates that are as cheap as $55.000 as well, although the general range is typically around $80.000 to $120.000 for a one way to Santa Marta.

San Andres and Providencia

If you want to head to the Caribbean paradise of San Andres, you can find round trip tickets for under $200.000. Remember that to fly to San Andres you must purchase a tourism card first, and you are required to buy a round trip ticket (unless you are a resident of San Andres). This is probably the most expensive destination to fly into, but well worth it.


Colombia's Amazonian get-away, Leticia, is also an expensive flight. Typically LAN offers the best flights, and expect to pay around $130.000 to $200.000 for a one way, or $280.000 to $350.000 for a round trip. Leticia also offers the opportunity to travel up-river to Iquitos, Peru, or downriver to Manaus, Brazil. All flights to Leticia are routed through Bogota.


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