Bogota is a city with more than 8 million inhabitants. The city grew fast in the past century, especially since the 50;s. The infrastructure did not keep up with population growth. This means that in recent years there is a lot of congestion especially during peak hours. Since 1998 to lessen the amount of cars the “Pico y Placa” (Peak & Plate in Spanish) is introduced which means that during peak hours on workdays (6:00 AM- 8:30 AM and from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM ) the use of vehicles in Bogota is restricted to plates ending in odd or even numbers depending on the odd or even date.
|Pico y placa |
Transmilenio is a bus-system that exclusively transits free buslanes. Typically two lanes of the avenues are being used with in the middle a platform that is covered. The Transmilenio system has a broad coverage of the city, in east-west and north-south direction. One ride costs 1600 pesos (around €0,50) , but a plastic card (Tu Llave) has to be bought that can be topped up. The card costs 6000 pesos (around €2).
There are many taxis in Bogota. When you arrive at the airport look for the official taxi stop. In the city you can stop a taxi on the street. In the evening & at night it is advised to use a app such as Tapsi or Easy Taxi, or to ask at a restaurant or hotel to call a taxi.
|Units (1 unit =100 meters)|
Price per unit=COP 82
(8PM -5AM) / weekend/ public holiday supplement
| ||COP 2000|
|Airport supplement|| ||COP 4100|
| ||COP 600|
|Price per hour|| ||COP 18500|
Colombia is the most prominent Latin American country in cycling & mountainbiking.
Cyclepaths: Bogota has the most kilometers of cycle paths (392 km) of South America and more than 60 guarded bike-parkings.
Besides this there are a lot of complemtary services : such as bike rent, and -repair.
The ciclovia is a tradition that already exists in Bogota since 1974 in which designated main avenues are closed for cars giving space for people on bikes, walking, jogging & dancing. This urban event takes place on sundays and public holidays form 7:00 am to 2:00 pm on more than 110 km. It is an interconnected network of car free avenues with on central points pitstops for bike repair, gym activities and for a snack or a drink.
The ciclovia is being held every sunday and public holidays. Ciclovia Map