User reviews from travelers who booked a bus ticket from Medellín to Bogotá
Ratings and Reviews (30)
The bus ride was 4 hours longer than it was supposed to be which caused major accommodation problems for us. Also they power washed the windows which flooded the shelves where backpacks go - our stuff was soaked. And the water was dripping down on passengers. They played music way too loud over the communal speakers. Charging outlets didn’t work and the bathroom had no toilet paper or flushing water. Would not recommend.
First time taking your services the ride was comfortable however when they started the movies / tV shows the Audio was a bit too loud . A lot of passengers were trying to rest and the loud audio was a bit distracting .
The company advertised a direct trip from Medellin to Bogota lasting 8 hours. However, the company does not actually offer this journey and actually made me get off the bus in a town called Honda, where they subcontracted the journey to a shady mini-bus company. I arrived in Bogota at around 23:30 in the evening and not 17:40 as advertised and my personal security was heavily compromised.
On the ticket it said 8 hours drive but it was almost 12 hours! I was supposed to arrive in bogota at 7pm but the bus arrived to the terminal at 10:30pm. The bus was late because it stopped every 30 minutes and many people joined the bus from unofficial stops like road sides.
Also the bus had no air conditioning and everyone was sweaty and red the entire drive.
I paid for 2 seats for myself yet people were sat next to me throughout the whole bus journey which is just appalling. The bus was 4.5 hours late meaning that I had to arrive in Bogotá at night and in the dark which is what I tried to avoid as a solo female traveller. I would not recommend.
The bus was late leaving and extremely late arriving, almost two hours, in fact. The staff were OK but didn't seem to have much respect for the passengers - I felt like an unwelcome guest rather than someone who pays their wages.
Hi, l really enjoy bus trips for sight seeing and going from Bogota to Medellin is a great experience, the buses are comfortable, prices fair and there is usually some sort of entertainment which helps break up the long hours. I have boarded quite a few of Bolivariano buses and l have to say it is the most stressful part of my trips being at the bus terminal, l make sure to get their way ahead of time as there is absolutely no direction or communication from staff, l only get a (dismissive) wave of hands in a general direction with no follow up, my last ticket said gate 25 but there were only 24(??) numbers to be seen and no staff anywhere to assist with this, l was feeling a bit sick with concern that l may not work out where my bus would be in time as l had a flight to catch at my destination, l dont mind and allow for buses arrving late to their desitintion when its such a long trip but would dearly love some clarified direction and present and informative staff at a huge bus terminal (l have a few times seen local people looking confused and even approaching me for assistance), but l endure as l really enjoy bus trips when travelling
Bus from Medellín to Bogota was meant to arrive at 7.30am, and didn’t arrive until AFTER 3pm. Staff gave no explanation whatsoever. Woke up in the middle of the night and the bus was stopped with engine off in the middle of nowhere. Avoid!
The baggage handler was polite and the gentleman inside the terminal at the desk. The bus was initially very cold and then hot through the night. It felt unsafe putting bags in the floor as there were gaps underneath to the next seat which I have found very rare with most companies. The bus left late and then it felt that we were going very quickly through the night. We arrived 2 hours early at a very unsafe and inconvenient time compared to the time that was booked to arrive online. There was no wi fi in the terminal (not really the fault of the bus company in particular) and the only alternative to a long line for booked taxis were the 'off the books' ones that wanted to charge a bomb or walking to the metro.
The only thing is didn’t like was that the in board bathrooms were absolutely filthy. As a result I have been sick with diarrhea. Thank her was no water for me to wash my hands with and urine covered floors were horrendous. I don’t know if this is the Colombian culture to not clean bathrooms but it is something that needs to be looked at and rectified. The reason for the 5 star is the staff went out of their way to help me out as I was a few minutes late due to language barrier. The driver was also very good. All in all a great experience except for the bathroom part.
Person taking our ticket was rude. We printed out our ticket per instructions, but was yelled at for having a copy?
Drive was very rushed! Would have preferred to arrive at 6am, NOT 4am!!! When our host was sleeping and we had no way to let know we were so early. We were surprised to arrive so early, so we were not prepared and had to get our things together. Bus driver was rude and rushing us.
Bus itself was nice and comfortable.
There was no paper toilet in the second floor bathroom.
The WiFi password should be written on papers and put in different places in the bus because someone just told the code once verbally but now one understood what he said
Lluvio dentro el bus todo el tiempo, specificamente en mi puesto. La compañía sabe de ese problema pero nunca ha hacido algo para resolverlo. También el frío: he preguntado de bajar la temperatura y me han escuchado, y después la temperatura estaba mucho más agradable. Porque tiene que ser siempre así frío? No entiendo..
I picked a 10pm bus to Bogota to avoid a really early morning. Although it’s advertised to arrive at 8am we arrived at 6am. Felt like we were driving really fast and the road is pretty windy so didn’t sleep very much. Bus was very clean and played a movie which was a nice touch
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How much does a bus ticket from Medellín to Bogotá cost?
The average bus ticket price from Medellín to Bogotá is $20. The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Medellín to Bogotá is to book your tickets as early as possible. Prices tend to rise as your travel date approaches, so book in advance to secure the best prices!
How long is the bus ride from Medellín to Bogotá?
The average travel time between Medellín and Bogotá is around 8h 35m, although the fastest bus will take about 8h.This is the time it takes to travel the 153 miles that separates the two cities.
How many daily bus connections are there between Medellín and Bogotá?
The number of buses from Medellín to Bogotá can differ depending on the day of the week. On average, there are 18 on this route. Some buses run direct routes, while others have layovers. Simplify your bus trip from Medellín to Bogotá by comparing and selecting the bus that fits you travel style and budget on Busbud.
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When taking the bus from Medellín to Bogotá, you can travel comfortably and safely with Arauca, Expreso Brasilia, Bolivariano.
What are the departure and arrival stations when taking the bus from Medellín to Bogotá?
Buses traveling between Medellín and Bogotá leave from Terminal del Norte or Terminal Norte and arrive at Bogotá - Terminal del Sur, Bogotá (Terminal Salitre).
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The average bus ticket from Medellín to Bogotá costs around $18 for departures 30 days prior.
Over the last 84 days, ticket prices from Medellín to Bogotá vary and during peak season, ticket prices are around $23 while at other times, you can expect to pay around $17.
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