When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Bogota?
When searching for the cheapest return flights to Bogota, it’s best to look during their low tourist season, which is from March to June and September to November, with the exception of Easter. Due to the city’s proximity to the equator, the temperature is relatively consistent all year round, although the low seasons are prone to more rainfall, especially from April to July.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Bogota?
It is advisable to book your return Bogota flights three to four months before departure to secure the best prices, although last minute flights are often on offer if you’re flexible with your dates. If you’re a fan of nightlife, be sure to visit at the beginning of July to attend Rock Al Parque, a free annual rock festival in the city centre that and attracts over 200,000 people every year.
Flying to El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
El Dorado International Airport (BOG) is the busiest airport in Colombia and the third busiest in Latin America, serving over 30 million passengers annually, both domestic and international.
Flights to Bogota are available from most major UK airports including London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Although no direct flights are currently available, airlines including American Airlines, Air France, Iberia, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Delta and British Airways all operate flights with only one stopover, which might be in Miami, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, or another city depending on the airline you choose. Bogota flights are also available from Bristol and Belfast, although these routes require two connections. Some routes may require changing airlines, though that is not always the case.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Recognised as the best airport in South America on numerous occasions, El Dorado International Airport is modern, spacious and extremely easy to navigate. The airport is comprised of two terminals: the main Terminal 1 where the majority of flights arrive and depart from, and the Puente Aéreo, a terminal building that is used exclusively by Avianca for their domestic flights. Both sections are well equipped with duty-free shops, food courts, airport lounges and financial services, as well as airport-wide complimentary Wi-Fi. For those looking to live on the wild side, Terminal 1 even has a small casino.
Getting to the City from El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
Located just 15 kilometres west of the centre of Bogota, it is fairly easy to travel between BOG and the city centre. The most popular modes of transport are taxis or a ride-sharing services such as Uber, as the city bus system can get especially busy. Taxis are available just outside of both of the main terminals. If you do choose to travel by bus, you will find the stop just outside Terminal 1, and the Transmilenio line will take about 40 minutes to get you into the city centre. Private transfers, car rental and hotel shuttles are also available from Terminal 1.
Why Visit Bogota?
Perched upon one of the many Andean plateaus, thousands of metres above sea level, is Bogota, Colombia’s enchanting capital. A whimsical and wonderful place, be sure to spend some time during your visit admiring the colonial dwellings, spectacular museums and century-old churches that adorn the cobbled streets of the city’s cultural centre, La Candelaria. Make sure to also pay a visit to the Museo del Oro, an awe-inspiring museum full to the brim of uncovered gold from the pre-Hispanic civilisations of Colombia.
Known worldwide for its art scene, you can easily spend a day or two taking in the unrivalled and truly magnificent display of street art that is scattered amongst the old city streets- Bogota has recently become a hotspot for local and global artists to come together to add their own signature to what is already a completely unique experience.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
As a UK national, it is possible to visit Colombia for up to 90 days without a visa. If you want to stay longer, your visa can be extended by up to 120 days. There is a small airport tax for international departures, the cost of which depends on your type of visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
The currency is the Colombian Peso, which is easily obtainable before you arrive or during your trip. It is also possible to use foreign credit or debit cards, but do so with care.