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By | 16th January 2018

Should I hire a car in Bogota?

Do you need a car in Bogota > Should you rent a car in Bogota Colombia > Bogota ( BOG )

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Do you need a car in Bogota? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Bogota?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Bogota?

Bogota Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

00%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€330

 #268/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €325

214/300

 

Free parking score

Total 325 - of which 114 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

35%

#181/300

 

Should I hire a car in Bogota? We don’t recommend trying to hire a car in Bogota.

 

Why not? Visiting Bogota without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Bogota public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

80%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Bogota. 

80%

  • None of the major international car hire providers have offices at Bogota airport, and this is not generally a city that international drivers are likely to want to hire a car in.
  • However, public transport isn’t especially good either – although various railway lines do exist in and around the city, there is currently no scheduled national rail service in Colombia, and traffic is chaotic to say the least. Yet it would be unfair to write Bogota off without looking at the huge investment that has gone into bus lanes in recent years, and without also noting that because of the surrounding terrain, the city of Bogota itself is very compact, and most of the areas of interest are easy enough to walk around.
  • It’s also possible to take a local cable car.

However, as with a number of other South American capitals, the real gems that Colombia has to offer aren’t in Bogota itself, so it’s best to move on, and this will probably mean taking a long distance coach or a short internal flight. In particular, Medellin has garnered a lot of international attention for its regeneration efforts, and it’s well worth a visit, especially to see the expansive network of urban parks within the city.

Ratings

Car rental in - Bogota Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bogota?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Bogota?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Bogota?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Bogota if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bogota if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Bogota if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Bogota on the Carornocar scale?

1

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Should I hire a car in Bogota? No!

 

Would you hire a car in Bogota?

Have you driven in Bogota? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bogota?
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