Should I hire a car in Bogota?

Should you rent a car in Bogota Colombia > Bogota


Bogota Introduction

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Why should you rent a car in Bogota?

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

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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

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Bogota public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • 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.


Car rental in - Bogota Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bogota?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and 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, if you are 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?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bogota if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Should I hire a car in Bogota? No!


Would you hire a car in Bogota?

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