How to get from Medellin to Guatape (and back)?

Guatape is one of the main attractions located in the area surrounding Medellin. The cobblestone streets and colourful colonial houses of the town make it a cool spot for pictures and buying crafts. It is also the gateway to Piedra del Peñol, a major Colombian tourist site, which is a tall and unique monolithic stone with stunning panoramic views.

Guatape is one of the most popular day trips from Medellin but there are also plenty of nice accommodation options if you want to stay the night.

The best way to get from Medellin to Guatape is by bus. The distance between the two is 83 km (51 miles), which is about 2 hours on the road for a fare of only 15,000 COP ($4.50).

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Transport ModeDuration
(One way)
Costs
(One way)
Availability
Bus2 hoursfrom 15,000 COP ($4.50)Check bus tickets
Taxi 2 hoursfrom 215,000 COP ($57)Book a taxi

It’s also possible to take a taxi. However, the rate for one way starts at 215,000 COP ($57). It’s an expensive option and given the good service of the buses, it doesn’t offer that much more comfort for the Medellin to Guatape route.

 

Itinerary from Medellin to Guatape (and back)

 

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Medellin to Guatape by Bus


Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($4.50)

To get from Medellin to Guatape, you can take a bus departing from Terminal del Norte in Medellin.

The bus terminal can be easily reached from Medellin city centre using line A on the metro. The closest station, right in front of the bus terminal, is called ‘Caribe’.

Buses from Medellin to Guatape depart every half hour from 05:00 to 18:00 with the bus companies, Sotrasanvicente and Sotrapeñol, both of which are very similar in terms of quality.

You can buy the tickets directly at the bus station for 15,000 COP ($4.50), just look for counters #9 or #14.

Bus CompanySchedulesDurationCostsSchedule
SotrasanvicenteEvery half hour from 06:00 to 18:002 hours15,000 COP ($4.50)Check bus tickets on redBus
SotrapeñolEvery half hour from 05:00 to 18:002 hours15,000 COP ($4.50)Check bus tickets on redBus

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The bus will drop you at Guatape bus terminal, but you can also choose to get off in front of the Piedra del Peñol entrance, which is 10 minutes before you would arrive in the town. Just let the driver know you want to stop there beforehand.

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Guatape to Medellin by Bus (the way back)


Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($4.50)

When travelling back from Guatape to Medellin, you have to go to the main bus terminal in Guatape. You can easily get to this bus terminal as it is walking distance from most parts of town.

If you are at Piedra del Peñol, you can go to the main road and just stop the bus. However, there is no guarantee you will get a seat, so it is better to go to Guatape first and take the bus from Guatepe to Medellin from the bus station.

Buses to Medellin depart every half hour from 04:00 to 20:00. You can buy the tickets at the bus station or pay directly to the bus driver if you board the bus from the road. The price is 15,000 COP ($4.50).

Bus CompanySchedulesDurationCostsSchedule
SotrasanvicenteEvery half hour from 06:30 to 18:002 hours15,000 COP ($4.50)Check bus tickets on redBus
SotrapeñolEvery half hour from 04:00 to 20:002 hours15,000 COP ($4.50)Check bus tickets on redBus

When arriving in Medellin, the bus will drop you at Terminal del Norte. To get to the city centre of Medellin, you can either take a taxi for around 8,000 COP ($2.50), Uber starting at 6,000 COP ($2) or the metro for 2,650 COP ($0.70).

The closest metro station, ‘Caribe’, is right in front of the bus terminal. You’ll need to take line A in the direction of La Estrella and get off at ‘San Antonio’ Station to reach the city centre.

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