Medellin to Guatape (and back)

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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 ($3.20).

2 ways to get from Medellin to Guatape

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus2 hours15,000 COP ($3.20)Check bus tickets
Taxi2 hours215,000 COP ($45.50)Book a taxi

It’s also possible to take a taxi. However, the rate for one way starts at 215,000 COP ($45.50). 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)

Medellin to Guatape by Bus

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.20)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.20)

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 ($3.20), just look for counters #9 or #14.

Bus schedules from Medellin to Guatape

Bus CompanySchedulesDurationCosts
SotrasanvicenteEvery half hour from
06:00 to 18:00
2 hours15,000 COP ($3.20)
Check Bus Tickets
SotrapeñolEvery half hour from
05:00 to 18:00
2 hours15,000 COP ($3.20)
Check Bus Tickets

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.

Guatape to Medellin by Bus (the way back)

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.20)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.20)

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 ($3.20).

Bus schedule from Guatape to Medellin (the way back)

Bus CompanySchedulesDurationCosts
SotrasanvicenteEvery half hour from
06:30 to 18:00
2 hours15,000 COP ($3.20)
Check Bus Tickets
SotrapeñolEvery half hour from
04:00 to 20:00
2 hours15,000 COP ($3.20)
Check Bus Tickets

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 ($1.70), Uber starting at 6,000 COP ($1.25) or the metro for 2,650 COP ($0.55).

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.

Our favourite places to stay in Medellin

Medellin has transformed from one of the most dangerous cities in the world to a destination that people are dying to visit. Through innovation and resilience, Medellin is now a modern and stylish city with some amazing and inexpensive accommodation.

El Poblado, one of the richest and safest areas to stay in Medellin, is a hotspot for visitors — if you want to stay here, make sure to book in advance.

Here are our favourite places to stay in Medellin:

Patio del Mundo — Treat Yourself

As soon as you step foot into Patio del Mundo, you can see that every detail has been carefully thought out. Every room is uniquely designed and decorated with local artcraft.

The hotel feels like a retreat within the city. You can enjoy massages, yoga and reiki in the big private garden. Alternatively, you can relax in the onsite bar or indulge in the premium coffee, teas and water that are included in your stay.

  • Great location
  • Balconies and jacuzzis available in some rooms
  • Onsite bar and yoga
  • Exceptional breakfast included

Double rooms cost $80+ per night

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14 Urban Hotel — Mid Range

14 Urban Hotel is an ultra-stylish hotel, boasting an interesting urban design (as the name suggests). All of the rooms are large and luxurious, with some of them offering jacuzzi-style baths.

The rooftop terrace is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the incredible views over Medellin. You can’t really get a better location than this too. You’re only moments from El Poblado’s best restaurants and bars.

  • Stunning design
  • Rooftop terrace and restaurant
  • Great location
  • Delicious breakfast included

Double rooms cost between $40-$80 per night

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Rango Hostel Boutique — Mid Range

Rango Hostel Boutique has achieved the perfect balance between luxury and social. This place feels more like a hotel than a hostel, but its friendly atmosphere makes it a great place to meet other travellers.

It’s tempting to spend all your time in the hostel with the rooftop pool, terrace, bar, restaurant, chill out spots and game facilities. There’s a lot to keep you entertained!

  • Great location in El Poblado
  • Stylish and modern design
  • Rooftop pool and terrace
  • Private and dorm rooms available

Double rooms cost between $40-$80 per night

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574 Hotel — Budget Friendly

Medellin is a hip and stylish city. 574 Hotel perfectly emanates that vibe through its beautifully-designed interior.

It’s ocated within the highly-demanded neighbourhood of El Poblado: you can’t ask for a better location. The fresh and modern design creates a peaceful escape from the busy city of Medellin.

The friendly staff also help to make your stay as relaxing as possible. It’s hard to believe that this is a budget-friendly option.

  • Beautiful and peaceful design
  • One of the best locations in Medellin
  • Room with jacuzzi available
  • Delicious breakfast included

Double rooms start from $30 per night

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