Using the Medellin Metro to reach the meeting point of the Free Tour 2023
Updated: March 2023
The Medellin Metro system is easily one of the things people in Medellin are most proud of. It is the only one in the country, it is safe, clean, fast and reliable. Using it is very simple and the rates are flat no matter how many stations you take and no matter at what hour of the day you use it.
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Using the Medellin metro system is very simple, you just need a metro card with enough credit on it. Several people can use the same card at the same time and you can only pay in cash in Colombian pesos.
Steps to use the Medellin Metro:
- When you arrive at the metro station, go to the ticket booth (“taquilla”)
- Tell the person at the ticket booth you need a new card (“Tarjeta Civica eventual”) and how much credit (“recarga”) you would like to put on it.
The card costs 10,000 COP. It can be shared between several people and used for unlimited trips as long as you have credit on it. A single trip costs 3,280 COP no matter where you get on/off. There are no day or multi-day tickets.
- Pay the total amount (COP 10,000 for the card + the amount of credit) in cash.
- Proceed to the turnstiles and hold the card up to the green scanner.
If using one card for 2 or more people, you can scan it several times in a row at the same turnstile.
Medellin Metro table of prices for 2023:
Amount of single trips
Total price incl. card
The meeting point of the free tour in Medellin is the north ticket booth of Alpujarra station of the Medellin metro system, click here to see it in the map.
For example, if a couple knows they will need 2 trips each (i.e. to the tour and back), then they need 4 trips in total, so they would pay COP 16,720 including the card.
Unfortunately the Medellin Metro system has not defined yet a policy to return the plastic card in order to get back the 5000 COP. That’s why we strongly encourage travelers leaving the city, passing the card to other travelers in order to decrease the usage of plastic.
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