Despite its size, getting around in this sprawling metropolis is easy, thanks to the Medellin Metro System, or Metro de Medellin.
The Medellin Metro System is the city’s rail-based mass transportation system, the only one of its kind in all of Colombia. There are two main lines: the blue line runs north and south through the Aburra Valley, and the red line runs west from the center of the city.
There are also *three metro cable lines that serve as offshoots of the rail system, allowing for easy access of Medellin’s hillside communities. The metro transports over half a million people each day!
Riding the metro is a great way to see the city and experience Medellin like a local. Over half a million people use it every day, and learning how to use the metro is a breeze. Here are a few things you should know before you take your first ride:
Monday-Saturday: 4:30am – 11:00pm
Sundays and Holidays: 5:00am – 10:00pm
Tickets cost around 2.500 COP (under $1USD), but if you plan to take a bus and then the metro, you can buy an integrated ticket to save on both fares. Just let the bus driver know you’d like an “integrado” when you hop on board. Metro Cards (Civicas) are also available for purchase; these swipe cards won’t save you money on the fare, but they can get you through the line faster during rush hour and other busy times.
With that said, we recommend avoiding rush hour on the Medellin Metro System, if you can. Otherwise, be prepared to have to let a few trains pass you by because they’re full. And when you do get on board, you’ll have squeeze yourself into a human sandwich for the duration of the ride.
There are 27 stations along the Medellin Metro System, and the Envigado Station is the stop closest to our Colombia Immersion Envigado campus. Our students and staff use the metro with frequency and can tell anyone how to get from the school to Envigado Station, click here for directions by metro, bus or taxi. *The Floresta Station is the closest stop to our Laureles campus, and for directions to it, click here.
Useful Spanish Phrases for Using the Metro in Medellin:
Donde esta la estacion?—Where is the station?
Quiero un integrado por favor.—I want an integrated ticket, please.
Cual parada necesito dejarme para ir a _______ ?—Which stop do I need to take to get to _____?
Un boleto, por favor.—One ticket, please.
Hable más despacio por favor.—Speak more slowly, please.
Below is a map of Medellin’s Metro System to help you get your bearings straight:
You can always visit the Metro de Medellin Website for more information and the most updated metro ticket costs (tarifas).