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Colombia Guide

Colombia is best explored by rental car. Carrentals.co.uk has over 5 pick-up locations in Colombia. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.


Having emerged from civil strife, Colombia is now firmly on the itineraries of international tourists. Visitors are drawn by the wonderful beaches of Cartagena and its UNESCO designated walled city, as well as old colonial towns, Las Lajas Sanctuary and national parks such as Tayrona. The ease of exploring by car and colourful festivals are added bonuses.

Driving Tips for Colombia

Main roads, including the country’s section of the Pan-American Highway, are in reasonable condition but once off these routes, standards deteriorate. Unsafe parts of the country are best avoided, please check with the Foreign office before travelling.

Driving licences: visitors from the UK can drive here with their valid UK licence or an International Driving Permit.

Which side does Colombia drive on: the right.

Speed limits:
Motorways: 50mph (80kph)
Rural areas: 50mph (80kph)
Residential areas: 19mph (30kph) or 28mph (45kph)

Alcohol limits: Colombia operates a zero alcohol tolerance policy, offenders face fines or licence suspension.

Driving age: 16 years; 18 years and at least one year’s driving experience for car hire.

Seatbelts: obligatory for front-seat passengers, if fitted. Young children are required to travel in an appropriate safety seat, while those under 10 years old are barred from riding in the front seat.

Mobile phones and GPS: driving and using a mobile phone is illegal unless it is fitted with a hands-free attachment. There are no laws prohibiting the use of GPS.

Cost of fuel in Colombia: considerably cheaper than in the UK.

Car hire and fuel payment: credit cards are not widely accepted at petrol stations so make sure you have cash before filling up. Drivers can use their credit card for car hire but should notify the issuer before leaving for Colombia.

Insurance: rental cars come with compulsory third-party insurance but adding a collision damage waiver to cover all eventualities is recommended.

Traffic and parking: parking spaces in Bogota and Medellin are at a premium. Car park attendants often run valet parking services. Traffic congestion is common in the cities but once outside urban areas, driving is pleasant and parking zones plentiful.


The train system in Colombia is primarily concerned with the transportation of coal and other goods, and no longer carries passengers. Single fares on Medellin’s metro start at around £0.60. The Savannah heritage train from Bogota to Zipaquira is the only other functioning passenger rail system in Colombia.

Taxi fares in big cities such as Bogota and Cartagena are cheap when compared to Western countries, with an all-day, cross-city ride likely to be less than £10. If a taxi is not fitted with a meter, it is better to agree on a fare before setting off. Taxis can also be used for long-distance trips across country. Travellers pay for their seat or the whole car if travelling alone. These taxis can be found near major bus and transport interchanges in towns and cities.

Cucuta has frequent, inexpensive bus services to San Cristobal, Venezuela, while buses from Caracas, Venezuela, serve the Colombian cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta. Long-distance domestic routes cost around £25. Urban bus networks are good and mostly have modern vehicles.

There are ferries from Puerto Obaldia in Panama to Capurgana (fares start at around £30), where passengers can change for fast ferries to Turbo.

Major cities Bogota, Medellin and Cali have international airports, with Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport around a 20 minute taxi ride from the city. There are no direct flights from the UK, but the European cities of Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Frankfurt are served, along with US cities.


Exploring Colombia

Cartagena is the jewel in the country’s tourism crown. Spanish colonial architecture, San Felipe Castle and the Palace of the Inquisition are among the top draws in this fabulous Caribbean coastal city.

Beaches within easy driving distance of Cartagena are Playa Blanca and Sportbaru. Visitors can enjoy tranquil sands, a full range of water sports and seafood dishes fit for gourmands at the beaches.

The long Pacific coastline of Colombia is home to the beach resorts of Nuqui and Bahia Solano, and the sugar cane plantations at Valle del Cauca. Activities here cover the whole gamut, from whale-spotting to rainforest treks.

The capital of Bogota is one of the most vibrant cities on the continent and offers superb nightlife, shopping and dining. The historic La Candelaria quarter and the flea market at Usaquen are among the must-visit locations here.

From Bogota, the sacred lake in Iguaque National Park and the second largest city in the country, Medellin, are interesting excursions. Medellin’s Pueblito Paisa Antioquia village, plentiful museums and gorgeous parks ensure it remains firmly on the tourism circuit.


The climate in Colombia varies according to location. Rain can occur at any time of the year in most locations and there is no specific wet season. In Cartagena and the surrounding Caribbean coastal areas, temperatures average between 25°C and 40°C all year round. Due to Bogota’s elevated position, it is cooler; temperatures can drop to 3°C in January.

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    Colombian peso
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    80 km/h
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    120 km/h
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The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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