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Medellin, Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia

How much does it cost to travel to Medellin?

You should plan to spend around $22 (CO$87,244) per day on your vacation in Medellin. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $9.32 (CO$36,683) on meals
  • $4.01 (CO$15,801) on local transportation
  • $9.21 (CO$36,272) on hotels

A one week trip to Medellin for two people costs, on average, $310 (CO$1,221,420). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Medellin cost?

A one week trip to Medellin usually costs around $155 (CO$610,710) for one person and $310 (CO$1,221,420) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Medellin on average costs around $310 (CO$1,221,420) for one person and $620 (CO$2,442,841) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Medellin will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Medellin on average costs around $665 (CO$2,617,330) for one person and $1,330 (CO$5,234,659) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Medellin has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Medellin expensive to visit?

Medellin is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Colombia, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Medellin in depth.

Within South America, Medellin is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in South America for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Medellin.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Medellin Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Medellin?

The average Medellin trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Medellin travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CO$36,272 ($9)
Local Transportation 1 CO$15,801 ($4)
Food 2 CO$36,683 ($9)
Entertainment 1 CO$48,771 ($12)
Tips and Handouts 1 CO$1,875 - 5,625 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 CO$13,760 - 41,279 ($3 - 10)
Accommodation Budget in Medellin
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Medellin is $4.61 (CO$18,136). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Medellin is $9.21 (CO$36,272). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Medellin

Looking for a hotel in Medellin? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Medellin based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $35. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Medellin
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Medellin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.01 (CO$15,801) per person, per day, on local transportation in Medellin.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Medellin
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Medellin?

Typical prices for Transportation in Medellin are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Medellin, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Taxi

Food Budget in Medellin
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Medellin can vary, the average cost of food in Medellin is $9.32 (CO$36,683) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Medellin should cost around $3.73 (CO$14,673) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Medellin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Medellin?

Typical prices for Food in Medellin are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Medellin, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Lunch

Entertainment Budget in Medellin
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Medellin typically cost an average of $12 (CO$48,771) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Medellin
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Medellin is $0.95 (CO$3,750) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Medellin is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Medellin
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Medellin is $19 (CO$75,000), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Medellin
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  • The average person spends about $6.99 (CO$27,519) on alcoholic beverages in Medellin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Medellin
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.65 (CO$2,554) on bottled water in Medellin per day. The public water in Medellin is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2022
Medellin On a Budget
Medellin Medellin, Colombia
In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.
Head to Plaza Botero, the best place to see famous Medellin sculptor Fernando Botero Angulo's larger-than-life figures. Centrally located in the "old quarter" of the city, it can be reached via the nearby Parque Berrio metro station. Nearby is also the Museo de Antioquia where you will find many of Botero's paintings, as well as work from other famous Latin American artists. The entrance is free so check it out! If you are looking for an oasis of calm in the busy city center, the gorgeous botanical gardens hold an amazing variety of flora and fauna and are completely free to enter. With their own butterfly house and great places to stop, relax, and admire the surrounding nature, these green gardens are a fantastic place to visit during your stay in Medellin. The city's Metrocable is an impressive transport system that connects the busy city center with the residential areas built up on the hillsides. It expands all the way up to Parque Arvi, a large nature reserve in the hills of Medellin and a great escape from the city. Visit the park for a bit of peace and quiet and observe the vast array of wildlife. Nearby is the town of Santa Elena, where you can grab a bite to eat or even lodge up for a night or two. If you want to visit the surrounding areas of Medellin, you can also head to Guatape, a town in the larger municipality of Antioquia. Located 2 hours out of the city, many visitors come to admire the town's pretty colored houses and soak up the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The main attraction of this small town is El Penol, a towering rock peering over the whole surrounding area, which requires you to climb some steep 600 steps but worth the effort as the top offers some truly spectacular views of the lakes and hills below.

A popular activity in Medellin for backpackers is the Medellin city walking tour. The tour guides are all locals and take you on a knowledgeable journey around Medellin's downtown. While the tour is completely free to attend, the guides usually accept any tips from attendees as payment. The tours run morning and afternoon on weekdays and once on Saturday and are extremely popular so you should definitely book a place in advance through the website. The meeting point for morning tours are at El Poblado Station and for afternoon tours, the Alpujarra station. While this activity is more popular amongst locals, why not spend an afternoon shopping in Medellin's mega-mall, where you will find big brands such as Zara, Forever 21 and H&M, as well as a great range of Colombian chains and high-end smaller boutiques. If you get peckish, there are also plenty of restaurants to grab some food to fuel your long day's shopping. For a fabulous night out in the city, head to Parque Lleras, located in the ritzy neighborhood of El Poblado. This great place to go out any night of the week welcomes a varied mix of locals and foreigners looking to let loose and have a good time. Around the park there are a great range of venues, from small salsa bars to bigger, mainstream clubs.
Food and Dining
Corn and beans along with meat and fish are important in local dishes. A typical mountaineer dish, the Bandeja Paisa, is considered to be the national dish of Colombia and is native to the area surrounding Medellin. Originally, this caloric meal was created to provide peasant workers with enough energy to keep them going throughout the entire day. It has 15 ingredients including rice, plantain, an arepa (corn cakes), avocado, minced meat, chorizo, black sausage, fried pork rind and a fried egg. Porridge, containing milk, corn and sugarcane, is also a characteristic dish of the department of Antioquia.

Medellin is served by Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, located in the nearby city of Rionegro. International non-stop flights are available to and from Lima, Curacao, San Salvador, Mexico City, Valencia (Venezuela), Panama City (Panama), Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York City. Domestic flights have frequent service to Bogota, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, CĂșcuta, Santa Marta and Monteria. A taxi from Rionegro's International Airport to Medellin is about USD$22 depending on where you are going. Heading to the center will take you around 45 minutes. You can also share a cab, so that you only pay USD$5 but you will usually be dropped you off at San Diego near a large shopping mall. Another fairly simple option is to take the white and green official airport buses (Combuses, S.A.) marked "Aeropuerto". They depart approximately every 15 minutes from the airport until 12h00pm right out of the front exit/entrance of the airport, and will take you to either Barrio San Diego (San Diego Mall) or behind the Hotel Nutibara for USD$3.50. The Nutibara area is safe during the day but not recommended when it is dark, especially for first time travelers. The San Diego stop is closer to Poblado than the Nutibara Hotel and there are many taxis that congregate there to take you elsewhere in the city. You can also call an uber using the Free Wifi available at the San Diego Mall, which is a safe area. The journey takes a little more than 1 hour. Aeropuerto Combuses depart for the airport from the San Diego Mall and from behind Hotel Nutibara approximately every 15 minutes from 6h00am until 19h00 for USD$3.50 per person. There is also a small local airport Olaya Herrera close to downtown and it is very convenient for regional and domestic travel with non-stop flights to 23 destinations, including tourist destinations such as Armenia, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Ibague, Manizales, and Pereira. This airport is only open from 6h to 18h. There is also an helicopter service connecting the international and domestic airports. It runs every 30 minutes only from 6h to 18h and the flight takes 10 minutes. You can make the purchase online or at the airports. The cost is around USD$52 and the beautiful aerial views of the mountains and the city are free.

Medellin also has two bus terminals managed by the same company and share a single website. Both terminals have mid-size shopping malls in the premises. The North terminal is much larger and it is connected with Metro station Caribe. The buses serve cities North and East of Medellin (Cartagena, Santa Marta and Bogota included).The South terminal is next door to the domestic airport Olaya Herrera and serves towns South (Armenia, Manizales, Pereira, Cali).

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.