Travelling to a new destination can be a daunting task and it’s sometimes difficult knowing where to start. Flying to Colombia need not be that difficult.
To help you make your own flight arrangements we have put together some useful and impartial information to assist you in selecting and purchasing your flights to Colombia.
All flights detailed in this section are based on flying to and from Bogotá – Colombia’s capital.
If you wish to fly to an alternative international airport in Colombia, such as Cartagena, Armenia or Santa Marta, then please contact us. We’ll be able to give you specific information as flights can be less frequent and may involve additional stop overs.
Avianca now fly directly from London Heathrow to Bogota, leaving from Terminal 2 arriving at Terminal 1. Flights are every other day and arrive in Bogota just after 4am, allowing for an early check-in, some rest and a full day to dedicate to the start of your Colombia adventure!
There are frequent direct flights between Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Frankfurt and Bogotá.
Flights from mainland Europe normally take approximately 11-12 hours, depending on your city of departure.
If you are travelling from the UK you will simply depart from your local airport and transfer on to one of these connecting flights to Bogotá.
Alternatively, you can depart from most major UK and European international airports and fly via the USA or Canada. Please see our Direct Flights to and from the USA and Canada section for more information.
British Airways work in partnership (code share) with Iberia and Avianca, and fly from numerous airports across the UK via Madrid and Barcelona to Bogotá daily.
Lufthansa and Air France both fly from London and several other UK regional airports daily to Bogotá via Frankfurt and Paris (CDG) respectively.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offer a service from London and other UK regional airports to Bogotá; however it requires 2 stops, one in Amsterdam and the other usually in Panama City or Atlanta.
Direct flights mostly depart daily from the following US cities: Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New York (JFK & Newark), Washington – Dulles, Houston, Atlanta and Toronto.
Approximate direct flying times to and from Bogotá are detailed below:
Miami – 3 hours 30 minutes
Orlando – 4 hours
Fort Lauderdale – 3 hours 45 minutes
New York (JFK & Newark) – 6 hours
Washington Dulles – 5 hours 15 minutes
Houston – 5 hours
Atlanta – 5 hours
Toronto – 6 hours
If you are flying to Colombia from an alternative airport or city in the USA or Canada (i.e.: Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal etc.) then your flight will connect on to one of the above flights, and then onto Bogotá.
The following airlines fly direct to Bogotá:
Avianca – New York (JFK), Washington-Dulles, Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale
American Airlines – Miami
United Airlines – Houston and New York (Newark)
Air Canada – Toronto
Delta Airlines – New York (JFK) and Atlanta
JetBlue Airways – Fort Lauderdale and Orlando
Spirit Airlines – Fort Lauderdale
Sometimes it is cheaper to fly to Colombia with a stop off en-route outside of the USA or Canada.
The most common route is departing the USA or Canada and having a brief stopover to change planes in Panama City (Panama), San Salvador (El Salvador), San Jose (Costa Rica) and Mexico City (Mexico).
There are flights that connect South Africa with Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, and then onto Bogotá. These flights are not that frequent and often expensive.
Flights to and from Asia are frequent and usually fly either via Europe or the USA. These flights will be quite long and expensive.
Flights to/from Australasia connect via Santiago de Chile. These flights are also usually expensive.
Colombia has 12 international airports, the main 5 being:
Bogotá – El Dorado International Airport
Medellin – José María Córdova International Airport
Cali – Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
Cartagena – Rafael Núñez International Airport
Barranquilla – Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport
**Interesting fact: Colombia has 862 recognised airports, 6th in the world!
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