To get to some of the more charming cities around Bogota, you’ll need a rental car. Drive to El Infernito (known as Little Hell) or spend the day touring Chingaza National Natural Park (an ideal place for nature lovers). On your drive, you will have many opportunities to take pictures of the mountains and catch a glimpse of different wildlife.
When visiting Bogota, you’ll fly into the El Dorado International Airport. Recognized as one of the busiest airports in the country, it is truly efficient and provides many amenities for travelers, including an area for rental car companies right inside the terminal. You’ll only need to walk a short distance to the lot to pick up or return your rental car.
There are numerous toll roads throughout Bogota and all of Colombia. Because their tolls are not generally automated, you’ll need to have cash and coins handy. Be sure to keep the money out of sight, however, so as not to tempt thieves.
Bogota is said to be one of the most congested cities in terms of traffic. However, this applies mostly to the business districts and the center of town. If you want to avoid traffic jams altogether, it would be best to stay off of roads during rush hour. This is between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and 3 p.m. until as late as 6:30 p.m.
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FAQs about renting a car in Bogotá
Some car rental companies in Bogotá which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Avis and Europcar
On average a hire car in Bogotá costs C$ 43 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Bogotá. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Bogotá is C$ 2.99 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 36 and C$ 48, depending on the car size.
Economy (Kia Rio Hatchback or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bogotá.
A Economy car rental in Bogotá costs C$ 36 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Bogotá costs C$ 29 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in Bogotá costs C$ 123 per day, on average.
In Bogotá, cars are most frequently rented at Renta facil El Dorado International Airport (9 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Bogotá costs C$ 299 per week (C$ 43 per day).
On average a rental car in Bogotá costs C$ 1,282 per month (C$ 43 per day).
Because of the rugged terrain, you might prefer renting a Jeep or SUV on your vacation to Bogota. Front-wheel or all-wheel drive is also preferred if you are going to visit the natural parks and travel on dirt roads. A car with fast acceleration is just as important as you may have to drive up a hill.
If you are driving in a residential neighborhood, you will be required to keep your speeds under 19 mph (or 30 km/h). Once you leave the residential neighborhoods and are near shopping centers and restaurants, you can pick up speed. The maximum speed limit in these areas is 37 mph (or 60 km/h). Once you are on the freeway, you can travel at speeds of 62 mph (or 100 km/h).
Gas prices in Bogota costs about $0.79 for a liter of gas (16.06 pesos). On average, the gasoline prices in Colombia are slightly lower than in other countries. Also, in Bogota you won’t have to pump your own gas; instead, gas stations have an attendant on staff to do that for you.
Parking on the streets is abundant in many areas of town. However, in the center of the city and the main business district, finding parking can be a challenge. For safety and convenience, it is best to use a paid parking lot or garage with surveillance or an attendant. There are plenty available, especially in the middle of the day.