If you want to make the most out of your time in Medellin, undoubtedly the best way to do it is to rent a car. There is a plethora of wonderful day trips you can make from the city that will transform your vacation into a trip you will never forget. For instance, the lakeside town of Guatape is just 85 km (53 miles) away and it is worth every kilometer driven.
Looking to pick up a rental car after your flight to Medellin lands? Travelers with flights landing at José María Córdova International Airport will find the rental car counters on the ground floor of the airport’s main lobby.
One thing to keep in mind when driving in Medellin (and Colombia in general), is that there is a strict no drinking and driving policy. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content above 0.04% in Colombia, whereas in the United States the legal limit is 0.08%. To put this in perspective for drivers, just two drinks risks you being over the legal limit. So make sure to drive safely and never drink and drive.
Rush hour traffic in Medellin is not the most severe but it can certainly put a damper on your day if you get caught in the heart of it. Drivers looking to avoid the congestion are best off avoiding the road between 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. As far as traffic goes, the neighborhoods of El Poblado and El Centro are often some of the most congested areas in the city and are best visited during non-peak traffic hours.
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Mini rental cars in Medellín are around 50% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Medellín
Some car rental companies in Medellín which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Europcar and Sixt
On average a hire car in Medellín costs C$ 42 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Medellín. 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 Medellín is C$ 3.00 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 Medellín.
A Economy car rental in Medellín costs C$ 32 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Medellín costs C$ 27 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Medellín costs C$ 86 per day, on average.
In Medellín, cars are most frequently rented at Sixt Car Rental Center (17 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Medellín costs C$ 292 per week (C$ 42 per day).
On average a rental car in Medellín costs C$ 1,250 per month (C$ 42 per day).
Medellin is a modern city with large streets that are all sizes of vehicles will find comfortable and easy to drive on. Additionally, even the parking spaces in the city are large, so families traveling in large cars will have no issues fitting into a spot. It should be noted, however, that in some of the more densely packed neighborhoods the streets can shrink a bit, so larger cars might have to occasionally stop and let other cars pass them.
In residential areas of Medellin the speed limit is 30 km/h (19 mph), while on urban roads the speed limit jumps up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Outside of urban areas the speed limits start out at 80 km/h (50 mph) and on major highways the speed limit goes up to 100 km/h (62 mph)
A liter of gas in Medellin on average costs about COL$2,420 ($0.77). For those who prefer to compare gas prices in gallons, that is the equivalent of COL$9,160 ($2.91) per gallon of gas.
Parking is plentiful in Medellin so drivers will have their choice of spots. Parking garages are available in the central business district and, once you go further out, streetside parking is widely available. In the downtown area streetside parking can fill up quickly during peak hours of traffic, so plan accordingly.