ViaHero · Updated March 14, 2019
While Uber is technically "illegal" in Colombia (because Uber is not a registered taxi service), everyone still uses it. Here's everything you need to know about using Uber in Colombia, including the pros and cons of other transportation options. Any questions after reading? Message us!
It's technically "illegal" in Colombia, but everyone still uses it
And we mean everyone. From housewives to police, construction workers to government bureaucrats, everyone in Colombia's cities uses Uber. Though its presence in Colombia has caused some backlash from irate taxi drivers, (hence the reason the service is technically "illegal") Uber is nonetheless ubiquitous in Colombia—everyone uses it, all the time. Don't believe us? Ask any one of our local trip planners who lives in Bogota, Medellin, or Cartagena—they'll tell you the same.
It's available in all of Colombia’s major cities
Just as in any other country, Uber is less available in remote locations. However, it is widely accessible in two dozen cities across the country. This includes Colombia’s major metropolises— Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, Cali, and Barranquilla, and many others. If you’re traveling further off the beaten path, make sure to check to see if Uber is available at your destination.
Using UberENGLISH makes sure your driver speaks English
You can select this option when ordering a car in a non-English-speaking country, and trust us, it's a lifesaver. Only slightly (pennies) more expensive than a normal Uber ride, this choice ensures that you'll be able to communicate with your driver clearly and easily. The best part? You don't even have to download a different app!
UberBLACK is more common than UberX
Because Uber is technically illegal, many drivers operate black
Pro tip: For an insider's look at how Uber operates in Colombia, chat with a local travel expert. Don't travel blindly; make sure a local's got your back!
It's safer than taking a taxi
Uber is the best way to get around Colombia without having to stress about safety. Because all Uber drivers are required to get a background check, grabbing an Uber dramatically cuts down on the risk of scams and theft. Moreover, since Uber also drops you off at your exact destination, it's hola peace of mind, adios confusing maps.
You can take it to and from the airport, but it's not your only option
Lots of people take Uber to and from the airport in Colombia (we did when we were there), but it's not your only option. You can also book transportation in advance with websites like GetYourGuide.
It's dirt cheap
Uber prices are commensurate with the economy of whatever country it operates in. That means in Colombia, rides—even with UberBLACK—are incredibly inexpensive. Just another reason Colombia is one of the best places to visit in the world.
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