Bus Services in Bogota

Information about the bus network and bus rapid transit system in Bogota...

Bus Services

Regular buses following designated routes can be found on the streets of the city and can be divided into Colectivos, the older, less formal buses, and the SITP and TransMilenio buses, which are part of the city’s integrated transport system.

Bus services in Bogota are provided by SITP and TransMilenio. Payment for bus travel is made with a smart travel card (tarjeta) valid for TransMilenio and SITP buses.

The different types of buses can be identified by their colour.

SITP

Servicio Urbano: Blue buses. These include large buses for up to 80 passengers, small buses and busetas with a capacity of 40 and 50 people, and minibuses for 19 passengers. This system complements the TransMilenio system, by covering the zones that the TransMilenio buses do not reach. They have long routes within urban areas, and run to and from every point of the city. They stop only at designated stops, and payment is made by smart card on the bus.

Servicio Complementario: Orange buses. These include large buses for up to 80 passengers, and smaller buses with a capacity of 40 and 50 people. These buses transport passengers to and from the areas close to the TransMilenio stations. They stop only at designated stops, and payment is made by smart card on the bus.

Servicio Especial: Burgundy buses. Usually minibuses for up to 19 passengers. These generally operate to and from peripheral areas of the city where demand is lower or access is more difficult. Some run directly to the TransMilenio stations, others run to bus stops where a connection with the Urbano, Complementario or Alimentador service is guaranteed. They stop only at designated stops within the city, but in rural areas they stop anywhere the passenger’s request. Payment is made by smart card on the bus

TransMilenio

TransMilenio is the bus rapid transit system for Bogota with 12 lines serving approximately 150 stations. Payment for the bus is made with a smart card after passing a turnstile in the station. The system of boarding is similar to that of a subway, within the station the bus and station doors open simultaneously with the station and bus door at the same height, making it accessible to people with disabilities.

Servicio troncal: Red or yellow and red articulated buses which have their own bus lane, and stop in the stations and portals. Every route has variations and can be either normal or express service. Payment is made at the station by smart card.

Servicio Alimentador: Green coloured buses for up to 80 passengers. They are for transporting passengers through and from areas near to the TransMilenio stations. These buses stop exclusively at designated stops when requested by users. Payment is made in the station by smart card.

Night buses

Night buses operate on the same routes as the day buses, but less frequently. The night schedule runs from 20:00 to 05:00 every night.

Colectivos

Colectivos tend to be older buses found in the streets of Bogota. Depending on their size they are known as colectivo, ejecutivo, bus or buseta. It is important to note that these buses do not follow a strict schedule or have identified stops. They can be flagged down for boarding at any point on their route, and stopped by pressing the button inside the bus at any time – they will stop as soon as traffic permits.

The prices and routes of these buses are displayed in the front of the bus, as a sticker and billboard. The entrance to the bus is through the door at the front, and the exit through the back door.

Either the driver or an assistant collects the fare; exact or small change is preferred. When paying with a large currency bill travellers may be asked to sit and wait for enough change to be gathered, which will then be moved backwards through the bus.

On these buses it is common to have vendors or musicians entering the bus to sell their products and ask for money.

Intercity bus and coach

The Intercity bus terminal is located to the west of the city, near Ciudad Salitre. This is the main station for departures and arrivals for the rest of Colombia and South America. The terminal itself is divided into five areas, or módulos, each identified with a different colour:

  1. Yellow: Buses to the south of the country.
  2. Blue: Buses to the east and west of the country.
  3. Red: Buses to the north of the country and to other countries in South America.
  4. Green: Inter municipal taxi service.
  5. Purple: Passenger arrivals, taxis, city buses; parcel delivery services for deliveries throughout the country are also available from offices here.

At the bus terminal, taxis can be requested at a fixed price with a pre-paid ticket to guarantee safety.

There are several restaurants, cafeterias, pharmacies, ATMs and tobacco shops in the terminal, as well as Internet cafés, telephone booths, and a tourist information point.

A second bus station is located at TransMilenio's Portal Norte station, with intercity buses leaving for Cundinamarca and Boyacá.