The meeting point of the free tour in Medellin is the pedestrian bridge by the NORTH ticket booth of Alpujarra station of the Medellin metro system, click here to see it on the map.
Using the Medellin metro system is very simple, you just need a metro card with enough credit on it. Several people can use the same card at the same time and you can only pay in cash.
Steps to buy a metro card:
- When you arrive at the metro station, go to the ticket booth (“taquilla”)
- Tell the person at the ticket booth you need a new card (“Tarjeta Civica eventual”) and how much credit (“recarga”) you would like to put on it.
The card costs COP 5,000. It can be shared between several people and used for unlimited trips as long as you have credit on it. A single trip costs COP 2,650 no matter where you get on/off. There are no day or multi-day tickets.
- Pay the total amount (COP 5,000 for the card + the amount of credit) in cash.
- Proceed to the turnstiles and hold the card up to the green scanner.
If using one card for 2 or more people, you can scan it several times in a row at the same turnstile.
For example, if a couple just arrived to Medellin and knows they will need 2 trips each (i.e. to the tour and back), then they need 4 trips in total, so they would pay COP 15,600 including the card (COP 5000 for the card plus 2650 * 4). Now, let’s say the following day they need another 4 trips, then they just have to charge their card with COP 10,600.
How to find the meeting point:
The meeting point for the Free Tour in Medellin is at the pedestrian bridge by the NORTH ticket booth of Alpujarra station of the Medellin metro system, click here to see it on the map. In the Medellin Metro the exits of the stations do not have names or numbers to differentiate each one. So the easiest way to do so is by telling the north from the south. We know that many smartphones have apps with a compass on it and that could be quite useful, still here is a short guide on how to find the right exit.
If you are coming from Poblado metro station, you just have to take the metro for three stops in direction Niquia. Once you arrive to Alpujarra metro station, you take the exit that is on your left hand, or in other words, the exit that is towards the front of the train. If you follow this steps you will immediately see us with the red umbrella on the pedestrian bridge that is connected to the exit.
If on the other hand you are coming from Estadio or Laureles area by the Medellin metro system, you have to take the line B towards San Antonio, there you switch to the A line direction Estrella (when you arrive to San Antonio, you take the exit on the right). There you will take the line A for one station and you will reach Alpujarra metro station. Once there, you take the exit on your right, or in other words, the exit that is towards the back of the train. There you’ll find us with the red umbrella
How did you find this mini-guide on using the Medellin metro to reach the meeting point of the Free Walking Tour? Do you have any comments? Any suggestions? Let us know!