How to get to Zipaquirá by taxi
You can take a taxi from Bogotá. This will be around 100.000 COP one way, that is around €28 or 32US$. When you travel with more people this can be an interesting option to save yourself some hustle and it will be quicker than taking the bus. When you take the cab, go directly to the Salt Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de Sal). You can visit the village of Zipaquirá afterwards, as the walk tó the town is downhill 😊
How to get to Zipaquirá by bus
The bus is a more affordable option, and is very comfortable! Go to the bus station Portal Norte
in Bogotá. From here take the direct bus to Zipaquirá town, referred to as Zipa. Just ask the staff at the bus station for the platform, they will point you in the right direction. It is well indicated and the people are very helpful.
The price for the bus from Portal Norte Bogotá to Zipaquirá town
You buy a plastic card (1 card can serve multiple people) at the TransMilenio (name of the company) bus station. For this card we payed 11.000 COP for three people – so 1€ / 1,15US$ per person
. With this card you can take local TransMilenio busses in Bogotá. Next to this we payed 17.100COP in
the bus to Zipaquirá (for three people) – the guy will come by to collect the money. This is not a TransMilenio bus but a more long-distance bus (very comfi!). Hence the extra costs of €1,50 or US$1,80 per person.
Bus drop-off point in Zipaquirá
Just mention to the driver or the staff (=money collector) in the bus that you would like to go to the Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) in Zipaquirá. He will yell it through the bus when you have to get out 😊 Next to you, probably all the other people in the bus are also likely to go here, so he will definitely mention it. We got out at the end of Carrera 15 before it turns into Carrera 16, just before Calle 4, near to a chicken restaurant called La Chispa Roja
. When you take the bus back, just go to this exact spot. Look at a bus, yell ‘Bogotá’ and hop on 😊 We literally caught one back in less than 10 seconds.
How to walk to the Salt Cathedral from the bus stop in Zipaquirá
First of all, its easy and well indicated – as this is the main attraction of this town. From the town to the cathedral there are signs. When you get closer to the salt cathedral there literally is a white line on the tiles/sidewalk that you have to follow – it won’t get easier than this (love it). The walk is a bit uphill, just so you know.