I am planning to spend several days in Bogotá, and I want to use public transport Inside the city (Not in the whole country).
Keep in mind that your question is no On whether it is a good idea or not, or what alternatives are available, consider it as a fact.
After extensive research, there is a lot of contradictory and seemingly outdated information on the web, most of 2008 to 2015, but I couldn't find anything relevant / useful this year (2019, that is), or even 2018. Here is my Current understanding of what I found:
- After arriving at BOG airport, I must take a green connector bus, which is free. There is no option to buy a TransMilenio card at the airport.
- using the connector, I will go to a normal bus station
- most of the larger bus stations are in the middle of the street, since many buses have dedicated lanes
- at most bus stations, I can buy a blank / new TransMilenio card for around 5000 COP
- TransMilenio cards come in blue, green and red and, depending on the color, have a limited validity (according to some sources, does this seem obsolete?)
- I can load the TransMilenio card with money and then use it to travel on buses
- two people can travel together with a TransMilenio card
- Waiting lines to buy or load cards are always 1 to 2 hours As minimum
My question is a) Is all this correct? And b) can I pay by credit card or do I need to have a COP in cash? What identifies the counter I need to line up in (maybe it's obvious, but I'm quite prepared)? In other words, What is the exact process to obtain a valid and charged TransMilenio card?
I would prefer a response that is reasonably up to date and first hand, so it would be perfect if you were in Bogotá in 2019, or live there, or you can cite an official and recent source.