How to settle in the city

Barranquilla has an area of 154 square kilometers and is organized on a grid system. The streets (carreras) are pathways that are parallel to the Magdalena River and go from east to west and the roads (calles) run perpendicular to the river and go from south to north from the Circunvalar Avenue.


Cabs are painted yellow and it is recommended to hail one by calling certified taxi stations. They run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and manage standard rates.

Mass transport
The city has several mass transit routes (buses) and an official mass transit air-conditioned system called TRANSMETRO, which runs through different stations and requires the use of a personalized rechargeable card. To use Transmetro, you must first purchase a card worth $2.500 COP, which is recharged as needed by the passenger. It´s cost is $1.800 COP per ride. For more information click here.



The official currency of Colombia is the peso ($COP), issued by the Central Bank. Bills are issued in denominations of $1.000, $2.000, $5.000, $10.000, $20.000 and $50.000.  Coins currently circulating are in $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 values.


International visitors in Colombia who are planning to stay for short or long periods of time should purchase an international health insurance covering medical care and emergency hospital care.

Colombian health institutions (IPS) can be hospitals, clinics, laboratories, offices, etc. that all provide health services. They can be public or private institutions. These are characterized by the type of services they provide and are classified in levels of complexity and attention according to technology, capacity, and the procedures and interventions that are capable of being performed. According to a study by the Ministry of Social Protection regarding IPS, 84.3% of them are located at a first level of care, 13.4% at second level and 2.3% at tertiary level of care.