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Megahub: El Dorado Airport, Bogotá

Megahub: El Dorado Airport, Bogotá

Megahubs are huge airport terminals, also known as central airports that differ from other airports because of their high connectivity. Among them, in South America stands out the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá.

Megahubs are airports that in a few hours can offer thousands of connections (stopovers) for hundreds of destinations. They are the vital centers of international transfers, places where a huge flow of passengers traffic is concentrated. Millions of travelers every year have to go through those airports even if they are not their final destinations. Oag, a consulting company that provides data and analysis to companies, airports, governments and travel agencies around the world, has devised an indicator of airport interconnections: the connectivity index. The index measures the ratio of scheduled seating capacity to the number of destinations served from a specific scale. In the end, how many there are, where they are going, where the routes served by that airport come from and how many passengers move. What came out of this complicated analysis is the Megahub Index.

In Latin America, among other airports, the El Dorado in Bogotà stands out for being one of the best connected and we want to share with you some practical and useful information.

Airport name: El Dorado International Airport
IATA airport code: BOG
Internet: The WiFi connection is free and unlimited throughout the airport
Address: Ac. 26 ## 103-9, Bogota, Colombia
Telephone: +571 266 2000
Website: www.eldorado.aero

Terminals: 2
Terminal 1: national and international flights
Terminal 2: domestic flights

Both are open 24 hours. They are connected by a free satellite bus that runs every 20 minutes and operates between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm.

Distance from the city center: 12 KM
Transportation: Buses, taxis, buses, tourism pullmans and car rentals, Transmilenio buses and SITP.
Car rentals: Avis (open 24/7), Budget, Flash, Hertz, PrimeCar.
Banks: Bancolombia, Banco Popular and ATM services
Post Office: Yes
Tourist information: District Institute of Tourism (IDT)

Main airlines operating in El Dorado:  EL AL,  EasyFly,  Delta, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Spirit Airlines, Air Canada, KLM, ANA, Air France, SWISS, Qatar Airways, Aeromexico, Interjet, Air India, JetBlue, SATENA, EasyFly, Turkish Airlines, Copa Airlines, American Airlines, Air China, British Airways, United Airlines, Wingo, Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Avianca, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Avior Airlines, Iberia, LATAM Airlines,  Air Europa, Etihad Airways, Viva Air Peru, LATAM Airlines Brasi, Avior Airlines, Conviasa.

Now that you know all the basic information about the airport, how do you plan to spend your time there?

If you have a stopover in Bogotá, first of all, we suggest you take into consideration the duration of your stopover, to schedule your time and live the trip without stress. Surely this article from our blog may interest you. Once you have calculated your time, in this article you’ll find some original suggestions of what you could do while waiting for your connecting flight in Bogotá.

Airport Lounges

  • Ideal layover lenght: 1-2 hours
  • Cost: $30-$59

If you have less than 2 hours, we suggest you stay inside the airport. Bogotá airport is located about 15 km from the city center and taking into consideration the traffic, which is a constant of urban life, it could take you a long time to reach your destination in the center of Bogotá. For this same reason, we suggest you seek peace and tranquility in one of the following waiting rooms.

Avianca Sala VIP: located in Terminal 1, open from 4:00 am to 11:30 pm. Only for domestic flights. Maximum stay: 3 hours. Access with Priority Pass, United Club or Air Canada Maple Leaf Club membership, Avianca and Avianca LifeMiles Gold or Diamond executive class passengers, first class or executive class passengers from Star Alliance and Star Alliance Gold airlines or by paying at the door (US $ 30).

Copa Club: it is located in Terminal 1. Open from 3:30 am to 8:00 pm, only for international flights. Access with Priority Pass or United Club membership, ConnectMiles PreferMember Gold, Platinum or Presidential passengers, first or executive class passengers from KLM, Air France and Star Alliance airlines or by paying at the door (US $ 59).

Eldorado Lounge: Terminal 1, open 24 hours. Maximum stay: 6 hours. Access with Priority Pass or Lounge Club membership or by paying at the door (US $ 39).

Sala VIP LATAM: Terminal 1, open from 2:00 am to 0:30 am. Only for international flights. Access with Priority Pass membership, LATAM premium executive or economic class passengers, LATAM Pass Premium, Comodoro Silver or Pass Black passengers, first class and executive class passengers of Oneworld airlines, Emerald or Sapphire members or paying at the door (US $ 40 ).

PRO TIP: not all lounges are open 24 hours. Most lounges have a maximum stay policy of 6 hours.

BYHOURS Microstays

  • Ideal layover lenght: 4 hours or more
  • Cost: $30-$150

Microstays offer a perfect way to spend longer layovers in peace, quiet and comfort. Thanks to BYHOURS, you can now book hotel rooms for 3, 6, or 12 hours. Whether you are traveling for work or for fun, with family or alone, microstays are a great choice for extended layovers and delayed flights. 

If you have a long stopover in Bogotá and want to enjoy your time to take a shower, rest, work or recharge your batteries, here we leave you the addresses of allied BYHOURS hotels very close to El Dorado and that offer the possibility of booking microstays of 3, 6 or 12 hours, so you can rest and get on your next flight.

Hotel City Express Plus Bogota Airport
Hotel City Express Junior Bogota Airport

Here you can find all the hotels in Bogotá that offer BYHOURS’ microstays.

Are you interested in learning more about Bogotá? Add a cultural experience to your microstay with IMPULSE Travel.

If in Bogotá you are going to have a long stopover and want to enjoy your time to get to know the city, we suggest you to book one of the different options of tours offered by our strategic partner IMPULSE Travel. If you have at least 6 hours of waiting  before your next flight , this is a feasible and original option.
Book a 4, 6 or 8 hours tour; you can visit the most beautiful and characteristic places of Bogotá, live a totally local experience accompanied by a local guide. An English-speaking driver and guide will pick you up at the Bogotá airport, take you to the places you want to visit and take you back to the airport in time for your next flight.
Book your BYHOURS microstay in Bogotá, you will enjoy a 15% discount on their tour packages with the promotional code BOGLAYOVER.

Whatever your decision on how you will spend your stopover in El Dorado, enjoy your time!

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