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Medellin José María Córdova Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Medellin Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

If you head upstairs in the center of the terminal, there’s a couple tables with chairs you can sit at. – drvannostren

MDE Airport Overview

medellin airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Medellin José María Córdova Airport.

What to Expect

The city’s primary international airport, Medellin Airport (code: MDE) has a modest, renovated terminal divided into National and International Concourses. Travellers report clean, modern facilities and good customer service. Amenities include several eateries, a 24 hour deli, a few shops, and free WiFi. For added comfort while you wait, lounges are available. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but it seems that comfortable seating is plentiful, at least on the airside.  For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Medellin Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hostal El Hangar – (within 5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Movich Hotel Las Lomas – (within 5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Santiago de Arma – (within 5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available.. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Medellin Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Avianca Sala VIP – Location: National Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Passes Copa Club – Location: International Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes The Lounge Medellin by Global Lounge Network – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge Membership Programs.

Passes The Lounge Medellin International – Location: Airside, 2nd Floor, between Gate 10 & 11. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Medellin Airport. Connect to the “AeropuertoRionegro-JMC” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Airside, 1st Floor, International Arrivals • Airside, 2nd Floor, National Departures • Landside, 2nd Floor, Check-in Area.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rates: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Three currency exchange companies have offices at Medellin Airport in the Main Hall and International Arrivals area.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a variety of shops selling everything from clothes and souvenirs, to liquor and magazines.

Food & Drinks – There is a 24-hour deli as well other food concessions that operate with shorter hours. Coffee drinkers will be well served here with 11 concessions including a Juan Valdez Cafe.

Garden – The airport offers dedicated garden areas on the 1st and 2nd Floor of the airport.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? There is an information point located on the 2nd Floor, main hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you require medical attention, there is a First Aid station available. Location: unknown.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us mobile charging is not available.  You’ll need to hunt for a regular power outlet along the walls.  This reader found one in the bathroom. (April 2019)

Pharmacy – Pasteur Farmacia – Location: Main Hall.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Medellin and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Located in the Main Hall, you will find: Aviatur • BCD Travel • Carlson Wagonlit Travel • Swiss Andina • Travel Center Over • Viajes Veracruz.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Medellin José María Córdova airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Air Panama • American AirlinesAvianca • Avior Airlines • Copa Airlines • EasyFly • Iberia • Jetblue • Latam • Spirit • Wingo • Vivaair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Combuses SA offers transportation between Medellin and MDE Airport. The one-way fare is $9,500 (as of February 2018).

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices onsite: Avis • Drive & Go Rent a Car • Localiza • Mina Servicios • Vaya Car Rental.


Taxis are available onsite. Authorized companies include: Cordova Rionegro Fleet, Combuses, Rionegro Medellin Rapid Transit, La Ceja United Transportation, Aerotaxi, Chachafruto, TUR and Copetaxi Transports. The rate to Medellin is $70,000.

Last updated: 2020-06-16

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.