Getting There: It was a pivotal moment for the coffee region when low-cost airline Spirit (www.spirit.com) launched three non-stop services weekly (Tues, Thurs, and Sun) from Fort Lauderdale to Armenia’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Edén (AXM), 17km (11 miles) southwest of the city. A great deal, you can book one-way prices (base fares) from as little as US$150. There are seven daily flights with Avianca (www.avianca.com) from Bogotá (around COP$372,000, one-way) and with ADA (www.ada-aero.com) from Medellín (around COP$225,000, one-way). A taxi to downtown will set you back around COP$35,000.
Armenia’s Terminal de Transportes is located 2km (1 1/4 miles) southwest of the center (Calle 35 no. 20–68). Buses ply the route from downtown to the station along Carrera 19 (COP$1,600), or a taxi will cost around COP$4,000. There are frequent services to: Bogotá (7 hr.), Medellín (5 1/2 hr.), Cali (3 1/2 hr.), Pereira (1 hr.), Manizales (2 1/2 hr.), Filandia (45 min.), and Salento (50 min.).
Getting Around: While it’s not a pretty city made for walking, Armenia’s main sights are best reached either on foot or by taxi (always take a taxi late at night). Taxis are plentiful and cheap, and most fares within the city limits will cost less than COP$6,000. Always confirm a rate with the driver before you get in. Busetas (mini-buses) cost COP$1,600 (COP$1,700 Sun/holidays) and run from the bus terminal (marked “TERMINAL”) to downtown (marked “CENTRO”) and covers the city’s main arteries.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.