Taxis and buses are plentiful. The minimum charge for taxis is 4400 COP (in 2013). You can get to downtown for about 8000 COP and to Poblado for 12000 COP. Buses run about 1500 COP. You can be an integrated bus/metro ticket for 2100 COP; otherwise, the metro runs 1750 COP.
Purchasing a car isn’t necessary. There are plenty of missionaries living on campus and working on campus who don’t own a car, especially if they are a couple without children living with them. For us, with three children and therefore having to squeeze uncomfortably into a taxi, we decided we needed a car. You can purchase a used vehicle in good condition easily for $14,000 – $15,000 USD. We decided to instead use that money to purchase a new vehicle. Colombia has recently in the last five years or so began to import Chinese cars. We purchased a Chery VanPass. Some missionaries who are planning on being here many years purchase SUV’s especially if they are traveling outside the city to less developed areas. They have spent between $30,000 and $35,000 for a new SUV. In general, for the same type of car, the cars in Colombia are 25% – 30% more expensive.
Gasoline runs around $5 per gallon.