The Medellín Metro is the flagship of the paisa capital, not only for being the only Metro in Colombia for more than 25 years, but also because it has been praised worldwide for its structure, cleanliness, and the good manners of its passengers.

Like any Metro in the world, you may be a bit afraid of getting lost on it, going in the wrong direction or getting off at a station you shouldn’t.

Don’t worry! The truth is that unlike many subways in the world, which are real labyrinths, the Metro of Medellín is a fairly simple system to use and all you have to do is read this guide to master it as if you had been riding it for many years.

Before we begin I leave you an interactive map of the Medellín Metro, where you will find the fundamental lines for touristic routes. You can click on each of the stations and see the points of interest closest to each one.

Stations and lines

The Medellín Metro is made up of 13 lines: 2 train lines, 6 cable-car lines (also called Metrocables), 1 tram line and 4 bus lines.

Although this number of lines may seem overwhelming, the reality is that to explore the city as a visitor or tourist you will only have to use between 2 to 4 lines, depending on the places you want to visit. And to make it easier for you, in this guide we are going to focus only on those.

Line A (train)

This line is the backbone of the metro. Keep in mind that the city is geographically elongated and is divided in two by the “Medellín River”. This metro line follows practically the entire riverbed and makes a small detour to connect with the downtown of the city.

Line A connects the two ends of the city. The Niquía station, which is located at the northern end and La Estrella station, which is located at the southern end.

Therefore, when you must go to a place in the city that is to the north of your point of origin, you must take the train in the direction of Niquía and when you must go to a place further south, you take the train that goes to La Estrella. (These indications are clearly marked at any station on the line).

Line A connects you to many places of interest in the city. Therefore, here is a list from north to south of the stations that are close to some of the main attractions of the city.

Acevedo Station

This station is one of the last on the northern end of the metro. It is important because from there you can take the first metrocable that was built in Medellín and that connects you to Parque Arví.

Caribe station

Although there are no tourist attractions around, this station connects directly to the North bus terminal. From there you can take the buses that take you to popular destinations as Guatape and Piedra del Peñol.

Universidad Station

The Universidad station has this name because it is located right at the entrance of the University of Antioquia (the main college in Medellín). In front of it you will find places of great interest, such as the Botanical Garden, the Explora Park, the Deseos Park and the Planetarium.

Parque Berrio Station

This is the first of 3 stations that pass through the downtown of Medellín. If you want to tour the entire downtown, it is an excellent starting point. A few steps from the entrance you will find Plaza Botero, the Museum of Antioquia, Parque Berrío and the iconic Hotel Nutibara.

San Antonio Station

It is the second station located in the downtown. It connects with the most commercial part of the city. But it is also the heart of the metro system, since there you can transfer to the second train line (line B) and also to the tram.

Alpujarra station

This is the last station that passes through the downtown of the city. It is close to the historic buildings from which Medellín and Antioquia are governed (known as La Alpujarra). It is also close to Parque de las Luces and can be a starting point for you to walk to Parques del Río.

Industrial Station

It is close to one of the coolest areas of Medellín. There you can get to know Ciudad del Río, the Mercados del Río gastronomic marketplace and the Museum of Modern Art.

Poblado station

This is the station that connects with the tourist epicenter of Medellín. El Poblado is one of the best areas to stay in Medellín, the area with the greatest gastronomic, hotel, cultural and nightlife offer. There you are just a few steps from Parque Lleras, Parque El Poblado and the popular area known as Provenza.

Sabaneta Station

If you want to connect with the most traditional part of Medellín, I recommend you visit “Sabaneta” which is a municipality close to the city, which preserves many architectural roots. From the Sabaneta station you can walk or take a short taxi to the Parque de Sabaneta, where on weekends the locals gather to eat and drink.

Line B (train)

This is the secondary train line and it connects the city center with the western sector, which is a much more residential area and away from the tourist movement. However, there are a couple of stations that can bring you closer to very interesting places

Estadio Station

The Estadio station is close to the Atanasio Girardot soccer stadium, where there is an incredible sports atmosphere. But it also connects you directly with Calle 70, which is renowned for its nightlife, and with Laureles neighborhood, which has very good restaurants, hotels, and apartments.

San Javier station

This is the last station on line B and probably one of the busiest on the Metro. This is because Comuna 13 is located there. San Javier is the starting point for many visitors who want to go to the graffiti tour

Metrocables (lines L and K)

At the Acevedo station on line A you can take the first Metrocable that was built in Medellín (Line K). In the middle of this tour you will be able to appreciate the imposing Parque Biblioteca España in the middle of the small humble houses of the sector. And when you get to the last station (Santo Domingo) you can take a second metrocable that will take you directly to Parque Arví.

Tram (T line)

The tram is the most recent line of the Metro. It has a very modern infrastructure that makes it unique in Latin America. The trip on the tram itself is an experience that allows you to discover different facets of the city, from the busy movement of the center, to the daily life of the most popular disctricts.

There are a couple of places of interest that you will be able to see on your trip on the tram. The first is the Mercado del Tranvía, which is a gastronomic marketplace where you can try the best food. And on the other hand, the Casa de La Memoria Museum, a journey through the history of the war in Colombia that you will find a few minutes from the “Bicentenario” station.

Keep in mind that, unlike the Metro Cable, on the Tram you cannot make the round trip with a single ticket. Therefore, if you want to return to the San Antonio station, you must take the return train and pay for a new ticket.

Tickets and fares

The price of the Metro for tourists is $3,280 pesos ($0.6 dollars) and for frequent travelers who have the civic card it is $2,880 pesos ($0.5 dollars). If you are not from Medellín and do not have a civic card, you can buy an occasional traveler ticket. Just remember to bring local currency cash with you.

With this ticket you can make several routes in the system, as long as you do not leave the stations. For example, you can take the train and then switch to the tram, the metrocable or even the metroplus bus system, without paying an additional ticket.

Is Medellin Metro Safe?

The Medellín Metro is one of the safest metros in the world. This is because the system is extensively guarded by police and assistance personnel who are attentive to the needs of travelers.

In this order of ideas, no metro station is unsafe. However, it is important that you take certain precautions when going out around some stations.

If you are not from Medellín, these are some of the stations where I do not recommend walking at any time of the day: Madera / Acevedo / Tricentenario / Prado / Cisneros / Santa Lucía.

Also, there are some stations from which I do not recommend going out at night. These are: Hospital / San Antonio / Parque Berrío / Alpujarra / Exhibitions / Industrial / Aguacatala / Ayurá / Sabaneta / Suramericana.