Metro de Medellin

Metro de Medellin - Logo

The Metro de Medellin consists of two parts, on the one hand, a subway on the other hand, a cable car system. It covers the entire city and transport approximately 150 million passengers per year. Metro de Medellin consists of 5 lines, 2 for the Metro and the other are cable car system. The cable cars are named MetroCable, but are part of the Medellin de Metro.


Already in 1979, they started exploring options for a system that van transport many people quickly from point A to point B. In the years 1980 to 1984 the project is approved and there looking at companies that want to build it. Ultimately German and Spanish contractors are attracted.

In 1995 the first piece of the metro opens to the public. The first piece is on line A and runs from the stations Niquía  to Poblado. Later line A is expanded and line B get into operation. In 2004, 2008 and 2009, the cable car routes come into operation. In 2008, the system transported approximately 154 million passengers. In total, more than 1.425 billion people used the Metro de Medellin.


The cost of a ticket are 1550 pesos per person per trip. People with a payment card system are a bit cheaper, it cost them 1400 pesos. If you only go by metro it costs 950 pesos. There are several other rates, such as students, the elderly, or people with disabilities pay a lower rate.

Business hours


The metro is open from Monday to Saturday from 4:30 in the morning until 11 in the evening. On Sundays and holidays the hours are from 5 am to 10 pm. During peak hours (from 5 to 8 in the morning and 3:30 to 7:30 in the evening) every 4 minutes a subway train with six carriages rides. During the other hours it is reduced to 3 carriages and rides are every 6 to 7 minutes.

Cable cars

The cable cars are open from Monday to Saturday from 4:30 in the morning until 11 in the evening. On Sundays and holidays the hours are from 9 am to 10 pm. The wagons go every few seconds with a capacity of 10 persons.


The subway consists of two lines. Line A runs north to south and is 23.2 kilometers long. Line B is 5.6 km and runs from east to west. The other three lines run perpendicular to them. K line runs from north to northeast. An extension of this line known as S goes higher up the mountain. This cable car line was built to attract more tourists to the lake and park of Guarne. The last line J line running from west to east.

Below is a map of the lines.

Metro de Medellin - Route mapMetro de Medellin - Route map