Classic Steam Train Ticket From Bogota To Zipaquira With Optional Transportation

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Estación de Tren Usaquén, Avenida Carrera 9, Bogotá, Colombia
    Traveler pickup is offered
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Take a trip on the Bogota steam (or oil) train! This fun-filled day trip allows you to admire the beautiful landscape of the Bogota savannah as you travel stress-free by train to the town of Zipaquir, famous for its salt cathedral built in one of the salt mines, and the town of Cajic, a typical Colombian town. The train journey (six hours in total) is filled with spectacular scenes of the Colombian countryside that youll enjoy while you relax and look out the window. Youll have a little free time in each town to explore on your own.


  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Round-trip train fares

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Travel north of Bogot by steam (or oil) train on this round-trip rail journey! This unique experience is perfect for the whole family. After pickup from your hotel, head to La Sabana station to board the historic train.

Depart the Bogota station for the first stretch of the train ride. During the 3-hour ride, listen to music from a Colombian band while munching on delicious food from the onboard snack bar (own expense), and enjoy picturesque views out the window of the gorgeous landscapes that make up the Bogota savannah.

When you arrive in the town of Zipaquir, youll have one hour of free time to explore on your own. Zipaquiras most famous attraction is the Salt Cathedral (entrance at own expense). This impressive church, built within the tunnels of a salt mine, originally opened in 1954 and was rebuilt in 1991, when 250,000 tons of salt were removed. This stunning structure is truly a must-see sight in Zipaquir.

After your hour in Zipaquir, re-board the steam train for the ride to the town of Cajic, where youll have two hours of free time. Browse the local shops and stop for a delicious Colombian lunch (own expense).

When your free time in Cajic is up, board the train one last time for the journey back to Bogota.


Hotel pickup and drop-off


Food and drinks


Entrance fee to Salt Cathedral (approx. USD $15-20)

Bilingual Guide

Transportation between the Salt Cathedral and Zipaquir train station

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Note: It is highly recommended to that you purchase transfer passes to and from the Salt Cathedral while riding the train to ensure your on-time return to the Zipaquir train station; you may purchase these passes on board the train.

This tour includes an insurance. Please send Passport number by the time of booking to make the insurance effective

Please note that the type of train used on the day of your tour (steam or oil) will be decided by the operating company on the same day

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  • 30-Jan-2019

    We were expecting Steam and go Diesel. The ride is rough and slow because it is an old railbed. Should be upgraded to welded continuous rail. Our "ticket" had a bar code which was never scanned. They needed to call to verify it before they gave you a real ticket with an assigned seat. If you get a seat near the car end, you have no view. It runs only on weekends and holidays and most passengers are Colombians. Everything in Spanish including directions. The "Cathedral" is an old salt mine where someone carved big crosses in the galleries. … pretty much all the same. Very dark as you walk by the stations of the cross downhill eventually to the gallery with an alter and mass being performed … and then on to two whole galleries of vendors selling molded salt statues and emeralds. Then you have the long climb back to sunshine. … Then the bus to lunch of which most people eat at the roasted meat restaurant food shed that the bus drops you off (good). Then walk 5 blocks to the train for the return trip. If you are a train buff, get on at the down town station because the old and repaired locomotives are on both sides just as you leave the station. GET THERE EARLY AS THE TICKET LINE IS LONG. Communication with Viator about pick up and where you are going to board the train is poor. Getting back to our hotel was fine after a number of phone calls.

  • 10-Jan-2018

    Our driver did not show up at end of tour to take back to the hotel had to pay taxi back.

  • 13-Dec-2017

    We were warmly greeted by our guide. He got us to the train on time and was there to greet when we got back. The train ride was a wonderful experience of singing and laughter. The salt mines was very interesting how ever we never understood a word the guide said but the mine was impressive on its own. There was plenty of time for nice lunch in a Mexican restaurant. All in all was fun day

  • 16-Oct-2017

    The train was fun but it was the slowest train in the world. It wasn’t a steam train either. I think Sunday is steam train day. On Saturday we had a diesel. When you get to Zipaquirá buses take you on to cathedral (buy Tix on the train). After tour bus takes u back to train. Very brief at Cathedral

  • 15-Jul-2017

    Enjoyable enough but if you don't book the Salt Cathedral tour you're going to have a lot of time on your hands. The train in the image is not the one pulling the carriages so forget that. Zipaquira main square is lovely but outside of that there's not much. Train stops for two hours at Cajica. Even less there. Maybe half an hour and you've seen all there is to see.Enjoyed the trip through the Colombian countryside, though.

  • 07-May-2017

    We were picked up and dropped off from our hotel promptly. Our drivers were very courteous, friendly and safe. We enjoyed the train ride and seeing the Colombian countryside. We hope that in the future, the tourist train company would have better instructions on meeting times/trip. We thought that we were catching the train back from Zipaquira to Cajica. We ended up rushing to the bus meeting point only to find out that we had one more hour because we were taking the bus instead of the train to Cajica.

  • 13-Feb-2017

    Very well organised, picked up on time and all went according to the description.

  • 03-Oct-2016

    Muy buena experiencia y excelente atencion

  • 02-Jun-2015

    This tour was great. Fun and very entertaining.

  • 27-Jan-2014

    This was a wonderful outing, but because we were staying so near the station of Usaquen, we saw our 'guide' for five minutes at the beginning and end of the day. Also, he spoke no English which made communication difficult. You must have made a lot of money on our booking!

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