Medellín is accessed via its international airport at Rionegro, which is a 45-minute drive from the city. Direct flights are available from many U.S. cities, with more opening up all the time. Once in Medellín, the best way to get around is on the Metro or by cabs, which are plentiful and inexpensive. The currency is the Colombia peso, and the language spoken is Spanish. Few people speak English, so it’s worth arriving with at least some essential phrases to get around and meet people. While Medellín is a lot safer than it was 15 years ago, certain places—like the neighborhoods surrounding the city, and downtown at night—should still be avoided unless accompanied by a local.