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Cartagena by Bus

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    • Cartagena Bus Terminal

      Cartagena Bus Terminal

    Map of Cartagena Colombia Bus Station / Bus Terminal

Barranquilla / Santa Marta / The Lost City

Most hotels in Cartagena can arrange for a shuttle to pick you at your hotel and take you directly to Santa Marta or Barranquilla.  The trip from Cartagena to Barranquilla is approximately 2 hours with Santa Marta another 2 hours passed that.  The shuttle the comes to your hotel should cost between $25 and $35 to Santa Marta.  However if you decide to travel to the bus terminal (see map), you can make the trip for between $10-$20.

Other Colombian Destinations

For most other destinations in Colombia, you will need to go to leave Cartagena from the bus terminal located 6km NE of the city.  Expreso Brasilia, CopeTran, Berlinas del Fonce, Rapido Ochoa, Bolivariano, Expreso Palmira, and CooMotor all offer bus service to and from Cartagena.  It is customary to barter for the price of bus tickets and it is not uncommon to travel at a 20%-40% discount off the stated bus price if you're willing to put forth the effort.

Below is a time chart for bus times to and from other popular destinations in Colombia.

DestinationDistance (km)
Time (hrs)
Banco 442 9 1 (Barranquilla)
Barranquilla 135 2 none
Barrancabermeja 784 13 none
Bogotá 1156 20 1 (Montería)
Bucaramanga 761 13.5 none
Cali 1155 25 1 (Barranquilla)
Cucúta 962 20.5 2 (Barranquilla, Bucaramanga)
Maicao 473 8.5 1 (Barranquilla)
Magangue 224 4 none
Medellín 661 13 none
Montería 261 6 none
Santa Marta 233 4 1 (Barranquilla)
Sincelejo 348 6 1 (Barranquilla)
Soccorro 884 16 1 (Bucaramanga)
Valledupar 444 7.5 1 (Barranquilla)
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