How to get from Barranquilla to Cartagena

Have you partied the night away? Wandered around an amazing city with Caribbean and Colombian culture fused together perfectly and you’re ready for your next stop? Head to Cartagena where you can experience the best of Colombia’s colonial port-turned-urban-center, with a beautiful old town that you can get lost in for days. But what is the best way to get from Barranquilla to Cartagena?

How Do I Get From Barranquilla to Cartagena?

Barranquilla and Cartagena are about 134 km apart and driving time is about 2 hours.

There are a couple ways to get from Barranquilla to Cartagena, while there is no train, nor a local airport, you have the option of taking one of the local bus companies or using a private car service. For travelers on a budget, the local buses from Barranquilla to Cartagena will be the cheapest option, but if you prefer convenience and comfort, a private transfer from Barranquilla to Cartagena is recommended. 

Barranquilla to Cartagena by Bus

When taking one of the local bus companies, it is important to note that there are a handful of companies, some require direct contact for price inquiries, the companies mentioned below are the most transparent. There are about 30 buses that depart Barranquilla throughout the day, we recommend checking the bus schedule online if your itinerary is not very flexible. To buy your ticket, we recommend buying in advance, or you will need to go to the Barranquilla Transport Terminal and go to the ticket office. companies you will be looking for are Expreso Brasilia, and Copetran, with the first bus leaving at 1:00 AM and the last bus leaving at 11:15 PM and the tickets cost about 4 EUR. 

Time IntervalsAbout 5 buses at intervals between first and last departure
First/Last Departure1:00 AM/11:15 PM
Average Price€4
Distance ~134 km
Duration~2.5 hr
Operating CompaniesExpreso Brasilia and Copetran

Barranquilla to Cartagena by Taxi

Going from Barranquilla to Cartagena by taxi is recommended if you prefer a convenient and comfortable option for traveling place to place. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Barranquilla and be driven to your destination in Cartagena, no bus stops, no crowding, no confusion. Daytrip is a great option since they let you choose to stop and see some sites along the way! A trip from Barranquilla to Cartagena can include stops at…

  • Julio Florez House Museum
  • El Totumo Mud Volcano

With comfort, convenience, and adventure, it is clear that a private transfer is the best option! To book a transfer from Barranquilla to Cartagena, click here!

Going the other direction? Check our guide on: Cartagena to Barranquilla

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