How to get from Medellin to Salento

Have you discovered all of what Medellin has to offer? Have you wandered the different barrios, learned about Medellin’s past, and have you experienced the liveliness of Colombia’s newest city, and maybe you’re ready to run for the hills? Head to Salento, part of Colombia’s famous Coffee Triangle, you can relax on coffee plantations, go hiking, and wander the colorful mainstreets to ease your mind. But what is the best way to get from Medellin to Salento?

How Do I Get From Medellin to Salento?

Medellin to Salento are about 249 km apart and driving time is about 7 hours.

There are a couple ways to get from Medellin to Salento, 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 Medellin to Salento will be the cheapest option, but if you prefer convenience and comfort, a private transfer from Medellin to Salento is recommended. 

Medellin to Salento by Bus

When traveling from Medellin to Salento there is one bus company that provides direct transfers. There are a handful of buses that depart Medellin throughout the day, which doesn’t allow for much flexibility, so we always recommend checking the schedule. There are about 3 buses that depart Medellin throughout the day, we recommend checking the bus schedule at the station if your itinerary is not very flexible. To buy your ticket, we recommend buying in advance, or you will need to go to the Terminal del Sur in Medellin and go to the ticket office. The company you will be looking for is Flota Occidental, with the first bus leaving at 9:00 AM and the last bus leaving at 1:00 PM and the tickets cost about 11 EUR. 

Time Intervalsdifferent intervals during the day
First/Last Departure9:00 AM/1:00 PM
Average Price€11
Distance ~249 km
Duration~7 hr
Operating CompaniesFlota Occidental

Medellin to Salento by Taxi

Going from Medellin to Salento 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 Medellin and be driven to your destination in Salento, 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 Medellin to Salento can include stops at…

  • Manizales
  • Pereira
  • Cartago
  • Filandia

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

Going the other direction? Check our guide on: Salento to Medellin

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