Cartagena Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane


Rafael Nez International Airport
receives international flights from Panama City (COPA), Quito, Fort Lauderdale (Spirit Airlines), Miami (Avianca) and Madrid (Iberia). There are several seasonal flights from many cities in Canada.

There are domestic non-stop flights from Medellín, Cali, San Andrés, Bogotá, Montería (ADA airlines), Barrancabermeja, Bucaramanga, and Cúcuta. The new low-cost airline VivaVolombia also serves the city.

The airport is located 3 km north-east of the old city. To get down town, negotiate with the cab driver before getting into a cab. The price should be around $8,000 or so. As of November 2009, the rate from the airport to El Laguito is $15,800 prepaid outside the arrivals hall. This is definitely overpriced and is gouging the newly arrived tourist. To get into town more cheaply, walk about 50 m (150 ft) to the street and hail one of yellow cabs. You should be able to get a cab to take you into town for about $5,000-7,000 but offer the driver $5,000 to start.

By bus


bus terminal
is 11 km east of the old city. Frequent White and Green metrocar buses with air conditioner go to the old city and cost $1,700.

Buses with Expreso Brasilia go

to/from Medellin : 108,000 COP / 13 hour (6 a day)
to/from Bogota : 128,000 COP / 18 hours

Buses with Unitransco go

to/from Barranquilla : 12,000 COP / 2.5 hours (4 a day)
to/from Santa Marta : 28,000 COP / 4 hours (4 a day)
to/from Monpóx : 40,000 COP / 6 hours (1 a day)
to/from Tolú : 23,000 COP / 3 hours (6:30PM)
to/from Montería : 40,000 COP / 4.5 hours (every 45min)

If you are coming overland from Panama, your first bus will be from Turbo. Turbo to Monteria is $25,000 (4 hours) and Monteria to Cartagena $35,000 (4 hours) for express services.

By boat

Cartagena is an important port for charter boats between Colombia and Panama. There are several private boats doing this trip. Fares vary between US $375 and US $500 depending on the size of the boat and the on-board services. The trip usually takes 4 nights and 5 days and includes a 2- or 3-day stopover in San Blas Islands. At the Panama end, the boats either leave from the Portobelo Area or from Carti Islands Kuna Yala rather than Colón. Reliable information about departure dates and captains can be found at the hotel Casa Viena. Expect to have to wait several days to find a boat, or see boat section San Blas Islands.

source: Wikivoyage

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