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Barranquilla (Atl) to Cartagena (Bol) Bus Service

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2 hrs 28 mins
Barranquilla (Atl)
Cartagena (Bol)
COP 25000

Barranquilla (Atl) to Cartagena (Bol) Bus Distance

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Barranquilla (Atl) to Cartagena (Bol) Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Expreso Brasilia 01:00 23:00 8 hrs 43 mins
Copetran 03:15 23:45 2 hrs 37 mins
Transportes Marsol 08:00 12:00 1 hrs 0 mins
Unitransco 07:20 21:04 9 hrs 13 mins
Exalpa 06:30 09:30 2 hrs 30 mins

Barranquilla to Cartagena Bus

From Barranquilla to the Colombian municipality of Cartagena there are 74.6 mi (120 km), which take approximately 3 hours by land. The bus companies that cover the route are Unitransco and Expreso Brasilia which propose low-cost bus tickets and the buses leave in various schedules, to guarantee the comfort of their travellers. The buses operated by Expreso Brasilia depart from the Universidad Simón Bolívar Terminal, while the ones operated by Unitransco depart from the Terminal Especial del Caribe. The weather in Cartagena is tropical, warm and humid, and registers an average annual temperature of 81.5 °F (27.5 °C). The dry season goes from January to March. The climate is changeable from December to March since the trade winds are present.

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    Barranquilla (Atl)

    • Oficina de Barranquilla
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    Cartagena (Bol)

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    You can also time-to-time redBus offers while booking your bus tickets online from Barranquilla (Atl) to Cartagena (Bol). Follow a simple, fast and secure bus booking procedure. This helps save time and also helps to create a joyful travel experience!

    Buses from Cartagena to Barranquilla

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    About Barranquilla

    Barranquilla is located at the height from 4 mamsl to 98mamsl, depending on the area of the city. The distance from Barranquilla to Bogota is 764 mi (1230 km) and the travel takes approximately 24 hours. Barranquilla doesn't have a specific foundation date, the city was born spontaneously due to the agglomeration of indigenous and Spanish who settled the area approximately since 1530. According to Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes, this place was a canoe pier, where diverse goods were sold as salt and prawns, among others.Its history starts with the independence of the Spanish power, in the Free State of Cartagena in 1813; at this time it was called first Billa de Barlovento as recognition, to finally be Barranquilla and its celebration date on April the 7th.In the middle of the 19th century, the city acquires importance as sea and river port of Colombia and thanks to steam boat, Cali achieve being in contact with cities as Cali or Medellin, transforming into the entrance door of new products and travellers from all over the world. In the 20th century the city consolidates as city mainly of business and is called "the Gold Door of Colombia". Nowadays it's known as a city of great cultural wealth and with the Carnival of Barranquilla, the biggest festival of the country.

    About Cartagena

    Situated at an average height of 2 m a.s.l., Cartagena always welcomes you with a new adventure. The "Fortified City" lies 702 mi (1130 km) away from the capital Bogota by bus, and it is considered among the most sought out destinations in all Latin America. Founded in 1533, Cartagena is the capital of the Bolivar department and its situated right next to the seashore of the Caribbean sea, which positions the city right next to to beautiful beaches like la Boquilla, Castillo Grande or Bocagrande. On your route through the urban area you will be surrounded by unique streets where you can relive the history of Colombia through its colonial architecture. Its historic center has been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.


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    How do I book a bus from Barranquilla (Atl) to Cartagena (Bol)?

    You can either visit the terminal and go the booth belonging to the bus operator of your choice, wait in line, select a seat, and book your ticket. If you’d rather not do that, you can visit and book your seat within 5 minutes.

    Do I need to print out my bus ticket before boarding?

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    Cartagena Weather

    Cartagena has a climate that stands out for being mostly hot, with an annual temperature around 29 ° C. This semi-arid city has a high relative humidity of + 90%. It has a rainy season between April-May and October-November, but despite this the sun is often present.

    Hotels in Cartagena

    With great accommodation places, the city of Cartagena is able to provide a unique experience to all its visitors. Adapted with a very varied hotel system, the city has from 5-star hotels to cheap hostels to meet the needs and comfort of all.

    ● Hotel Noi Cartagena 1860

    - Historic Center Cra. 2 No. 32-50 Playa del Triunfo, Cartagena 130001 Colombia. 

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 544,444

    - Services: Free high-speed Internet (WiFi). Swimming pool. Free breakfast. Children's activities (Ideal for children/families). Fax / Photocopier. Spa. Roof terrace. Luggage storage.

    ● San Lazaro Art Hotel

    - Barrio El Espinal Cra 15 No. 31-110, Cartagena 130001 Colombia. 

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 278,195 

    - Services: Free parking. Free high-speed internet (WiFi). Swimming pool. Free breakfast. Children's television channels. Children's activities (Ideal for children/families). Transportation to the airport. 

    ● Hotel La Gran Vía Cartagena

    - Carrera 5 No. 5-77 Bocagrande, Cartagena Colombia. 

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 183,150 

    - Services: Free parking. Internet. Swimming pool. Free breakfast. Beach. Game room. Children's television channels. Children's activities (Ideal for children/families). 

    ● Hotel San Roque

    - Calle de La Media Luna 10c - 48 Centro Getsemani, Cartagena 130001 Colombia. 

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 83,650 

    - Services: Free high-speed Internet (WiFi). Fax / Photocopier. Luggage storage. Concierge. Currency exchange. Non-smoking hotel. Reception available 24 hours. 

    ● Colonial Hostel

    - Calle San Juan CR9 to CL 25 172 Brr Getsemani, Cartagena 130001 Colombia. 

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 49,250 

    - Services: 24-hour reception, room service, and concierge. You can also enjoy the rooftop pool and breakfast included.

    Restaurants in Cartagena

    Cartagena has a great gastronomic variety that is affected by its Caribbean environment and Spanish influence. With great restaurants, this city adapts to all tastes and pockets, being the empanada with egg, the carimañola, shrimp cocktail among other seafood, the bean buñuelito and the Kola Román the most requested dishes.

    ● Rosa Mezcal

    - Getsemani, calle de la sierpe # 29 - 09, Cartagena 130001 Colombia.

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 45,802

    ● Great Inka Gastrobar

    - Carrera 6 32 62 Calle del Candilejo, Cartagena 130001 Colombia.

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 30,000

    ● Caribbean Cuisine Serpent

    - Getsemani, calle de la sierpe # 29 - 09, Cartagena 130001 Colombia

    - Price:Starts at COP $ 22,000

    ● The Arsenal: The Rum Box

    - Carrera 24 # 8B-19 Calle Del Arsenal, Cartagena 130003 Colombia.

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 15,267

    ● Gokela

    - Cra 3 No 7-157 Located on Calle 8, between San Martín and Cra 2, Cartagena 130001 Colombia

    - Price: Starts at COP $ 11,450""

    The most tourist places in Cartagena

    ● Castillo de San Felipe: Built on the Hill of San Lazaro in 1536, this military fortress was the largest built by the Spanish to prevent invasions of the city through the Caribbean. 

    ● San Pedro Claver Convent: Church built-in 1580 that, thanks to the efforts of the Jesuit fathers, remains standing with its original structure. 

    ● Rosario Islands: The perfect place for all tourists and visitors, with great marine biodiversity it is perfect for snorkeling and diving, just minutes from Cartagena this island has one of the most important reef formations in the country. 

    ● Gold Museum: This renovated museum has multiple rooms and exhibitions so that its visitors can appreciate the culture of the Zenú indigenous group. In addition, it has one of the museum's masterpieces, which represents the ceremony of the Legend of El Dorado. 

    ● Palace of the Inquisition: With an impressive colonial architectural beauty, this palace is now a Historical Museum of the Indies, which has large dark collections of the machinery and tools used at the time of the inquisition to interrogate, trials, and torture.

    Important festivals in Cartagena

    ● International Music Festival: With this festival, all the festivals and fairs held in Cartagena begin, interpreting great musicians of the classical genre, making this an event of great impact. 

    ● Hay Festival: Held in the last weeks of January, it is an event where the idea is praised, in which writers, journalists, scientists, Nobel laureates, singers, actors, film and television producers, and more gather. 

    ● International Film Festival: During the month of March, this important festival takes place in which film samples are made, which are totally free, where filmmakers, actors, singers, and fans of independent cinema and television meet. In addition, the India Catalina Awards ceremony is also held. 

    ● Festival of Drums: officially the Festival of Drums and Cultural Expressions of Palenque: This festival that takes place in the month of October celebrates the freedom to the rhythm of music and dance, it also includes workshops on the Palenquera language, hairstyle, percussion, and culture. 

    ● Cartagena Independence Festival: Celebrated in November, this popular local festival has different events throughout the city, as well as parades, concerts, and more.

    How to move around in Cartagena

    In Cartagena there are several public and private transport systems: 

    ● Buses: Public buses are the most common transportation system in the city, not only for its practicality but also for its low cost. These buses are mostly owned by private owners. 

    ● Transcaribe: This is a massive transportation system in the city of Cartagena that covers a large part of the city with an approximate cost of COP $ 2,500. 

    ● Taxis: The well-known taxis are private services that you can take on the street or through an application that are the safest and fastest way to cross the city, but expensive.

    How to reach Cartagena

    ● Cartagena by bus: the land trip from Medellín to Cartagena takes approximately 3 hours with a distance of 120 km. 

    Things to buy in Cartagena

    The souvenirs that you cannot stop buying in historic Cartagena: 

    - Jewelry. 

    - Crafts. 

    - Footwear. 

    - Leather articles. 

    - Coffee.

    Gastronomy in Cartagena

    Cartagena is characterized by having very extensive gastronomy, but among the most symbolic dishes are: 

    - Rice with coconut. 

    - Pork loin in tamarind sauce. 

    - Fish stew. 

    - Cheese nickname. 

    - Coconut pie.

    Cartagena facts

    Cartagena is the fifth most populated municipality in the country, it has 27 Caribbean islands and a crazy volcano in which you can bathe called “El Totumo”. In addition, it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984.

    Bus operators of the route Barranquilla to Cartagena

    ● Expreso Brasilia 

    ● Unitransco

    ● Copetran

    In conclusion

    Cartagena is a city that offers all its visitors hospitality, entertainment, and comfort. With various lodgings, tourist places, and gastronomy it is undoubtedly an ideal option for vacations either alone, as a couple or family.

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