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Cali to Medellin bus

Cali to Medellin Bus Service

Avg. Bus Duration
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Daily Bus Services
Cheapest Bus
9 hrs 30 mins
COP 65000.00

Cali to Medellin Bus Distance

Earliest Bus
Last Bus

Cali to Medellin Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Flota Magdalena 07:00 22:00 10 hrs 0 mins VIEW PRICE
Expreso Bolivariano 08:30 22:00 10 hrs 0 mins VIEW PRICE

Cali to Medellin Bus

The route from Cali to Medellin is at a distance of 268 mi (432 km) and it takes about 6 and a half hours. For this route the terrestrial transportation companies Expreso Bolivariano and Fronteras provide bus tickets at low-cost rates and with a variety of schedules for the comfort of the traveller when choosing a service. Medellin was selected as "the most innovative city of the world" on the daily competition of The Wall Street Journal in 2013. The weather in Medellin is tropical, with an average temperature of 73 °F (23 °C) and presents regular rains which can be abondant. We recommend to the traveller to be prepared to enjoy his stay in this beautiful city.



  • CALI
  • Terminal de Cali


  • Terminal del Sur

Why book a Cali a Medellin bus with redBus?

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

Buses from Medellín to Cali

If you already acquired your tickets to travel from Cali to Medellín and you are looking for a return trip, you can buy them easily on our platform. We have many bus operators that travel through this route, that departs at different times to give the passengers more options. So, what are you waiting for? Buy your bus tickets from Medellín to Cali with redBus. 

About Cali

Santiago de Cali is one of the oldest cities in Colombia. It was founded in 1536 by the conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar. Before the conquest, Cali was inhabited by indean tribes such as the gorrones, timbas and morrones. During the firest days of the XIX century, cali will join the efforts to achieve independency from spain, and rised on July 3rd of 1810, making an alliance with neighbouring cities as was done by the natives in the Cauva Valley to oppose the spaniards decades earlier.Due to its location, which is ideal for the development of commerce, Cali began to transform into one of the biggest cities of the country at the beginning of the XXth century, in part due to the construction of new means of transportation - such as trainways and highways- which connect the city with the Buenaventura port, favoring the exportation industry. Present day Cali is a prosperous city, which is known as the colombian capital of the rumba and salsa due to the great number renowned schools that teach these dances.

About the route to Medellin

redBus offers the most convenient way to travel by road to Medellin. Medellin is a favorite destination spot for travelers and people who want to spend a little vacation time and enjoy special moments and experiences. Travel time usually varies depending on the amount of traffic, weather conditions and road conditions.

About Medellin

Medellín is a Colombian municipality. It is located in the Aburrá Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America, in the central mountain range of the Andes. It has a perfect combination of warm days and cool nights. Being surrounded by mountains and beautiful landscapes, it has many activities for excursion and cross-country tourism. 

Medellin Weather

Medellín is a captivating city that is called the City of Eternal Spring, it was given this name for its pleasant climate all year long, which is around 24 ° C. It has few variations in temperature between December and January or June and July. Due to its location between mountains, Medellín is a city of gentle and constant winds. 

Restaurantes & Bars in Medellin

Colombia’s coffee is world-famous for its flavor and aroma that rises from every brew, but Medellín has much more. Among its emblematic gastronomy, we can find dishes such as Bandeja Paisa, Calentao, Sancocho, Mondongo, Arepas, and much more. You can try its delicious dishes when visiting its restaurants, there are places for all prices, adaptable to your budget. 

Hotels in Medellin

The city of Medellín has hotels of all-stars and prices, so find the best option according to your preferred area. It even has backpacker options in case your budget is lower. 

The most tourist places in Medellin

● El Museo El Castillo: Located in the El Poblado neighborhood. This institution has an important collection of local and European art. This Museum exhibits everything from late 19th and early 20th-century furniture to Baccarat glassware, tableware, and European porcelain. The School of the Arts operates in its facilities, where workshops, seminars, and conferences are held for all audiences.

● Pueblito Paisa: It is a replica of a typical 20th century Antioquia town. This place is one of the favorite places to eat in Medellín, also to buy handicrafts and walk through the chapel, the school, the mayor's office, the priest's house, and the tobacconist.

● Jardín Botánico de Medellín: If you love nature, you do not miss the opportunity to visit the Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden. It is located very close to the Universidad metro station, in the North Zone of the city. In this space you can enjoy the Patio de las Azaleas, it is one of the most romantic places in Medellín, surrounded by traditional Antioquia houses and flowers of different colors.

● El Aeroparque Juan Pablo II: It is a water park that is located right next to the Olaya Herrera Airport and can be easily reached from the Metroplus Belén Rosales station. It has a square with a coliseum and an acoustic shell where musical and cultural events are held in the open air.

● Parque Explora: Is a theme park dedicated to science and technology. This park is located in the North Zone and has an architecture that imposes on the view. It is recommended to visit the Children's Room, the 3D projection room, and the Open Room, located in the middle of native gardens and a cloud forest.

Important dates in Medellin

● January and February- Feria Taurina de la Macarena: The event brings together the most important exponents of bullfighting nationally and internationally and is recognized as one of the most important in Colombia. Among its events, activities such as the five fertilizer runs, a bullfight with picadors, and the traditional night bullfighting festival stand out.

● February 12 - Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria: La Virgen de La Candelaria is consecrated as Patroness of the city.

● June 16 - Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen: It is commemorated as a synonym for protection and intersection in dangerous situations. In Frontino is the basilica of Catholic worship Nuestra Señora del Carmen. 

● August 1 to 10 - Fiesta de las Flores: The carnival atmosphere that Medellín experiences during these days offer a wide diversity of events and shows, not all related to flowers, but all the merrymaking bears that general name of "Feria de las Flores" since flowers are the main setting of this holiday.

● October 12-14 - Festival Nacional Antioquia le canta a Colombia: The festival is considered the cultural heritage of the nation and aims to spread and promote the Andean music of Colombia and its interpreters. 

How to move around Medellin?

To move around the city of Medellín, you can use these options:

● Metro, Tram, and Metrocable: They have several lines and the value of the ticket is COP $ 2,550.

● Bus: It is the traditional transport and the value of the ticket is COP $ 2,200.

● Taxi: If you opt for a short trip, the minimum rate is COP $ 5,000. 

How to reach Medellin?

Medellín by bus: If the starting point is Cali, the distance is 418 km, which takes approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes. 

Gastronomy in Medellin

The most delicious dishes in Medellín are:

- Bandeja Paisa

- Calentao

- Sancocho

- Mondongo

- Empanadas de Iglesia

- Arepas

- Café 

Things to buy in Medellin

The most representative souvenirs that you can buy in Medellín are:

- Sombrero vueltiao

- Mochilas wayúu

- Chinchorro

- Ruana

- Artesanías de Mola

- Café colombiano 

Medellin Facts

Medellín is located in the geographic center of the Aburrá Valley, on the central mountain range of the Andes. It is distributed in 16 communes: Popular, Santa Cruz, Manrique, Aranjuez, Castilla, Doce de Octubre, Robledo, Villa Hermosa, Buenos Aires, La Candelaria, Laureles-Estadio, La América, San Javier, El Poblado, Guayabal and Belén and five townships: Palmitas, San Cristóbal, Altavista, San Antonio de Prado and Santa Elena. 

Bus operators of the route Cali to Medellin

● Arauca

● Flota Magdalena

In conclusion:

Medellin is a warm city that has exquisite food, delicious coffee, music, history, and much more. The places to visit are countless, without a doubt you will be delighted with them. When visiting Medellín you will find accommodations and restaurants of all prices, so that you will not feel limited and you can only focus on enjoying yourself. 

Cali to Medellin Route

Cali to Medellin

Measures against COVID-19 on the Cali to Medellin route

If you want to travel from Cali to Medellin, you should keep in mind:

- Buy your tickets online to avoid contact with other people.

- Keep your mask on at every moment at the bus station, and during the trip.

- Carry your own disinfection devices, like hand sanitizer, wet wipes, liquid soap, and others.

- Use these disinfection devices after having contact with surfaces like railings, Windows, seatbelts, chairs, doorknobs, or counters.

- Avoid talking, singing, and eating during the trip.

- Carry the minimum luggage possible.

- It is forbidden to speak on the phone during the trip.

- The attention hours from the bus stations are from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To know more about guidelines and safety measures press this link.

Security measures against Coronavirus for tourist in Medellín

To minimize the risk of contagion on the Jardin Botanico, it is important to follow the next instructions:

- Keep the social distancing of 4 meters with other visitors on the resting zones.

- Always carry your disinfecting devices, like hand sanitizer, wet wipes, alcohol, or others.

- Respect the demarcation for social distancing by workers in charge.

- It is forbidden to enter with food.

- The only exit from the park is on the parking.

- The circulation of cars and motorcycles is only possible from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. There are only a few exceptions that require authorization from the government. In that case, the speed limit is 10 km/h.

For more information about biosecurity protocols, you can visit the tourist place's website.

  • Flota Magdalena
  • Expreso Bolivariano


How can I pay for my bus fare on the redBus Web site?

A: At redBus we have several payment methods that we offer our customers. The most common for most of them are credit cards but you can check all of them on the home page of the site

What is the distance between Cali and Medellin?

A: The distance is 418 km.

Which bus companies offer the route Cali to Medellin?

A: You can travel through the following companies: Expreso Palmira, Empresa Arauca, Flota Magdalena, Expreso Bolivariano and Expreso Trejos.

From which bus terminals can I travel from Cali to Medellin?

A: The Cali Terminal is the bus departure point and is located in the center of the city, on Calle 30N 2AN-29, Cali. The companies that leave this terminal are: Expreso Palmira, Empresa Arauca, Flota Magdalena, Expreso Bolivariano and Expreso Trejos.

Should I print my bus ticket before boarding?

A: Yes, you must print it out before boarding, remember that all passengers will have to print their bus ticket that was sent to their email in PDF format and then be exchanged for a physical ticket at the counter of the bus company with which you are going to make the trip.

How long does it take to go from Cali to Medellin?

A: Approximately the trip takes 7 hours and 30 minutes.