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Cartagena to Santa Marta bus

Cartagena to Santa Marta Bus Service

Avg. Bus Duration
Buses depart from
Bus arrives in
Daily Bus Services
Cheapest Bus
4 hours 11 mins
Santa Marta
COP 48000

Cartagena to Santa Marta Bus Distance

Earliest Bus
Last Bus
226 km

Cartagena to Santa Marta Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Exalpa 05:45 21:30 4 hrs 30 mins VIEW PRICE
Transportes Marsol 06:00 16:00 5 hrs 0 mins VIEW PRICE

Travel by Bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta

The road journey from Cartagena to Santa Marta is pleasant and relaxing. At redBus, we work with different bus companies that operate on this route with well-maintained buses and experienced drivers. Although the travel time varies from one bus operator to another because of traffic and climatic conditions, our continuous availability of bus services between Cartagena and Santa Marta reduces uncertainty and offers convenience for travelers.



  • Agencia de Cartagena
  • Terminal de Cartagena
  • Terminal de Transporte Cartagena

Santa Marta

  • Agencia de Santa Marta
  • Terminal de Santa Marta

Why book a Cartagena a Santa Marta bus with redBus?

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

Buses from Santa Marta to Cartagena

If you already acquired your tickets to travel from Cartagena to Santa Marta 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 Santa Marta to Cartagena with redBus. 

About Santa Marta

Santa Marta was founded in 1525, making it the second oldest city on the continent. Its founder, Rodrigo de Bastidas, had a different vision than the other conquistadors and saw in Santa Marta a place where he could leave a legacy and rest in peace. In 1525 he was betrayed by his lieutenant and a new governor was appointed for the administration of the city. In 1596 its development was boosted and the city became a staging ground for important expeditions to neighboring territories. Like Cartagena de Indias, Santa Marta was a target for piracy and thieves during the XVIth and XVII centuries and is well known for being the place where Simon Bolivar spent its last days. 

About the route to Santa Marta

redBus offers the most convenient way to travel by road to Santa Marta. Santa Marta 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.

Santa Marta Weather

Santa Marta has a temperature that exceeds 30°C on a daily basis, which makes it perfect for relaxing on the beach or in a swimming pool. This temperature is maintained throughout the year, so the clothes don’t vary much. 

Hotels in Santa Marta

● Irotama

- Address: Vía Ciénaga km 14

- Services: Irotama is the most exclusive and traditional hotel in Santa Marta. It is a fabulous resort with multiple buildings, cabins, and bungalows that allow not only to have a very pleasant rest but an incomparable experience. Swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a gigantic beach make family vacations much more pleasant. The variety of restaurants allows you to find places specializing in fish and seafood, international cuisine, a buffet of local food, an attractive Italian restaurant, and a curious aquarium to meet different marine species while you are having dinner. The hotel allows horse riding on the beach, water sports, and golf, both on a traditional green and a floating green in the sea. There is a wide variety of activities for children, as well as spaces for adults at night.

● Del Mar Hotel

- Address: Calle 8 # 2-78, El Rodadero

- Services: Guests of this hotel can enjoy a swimming pool and an open-air restaurant where they can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The hotel includes laundry service, wireless internet, and a housekeeper.

● Hotel Coral

- Address: Carrera 4 # 21D-31, Rodadero

- Services: Services: Coral Santa Marta Hotel is located in El Rodadero, a privileged location close to several restaurants, bars, shops, and supermarkets, having an attractive nightlife. The hotel has rooms equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a bathroom. Santa Marta’s airport is only 10 minutes away, which is another great advantage.

● Hotel Tayrona del Mar

- Address: Carrera 3 # 5 - 98, El Rodadero

- Services: Tayrona de Mar is a hotel focused on business. It has 52 rooms with air conditioning, a private bathroom, cable TV, a work desk, and a view of Santa Marta or the Caribbean Sea. The hotel has a swimming pool for children and another for adults, as well as a restaurant, focused on offering Caribbean dishes and an attractive bar. Additionally, the hotel offers laundry services, room service, and airport transfers.

● Hostal Techos Azules

- Address: Dunkarinka Cabaña 1-100

- Services: This hostel is located in the Bay of Taganga, one of the most visited sites in Santa Marta. This is an ideal place for those traveling as a couple because the hostel offers services of romantic decorations, tours, transfers, and massages. Among the services of the hostel are rooms with air conditioning, ceiling fan, wifi, television, and private bathroom, plus the possibility that pets can also stay. For backpackers, there is the option to rent a shared bedroom. The beach is across the street, which makes it a very comfortable option.

Restaurantes & Bars in Santa Marta

● Indian Maharaja

- Address: Carrera 4 # 14-34 Historic Center

- Services: This attractive restaurant is focused on offering Indian and Asian food in general at very good prices, combining local products with sauces and oriental preparations. This place offers very healthy food and an extensive menu of options for vegans and people who want to suppress gluten.

● Senses Restaurant - Garden - Bar

- Address: Calle 20 # 3-53

- Services: This is a great option to consider at dinner time. The dishes are focused on pasta and seafood, offering a very complete Mediterranean diet. There are also some varieties of loins and attractive and innovative preparations with cheese. The place is perfect for dinner and for staying the rest of the night, with a glass of wine and enjoying the spectacular view over the garden that surrounds this restaurant.

● Tsuki Sushi Bar

- Address: Carrera 7 # 116A-94

- Services: A good Sushi site was needed in Santa Marta. It is very easy to find places with fried fish very well prepared but this was a need. The place is pleasant and the options for eating are several, beyond the traditional Japanese rolls. The prices are good and the service is timely, which is a good idea for a light lunch or dinner before going to an event.

The most tourist places in Santa Marta

● Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino: This tourist attraction in Santa Marta is a 17th-century hacienda where Simon Bolivar died on December 17, 1830. In this place, dedicated to the production of rum, honey, and panela, the liberator lived the last part of his life. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino consists of an altar to the Fatherland, a museum of contemporary art, and a botanical garden.

● Tayrona Park: This heavenly place is the point where the Sierra Nevada sinks in the Caribbean Sea. White sand, crystal clear waters, gigantic waves, and even a nudist beach, make this natural park, that frequently attracts the attention of countless visitors from all over the world. However, the great attraction of Tayrona Park is the journey to Lost City, ancient ruins built in the middle of 700 AD by the Tayronas Indians.

● The Aquarium: This maritime museum is located in the Inca Inca cove on Rodadero beach, one of the most visited places in Santa Marta. In this place, inaugurated in 1965, you can find 13 swimming pools that have a direct connection to the sea, 15 glass aquariums in which you can see more than 800 animals including sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions, crustaceans, fish, and seabirds, the vast majority being native. In this museum, you can also see dissected animals and a sample of nautical equipment and elements of the Tayrona culture.

Important dates in Santa Marta

● July 29 - Santa Marta’s Parties: This day is dedicated to honor and venerate Santa Marta, patron saint of the city.

● July 16 - Celebration of the Virgin of Carmen: This holiday takes place to a greater extent in Taganga, as fishermen venerate the Virgin by decorating their boats.

● End of July - Fiestas del Mar: To commemorate the anniversary of the city, different nautical competitions and tests of marine bicycles, regattas, ramp jumping, skiing, and swimming are carried out. To this are added parades, concerts, and the National Reign of the Sea.

● Early January - Cayman Festival: In Cienaga there is a celebration that refers to a popular legend where a woman was kidnapped by the mythical alligator man on the eve of her birthday.

How to reach Santa Marta?

Santa Marta by bus: You can travel from Barranquilla to Santa Marta by bus on a trip that takes 4 hours approximately.

How to move around Santa Marta?

● Public bus: The Integrated Public Transport System SITP has several buses that travel throughout the city, covering Bogota in its entirety. Transmilenio covers the main roads of Colombia, going at a high speed thanks to having its own trunk. It is necessary to take a SITP bus to get to Transmilenio’s stations. For both services the same card works. The card must be recharged at any Transmilenio station and allows free transfer from one bus to another.

● Taxi: The supply of taxis is very wide because of the high demand for their service. The fares are charged according to a taximeter that works while the ride is in progress.

Gastronomy in Santa Marta

● Coconut Rice with coconut: Rice that has small pieces of the white part of the coconut in its preparation and can be accompanied by raisins, resulting in a bittersweet flavor to the preparation. It is usually accompanied by delicious fried fish, very common on the coast.

● Guineo Pachangao: Fruit of the green banana family that is pureed and sautéed with hogao made from tomato and white onion, served accompanied by coastal cheese to obtain an exquisite flavor, this dish can be found in various restaurants.

● Carimañolas: A dish made from cassava that has ground meat, coastal cheese, and shredded or shredded chicken inside, this mixture is fried in abundant oil.

Things to buy in Santa Marta

● Mochilas: In Santa Marta, you can find a wide variety of work done by the Wayuu. Mochilas are the most outstanding and the ones that are given away most frequently.

● Cocadas: A very appetizing sweet, easy to carry, and that anyone who brings them as a gift will love.

● Vueltiao hat: This hat is something very typical of the Atlantic Coast, so keep this in mind when thinking of any gift or souvenir from Santa Marta 

Santa Marta Facts

Santa Marta is one of the destinations most desired by tourists for its pleasant climate and beautiful beaches. Santa Marta is historically known for being the first city where the Spanish entered South America at the time of discovery. The capital of Magdalena not only stands out for the joy of its people but for being the cradle of several of Colombia's most famous musicians and athletes such as Carlos Vives or Pibe Valderrama. The pearl of America, as Santa Marta is known, stands out in large part because it is home to around 30 thousand indigenous people, mainly from the Kogi, Arhuaco, Kankuamo, and Wiwa ethnic groups, many of the inhabitants of the Sierra Nevada, a spectacle that combines snow and beach in the same space. 

Looking for cheap tickets from Cartagena to Santa Marta?

Are you thinking about taking a vacation, a business trip or want to visit your family in Santa Marta, do not worry! at redBus you can find the best prices from the most important bus companies in Peru, just check the list of companies and schedules that appear in the results and get the best rates with the best low-cost prices so that your trip is not only comfortable and enjoyable but also economical. so do not hesitate and buy your ticket at redBus.

Bus operators of the route Cartagena to Santa Marta

● Unitransco

● Copetran

● Expreso Brasilia

How to get cheap bus tickets from Cartagena to Santa Marta?

Do you want to travel to Santa Marta from Cartagena but it's out of your budget? Don't worry about it. At redBus we have many offers and discounts that you can take advantage of for your vacations, business trips or to visit your family.

Tips for finding cheap tickets on the Cartagena to Santa Marta

The cost of the tickets can vary according to the date and time of travel, therefore, compare prices and do the planning in advance so that you get the tickets that suit your budget.

Measures against COVID-19 on the Cartagena to Santa Marta route

If you want to travel from Cartagena to Santa Marta, 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 Santa Marta

To minimize the risk of contagion on the Tertulia Modern Art Museum, it is important to follow the next instructions:

- Disinfect your hands with the sanitizer on the stations provided by the museum, located on strategic points.

- Respect the indications of the guides to avoid agglomerations of people.

- Keep the recommended distance from guides and other tourists (2 meters).

- Prioritize the use of stairs to move around the museum. Avoid using the lift, unless it is necessary.

- Photos and videos are not forbidden but avoid sharing cameras and phones.

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

  • Expreso Brasilia
  • Exalpa
  • Transportes Marsol
  • Copetran


How can I buy my bus ticket online in Colombia?

A: You can purchase a ticket for the bus of your choice to any destination in Colombia by logging in to the official redBus site which is This website is easy to use and you can buy your bus ticket in a matter of minutes.

How do I buy a bus ticket from Cartagena from Santa Marta?

A: You can visit one of the terminals in Cartagena and visit the counter of the bus company of your choice, wait your turn in the attention queue, select the seat you want and buy your ticket. But if you prefer to avoid all that, you can simply enter and buy your bus ticket online in just 5 minutes and with the comfort of your home or office.

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.

Can I reschedule my trip after buying my ticket?

A: Yes, you can, but this feature is limited to only a few bus companies in Colombia. Please contact the bus company of your choice if you need to make any changes.

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

Are there special offers or discounts in redbus for the route of Cartagena to Santa Marta?

A: In order to make your trip cheaper, redBus offers different discounts, which you can find out here:

What is the distance between Cartagena and Santa Marta?

A: The distance between these cities is 226 km approximately.

How long does it take to go from Cartagena to Santa Marta?

A: The trip takes 4 hours approximately.

How many departures are there from Cartagena to Santa Marta?

A: On redBus you will find many departures on different times.

Which bus companies offer the route Cartagena to Santa Marta?

A: You can travel from Cartagena to Santa Marta with Unitransco, Copetran, and Expreso Brasilia.

Which bus companies have the most departures for the Cartagena to Santa Marta?

A: Currently, Expreso Brasilia offers the most daily departures to Santa Marta.

From which bus terminals can I travel from Cartagena to Santa Marta?

A: The departure point is the Cartagena Bus Station.