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Medellin (Ant) to Cartagena (Bol) Bus Service

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9 hrs 52 mins
Medellin (Ant)
Cartagena (Bol)
COP 180000

Medellin (Ant) to Cartagena (Bol) Bus Distance

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Medellin (Ant) to Cartagena (Bol) Bus Timings & Fare

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Expreso Brasilia 01:00 23:00 8 hrs 43 mins
Rápido Ochoa 10:30 23:00 7 hrs 15 mins

Medellin to Cartagena Bus

From Medellin to Cartagena there are 500 mi (805 km) of route on the highway, going through a distance of 14 hours travelling by the intercity buses of the transportation companies Brasilia and Rapido Ochoa. If you buy your tickets online you will save a lot of time to planify your trip. The climate of Cartagena is tropical, very humid in some months, but warm and nice due to the breezes which refresh the environment. The average temperature is 84 °F (29 °C), and so the sun can be very intense at this Caribbean capital. We suggest you to protect your skin of the radiation to take pleasure in your stay without annoyances. Think about October as the most rainy season.

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    Medellin (Ant)

    • Terminal del Norte

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    • Terminal del Norte

    Why book a Medellin (Ant) a Cartagena (Bol) bus with redBus?

    You can also time-to-time redBus offers while booking your bus tickets online from Medellin (Ant) 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 Medellin

    If you already acquired your tickets to travel from Medellin to Cartagena, 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 Cartagena to Medellin with redBus. 

    About Medellin

    Medellin is located at 1495 m a.s.l., just 261 mi (420 kms) away from the capital Bogota. It is known as "The eternal spring city" or the "mountain's capital" nicknames that reflect it's attractive weather. It's history stars a number of indigenous tribes that lived on the region since V b.c. The first contact between the spaniards and the people of the Valley of Aburrá happened in 1541, although due to the lack of precious minerals and the resistance from the locals, the area was initially abandoned.In 1616 Medellín was founded with the name of "Poblado de San Lorenzo". In 1826, Medellín was named as capital of the Antioquia department by the National Congress. Modern day Medellín is a prosperous city in constant industrial and social development.

    About the route to Cartagena (Bol)

    redBus offers the most convenient way to travel by road to Cartagena (Bol). Cartagena (Bol) 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.


    How can I make an online bus ticket booking in Colombia?

    You can book a bus of your choice to any destination in Colombia by logging on to the official website of redBus which is . The site is user-friendly and you can book your bus ticket in a matter of minutes.

    How do I book a bus from Medellin (Ant) 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?

    There are two main scenarios that you might fall into when you have to board a bus. Now, if your boarding point is at any terminal in Colombia, passengers will have to take a print out of the bus ticket that has been sent to the email in a PDF format. The second scenario is when your boarding point is a bus stop and not a terminal. In this case, you will receive an M-ticket that you will have to produce before boarding your bus. If the operator does not provide an M-Ticket, you will have to take a printout of the ticket (PDF) that has been sent to the registered email ID that you have used to book the bus ticket on the redBus website. Some operators might levy a charge if these conditions are not followed.

    Can I reschedule my journey after I have booked my ticket?

    Yes, you can. But this feature is limited to only a few bus operators in Colombia. Look for the reschedule icon before booking your ticket.

    How do I pay for my bus ticket on the redBus website?

    There are a number of different modes of payment offered to customers. Customers can either pay by credit card, debit card, or they can select any of the banks listed.

    About Cartagena

    Cartagena is an emblematic city of Colombia, located on its Caribbean coast and founded in the mid-sixteenth century, the "old walled city" has a tropical climate and is a destination much visited by tourists for its beaches, culture, and various entertainment. 

    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. 

    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. 

    Restaurantes & Bars 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. 

    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 dates 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 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 14 hours with a distance of 805 km.

    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. 

    Things to buy in Cartagena

    The souvenirs that you cannot stop buying in historic Cartagena:

    - Jewelry.

    - Crafts.

    - Footwear.

    - Leather articles.

    - Coffee. 

    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 Medellin to Cartagena

    ● Rápido Ochoa

    ● Expreso Brasilia 

    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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      Expreso Brasilia
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      Rápido Ochoa