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Medellin to Cartagena bus

Medellin to Cartagena Bus Service

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Medellin to Cartagena Bus Distance

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Medellin to Cartagena Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Rápido Ochoa 20:15 20:15 13 hrs 0 mins VIEW PRICE
Expreso Brasilia 06:30 21:30 13 hrs 47 mins VIEW PRICE

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.



  • Terminal del Norte


  • Terminal de Cartagena

Why book a Medellin a Cartagena bus with redBus?

You can also time-to-time redBus offers while booking your bus tickets online from Medellin to Cartagena. 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

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

Measures against COVID-19 on the Medellín to Cartagena route

If you want to travel from Medellin to Cartagena, 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.

  • Rápido Ochoa
  • Expreso Brasilia


How do I buy a bus ticket from Medellin from Cartagena?

A: You can visit one of the terminals in Medellin 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.

Which bus companies offer the route Medellin to Cartagena?

A: The companies Rápido Ochoa and Expreso Brasilia cover the Medellín to Cartagena route.

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 long does it take to go from Medellin to Cartagena?

A: The trip lasts approximately 14 hours.

Can I buy open-date tickets in redBus?

A: Unfortunately, no. However, you can reschedule the travel date by contacting the bus operator. This feature is limited to just a few companies.

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