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Santa Marta to Cartagena bus

Santa Marta to Cartagena Bus Service

Avg. Bus Duration
Buses depart from
Bus arrives in
Daily Bus Services
Cheapest Bus
4 hours 11 mins
Santa Marta
COP 35000.00

Santa Marta to Cartagena Bus Distance

Earliest Bus
Last Bus
225 km

Santa Marta to Cartagena Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Expreso Brasilia 07:30 21:00 4 hrs 37 mins VIEW PRICE
Unitransco 09:00 23:00 4 hrs 37 mins VIEW PRICE

Travel by Bus from Santa Marta to Cartagena

The road journey from Santa Marta to Cartagena 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 Santa Marta and Cartagena reduces uncertainty and offers convenience for travelers.


Santa Marta

  • Terminal de Santa Marta


  • Terminal de Cartagena

Why book a Santa Marta a Cartagena bus with redBus?

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

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.

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.

Buses from Cartagena to Santa Marta

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

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.

● 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

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.

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 Santa Marta to Cartagena takes approximately 4 hours with a distance of 226 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 Santa Marta 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.

Santa Marta to Cartagena Route

santa marta to cartagena

Tips for finding cheap tickets on the Santa Marta to Cartagena

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.

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

Do you want to travel to Cartagena from Santa Marta 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.

Looking for cheap tickets from Santa Marta to Cartagena?

Are you thinking about taking a vacation, a business trip or want to visit your family in Cartagena, 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.

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

If you want to travel from Santa Marta 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.

  • Expreso Brasilia
  • Unitransco


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

A: The trip takes 4 hours approximately.

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 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 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

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.

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

A: Copetran has the most daily departures from Cartagena to Barranquilla.