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There are 6 ways to get from Cartagena to Limón by ferry, bus or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Ferry, bus  •  5 days 18 h

  1. Take the ferry from Cartagena to Portobelo
  2. Take the bus from Sabanitas to Panama City
  3. Take the bus from Panama Albrook to Changuinola
  4. Take the bus from Sixaola to Limón

$487 - $500

Cheapest option

Fly Cartagena to Changuinola, bus  •  26 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Cartagena (CTG) to Changuinola (CHX) CTG - CHX
  2. Take the bus from Sixaola to Limón

$76 - $427

4 alternative options

Ferry, bus Tica Bus  •  5 days 21 h

  1. Take the ferry from Cartagena to Portobelo
  2. Take the bus from Sabanitas to Panama City
  3. Take the bus from Panama Albrook to San Jose Terminal Tica Bus
  4. Take the bus from San José to Limón

$497 - $551

Fly Cartagena to San Jose, bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Cartagena (CTG) to San Jose (SJO) CTG - SJO
  2. Take the bus from San José to Limón

$216 - $439

Bus to Barranquilla, fly to San Jose, bus  •  13 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla
  2. Fly from Barranquilla (BAQ) to San Jose (SJO) BAQ - SJO
  3. Take the bus from San José to Limón

$103 - $502

Fly Cartagena to David, bus  •  14 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Cartagena (CTG) to David (DAV) CTG - DAV
  2. Take the bus from David to Changuinola
  3. Take the bus from Sixaola to Limón

$312 - $391

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cartagena to Limón is to fly and bus which costs $75 - $430 and takes 26 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cartagena to Limón is to fly and bus which costs $210 - $440 and takes 10 h 35 min.

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The distance between Cartagena and Limón is 824 km.

The best way to get from Cartagena to Limón without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 5 days 18 h and costs $480 - $500.

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It takes approximately 5 days 18 h to get from Cartagena to Limón, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Cartagena Airport to San Jose Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 47 min and has one stopover.

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Limón is 1 h behind Cartagena. It is currently 11:51 AM in Cartagena and 10:51 AM in Limón.

LATAM Chile, Copa Airlines and Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. offer flights from Cartagena Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Limón. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cartagena to Cartagena Airport is to bus which takes 26 min and costs $1.

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Map of how to get from Cartagena to Limón.
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  • Distance: 515.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 days 18 h

What companies run services between Cartagena, Colombia and Limón, Costa Rica?

There is no direct connection from Cartagena to Limón. However, you can take the ferry to Portobelo, take the walk to Portobelo, take the bus to Sabanitas, take the bus to Panama City, take the walk to Panama Albrook, take the bus to Changuinola, take the taxi to Changuinola, take the bus to Sixaola, take the walk to Sixaola, then take the bus to Limón. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cartagena to Limón via Portobelo, Portobelo, Sabanitas, Panama City, Panama Albrook, San Jose Terminal Tica Bus, and San José in around 5 days 21 h.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via San Salvador
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Bogota
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota, San Salvador
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Cartagena to David via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Air Panama
Website
airpanama.com
Flights from Cartagena to Changuinola via Panama City, David, Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
21 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to Changuinola via Bogota, Armenia, Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
25 h 46 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to Changuinola via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
28 h 59 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $410
Flights from Cartagena to Changuinola via Bogota, Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
31 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Bus operators
UTRACOLPA
Phone
+(507) 983 9091
Bus from Sabanitas to Panama City
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
grantnt.com
Union de Buses Panama Changuinola
Phone
+(507) 303 6326
Bus from Panama Albrook to Changuinola
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
grantnt.com
Autotransportes MEPE
Phone
2257-8129, 2758-1572
Website
mepecr.com
Bus from Sixaola to Limón
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $13
Schedules at
mepecr.com
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from Panama Albrook to San Jose Terminal Tica Bus
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Grupo Caribeños
Phone
(506) 2222-0610
Email
info@caribeños.com
Website
grupocaribenos.net
Bus from San José to Limón
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
grupocaribenos.net
Transportes Marsol
Panamá Regional Buses
Bus from David to Changuinola
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Ferry operators
Blue Sailing
Phone
(57) 310 704 0425
Email
bluesailinginfo@gmail.com
Website
bluesailing.net
Ferry from Cartagena to Portobelo
Ave. Duration
5 days 0 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$450
Schedules at
bluesailing.net

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