There are 5 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  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the ferry from Cartagena to San Blas Islands
  2. Take the ferry from San Blas Islands to Cartí
  3. Take the bus from Chepo to Panama City
  4. Take the bus from Panama Albrook to Changuinola
  5. Take the bus from Sixaola to Limón

$719 - $726

Cheapest option

Fly Cartagena to Changuinola, bus  •  26 h 5 min

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

$53 - $330

3 alternative options

Fly Cartagena to San Jose, bus  •  10 h 29 min

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

$218 - $438

Fly Cartagena to David, bus  •  14 h 3 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

$314 - $384

Bus to Barranquilla, fly to San Jose, bus  •  12 h 43 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

$112 - $520

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cartagena to Limón is to fly and bus which costs $50 - $330 and takes 26 h 5 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 29 min.

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The distance between Cartagena and Limón is 824 km.

It takes approximately 2 days 1 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 41 min and has one stopover.

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Limón is 1 h behind Cartagena. It is currently 1:22 PM in Cartagena and 12:22 PM in Limón.

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 10+ hotels available in Limón. Prices start at $100 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: 2 days 1 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 San Blas Islands, take the walk to San Blas Islands, take the ferry to Cartí, take the taxi to Chepo, take the bus to Panama City, take the walk to Panama Albrook, take the bus to Changuinola, take the drive to Sixaola, then take the bus to Limón. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Aeropuerto, take the walk to Cartagena airport, fly to San Jose, take the walk to Juan Santamaría International Airport, take the bus to San José, take the walk to San José, then take the bus to Limón.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Bogota
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Bogota
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota, San Salvador
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Cartagena to David via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
8 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Air Panama
Website
airpanama.com
Flights from Cartagena to Changuinola via Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
21 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Flights from Cartagena to David via Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Bus operators
Panamá Regional Buses
Bus from Chepo to Panama City
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Bus from David to Changuinola
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Union de Buses Panama Changuinola
Phone
+(507) 303 6326
Bus from Panama Albrook to Changuinola
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
4 times a day
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 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
mepecr.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
$6
Schedules at
grupocaribenos.net
Ferry operators
Blue Sailing
Phone
(57) 310 704 0425
Email
bluesailinginfo@gmail.com
Website
bluesailing.net
Ferry from Cartagena to San Blas Islands
Ave. Duration
28 h 37 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$363
Schedules at
bluesailing.net
San Blas Adventures
Email
contact@sanblasadventures.com
Website
sanblasadventures.com
Ferry from San Blas Islands to Cartí
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$302
Schedules at
sanblasadventures.com

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