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There are 4 ways to get from Cartagena to Santa Marta by bus, taxi or car

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Bus Expreso Brasilia  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla Via Barranquilla / ...
  2. Take the bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta Via Santa Marta

$13 - $28

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Bus Transportes Marsol  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from Cartagena to Taganga Cartagena

$17

Taxi  •  3h 22m

  1. Take a taxi from Cartagena to Santa Marta 141.6 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  3h 22m

  1. Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta 141.6 miles

$14 - $22

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The cheapest way to get from Cartagena to Santa Marta is to bus which costs $17 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Cartagena to Santa Marta is to taxi which costs $80 - $100 and takes 3h 22m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cartagena and arriving at Taganga. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h.

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The distance between Cartagena and Santa Marta is 172 km. The road distance is 226.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cartagena to Santa Marta without a car is to bus which takes 4h 28m and costs $13 - $29.

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It takes approximately 4h 28m to get from Cartagena to Santa Marta, including transfers.

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Cartagena to Santa Marta bus services, operated by Transportes Marsol, depart from Cartagena station.

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Cartagena to Santa Marta bus services, operated by Transportes Marsol, arrive at Taganga station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cartagena to Santa Marta is 226 km. It takes approximately 3h 22m to drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta.

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There are 1114+ hotels available in Santa Marta. Prices start at $19 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 107.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 28m

What companies run services between Cartagena, Colombia and Santa Marta, Colombia?

You can take a bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta via Cartagena and Barranquilla in around 4h 28m.

Bus operators
Copetran
Phone
+57 (7) 6448167 / 1 800 0912848
Email
servicioalcliente2@copetran.com.co
Website
copetran.com
Bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
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copetran.com
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copetran.com
Bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $9
Schedules at
copetran.com
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copetran.com
Transportes Marsol
Phone
0057 3690999
Email
reservas@marsol.com.co
Website
transportesmarsol.net
Bus from Cartagena to Taganga
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
transportesmarsol.net
Other operators
Taxi from Cartagena to Santa Marta
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Taxi Mamonal
Phone
+57 5668 5200
Website
amarillos.co
Asocontaxi
Phone
+57 5663 4613
Website
amarillos.co
Aeropuerto de Crespo
Phone
+57 5666 3709
Website
amarillos.co

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