There are 6 ways to get from Panama City to Santa Marta by plane, bus, ferry or shuttle

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

Fly to Barranquilla, bus  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to Barranquilla (BAQ) PTY - BAQ
  2. Take the bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta

$243 - $420

Cheapest option

Fly to Valledupar, bus  •  11 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to Valledupar (VUP) PTY - VUP
  2. Take the bus from Valledupar to Santa Marta

$164 - $577

4 alternative options

Fly to Santa Marta  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to Santa Marta (SMR) PTY - SMR

$240 - $640

Fly to Cartagena, bus  •  9 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to Cartagena (CTG) PTY - CTG
  2. Take the bus from Cartagena to Taganga

$263 - $443

Bus, ferry  •  5 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Panama City to Sabanitas
  2. Take the ferry from Portobelo to Cartagena
  3. Take the bus from Cartagena to Taganga

$470 - $471

Shuttle, ferry, bus  •  5 days 10 h

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Panama City Airport to Isla Mamey
  2. Take the ferry from Puerto Lindo to Cartagena
  3. Take the bus from Cartagena to Taganga

$692

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Panama City to Santa Marta is to fly and bus which costs $240 - $420 and takes 6 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Panama City to Santa Marta is to fly and bus which costs $240 - $420 and takes 6 h 27 min.

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The distance between Panama City and Santa Marta is 634 km.

The best way to get from Panama City to Santa Marta without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 5 days 8 h and costs $470 - $471.

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It takes approximately 6 h 27 min to get from Panama City to Santa Marta, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Panama City Airport to Barranquilla Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 17 min.

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Copa Airlines offers flights from Panama City Airport to Barranquilla Airport.

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There are 1156+ hotels available in Santa Marta. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Panama City to Santa Marta.
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  • Distance: 396 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 27 min

What companies run services between Panama City, Panama and Santa Marta, Colombia?

Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A., Copa Airlines and two other airlines fly from Panama City to Santa Marta hourly.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Panama City to Santa Marta via Bogota
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Panama City to Santa Marta via Bogota, Medellin Jose Marie Cordova
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Panama City to Santa Marta via San Salvador, Bogota
Ave. Duration
8 h 31 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Panama City to Valledupar via Bogota
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Panama City to Barranquilla
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Flights from Panama City to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $800
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Panama City to Santa Marta via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Panama City to Valledupar via Bogota
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Easyfly
Website
easyfly.com.co
Flights from Panama City to Valledupar via Barranquilla
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Bus operators
Copetran
Phone
+57 (7) 6448167 / 1 800 0912848
Email
servicioalcliente2@copetran.com.co
Website
copetran.com
Bus from Barranquilla to Santa Marta
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $11
Schedules at
pinbus.com
Book at
pinbus.com
Regular
$5 - $8
Premium
$7 - $11
Mini Van
$6 - $8
Bus from Valledupar to Santa Marta
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $20
Schedules at
pinbus.com
Book at
pinbus.com
Regular
$11 - $17
Premium
$13 - $20
Mini Van
$13 - $17
Transportes Marsol
Phone
0057 3690999
Email
reservas@marsol.com.co
Website
transportesmarsol.net
Bus from Cartagena to Taganga
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
transportesmarsol.net
UTRACOLPA
Phone
+(507) 983 9091
Bus from Panama City to Sabanitas
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
grantnt.com
Panatraslados
Ferry operators
Blue Sailing
Phone
(57) 310 704 0425
Email
bluesailinginfo@gmail.com
Website
bluesailing.net
Ferry from Portobelo to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5 days 0 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$450
Schedules at
bluesailing.net
Ferry from Puerto Lindo to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5 days 0 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$450
Schedules at
bluesailing.net

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