Book the best bus tickets from Cartagena to Barranquilla


on: 2021-06-14

by: Lisa Gembrini, Staff

Quick Facts

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    02 hours 30 minutes

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    Colonial Architecture, beach, Gabriel Garcia Marquez Museum

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    USD $7

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All about the bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla

Barranquilla holds an annual event full of colors and dance, called Carnaval

Colombia is a land full of must-see places; full of colors, flavors, folklore, and magic. Here in AndesTransit we explain how to travel from Cartagena de Indias to Barranquilla by bus.

Colombia will surprise you because of the places you can visit, the smiles of its people, and the warmth you will see when you arrive at the smallest restaurants or to large hotels.

In this land of contrasts, you'll find snow-capped Andean peaks, tropical Amazon jungles, turquoise Caribbean coastlines, and two sun-drenched deserts.

You'll also find a variety of spectacular attractions, from bustling cities to quiet colonial towns. Above all, Colombia's famous hospitality will make you come back over and over again.

What are the buses like in Colombia?

The quality of Buses in Colombia is very good, especially on tourist or busy routes. Many of the buses that cover these routes are "luxury" buses with wi-fi, bathroom, air-conditioning, etc.

The quality is comparable to transportation in countries such as Argentina or Mexico. However, not on all schedules, not on all routes and, above all, not all companies offer high standard buses.

Buses are the main means of transportation to visit the country. The bus network is well developed, comfortable, and organized. The road network will connect you all the way from La Guajira in the north and further south with Ipiales

It is common to see a great variety of buses from different companies, there are buses of all sizes and qualities. Basically, you get what you pay for, so when looking for your next bus adventure, be ready to spend a few more bucks to have the best experience on board.

How long is the bus ride from Cartagena to Barranquilla?

The average travel time from Cartagena to Barranquilla is about two and a half hours, although the fastest bus takes about two hours. That is the time it takes to travel the 98 km distance between the two cities.

There are two routes that offer different attractions; the long way is a road located on the coastal strip that shows life on the seashore. On the other hand, there is a road preferred by tourists, crossing the interior of the Colombian lands. On this route, you can appreciate the life that takes place in the villages, where a lifestyle more rooted to the Colombian culture is shown.

What is the cost of traveling by bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla?

The cost of bus tickets for a trip from Cartagena to Barranquilla starts at $8.00 USD. However, if you want a comfortable ride, prices vary from $10.00 USD to $40.00 USD depending on the transportation type and other factors.

Below are some factors:

When you go

Choosing a date when the high season could result in higher prices, as many people will want to go to Barranquilla (including locals) and ticket prices could increase considerably.

On the other hand, if you go on weekdays, avoid holidays and weekends, bus ticket prices from Cartagena to Barranquilla will most likely decrease.

When you book

AndesTransit will always offer the best fare at the time the reservation is made, but due to the constant changes in the market, prices may fluctuate and the cost of your ticket today may not be the same as tomorrow.

So it is highly recommended to make a reservation in advance to ensure that your ticket will have the same cost as the day you booked.

Which Bus Carrier you Choose

The difference in prices is almost always in the extras that a bus includes if its interior is more comfortable or luxurious if it includes advantages like air conditioning, refreshments, music, bathroom, etc.

The less luxurious buses tend to make more stops picking up and dropping off passengers on the way. These are usually cheaper, but the process of acquiring a bus ticket for these companies is usually somewhat messy and quite uncomfortable as you must form long lines to get a seat on one of these buses.

On the other hand, for those who like comfort, exclusive transportation, and first-class services with direct transportation to their destination, there are high-end executive services that offer tourists the maximum comfort and exclusivity available. These companies have slightly higher prices than the simpler and more frequented buses.

What are the bus schedules from Cartagena to Barranquilla?

The schedules of the country that gave birth to Vallenato are much more organized, the itineraries are arranged to offer a stable vision of what to expect. This is not to say that last-minute changes will not take place, for a clearer and more consistent notion of departure times we recommend using AndesTransit for itineraries.

Even if the transportation company has a website, it is not advisable to rely on their schedules. Why is this? Well, it is more important for their owners to get passengers to their destination without paying much attention to schedules. Their website is unlikely to have data on the current bus schedule, as it is not a medium they trust to be the center of their business.

Instead, AndesTransit takes care to maintain effective communication with the carriers; to act on any changes by keeping all arrival and departure times up to date. We offer a wide range of data that is useful for tourists and travelers who need to be transported by bus to their destination, such as the advantages of the units, departure times, routes, and more.

If you want to have in control and full knowledge of the itineraries of your preferred transportation line AndesTransit simply click on the "Book Now" button at the top of the page here to reveal all the latest schedules of several companies at once.

The best part of our service is the support we offer, we make sure the schedules comply with the itinerary. So if there are any unforeseen schedule changes, we will contact you and offer different options for you to choose a new itinerary or make a refund at no cost.

Where can I book bus tickets from Cartagena to Barranquilla?

There are only two ways to purchase your bus tickets: Buy directly at the bus terminal ticket office or through the internet.


You can go in person to the bus terminal in Cartagena and buy a ticket to Barranquilla, although we sincerely consider that it is a rather risky method and could also take a lot of your valuable time.

Since the bus terminal is quite far from the city center, exactly to the east of the city, plus the fact that most of the tourist areas and hotel zones are located in the west of the city, as a result, you would have to travel a long distance just to wait in line at the bus station. It is likely that this time will be wasted since in most cases you will not get good quality seats or even be able to occupy an economic seat due to the high demand.


Websites have become an excellent option for purchasing and booking bus tickets. They give you the advantage of booking in advance of the travel date.

You don't need to be in person and you can do it from your computer or cell phone, wherever you are. You don't have to waste any more time than it takes to make a few clicks and fill in some booking information.

The chance of getting better seats is much higher as those who buy online are usually sure to get the best deals on bus tickets before the promotions run out. Simply use the booking button to complete the steps in no time and get the best bus tickets from Cartagena to Barranquilla.

What is the best bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla?

The choice is wide when it comes to the best bus line, there is a lot of variety and competition, when you click on the "Book now" button, you will find many companies that provide transportation service from Cartagena to Barranquilla, so if you wonder which is the best among all of them we facilitate the research work for you to choose between two of the best companies:

  • Atlantic Shared Shuttle: It is one of the most expensive services, it is really worth it! It is a fairly exclusive line so the number of passengers is not too many and the stops are very few, being a much more direct route saves a considerable amount of time, the vehicle has a luxury finish inside, its design is modern and this is the best of the best: They agree to pick you up directly at your place of accommodation as long as you are in a popular tourist area. No more lines and waiting on the platform!
  • Copetran: A company that has been renewed, they now have bus models with two floors and an avant-garde design, the second floor is reserved for VIP customers but their price-value ratio is very good. In this case, you will not be picked up at the hotel or even nearby, you will have to go directly to the station and wait for the departure time after boarding. But, the latter is well-compensated thanks to their excellent customer service and the experience of their drivers. Clicking on the "book now" button will be enough to compare other bus companies and prices, including their performance.

What to see in Barranquilla

Barranquilla has a great architecture that dates from the 1600 and makes a great visit.

Colombia's fourth-largest city and the largest in the Caribbean region is Barranquilla, the country's main seaport and home to the second-largest Carnival celebration in the world. People heading to or from Santa Marta overlook it, and that's a loss, as Barranquilla has a wealth of wealth and glamour in its own right that it loves to share with visitors. Take these top three reasons to visit the city nicknamed "Colombia's Golden Gateway".

#1 - Eat in Las Flores

This trendy neighborhood sits at an intersection of salt and fresh bodies of water (the Gulf of Mexico and the Magdalena River), and restaurants are packed on every street and alley to offer fresh fish from both the river and sea. If you want to be in one place and get a taste of all the varieties of Caribbean seafood recipes, this is the place to be!

#2 - Caribbean Museum

The modern, ornate Caribbean Museum may look like a Star Wars battleship, but it's actually a much-loved museum where in one place you can get an accurate and generous glimpse into the vibrancy of the Caribbean culture. A visit not only unveils the folkloric traditions that serve as the basis for so many local festivals but also how the people of the region have played for and against national identity. There are permanent exhibits and new temporary exhibits at any given time.

#3 - The Carnival House

For those of you who can't be in Barranquilla for Carnaval, there is good news for you. In the spirit of wanting to celebrate Carnaval all year long, you can visit this institution dedicated to classes, shows, and exhibits that take you into small portions of the big party. You can learn to dance, share in the painting of a float, enjoy the performance of a group of vallenato musicians, and taste food that is cooked just to celebrate the party.


There are many things to see in the beautiful city of Barranquilla, and only a couple of hours by bus or coach separate you from countless hours of fun. Click on the "Book Now" button at the top of the page to reserve your seat in advance and enjoy the ride through this beautiful Caribbean territory.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the bus ride from Cartagena to Barranquilla?
The average travel time from Cartagena to Barranquilla is about two and a half hours, although the fastest bus takes about two hours. That is the time it takes to travel the 98 km distance between the two cities.
What is the cost of traveling by bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla?
The cost of bus tickets for a trip from Cartagena to Barranquilla is around $8.00 USD. It could be said that among the different companies that provide the service, prices vary from $7.00 USD to $36.00 USD.
Where can I book bus tickets from Cartagena to Barranquilla?
Online at, or in-person at the city bus terminal.
Where do I catch the bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla?
From the bus company office in town.
What is the best bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla?
This depends on the level of comfort you want to experience.
What are the ticket policies?
It depends on the carrier you choose, but their specific policies can be previewed during checkout or in the summaries printed on your ticket email. For a general overview, see the Ticket Policy page.

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