Book the best bus tickets from Medellin to Armenia


on: 2021-10-09

by: Oliver Williams

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    6 hours 45 minutes

  • Rating

  • Experience

    coffee tours, paragliding, butterflies

  • Best Price

    USD $ 22

  • Maximum comfort or class


  • Departures

    Multiple departures daily

  • Recommended by

    212 travelers

Price may fluctuate due to seasonal demand and other market-driven and regulatory events.

The Medellin to Armenia Bus Route

Butterfly farm in Armenia, Colombia.

Traveling from Medellin to Armenia is a wonderful experience, and what better way to do it than to travel by bus. Buses are highly recommended by veteran travelers. You will get a clearer view of both the landscape and the culture while on road. Bus tickets are pocket-friendly and easily accessible.

The schedule of departures is so flexible that you can loosely plan ahead for day or night travel and find a schedule later those best suits your more exact plans. All bus companies have also taken COVID precautions by retrofitting their buses for social distancing and requiring passengers to always wear a mask.

As far as security, passenger luggage is protected and kept in either a secured cargo bin on the bottom of the bus or in overhead racks on the passenger cabin. In addition to the driver, each bus has trained staff who does the same type of thing as a flight attendant and a train conductor: taking tickets, answering questions, and making customers comfortable.

While traveling by bus between Medellin and Armenia, you will get a better view of crops like bananas and coffee, and how people make a living from the land, and how they build their houses. Armenia has an absolutely exquisite climate that favors plantation and production of coffee, the temperature ranging from 20°C to 26°C. This is what makes Quindio, and Armenia as its capital, the center of Colombia’s Eje Cafetero, or "coffee zone". However, it is recommended to bring a light jacket because temperatures can drop at night.

What are the buses from Medellin to Armenia like?

If by any chance you are having doubts about traveling by bus, no need to worry, we have you covered. The buses from Medellin to Armenia are surprisingly comfortable. There are two bus categories, the coach, and the micro. The coach is the large bus with about 40 seats, while the micro is a smaller van equipped to carry up to 15 passengers. They only slightly differ in price with the micros being a bit more expensive and some may have added accessories and additional services such as full access to the internet, recliner seats, individual entertainment screens, etc.

How long is the bus ride from Medellin to Armenia?

The distance between Medellin to Armenia is 268 km and will take approximately six hours to reach Armenia. During this time there will be a stopover after three hours to allow the passengers to get out and stretch their legs and have a bite to eat. Take advantage of the time to talk to those in the seats around you, or to the locals doing business at the rest stop, so you can get a better idea of what is passing you by and the history of the area.

What is the cost of traveling by bus from Medellin to Armenia?

The bus tickets from Medellin to Armenia range from USD 22 to 26, affected by the following factors.

Quality and type of Bus

The lower price option equates to normal buses or coaches that may be older models and not up to date on maintenance or with half-working amenities like A/C or wi-fi access. In contrast, the higher price reflects smaller passenger capacity, newer vehicles, and better onboard functionality of amenities.

Period of travel

If your travel date is in a high peak season such as holidays and weekends where demand outpaces supply, then the price for your ticket will likely be higher than in low season or on weekdays.

Days in advance

Bus companies want to fill up their buses as early as possible so that they can plan their staffing and fleet maintenance to be in top condition. Therefore, they will lower their prices for early reservations, and it is wise to take advantage of this. Eventually, they will raise the price closer to the travel date if the bus is partially reserved because their cost to operate the bus will be higher.

Where can I book bus tickets from Medellin to Armenia?

Bus tickets can be purchased online or at the station, online, or even by WhatsApp.


By far the easiest and most secure way to book a bus seat from Medellin to Armenia is online at AndesTransit. Your reservation is then generated and sent to you by email.

At the station

You can also choose to visit the station and physically book your ticket, but this comes with greater risks of encountering a lack of availability and a large and unnecessary consumption of your time.


Using WhatsApp is another convenient extension of the online method, and is often used by frequent travelers who have AndesTransit in their contacts. Simply go to the AndesTransit home page and follow the WhatsApp link to get started.

What is the best bus from Medellin to Armenia?

Arauca offers the best travel experience in our opinion. They operate the micro vehicles, are consistently on time, and have top-notch customer care service. Their fees are only slightly higher than other coach options, but so much worth it for travelers who want to be assured of a good transportation experience without a lot of fuss.

About Armenia

Coffee tour in Armenia, Colombia

One of the essential things to do when visiting Armenia is to try the coffee straight from the source of the most famous Arabica coffee cultivation areas on the planet. Armenia is the epicenter of Colombian coffee, as well as a historical city that with additional sights to see. It was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo who was a fugitive running from a powerful military General at the time. He found it a suitable refuge and decided to invite other investors from surrounding towns to develop land around him and settle the town, naming it Armenia likely inspired by biblical references.

Things to do in Armenia

#1 Enjoy a coffee culture tour

Visit one of the many coffee farms surrounding Armenia where you will learn and master the art of growing, threshing, and roasting beans. This will help you to embrace the culture of that region and enjoy the freshest cup of Colombian coffee you will ever taste.

#2 Go Paragliding

Dare to fly! One of the most thrilling and popular experiences in Armenia is easily accessible and one you will remember for many years to come. Expertly trained and certified pilots guide you every step of the way as you launch on a paraglider from the top of the Buenavista mountain on the edge of Armenia. The views of all the coffee farms and forests and towns surrounding Armenia will amaze you and you will come back safely and soundly site to explore the rest of Armenia.

#3 Quindio Botanical Butterfly Garden

One of the things you may spot while paragliding is the large greenhouse in the shape of a butterfly. This is on the edge of Armenia in the small town of Calarcá and is a fabulous farm and natural garden featuring 1,500 butterflies that come and visit you on your finger or shoulder before flying off again to a nearby leaf. When you’re not communing with the endless color of butterflies, you’ll be learning and understanding the many species of plants that provide the perfect habitat for the fluttery friends.


Armenia is a beautiful region rich in history and culture. Create beautiful memories by interacting with different people and going on adventures.

Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I book a bus from Medellin to Armenia?
The most convenient and highly recommended way is booking online at the website.
Can I reschedule my journey after I have booked my ticket?
If there is a gap between the date you purchase your ticket and the date we send you your ticket (called the release date) then yes, you can easily reschedule or get your booking refunded minus the payment processor’s fee. After you receive your ticket, it still may be possible to reschedule your journey as long as you provide enough advance notice, but there may be a small change fee depending on the particular bus company providing the trip.
How do I pay for my bus ticket on the andestransit website?
Customers can either pay by credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
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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