Bus from Medellin to Salento and Bus from Salento to Medellin
Few places can compare to the different worlds of Medellín and Salento. After long days pounding the concrete seeing the sights of Medellín and then equally long nights dancing in its nightclubs, you might be ready to get out of town to a slower pace. Many are understandably drawn to the colorful countryside town of Salento.
The trip by land on the bus from Medellin to Salento is pure pleasure. As you get out of the big-city buzz of Medellín, the ambiance begins to relax as the kilometers roll by. The road meanders into the rolling hills of Colombia’s Eje Cafetero (the Coffee Zone). The air is fresher here, perfumed by sweet coffee flowers. It is a trip that can only be experienced by traveling by bus.
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What are the buses in Colombia like?
Buses in Colombia are of generally good quality. Even the less expensive options have comfortable and clean seats and on-board entertainment. Granted, the movies won’t be to everyone’s liking as bus operators tend to favor action flicks starring Steven Seagal.
However, drivers are experienced with the roads they traverse and particular care is taken in maintaining a company’s safety records. As you might expect, buses that traverse longer distances (for instance, from Bogotá to Santa Marta) have more creature comforts like onboard wait staff, on-board bathrooms, GPS and WiFi. But that doesn’t mean those running shorter routes aren’t comfortable and safe, with regular stops to stretch your legs and enjoy the local colors at a roadside diner.
How long is the bus ride from Salento to Medellin?
The ride between Medellín and Salento (or Salento to Medellín, for those who are traveling in the opposite direction) isn’t too short or too long. As Goldilocks would say: “It’s just right.”
The distance between the big city and the small town is 247 kilometers. The trip takes about seven to eight hours. Of course, several factors can affect your travel time: mainly weather conditions and the traffic getting out of (or into) Medellín. Choose a reputable, reliable company and you can most likely avoid other adventures, like the bus breaking down! We’ll tell you later how to do that choosing, but it’s easy.
The length of this trip makes it perfect for taking an earlier bus, thus arriving just about nightfall or shortly thereafter. If you are traveling on a budget, another option is to take an overnight bus and therefore sleep onboard to save on a night in a hostel. That way, you’ll arrive early in the morning, rested and ready to take on a full day’s itinerary of activities. The only drawback with this option on the Medellín-Salento route is that you’ll be arriving very early in the morning, before or at sunrise, and you’ll have to wait for check-in time at your lodging. Most accommodations are fine with your leaving luggage behind the reception counter until time to check-in.
What is the cost of traveling by bus from Medellin to Salento? (and vice versa)
The fare from Medellín to Salento (or vice versa) costs between USD $14 and $18 (or 48,000 to 62,000 Colombian pesos (COP)). Several things will affect the cost, but primarily the type of bus company with which you decide to journey. Less expensive options will be more cramped and have less legroom for taller travelers, and perhaps have more unscheduled stops to pick up and let off other passengers.
Pay a bit more, and you’ll have a more comfortable trip. Seats will be wider, recline a bit more, and have thicker padding. More expensive companies will have more onboard amenities, too, as discussed earlier.
What are the bus schedules from Medellin to Salento?
Only a few buses per day leave from Medellín for Salento (or from Salento to Medellín). The majority leave during the morning. These schedules will get you into Salento in the mid-afternoon, allowing you to stroll around and take in the refreshingly relaxing vibe. Over a delicious dinner of local specialties followed by a coffee from the region, you can watch the sunset over the mountains. After another stroll through the tranquil streets, settle in for a good night’s rest because a whole slate of events awaits you the next day!
Click on the Reserve Now button above and choose the time that is most convenient for you. Then make sure you have all your things packed and hike down to the bus terminal at the appointed time.
Where can I book bus tickets from Medellin to Salento?
You have two options for getting tickets from Medellín to Salento (or vice versa):
The first is to haul yourself and your luggage down to the bus terminal, wait in line to check out prices, and if a ticket’s available, purchase it and hang out there until your bus departs. This is the time-honored way of getting from Point A to Point B.
But as we are in the 21st century, another way now exists for you to get your Medellín-Salento bus ticket: online!
From the comfort of your hostel room or a café sipping a cup of wonderful Colombian coffee, you can check out the schedules right here on AndesTransit. Choose your departure time and make your reservation using our secure system, and then just show up at the terminal in time to catch your bus. It’s that easy! Click on the Reserve Now button above to get your next Colombian adventure on its way!
What is the best bus from Medellin to Salento?
Not many bus companies make the Medellín-Salento run. Of the few that do, Flota Occidental is definitely your best option for wending this highway through beautiful landscapes and a view into how regular Colombians pass their day. This company’s smaller-sized buses give you much more legroom than a conventional bus. This is for sure something you taller travelers will appreciate on a trip of this length! The seats are ample, and you won’t be squished by your neighbor when they want to recline. The buses also have secure, undercarriage luggage storage bins so your carry-on will be safe. The comfort Flota Occidental’s buses provide will make the trip slip by without hassle. You will arrive in Salento (or in Medellín) refreshed and ready to take on the sights!
What to see in Medellín
Medellín has come a long way from the days of drug lord Pablo Escobar’s rule. Today, it is a vibrant city with lots of culture and over 40 museums to offer visitors. Paisas is the term by which locals refer to themselves and are eager to show their town to you.
This metropolis has also become a mecca for digital nomads as the government has invested in creating the infrastructure of blinding speed internet and a sophisticated light rail/cable car public transportation system. In fact, Paisas have a historic reputation for their business acumen, so expect to learn a thing or two about sales, customer service, and strategy.
At 1,500 meters above sea level, Medellín’s altitude gives the city a wonderful climate. During the day, temperatures are around 28º Celsius. Evenings are pleasantly cool, averaging about 17º Celsius. The most popular part of Medellín to stay in is the El Poblado neighborhood.
#1 - Chow down on the Bandeja Paisa
The signature dish of Medellín and the Antioquia region is the Bandeja Paisa. It is a heart-stopping plate full of cholesterol: carne molida (ground meat), chicharrón (pork rinds), huevo frito (fried egg), chorizo (sausage) and morcilla (blood sausage, black pudding), accompanied by frijoles (red beans cooked with pork, of course), arroz (white rice), plátano maduro (grilled sweet plantain), arepa (a corn bread), and aguacate (avocado). Vegetarians and vegans need not apply!
#2 - Get to know Fernando Botero
One of Medellín’s most famous native sons is internationally-renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero. You can see twenty-three of Botero’s statues of rotund humans in the Plaza Botero. Still wanting to see more? Then stop into the Museo de Antioquia right on this same plaza. Here you’ll find a large collection of Botero’s sculptures and paintings. The museum also has exhibit halls on regional archeology and colonial and modern art.
Address: Carrera 52 # 52-43, Centro de Medellín
#3 - Breathe in the Fresh Air of Parque Arvi
Need a break from the hustle (and pollution) of Medellín? Then hop on the Metrocable and get a bird’s eye view of the metropolis as you climb up the mountain. You will saunter in a natural respite with an environmental center and lookout towers. There are also hiking trails through the cloud forest, a wonderfully relaxing experience. Refuel with your own picnic or have lunch at one of the several restaurants in Parque Arvi. Before heading back down the mountain to Medellín, be sure to stop by the farmer’s market in the park.
Address: Corregimiento de Santa Elena, vereda Piedras Blancas, sector El Tambo (end of Metrocable Line L)
What to see in Salento
In recent years, Salento has gained fame among travelers. It is your typical small Colombian town, but with a colorful flair. Located in the midst of the country’s Eje Cafetero (Coffee Zone) and surrounded by pure nature, its ambiance allows you to sink into a deep chill after the hectic vibe of Medellín.
Being farther up into the mountains (altitude: 1,895 meters), Salento has a more moderate climate. Daytime temperatures average 15ºC to 18ºC, and evenings are quite cool. Salento’s biggest festival is at the beginning of the year, celebrating the town’s founding with festivities culminating on the 5th of January (i.e., the twelfth day of Christmas).
#1 - Take a Stroll ‘round Town
After the bus trip, you may need to stretch your legs a bit. The perfect remedy is to walk about the town’s cobblestone streets lined with typical white-washed and pastel-hued buildings. The place to start is Calle Real in the heart of Salento. Stop into the many shops along the way, or at a local restaurant to try the fresh trout. At the end of Calle Real, you’ll arrive at the Alto de la Cruz mirador (viewpoint) with 250 steps leading up to a cross.
#2 - Find Out How Coffee Gets into Your Morning Cup
Of course, being in the heart of Colombia’s Coffee Zone, you should take a tour of a coffee plantation. One you can visit is Finca El Ocaso on the banks of the Río Quindío. It offers a three-hour tour (in Spanish or in English) that shows how coffee is grown, harvested and roasted. At the end of the tour, you’ll have the chance to have a fine cup of coffee with homemade pastries. Finca el Ocaso also has birdwatching and horseback-riding excursions.
Address: 5 kilometers from Salento’s main plaza
#3 - Get Further out into Nature
If you want to experience Colombia’s unbridled nature, then head to Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados. This 58,300-hectare national park, ranging from 2,600 to 5,321 meters in altitude, has a cold, alpine climate (14º-3ºC). Within its boundaries are found the three snow-covered peaks of Ruiz (an active volcano), del Tolima, and Santa Isabel. Besides mountain climbing, this park also has ample opportunity for trekking and camping. This is not a park for casual walking. You must be physically fit and well-prepared for the elements. Salento is one of the most convenient places from which to access Los Nevados National Park.
Address: 115 kilometers from Salento
No journey better conveys the vast differences in Colombia’s cultural and natural landscapes than that from Medellín to Salento (or vice versa). Within a mere seven to eight hours, you can go from doing the Medellín hustle in one of the country’s largest and most modern metropolises packed with culture – to relaxing in a typical small town surrounded by mountains, where food, drink, and hiking are calling your name.
Are you ready to make this journey? Then get started by clicking on the Reserve Now button above to find out about bus schedules and to make your reservation now!