Want to know how to get from Barranquilla to Santa Marta? In this post, we’ll share a summary of how to get to Santa Marta and go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Santa Marta
Santa Marta is one of the main tourist hubs on Colombia’s north coast. It is the gateway to Tayrona National Park, arguably the most beautiful national park in the country. But to be honest, there’s not much to do in Santa Marta itself.
You can spare a few hours exploring the colonial houses in the Old Town or scuba diving in El Rodadero, which has some of the most affordable scuba diving centres in South America. But we recommend saving your time for the more exciting destinations near Santa Marta — like Tayrona, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Ciudad Perdida.
1 way to get from Barranquilla to Santa Marta
The minivan is the only suitable way for travellers to cross the distance of 104 km (65 miles) from Barranquilla to Santa Marta. The journey takes around 2h30m and costs start from 16,000 COP ($4.00)- 20,000 COP ($5.00).
There are a number of companies offering a minivan service, but the most popular ones are Marsol, Caribe Vans, Pro tours and Coche express. They all have set departures every 2 hours, from 08:00 to 20:00.
You can check the availability and book with Marsol through BookAway, providing your pick-up and drop-off addresses. It’s best to book in advance, preferably the day before travelling and wait for their confirmation.
Expect to pay around 30,000 COP ($7.50) to 40,000 COP ($10.00). Prices can increase by around 25% during holiday seasons, though.
You will be picked up at the address you provided before beginning the 2.5 hours to your drop-off address is Barranquilla. You literally don’t have to worry about anything else!
You can’t get much closer to the beach than at Casa Verano Beach Hotel. 10 steps and your feet will be covered by the golden sand. Here you can switch between the sea and the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees.
The rooms continue with the oasis feel. They’re the perfect place to retreat to at the end of the day. The staff will also help you to have the most peaceful and memorable stay possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about Barranquilla to Santa Marta
What is the distance from Barranquilla to Santa Marta?
The distance from Barranquilla to Santa Marta is 104 km (65 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Barranquilla to Santa Marta?
The fastest way to get from Barranquilla to Santa Marta is by minivan and takes 2.5 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Barranquilla to Santa Marta?
The cheapest way to get from Barranquilla to Santa Marta is by bus with ticket costs starting from 16,000 COP ($4.00)- 20,000 COP ($5.00).
Rounding it up
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