Cartagena Airport to the City Centre

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How to get from Cartagena Airport to the City Centre?

Rafael Nuñez International Airport in Cartagena is conveniently located in the northern district of Crespo, very close to the city centre and other major tourist areas.

3 ways to get from/to Cartagena Airport

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus20 minutes2,500 COP ($0.55)Read article for more info
Taxi15 minutes15,000 COP ($3.35)Read article for more info
Private Transfer15 minutes50,000 COP ($11)Book a Private Transfer

There are 3 ways to get from Cartagena Airport to the city centre: bus, taxi or private transfer.

Buses are a good option if you don’t have a lot of luggage but some of the drop-off locations can be at least a 15-minute walk away from most hostels/hotels. Therefore, the most comfortable and convenient way to reach the city centre from Cartagena Airport is by taxi.

Itinerary from/to Cartagena Airport

Cartagena Airport to the city centre by Transcaribe Bus

Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 2,500 COP ($0.55)
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 2,500 COP ($0.55)

The orange and white buses run by Transcaribe, line T102, run frequently from just outside Cartagena Airport. This service passes by the city centre and runs from 05:30-21:00 every day. The ride takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

The bus stop is on Calle 70 and Carrera 4, one block from the airport. The only Transcaribe line stopping there is the T102 so you won’t get lost. The bus rate is 2,500 COP ($0.55).

There are 2 stops equally close to the city centre, one is called ‘Parque Apolo’ and the other one ‘Boquete San Diego’. Don’t be afraid of the long names, you can just ask for ‘Centro’ or ‘San Diego’ and the driver or other passengers will help you to get off at the right stop.

Cartagena Airport to the city centre by Taxi

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.35)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.35)

The taxi service at Cartagena Airport runs 24 hours a day and is available from just outside the arrivals gate.

Taxi prices are fixed depending on the area of your destination. Follow the signs to the taxi counter right outside the arrivals gate and indicate the area or neighbourhood where you’re going to. They will hand you a ticket with the price printed on it, which you should give to the driver at the end of the ride along with your payment.

An average price for a ride to most hotel areas is 15,000 COP ($3.35), but it can be slightly more or less depending on the distance.

Cartagena Airport to the city centre by Private Transfer

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 50,000 COP ($11)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 50,000 COP ($11)

Unlike other countries, Colombia’s taxi’s service is relatively poor; most vehicles are small and drivers are often rude. If you prefer comfort and good customer service, the best option is to hire a private transfer.

Multiple companies offer transfer services between the airport and the city centre. The driver usually waits for you outside the terminal.

You can book the type of car you want, and most will offer amenities such as water bottles, AC and music.

The price of a private transfer for 2 people, starts from 50,000 COP ($11) and it’s a set price to any location within the urban area. You can book online via BookAway.

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