Cartagena to Palomino

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How to get from Cartagena to Palomino

Palomino is a small town located on Colombia’s north coast. Its spectacular beaches and surrounding lush jungle landscape, along with the variety of activities such as surfing, horseback riding on the beach and river tubing, make it the perfect destination for adventurous travellers and nature lovers. Palomino also has a pretty much perfect location, close to other popular destinations like Tayrona Park, Santa Marta and Rioacha.

2 ways to get from Cartagena to Palomino

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus6 hours37,000 COP ($7.50)Check Bus Tickets
Minivan5.5 hours90,000 COP ($18.50)Check Minivan Tickets

From Cartagena to Palomino is a 350 km-distance (217 miles). The most popular ways to travel between them are a 6-hour bus ride or a 5.5-hour minivan. Rates range between 37,000 COP ($7.50) and 90,000 COP ($18.50).

The bus is our favourite option for the Cartagena to Palomino route as departures are frequent and buses are pretty comfortable. Minivans are a good choice if you want to avoid Cartagena Bus terminal and be picked up from your hotel instead.

Itinerary from Cartagena to Palomino

Cartagena to Palomino by Bus

Duration: 6.5-7 hours
Cost: 39,500 COP ($8)55,000 COP ($11.50)
Duration: 6.5-7 hours
Cost: 39,500 COP ($8)55,000 COP ($11.50)

The companies operating the route Cartagena to Palomino depart from the main bus terminal in Cartagena.

Step 1: City centre to Cartagena bus terminal

Cartagena bus terminal is quite far from the city centre. There are 2 ways to get there: a 1-hour bus or a 30-minute taxi ride.

Option 1: Cartagena city centre to the bus terminal by Transcaribe Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 2,500 COP ($0.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 2,500 COP ($0.50)

The bus terminal is well connected to the city centre of Cartagena, as well as the popular neighbourhoods of Getsemani and San Diego Transcaribe buses.

There are 2 Transcaribe bus stations within the city centre. The first one is called ‘La Bodeguita’, located very close to the port and the walled city, and the second one called ‘Centro’, which is useful if you’re staying in the Getsemani or San Diego areas.

The bus line that connects the city with the bus terminal is the X104 which departs roughly every 20 minutes from ‘La Bodeguita’ Station.

Option 2: Cartagena city centre to the bus terminal by Taxi

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 18,000 COP ($3.75)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 18,000 COP ($3.75)

You can arrange a taxi with your accommodation or hail one from the street, however we recommend that you only do this during the day when it’s safer.

Expect to pay 18,000 COP ($3.75) for a ride to the old city. Taxi rates are regulated by the local government. Nevertheless, as a general rule in Cartagena, it is better to agree on the price before stepping in.

Uber does not really work in Cartagena. If you do prefer to use an app, locals use InDriver, which allows you to bid the rate you want to pay and drivers will accept or decline it.

Step 2: Cartagena to Palomino by Bus

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 37,000 COP ($7.50)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 37,000 COP ($7.50)

The companies covering this route are Expreso Brasilia and Unitransco. Both are safe and reputable companies offering a comfortable and good service.

You can book your tickets online or directly at the bus terminal. The bus will drop you at the petrol station in Palomino, located on the main road that connects Santa Marta and Rioacha.

Palomino is a very small town so most hotels in town are within walking distance of the petrol station. If you’re staying out of town there are motorbikes available that can take you to your accommodation for around 3,000 COP ($0.60).

Note that this direct bus service is only available towards Palomino as the bus is actually heading towards Rioacha. It is allowed to drop off passengers on the road but not to pick them up, so to go back from Palomino you must first connect in Santa Marta.

Bus schedule from Cartagena to Palomino

Bus CompanyDepartureDurationCosts
Expreso Brasilia8 departures a day from
05:30 to 20:00
6 hours37,000 COP ($10)
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Unitransco8 departures a day from
06:30 to 21:30
6 hours37,000 COP ($10)
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Cartagena to Palomino by Minivan

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 90,000 COP ($18.50)
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 90,000 COP ($18.50)

A minivan is essentially a shared taxi and a popular way to travel around the main destinations along the north coast. Their added value is their door-to-door service, meaning no extra cost and effort catching public transportation.

Transportes Marsol is the company that operates the route Cartagena to Palomino. There are 2 minivans every morning at 06:00 and 10:00. The trip can take between 5.5 to 6 hours depending on traffic and the destination of other passengers aboard.

You can check the availability and book your minivan tickets online through BookAway. Note that for the Cartagena to Palomino route, you must book at least 48 hours before departure and wait for their confirmation. You will be asked to be ready 1 hour before the pick-up time.

If your hotel is located in the surroundings of Palomino the drop off service may not be included. In that case, you will be dropped at the town where you can take a motorbike from 3,000 COP ($0.60) to your accommodation.

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