Want to know how to get from Medellin to Guatape? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
2 ways to get from Medellin to Guatape
There are two ways to travel the distance of 83 km (52 miles) from Medellin to Guatape: by bus (2 hours) and bus (the way back) (2 hours). The journey takes between 2 hours and the quickest way is by bus. The lowest priced tickets start from 15,000 COP ($3.80) for the bus.
The bus will drop you at Guatape bus terminal, but you can also choose to get off in front of the Piedra del Peñol entrance, which is 10 minutes before you would arrive in the town. Just let the driver know you want to stop there beforehand.
Medellin to Guatape by Bus (the way back)
Duration: 2 hours
Starts from: 15,000 COP ($3.80)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 15,000 COP ($3.80)
When travelling back from Guatape to Medellin, you have to go to the main bus terminal in Guatape. You can easily get to this bus terminal as it is walking distance from most parts of the town.
If you are at Piedra del Peñol, you can go to the main road and just stop the bus. However, there is no guarantee you will get a seat, so it is better to go to Guatape first and take the bus from Guatape to Medellin from the bus station.
Buses to Medellin depart every half hour from 04:00 to 20:00. You can buy the tickets at the bus station or pay directly to the bus driver if you board the bus from the road. The price is 15,000 COP ($3.80).
Bus schedule from Guatape to Medellin (the way back)
When arriving in Medellin, the bus will drop you at Terminal del Norte. To get to the city centre of Medellin, you can either take a taxi for around 8,000 COP ($1.80), Uber starting at 6,000 COP ($1.40) or the metro for 2,650 COP ($0.60).
The closest metro station, ‘Caribe’, is right in front of the bus terminal. You’ll need to take line A in the direction of La Estrella and get off at ‘San Antonio’ Station to reach the city centre.
Frequently Asked Questions about Medellin to Guatape
What is the distance from Medellin to Guatape?
The distance from Medellin to Guatape is 83 km (52 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Medellin to Guatape?
The fastest way to get from Medellin to Guatape is by bus and takes 2 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Medellin to Guatape?
The cheapest way to get from Medellin to Guatape is by bus with ticket costs starting from 15,000 COP ($3.80).
Rounding it up
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