Want to know how to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla? In this post, we’ll share a summary of how to get to Barranquilla 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 Barranquilla
Barranquilla is a busy city in Colombia and is most popular for the iconic Carnival de Barranquilla — a vibrant celebration of dance and music. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people join this carnival, the 2nd largest in the world (next to the one in Rio de Janeiro)!
During the carnival (February-March), Barranquilla bustles with tourists and festivities. But beyond this time, there’s really not much to do in this seaport. If you find yourself here in the off-peak season, we recommend exploring the historic centre, enjoying the vibrant nightlife, and tasting the incredible cuisine in Barranquilla.
1 way to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla
The minivan is the only suitable way for travellers to cross the distance of 104 km (65 miles) from Santa Marta to Barranquilla. The journey takes around 2h30m and costs start from 19,000 COP ($4.70) – 40,000 COP ($10.00).
There are a number of different companies offering the service from Santa Marta to Barranquilla, but the most popular ones are Marsol, Caribe Vans, Pro tours and Coche express. They all have set departures every 2 hours, from 06:00-18:00.
You can check the availability and book a minivan with Marsol through BookAway, providing pick-up and drop-off addresses. We recommend booking 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) to Barranquilla. Prices can increase by around 25% during the carnival and holiday seasons.
You’ll be picked up at the address you provided, before beginning the 2.5-hour journey to your drop-off address. The time may vary slightly depending on traffic and rest breaks, but effectively all you have to do is sit back and relax the entire way.
Barranquilla is a bustling city with plenty of places to stay. You’ll be spoilt for choice here. This also means that you can find some cheaper accommodation options compared to the rest of Colombia and the Caribbean coast.
With that many accommodations to choose from, we’ve made it simple for you. Here are our favourite places to stay in Barranquilla:
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel with a pool, Crowne Plaze Barranquilla is the place to stay. This 5-star hotel has everything you need. Besides the gorgeous pool, the hotel has an onsite gym and offers spacious and clean rooms.
In the morning you will be treated to a delicious breakfast. Thanks to the staff you will feel like royalty during your stay in Barranquilla.
Casa Caribe Colonial offers exceptional value for money, with rooms starting from $20 per night. As the name suggests, the hotel boasts a colonial-style design with vibrant splashes of blue throughout.
The rooms are clean and large, looking onto an open-air courtyard at the centre of the hotel. The perfect place to relax.
Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Marta to Barranquilla
What is the distance from Santa Marta to Barranquilla?
The distance from Santa Marta to Barranquilla is 104 km (65 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla?
The fastest way to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla is by minivan and takes 2.5 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla?
The cheapest way to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla is by bus with ticket costs starting from 19,000 COP ($4.70) – 40,000 COP ($10.00).
Rounding it up
We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Santa Marta to Barranquilla. If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.
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Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.