Santa Marta to Palomino

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How to get from Santa Marta 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 is what makes Palomino the perfect destination for adventurous travellers and nature lovers.

Palomino also has an ideal location, close to other popular destinations like Tayrona Park, Santa Marta and Rioacha.

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2 ways to get from Santa Marta to Palomino

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus1.5 hours12,000 COP ($2.50)Check their Facebook site
Taxi1.5 hours150,000 COP ($31)Read article for more info

The best way to get from Santa Marta to Palomino is overland by bus. The distance between the two destinations is 80 km (49 miles), which is about 1.5 hours on the road. This bus journey will cost you only 12,000 COP ($2.50).

It is also possible to take a taxi hailed from the street, but it’s significantly safer to book a taxi via your accommodation or an official taxi company. The rate from Santa Marta to Palomino will depend on your ability to negotiate with the driver, but should cost around 150,000 COP ($31).

Itinerary from Santa Marta to Palomino

Santa Marta to Palomino by Bus

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 12,000 COP ($2.50)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 12,000 COP ($2.50)

To get from Santa Marta to Palomino, you can use the same bus that goes to Tayrona Park as the last stop is Palomino.

They depart from a small bus stop behind the central market (Mercado Central), quite close to the city centre. The exact location is on the intersection of Carrera 9 and Calle 11.

You can either take a taxi from the city centre to the bus stop for 6,000 COP ($1.25) or walk for 20 minutes. However, you need to pass through some areas that aren’t particularly safe and so it’s better to take a taxi.

When you arrive at the bus stop, you’ll see a sign with the name of the company ‘Cootransoriente Tayrona’. You should buy the ticket directly at the office for 12,000 COP ($2.50).

Buses run every 15-30 minutes from 05:30 to 18:00. As a heads up, drivers usually wait until the bus is full before leaving, so you may have to wait a little if there are not enough passengers, but usually it’s no longer than 30 minutes.

Bus schedule from Santa Marta to Palomino

Bus CompanySchedulesDurationCosts
Cootransoriente TayronaEvery day from 05:30 to 18:001.5 hours12,000 COP ($2.50)
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The bus will drop you at the petrol station on the main road to Palomino. To get into the main area of town, follow the signs towards the beach. Don’t worry there’s plenty of signs, so you won’t get lost.

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

If the company above doesn’t respond, you can also buy a bus ticket with Busbud from $8.

Santa Marta to Palomino by Taxi

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 150,000 COP ($31)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 150,000 COP ($31)

Unfortunately Uber doesn’t operate in Santa Marta and hailing a taxi off the street isn’t the safest way to travel.

Therefore, we recommend that you book a taxi via your accommodation or an official taxi company. The rate will depend on your ability to negotiate with the driver, but a trip from Santa Marta to Palomino should cost around 150,000 COP ($31).

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