The fastest and easiest way to get from Medellín to Cartagena is via 1-hour flight from José María Cordovato to Rafael Nuñez Airport. Overland journeys are possible, but very long—upwards of 13 hours with at least one overnight stay along the route. 

By Plane

Duration: 1 hour, plus transfer time to/from airports

Cartagena is served by an international airport located within the city limits, and there are multiple flights a day from José María Cordova in Medelliín. Once in Cartagena, the easiest, safest, fastest way to get to your hotel and then to any other city attraction is by private transfer.

Taxis are also available, though it's important to note that in Cartagena and along the coast, taxis are typically not metered—Spanish language skills are important for negotiating your fare. 

By Bus

Duration: 13 hours

It is possible to take a bus from Terminal del Norte or Terminal del Sur in Medellín to Terminal de Transportes in Cartagena. The earliest buses leave around 5:30 am and the last ones at around 10:30 pm. Very often, roadwork can cause delays.


Map of How to Get from Medellín to Cartagena
Map of How to Get from Medellín to Cartagena
Updated Jun 18, 2019