The white city of Popayán and Cali are 86 miles (139 km) apart, and there are two good transit options available. 

The most convenient way to get to Cali is by arranging a private car to take you door to door. The three-hour ride through the mountains will be a breeze and you can stop for some amazing local food on the way.

Unfortunately, given that Popayán is a small town, it is impossible to rent a car there and drop it off in Cali. Some people might advise you to try to take a taxi, but since the cities are in different regions, no taxi driver will agree to do it. 

The other option is to take a bus. The four-hour journey is relatively short and comfortable.

If you are in Popayán during Holy Week, make sure that you secure your transportation weeks or months in advance. The city is one of the most important religious pilgrimage destinations in the country, so getting in and out during this festive week is almost impossible to do without some foresight.

You can explore other parts of the underrated Colombian south on this two-week adventure, or traverse the country from north to south on this exhaustive and exciting tour.

By Private Transfer

Duration: 3 hours

Several private companies offer transfer services from Popayán to Cali, so consider talking with one of our local specialists who can assist you with booking.

This is an easy and secure option to arrive at your destination. You also get to choose whatever vehicle best fits your party if you're traveling with a larger group.

The road to Cali along Route 25 does not have any major attractions, but it is dotted with tranquil small towns that many see as holding the true soul of Colombia. Although the trip is short enough that you don't have to make any stops unless you want to, you'll have plenty of options along the road where you can grab a bite to eat. 

By Bus

Duration: 4 hours

Direct buses leave from Popayán's transport terminal and arrive at the Cali terminal within four hours. 

The buses that are usually used for this route are mid-sized and normally have space for bags underneath the bus, which means that you will travel in relative comfort.

Of course, the best part of the journey is the verdant scenery that you will have uninterrupted and unfiltered for the duration of the journey. 


Map of How to Get from Popayán to Cali
Map of How to Get from Popayán to Cali