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How To Get From Medellin to Santa Marta By Bus – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 12:29 pm

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How To Get From Medellin to Santa Marta – You can go by bus, car and by plane.

What Is The Distance From Medellin to Santa Marta?

The distance from Medellin to Santa Marta is 829 kilometers. The drive is around 14 hours by car and 16 hours by bus. Read here Santa Marta vs Cartagena

What Is The Cheapest Way From Medellin to Santa Marta?

The cheapest way from Medellin to Santa Marta is by bus for 180-210K COP which is around $29-35 USD. You can buy online your ticket with Bookaway and you can also rent a car in Colombia.

What Is The Best Way From Medellin to Santa Marta?

The best way from Medellin to Santa Marta is by plane. $50 USD you can book online and the travel time by plane from Medellin to Santa Marta is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Read here how to get from Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela, Pereira to SalentoPereira to MedellinMedellin to Jardin and Jardin to Medellin

SIM CARD AT MEDELLIN AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Medellin airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Medellin. Read here Colombia sim card for tourist and best Colombia eSim

You can find the cheapest Colombia eSim with Airalo Colombia eSim prepaid for $8 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. For $15 USD with 2 GB data valid for 15 days. For $21 USD with 3 GB data and for $32 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

Holafly Colombia eSim for $44 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER coming with 6 GB data valid for 15 days.

WHERE TO STAY IN SANTA MARTA

There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from in Santa Marta. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid-budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and for more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SANTA MARTA BEFORE YOUR TRIP

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HOW TO GET FROM MEDELLIN TO SANTA MARTA

Bus From Medellin to Santa Marta (Cheapest Way)

The cheapest way from Medellin to Santa Marta is by bus. There are a few options during the day and at night.

I would recommend you take the night bus for $29 USD from Medellin to Santa Marta (you can book online) so comfortable and you will avoid paying for a night in a hostel.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM MEDELLIN TO SANTA MARTA

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The Expreso Brasilia bus schedule from Medellin to Santa Marta is running 3 times per day starting at 4 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. You can check Expreso Brasilia bus schedule website!

The travel time from Medellin to Santa Marta by bus is around 16 hours. The bus fare from Medellin to Santa Marta is around $29 USD. You can book online to avoid the hassle.

MORE BUSES FROM MEDELLIN TO SANTA MARTA FROM TERMINAL NORTE

You can also get Rapido Ochoa. The buses prices are similar and they are running from 9 15 am, 1 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. Check schedule in Rapido Ochoa website!

The bus departure is from Terminal Norte in Medellin. You can buy the tickets at the tickect counter but make sure you book in advance in peak season.

To get to Terminal Del Norte in Medellin you can go by taxi for $4-5 USD from El Poblado or by metro for $1 USD. And you will have to stop at Caribe Metro Station and walk outside 5 minutes to get to the Bus Terminal.

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MEDELLIN TO SANTA MARTA FLIGHT (BEST WAY)

The best way from Medellin to Santa Marta is by plane. The travel time by plane from Medellin to Santa Marta is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

The flight ticket from Medellin to Santa Marta is around $50 USD you can book online and you will avoid a long bus ride.

CAR RENTAL AT MEDELLIN

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There are many options for renting a car in Medellin. It’s the most convenient option if you are planning to visit places on the way to Santa Marta, moving around or you are traveling in a group or with so much luggage. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis available in the airport. Prices are around $30-40 USD per day depending how long are you renting.

Click here to get the best deals renting a car in Colombia!

BEST WAY FROM MEDELLIN TO SANTA MARTA

MEDELLIN TO SANTA MARTA BUS VS FLIGHT

The best way from Medellin to Santa Marta is by bus for $29 USD (book online here) if you are on a budget. But it will be 16 hours of travel time. You will save half of the price with the airplane and you will avoid paying for a night in a hotel.

The best way from Medellin to Santa Marta is by plane for $50 USD you can book online if you wish comfort for 1 hour and 10 minutes travel time. You will avoid a long bus ride from Medellin to Santa Marta for an affordable price.

It’s up to your budget and comfort but options can be great! We did both of them by plane which was so comfortable but more expensive and by bus which took us so long but it was cheaper since we were traveling the three of us we could save $100 USD.

WHERE TO STAY IN SANTA MARTA

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There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from in Santa Marta. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SANTA MARTA BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA

You can go to Colombia any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Colombia because is the sunniest and also the peak season. October to November is the months ideal for those working with a budget because it is considered the low season in the country.

Click here to know more about the weather in Santa Marta.

ATMS AND CASH IN COLOMBIA

The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=5000 COP. ATMs are available and it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because of fees for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K-1200K COP depending on the bank. Click here to check the exact change rate.

Bank Fees For Foreigner Cards In Colombia

Most of the banks in Bogota and Colombia will charge fees for foreign cards in Colombia. Check the list below with the exact fees for foreign cards in Colombia and how much money are you allowed to withdraw in Colombia with every bank. There are many ATM in Medellin and exchange currency office if you need.

BankAmount Allowed And Fees
Colpatria900K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Pichincha800K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Banco Caja Social700K COP Withdraw And No Fees
BBVA300K COP Withdraw And No Fees
CorpBanco400K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Davidienda400K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Citibank1200K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees
Bancolombia900K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees
ATH400K COP Withdraw And 10k COP Fees
Servibanca750K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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