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How To Get From Santa Marta Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 02:53 pm

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How To Get From Santa Marta Airport To City Center – You can go by bus, taxi and private transfer.

What Is The Distance From Santa Marta Airport To City Center?

The distance from Simón Bolívar International Airport to Santa Marta city center is 16 kilometers. Click here to book online Santa Marta activities and day trips

The travel time by taxi from Santa Marta airport to city center is around 30 minutes. The taxi fare from Santa Marta airport to Santa Marta city center is 30K COP around $8 USD. Read here Santa Marta itinerary

What Is The Cheapest Way From Santa Marta Airport To City Center?

The cheapest way from Santa Marta airport to city center is by bus for 2000 COP less than $1 USD. The travel time by bus from Santa Marta airport to city center is around 45 minutes depending on the traffic.

What Is The Best Way From Santa Marta Airport To City Center?

The best way from Santa Marta airport to city center is by shared transfer for $4-5 USD you can book online direct from your hotel in 30 minutes.

You can also rent a car at Santa Marta International airport or get a private transfer cheaper than a taxi until your accommodation in Santa Marta.

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SIM CARD AT SANTA MARTA AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you buy a sim card at Santa Marta 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 Santa Marta. Read here Colombia sim card for tourist and best Colombia eSim

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WHERE TO STAY IN SANTA MARTA

There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from especially in Santa Marta area. Accommodation prices can take you around $15-20 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 in Santa Marta.

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HOW TO GET FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

BUS FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO OLD TOWN (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest from Santa Marta airport to city center is by bus. The SETP Bus is running every 20-30 minutes from Santa Marta airport to downtown.

The buses are starting at 5 30 am until 8 pm. You will have to get from the main road outside the airport in Santa Marta.

The SEPT Bus fare from Santa Marta airport to old town is 2000 COP which is less than $1 USD. You can buy the ticket direct to the bus driver.

The total travel time will be around 45 minutes from Santa Marta airport to Santa Marta city center passing by Rodadero.

The bus stop at Santa Marta is Parque De Los Novios area (where most of the places for accommodation and bars). You can just ask the bus driver Centro and they will stop from Santa Marta airport to old town where is more convenient for you.

SHARED VAN FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (BEST WAY)

The best way from Santa Marta airport to city center is by van. The travel time by van from Santa Marta airport to city is around 30 minutes.

The shared van fare from Santa Marta airport to city center is $4-5 USD and you can book online

TAXI FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

The taxi fare from Santa Marta airport to city center is 30000 COP which is $8 USD fixed price. The taxis are totally safe and you can hire them in the exit of the Terminal.

The total travel time from Santa Marta International airport to old town is around 30 minutes depending on the traffic.

CABIFY AND UBER FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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Cabify App, Uber and Similar Apps aren’t working in Santa Marta area right now in April 2022. There are many taxis to move around and motorbikes.

CAR RENTAL AT SANTA MARTA AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Santa Marta’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Santa Marta and you want to visit Cartagena, Barranquilla, Palomino and La Guajira.

It will take you 30 minutes to get from Santa Marta airport to downtown in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport. Prices are around $30-40 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Santa Marta. Prices are around $30 USD and you can fit up to 4 people. It could be $7 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM SANTA MARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

BY BUS VS SHARED TRANSFER

The best way from Santa Marta Airport to Santa Marta city center is getting by bus if you are traveling on a budget for less than $1 USD and 45 minutes travel time.

The best way from Santa Marta Airport to Santa Marta city center is getting by shared transfer for $4-5 USD if you wish more comfort in your accommodation in 30 minutes.

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ACCOMMODATION IN SANTA MARTA

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There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from especially in Santa Marta. Accommodation prices 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 in Santa Marta.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COLOMBIA

Travel Budget in Colombia

A total of $5-6 USD dollar can be your daily food budget travel in Colombia. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $3-5 USD. And you can get snacks like street foods for $1 USD. You can buy a combination of patacones and papas rellenas with a drink for only $1.

Patacones is fried plantain and it is famous in Colombia, often paired with guacamole and other sauces. Papas rellenas is a stuffed potatoes, the taste is so delicious! The price is only $1 USD. 

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA

You can go to Santa Marta any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Santa Marta 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 all throughout the country but my advice to you is to use those inside the banks.

It is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transactions tend to be higher for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K COP depending on the bank.

Click here to check the exact change rate.

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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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