Cartagena Getting There

To get to Cartagena by plane

There are numerous flights from the main cities in Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, San Andrés... Check the main airlines for the best rates (Avianca, Copa, LAN, VivaColombia) or compare using (In Spanish) http://viajala.com.co

The airport is only 3kms away from the city. Once at the airport, opt for a taxi. It costs 18,000 COP from the airpot to Bocagrande, 12,000 to the center (the walled city), 12,000 to Las Americas.

=> Log on to the Juan Valdez wifi at the airport while waiting for your flight.

=> At the arrival there are several cash machines including Bancolombia and BBVA, there are also several ines like Davivienda one street away.

=> If you're on a tight budget, you can take the Metrobus or Collective bus transports to the center of town, both should cost you less than 2,000 Pesos.

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To get to Cartagena by land

There's a big bus terminal which connects pretty much all the main cities in Colombia. The only down side is that it's about 40 minutes away from the town center so you have to add the cost of the taxi or take another bus. You can catch the Metrobus in the Center or Avenida de Santander.

Barranquilla, Santa-Marta, only a few hours away. 

=> Check the different bus companies online: Expreso Brasilia, Unitransco, Torcoma, Rapido Ochoa, Expreso Amerlujo.

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To get to Cartagena by boat

What a great idea to get to Cartagena by boat or to use Cartagena as a departure for Panama. Most boats will take you to Colon and via San Blas Archipelago. It's not cheap 700,000 to 1M but our friends Nathalie and Isabelle mentioned it as one of their best travel experience, and they've done a fair bit of traveling.

You can find information here: http://mamallena.com/sailboatshttp://www.sailseeadler.com or email skippers Tom (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Federico (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Some information about trips and schedule is also available at Casa Vienna in Getsemaní.
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