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Getting to and away from Santa Marta

By Bus

Santa Marta’s bus terminal is about midway between the city and El Rodadero. It has showers, bathrooms, ATM, luggage storage (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.), snack stands, shops, phones and Internet.

To Barranquilla: (2 hr, $5.60-6.70)—frequent departures 4 a.m.-7:30 p.m. with Brasilia, Cootragua, Berlinas, Costeña.

To Cartagena: (4 hr, $11-13)—frequent departures 4:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with Berlinas, Costeña, Brasilia, Cootragua, Cootracosta.

To Montería: Brasilia (6 buses 8 a.m.-9 p.m., 9 hr, $39).

To Riohacha / Maicao: (half-hourly, 2.5 hr / 4.5 hr, $10 / $12)—Brasilia, Cootragua, Rápido Ochoa

To Venezuela direct: Amerlujo (daily noon) and Berlinas (daily 1 p.m.) depart for Maracaibo ($53, 7 hours), Barquisimeto, Maracay, Valencia and Caracas ($103, 20 hours); passport needed to book ticket. Amerlujo has helf-price fares for children.

To Valledupar: (4 hr, $11-13)—Copetran (7 buses 4 a.m.-5 p.m.), Cootracosta (8 buses 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Also Costaline (5 buses), Cootragua (4 buses)

To Bucaramanga: (9 hr, $28-33)—Copetran (3 buses 6:30-10 p.m.), Brasilia (8:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.), Berlinas (8 p.m.)

To Bogotá: (17 hr, $39-44)—all departures 2-8:30 p.m.)—Berlinas (3 buses), Copetran (3 buses), Brasilia (4 buses)

To Medellín: Rápido Ochoa (5 buses 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 14 hr, $56), Copetran (5 p.m., 17-18 hr, $50), Brasilia (4 buses 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., 17 hr, $56-60)

To get to El Banco, the starting point for boat journeys up the Río Magdalena, first go to Cuatro Vientos near Bosconia.

MarSol (Ca. 23A, 6-54. Tel: 421-2121/Cel: 300-808-3151) has door-to-door service to Cartagena ($22), as well as to Barranquilla and Valledupar.

By Air

Santa Marta’s Aeropuerto Simón Bolívar is 16 kilometers (9.5 mi) south of the city. Four airlines offer domestic flights, with international connections. Fares to Bogotá cost up to $275 one way (1-1.25 hr), but check their websites for special rates (that can be as low as $100).

Copa—To Bogotá: twice daily, with national and international connections (Carrera 3, 17-27. Tel.: 5-421-0120, URL:

Aires—To Bogotá: three flights per day (Carrera 3, 17-27, local 4. Tel.: 5-431-1203, URL:

Avianca—To Medellín: daily, $167-444 one way; to Bogotá: four times daily (Carrera 2A, 14-17. Tel: 421-4958 / 421-4018, URL:

Easy Fly—To Bucaramanga: daily, from $35 one way (airport, Tel: 431-3370, URL:

By Train

The tourist train Ruta de Macondo, from Santa Marta to Aracataca, is presently on hold until the company offering the services submits the proper studies.

By Boat

Travelers cruising the Caribbean in their own sailboat or yacht can dock at Santa Marta's new international marina (Marina Internacional) located at the south end of the camellón (Carrera 1, 22-93. Tel: 421-5037, E-mail:, URL:

Santa Marta has become a favorite port call for international cruise ships (cruceros). They come on Sundays and Tuesdays (and sometimes Thursdays).

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