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Getting To and Away

By Bus
There is no bus terminal, but most bus companies have offices downtown on or near Carrera 6. Main bus companies include: Cootransmagdalena, Brasilia and Copetrans.

To Bucaramanga: every half hour, prices vary.

To Puerto BerrĂ­o: 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., prices vary.

To Barranquilla: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $35-40.

To Bogotá: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; $35.

To Cartagena: 7 a.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.; $40-46.

To Maicao: 7 p.m., $35.

To Cali: 7 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; $30.

To MedellĂ­n:
8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.; $35.

By Train
A functioning train service runs from Barrancabermeja to Puerto BerrĂ­o daily at 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. Carriages are small, and the journey takes three hours and costs $7.50. Tel: 602-7684.

By Boat
Barrancabermeja is situated on the Magdalena River, so river transport is vital. Journeys are long and tend to be expensive.

Cootransfluviales has services Puerto Berrío (6:30 a.m., $10), Gamarra (7 a.m.), El Banco (connection from here to Mompós; 5 hr, $24) and San Pablo (9 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m.). Transportes San Pablo goes to Magangué, with connections to Mompós, at 6 a.m. (9 hr, $40).

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
10 Feb 2012

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