Bus Cartagena to Santa Marta: Trip Overview
Trip Reviews for Cartagena - Santa Marta
User reviews from travelers who booked a bus ticket from Cartagena to Santa Marta
Ratings and Reviews (100)
I had never seen a bus this great. Individual tv, wifi (although it didn't work), so much leg room, low reclining option, air conditioned
Nice bus and spacious seats. Unfortunately, there were road works and we were 2h30 minutes late
Only complaint is that no one told us the stop to go to the bathroom. Otherwise, great!
Somehow the bus stopped for a long time (hour) in Barranquilla. Don't know if this is normal, but it wasn't on te schedule
too many stops. arriving really late
It was freezing cold in the bus and even when we asked to turn down the air condition nothing changed. Also the bus left us at some gas station a few km away from Santa Marta and we didn’t know about it before. We had to take a taxi from there and pay it ourselves.
We left Cartagena with 20 min late whereas everything seems to be ready. After 45 min of bus, we stopped at Clemencia, because apparently some strikes were going there. We stayed there 3 hours with absolutely no explanation from the staff or the bus driver at any time. Finally, after we started again, our bus stopped twice at Baranquilla and for a long time (30 min)... why twice ?? and why for such à long time ?? Again, no explanation. We finally arrived at Santa Marta with 4 hours late compared to what was previously planned.
Bus staff and waiting room very good. Was late but not a problem.
The bus was excellent, very comfortable. The agents from this company directing people traffic were not very friendly. They were short and not very welcoming or helpful. The transportation however was excellent. Don't forget a sweater as the bus is kept cool.
Everything is good but the bus driver in the night and the way is free but I come to Santa Marta 1 hour late.
The seats were comfortable but we made a stop that lasted over an hour and a stop that took over 30 min, so we arrived more than 2 hours late.
Left late and arrived later
Late, loud TV in the bus
Very unsafe driving
The service at the terminal was awful. The bus was dirty and smelly. The driver allowed sellers from the street to hop on the bus to sell things and also passangers that did not have a ticket to ride for free. The bus left late and arrived to our destination 1 hour and 15 min later than schedule. Overall, extremelly bad service
It should be a direct bus, but it stopped and made a way to long brake to take more passenger.
my husbands seat was broken and the toilet was not usable (no paper or water)
Need to be more organised with road closures etc
We wrote an email that we wanted to cancel our bus ride and change them for other tickets (we used the email address that was indicated at the bus tickets). We never received a reply, which is not really professional. We even added a sentence in Spanish saying that if they did not understand the email, we could translate it into Spanish.
Booking the tickets was easy enough but the staff were pretty cold. I suppose by now I should not expect any bus in Central America to be on time, but 2.5hrs later and being required to switch busses and wait throws off our plans for the rest of the day. Simply have more honest scheduling so passengers can plan accordingly :)
The air conditioning was way too freezing... me and my friends were cold all the time.
Nice and comfy
Turned up to the desk and our bus wasn’t available so we had to go with a different bus company, our journey went from expected time of 4 hours to it taking just over 5 hours.
Impossible to sleep, occasional sellers coming in and out, shouting their products, loud movie (no headphones), the bathroom was blocked by a reclining seats (had to wake up a passenger to use it), multiple long stops, honking, heavy braking, almost no space for the overhead compartment (about 40cm tall, NOTHING fits). Never riding on a UNITRANSCO again.
Unsafe driving, the ride was supposed to take 4hours, instead it took 8!! many very long stops, zero communications to the guests about stops and possibility to take breaks and go to bathroom. So far the worst experience on bus in all central/south america
The bus leave really late around 1 hour and 20 min. At the first stop, they transfer me to another bus. Luckily for me, it was a better bus because they have wifi and they give snacks and drinks. And I arrive in Santa Marta around 9pm, which was 3 hours late from schedule.
Very nice trip with comfortable seats, a friendly driver, and good price.
Relation price to offer was good. I was disapointed, that my booked place in the internet was a window seat and in the bus this seat numbre was an aile seat.
Freezing cold and a short bus journey of 4h30 turned up 1h30 late
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|Earliest and Latest Bus Departures||4:00 am - 10:00 pm|
|Average Ticket Price||$14|
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|Bus companies on this route||Expreso Brasilia, Copetran|
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How long is the bus ride from Cartagena to Santa Marta?
The average travel time between Cartagena and Santa Marta is around 4h 30m, although the fastest bus will take about 3h 57m.This is the time it takes to travel the 166 km that separates the two cities.
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