Colombian destinations are easily reached by the extensive bus routes throughout the country. Annoying for many budget travelers, the bus stations are often located a distance from the city, forcing you to take another local bus or taxi into the city center.
The bus stations are set up with various company’s offices. A traveler then has to go from one to the next to determine the best price, when the buses leave, how long they take etc. The best advice I can give when trying to get a reasonable price on buses in Colombia is to bargain hard. Even when haggling though, it seemed like there was a point that no company would go beyond. Colombian buses aren’t cheap, expect to pay around $4 or $5 per hour.
Also, I recommend asking locals about the bus routes. A friend and I both experienced, in separate incidences, bus companies selling us tickets to Santa Marta, but actually being let out before that and having to fight like hell to get us all the way to our destination. Ask the bus company if you need to transfer along the way to reach your final destination. If they say yes, just buy a ticket to that transfer city and buy the next ticket once you’re there.
Read more about Colombian buses at:
- Colombian buses why I despise you
- San Gil to Santa Marta bus scam
Colombia Travel Guide