How to get to Cartagena
-Avianca has a daily direct flight from Miami to Cartagena
-Spirit has a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
-There are other 1-stop options with Copa and LATAM Airlines.
From New York:
-Avianca has a direct flight from JFK to Cartagena on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
-There are other 1-stop options with Copa Airlines.
-Delta Airlines have direct flights to and from Cartagena on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
-Copa Airlines and United have 1-stop flights to Cartagena
From Los Angeles:
-Copa Airlines and Avianca have 1-stop flights to Cartagena
From San Francisco:
-Copa Airlines has 1-stop flights to Cartagena
From Las Vegas:
-Copa and Spirit Airlines have 1-stop flights to Cartagena
A variety of airlines offer one stop flights (usually via Bogota or Panama City) to Cartagena throughout the week. The major carriers in Colombia are Avianca and Latam, they both offer international and domestic flights.
Low-cost carriers include Wingo and VivaColombia. These airlines operate pretty much like Spirit Air/Jet Blue/Allegiant Air in the US or Easy-Jet/Vueling/Jet Blue in Europe. They do offer significantly cheaper seats than Avianca/Latam for domestic flights.
Transportation in Cartagena
There is a “taxi stand” that gives you an approximation of your fare according to your destination. However, it is advisable to agree on the price with the driver before you get into the taxi; often they take advantage of tourists and ask for more money.
Sometimes they accept dollars so make sure you have the approximate equivalent. Having a $5 dollar bill and $5 worth in singles will get you to your hotel. If the driver is nice, feel free to tip $1-$2.
Otherwise you may also exchange a little bit of money at the airport. We recommend that you just exchange enough for the cab ride. You don't want to exchange too much as airports offer the worst exchange rates. When you go to your hotel, ask the concierge where is the best place to go to exchange money. We have learned that banks or withdrawing from an ATM usually gets you the best rates.
Here are the rates to and from Rafael Núñez Airport:
Airport to/from Old City (10 minutes) - $13,000-$16,000 COP (Approx. $4-$5 USD)
Airport to/from Bocagrande (15 minutes) - $20,000-$25,000 COP (Approx. $7-$9 USD)
Taxis in Cartagena are everywhere so they are a very convenient service. They offer good, clean, safe, A/C transportation. Most in-city fares are about $2.50 USD. Just remember to negotiate rate before getting in the cab.
Another alternative is to utilize sharing ride service from UBER. Cartagena in Uber Colombia has 2 Uber car types ready to pick you up. The Uber Cartagena fare rates are updated daily. Use the Uber fare estimate to get an estimate on your Uber ride in Cartagena.
Are you new to Uber? Get a $20,000 COP Uber promo code here for your first trip in Cartagena.