Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Cartagena airport (CTG)
The best option is to book the transfer from or to the airport online and in advance. This way you can get a better rate and with the comfort that a driver will be waiting. Rates from 6.50 USD per person. The reservation must be at least 12 hours in advance.
At the airport, the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name, as soon as you leave the baggage claim area and enter the public hall. In the case that you are in a Hotel or apartment, the driver will be waiting outside the building. If you have the possibility to park your vehicle, you can sometimes wait at the reception.
On the other hand, inside the airport you will find different windows with private transfer companies and the individual price is quite high (about US $ 35).
Another option is that if you join the group transfer of other passengers (they will leave them for route coherence and not in order of arrival to the minibus) they will charge you about 8 USD per person).
The buses known as “Metrocar” are the public transport option. They connect the airport with the city center. The line that makes this route is Metrocar Route B. You will recognize them because they are white and green. It is the cheapest alternative although the slowest and least comfortable.
Frequent services to and from the city between 6:50 am and 11:45 pm.
From the Airport to the Bus Terminal: Rafael Núñez Airport, Santander Avenue, Centro – Indio Catalina, Sanfelipe Castle, Bazurto Market, Crisanto Luque Avenue, Del Bosque Avenue and Bomba del Amparo.
From the Transport Terminal to the Cartagena de Indias airport: the same, in the opposite direction.
The metrocar runs approximately every 10 minutes.
A trip to the center is around 2,000 COP (0.70us $ or 0.65 €).
The airport has two authorized taxi stations, one in each terminal. Taxi ranks are located at the national and international exits.
The estimated fare from Cartagena Airport to the historic center costs about $ 14,000 COP (4 USD). And to Bocagrande $ 20,500 COP (6 USD).
When you arrive on an international flight, look for the electronic machines located on the right, as soon as you pass customs control. When you enter the address you want to go to, the machine issues a ticket that shows the price to pay.
If instead you arrive through the domestic terminal, there is a window on the left and there they will give you the ticket when you tell them where you are going.
Duration of the journey
As the airport is located within the urban area, distances are relatively short. The duration of the trip from the Rafael Nuñez Airport to the historic center ranges between 10 and 15 minutes, to Getsemaní it is 15 minutes, about 20 minutes to Bocagrande.
It is recommended to use official taxis since they have fixed rates to different sectors of the city.
Services such as Uber are available although they do not have an exclusive stop (since it is for authorized taxis). Therefore, once the transfer request has been made, you must coordinate with the driver, the collection area or meeting point. Fares are usually a bit cheaper than taxis, although they do not have the comfort of waiting for you at the terminal door.
Latest updates: January 08, 2022