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How to get from Cartagena Airport to the City

Cartagena, located on the Caribbean coastline in Colombia, is a well-preserved city boasting colonial architecture, a charming old town, and crystal-clear waters. It offers visitors a unique and enchanting experience; whether you want to explore the maze-like streets of the walled city, relax on the white-sand beaches, or immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, Cartagena is a destination that will leave you spellbound.

So when visiting the vibrant city, you will be landing at Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG), and taxis are the only option if you want to travel to Cartagena’s Old Town in the centre. Getting a taxi from Cartagena Airport to the city is easy, inexpensive and accessible, as cabs offer 24/7 door-to-door services, taking you to your Cartagena accommodation in only 20 minutes.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Cartagena at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €19 20min 24/7 Book
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Taxi €4 20min 24/7

How to get from Cartagena Airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Cartagena Airport to Old Town is the easiest and only travel option. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide comfortable door-to-door services, taking 20 minutes to reach your Cartagena accommodation. Moreover, taxis are inexpensive in Colombia, making them a convenient and accessible way to travel.

Fare for your taxi from Cartagena Airport to Old Town

Cartagena taxis calculate their prices using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. Depending on traffic conditions, you can expect to pay around €4 (COP 20,430) for your transportation from Cartagena Airport to your hotel and €6 (COP 30,650) at night and on weekends.

However, if you prefer travelling at a fixed price with no hidden fees and with a local English-speaking driver, it is recommended to pre-book your private airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€4 (COP 20,430)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find Cartagena International Airport’s taxi ranks right outside the terminal building, in the designated taxi waiting area.

Convenience

Taxis from Cartagena Airport to Old Town Cartagena are the only travel option. Cabs are cheap, easy and provide 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle, making them a great way to get around.

However, if you prefer travelling with a reputable international company with a local English-speaking driver, you can pre-book your airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Editor’s Note

Please note that surcharges are applicable for day, night and weekend taxi trips.

Useful Tips

Not all Cartagena taxis accept card payments; therefore, it is best to confirm with your taxi driver beforehand.
Tipping your taxi driver in Cartagena is uncommon; however, you can always round up the fare to the nearest amount.
Ensure the taximeter has been switched on, reset and set at the correct tariff before starting your trip from Cartagena Airport to the city.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Cartagena. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

Cancel up to 24 hours before the pickup and get an 80% refund

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Prices

DAYTIME
€19.0
NIGHTTIME
€22.8
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Welcome Pickups - Airport Taxi Services

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Cartagena Airport to Old Town?

Taxis are the only possible option for transportation from Cartagena Airport to your hotel in the city centre. Taxis are cheap, available 24/7 and can get you downtown in just 20 minutes.

How far is it from Cartagena Airport to the city?

Cartagena Airport is located 6 km southwest of the city centre. It takes around 20 minutes to reach by car or taxi.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Cartagena Airport to Old Town?

Taxis in Cartagena calculate their prices using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. On average, a 20-minute trip from Cartagena Airport to the city centre costs around €4 (COP 20,430). However, an additional fee is applied for night-time trips (between 20:00 and 05:00) and weekends, bringing the fare to approximately €6 (COP 30,650).

Nevertheless, pre-booking your Cartagena Airport to city transfer with Welcome Pickups is highly recommended for a set, competitive rate with no hidden charges.

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