Busses in Cartagena are a pleasant
and fun experience
are colorfully painted and decorated, both inside and out.
Outside colors represent the routes traveled. Also, destinations
are printed on the front windshields. And in case you can't
see the printing because of the sun or its night time, the
bus attendant yells out the destinations as he hangs from
the door. And of course others waiting for the busses will
tell you what to look for, and help you catch the right
bus. As a newcomer to Cartagena, you will have no trouble
using the busses. Generally you will have to wait no more
than 5 minutes for "your" bus.
busses are privately owned and there are many private bus
lines serving all of Cartagena. They begin their runs at
5 a.m. and stop running at 11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, they stop
running at midnight.
are competitive and cheap, between 45-55 cents (u.s.). Pay
as you enter, or sometimes the attendant/fair collector
will collect after you have sat down. If possible, have
your coins ready and when presenting bills try not to use
a bill larger than 10 mil Pesos.
going to the airport, take the busses marked: Crespo. Tell
the driver that you are going to the airport- (are re oh
por tow, with the emphasis on the "re")
(air conditioned) busses serving the bus terminal for inter
city travel, are called: Metro. They are large and green.
The cost for these busses was actually reduced in the past
half year and now stands at about 50 cents. They run on
a cycle of approximately 25 minutes.
you will see the attendant exiting the bus in front of female
riders. He will offer his hand as they step down. In Cartagena
de Indias, chivalry is alive and well-thank you!
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