Playa Blanca Shuttle


All customers who have accommodation reserved at Hostel Mamallena Cartagena are eligible for a 20% discount for our Playa Blanca Shuttle Bus when reserving in advance and paying on arrival.


Price: Return 50,000COP per person

Departs Cartagena: Daily 08:30am & 1pm

Return Isla Baru: Daily 11:00am & 3pm


  • Air conditioned transportation
  • No additional taxes are required

At Mamallena Tours and Travel we operate our own Playa Blanca Cartagena shuttle bus.  The bus departs from Cartagena twice daily and we feel its the best way to get to Playa Blanca.  It is possible to go by boat to the Rosario islands, but its more expensive and there are often delays.  The waves can also be rough and its not a trip for the faint hearted.  The Mamallena Shuttle bus to Playa Blanca is by fair the best option.  Return tickets are open so you can return when you like if you wish to stay for a night or two.

If its a day trip you’re after then you would leave from Hostel Mamallena in Calle Media Luna at 9am.  Departures are pretty punctual and we try not to lave later than the set hour.  You’ll be at the beach in around 45 minutes.  The bus returns from Isla Baru at 3pm each day arriving back at Hostel Mamallena at around 4pm. Don’t don’t miss the bus or you might spend the night. You’ll get around 5.5 hours at the beach, and you’ll find lots of beautiful restaurants to eat at, right at the waters edge.

If you want a nice, peaceful night away from Cartagena then we suggest spending the night at Playa Blanca.  During the morning and evening periods there will be very few other tourists and you will feel like you have the whole beach to yourself.  There are a variety of accommodation options for all budgets.  Our shuttles leaves at 9am and 1pm from Hostel Mamallena and leaves Playa Blanca at 11am and 3pm.  You can pick your departure time and return on any day, at any time you like.  The ticket is open and fully flexible.

The Mamallena Playa Blanca shuttle departs daily at 08:30am and 1pm from Hostel Mamallena in Calle Media Luna Getsemani, a short walk from the city centre.  Departures From Playa Blanca, Isla Baru are at 11am and 3pm.  Theres no waiting times, and no other pick ups.  Its straight from Mamallena to the beach at Playa Blanca.  Depending on traffic you should be lounging on the beach in about an hour.  You’ll be traveling with AC all the way and you certainly won’t be getting wet nor seasick.  If you’re on a day trip beach time is around 5 hours.  Our price is for a return trip and is available to return from Playa Blanca any day you like.  You can spend the night and return the next day for the one price.  You”ll save travel time and spend a lot more time at the beach.

 For most people Playa Blanca is a must see when visiting Cartagena, whether it´s for a day trip or for a night or two.  Contrary to what some people seem to think, it is not over run by tourism except for a few hours during the day when the tour boats arrive.It is possible to find a stretch where you can be by yourself, especially if you stay overnight.  Isla Baru is a man made part of the Rosario islands.  The island itself was created when a huge navigation ditch was made and it was cut from the mainland over 300 years ago by the Spanish.There is a bunch of basic accommodation places at Playa Blanca. Prices start from 7,000COP for a hammock, 10,000COP for a tent and 50,000COP for a room.



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