Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
As I mentioned previously, I started a bus trip from Medellín(Colombia) to Baños (Ecuador). Today, I’d like to share bus experience from Medellín to Pasto.
There are two ways to get to Pasto from Medellín. The easy one would be taking a flight. Since it’s a carnival season, the flight fare is more expensive than going to Miami. There is no direct route, thus you can transfer at Bogotá or Cali to Pasto.
In case of bus, it’s the same case. Due to the length of the journey, there is no direct bus to Pasto. You can go to Popayán first, which is the capital city of Cauca region. There, you can take a bus to Pasto.
You need to be very careful choosing a bus company because some companies have really old buses that shouldn’t be provide services. So try to get some reviews before you choose the bus.
From Medellín to Popayán
There are two bus lines provide services between Medellín and Popayán: Flora Magdalena and Bolivianas. The first one is cheaper then the latter one. Plus, you can book the ticket online while I couldn’t find the online ticket sales for Bolivariana. Thus, I decided to travel with Flota Magdalena.
Every night, there is a bus from Medellín to Popayán. According to the schedule, the bus leaves at 9 p.m. and arrives at 7 a.m. However, the delay of the bus is very common in Colombia, so you should consider the delay when you plan your trip. Especially, if you’re going to transfer a bus in another terminal, take your time.
I had booked the ticket online, all I need to do was changing the ticket with the voucher. I arrived around 8 p.m. at the Terminal del Sur to take the bus. It took me about 20 mins to get the ticket due to the long line(there was only one booth opened) . So I recommend you to be there at least 30 mins before your trip.The bus usually arrives at the gate around 15 mins of the departure.
Unfortunately, my bus was delayed for 20 mins. One passenger did not show-up, we waited for her for 20 mins. The funny thing was, actually they had contacted the passenger and told her place to wait so the driver could pick her up on the way. Considering the ticket of the bus was quite expensive (88,000 cop), that was very nice of the company.
The bus stopped two times. One time at the stop-over to have breakfast (at 2a.m.) and the other was about 6-7 a.m. for a coffee break. And my bus was also delayed for two hours. Instead of arriving at 7 a.m., I arrived at 9 a.m. at Popayán.
Popayán to Pasto
Originally, I planned to have a breakfast and take some rest for 1-2 hours before taking the bus to Pasto. However, I had to leave right away because there was no ticket. Probably many people are visiting Pasto during carnival season and I couldn’t prebook online (it’s impossible). The lady told me I can go right now(9:30 a.m.) or should take a bus at 11 p.m.
Thus, I took the bus right away. In this way, I was supposed to arrive at Pasto around 2-3 p.m. There had been so many cars on the road, I arrived at Pasto at 5 p.m. in the end.
From bus terminal to the center of the town
Pasto is a quite small city, so I decided to walk to hotel instead of taking a cab. Plus, I couldn’t be sitting anymore. It’s been almost 20 hours sitting since Medellín.
From the terminal to Plaza del Carnival, it took me about 25 mins. There are many hotels nearby the bus terminal, but the neighborhood didn’t seem to be safe. So I booked one just next to the Plaza del Carnival because I had received a good impression from its name. Writing this at the hotel, I am so satisfied with my decision.
Don’t walk at night from the terminal because it’s dangerous. Since it’s a small town there are not many foreigners. And it’s very easy to be a victim of a robbery. It’s good to take a cab.
The following article will be about my first Carnival experience in Pasto. Click here to read it.
Enjoy your travel with Marimonda. See you soon 🙂