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Travel time from Bogota to Santa Marta

Bogota to Santa Marta airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Bogota to Santa Marta? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Santa Marta, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Tuesday, 3:40 pm:  start in Bogota
drive for about 25 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:00 pm at the latest

4:05 pm:  El Dorado International (BOG)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:30 pm

4:35 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

5:35 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

6:05 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

6:20 pm:  board Compania Panamena (Copa) flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:45 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BOG
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

8:10 pm (local time):  Simon Bolivar (SMR)
Santa Marta is the same time as Bogota
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

8:25 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SMR
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 27 minutes to your destination

8:52 pm (local time):  arrive in Santa Marta

Total travel time: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from Bogota to Santa Marta

How far is Santa Marta from Bogota? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 457 miles or 735 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 5 hours, 12 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.2x faster, and saves you about 4 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Santa Marta Airports
  1. Simón Bolívar International Airport
  2. Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport

Alternate flights from Bogota to Santa Marta

The most common route is BOG to SMR, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. BOG to BAQ
    El Dorado International to Ernesto Cortissoz
  2. BOG to SMR
    El Dorado International to Simon Bolivar

Airlines that fly to Santa Marta

We picked Compania Panamena (Copa) for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Compania Panamena (Copa) (CM)

Plan a trip to Santa Marta

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Santa Marta, Colombia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Marta. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Santa Marta like Best way to experience Tayromar National Park? Click the button below to explore Santa Marta in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Santa Marta to Bogota, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Bogota to Santa Marta road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Bogota to Santa Marta?

If you happen to know Bogota, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Bogota!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 457 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 25 minutes
63 Bogota travel answers
20 Santa Marta travel answers

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