City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Shore Excursion

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

From USD 17.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


When your cruise ship drops anchor in Cartagena—a coastal city where Colombian and Caribbean cultures combine—maximise your time with a hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus tour. Take a seat on the bus at Cartagena Cruise Port and then disembark at one of 16 stops whenever an attraction captures your attention. Tick off Old Town Cartagena, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Las Bovedas, and many more while learning about the colonial city’s history from an audio guide.
  • City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Cartagena
  • Create a personal sightseeing itinerary and explore Cartagena at leisure
  • Tick off top attractions such as Old Town Cartagena, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and Las Bovedas
  • Hop on and off at any of the 16 stops around the city
  • Enjoy informative audio commentary on board the bus

What's Included

  • 1 or 2 day hop-on hop-off bus ticket
  • Entry to Museo de la Esmeralda
  • Guided 90 minute walking tour
  • Cruise port pick-ups
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

  • 4/1/2023 - 3/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 am - 06:00 pm

What To Expect

Hop-On Hop-Off Cartagena

14 Stops

10 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour

Operating Schedule: Schedule: 09:00 - 18:00 Loop: 90 Minutes Frequency: 45 Minutes


Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias

Fuerte de San Sebastián del Pastelillo

Clock Tower

Castle San Felipe de Barajas

Casa Museo Rafael Núñez

Playa del Boquetillo

Cl. 31 #1-2

Bocagrande Plaza Mall

Avenida San Martín

Casino Rio Cartagena

Hotel Caribe By Faranda Grand, A Member of Radisson Individuals

Hilton Cartagena

Playa Castillo Grande

Points of interest passed by on this route

Walled City of Cartagena

Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias

Casa Museo Rafael Nunez

Fuerte de San Sebastian del Pastelillo

Plaza Bocagrande Centro Comercial

Torre del Reloj

Muelle La Bodeguita

Playa de Castillo Grande

Rio Casino

Walled City of Cartagena

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Season: All Year Round
  • Tour runs from 9:00am - 6:00pm. Duration - 90 Minutes. Frequency - every 45 minutes.
  • Walking tour: Departs at 4:00pm. Duration - 90 minutes. Meeting point - Torre del Reloj bus stop.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Mobile and printed paper vouchers are accepted for this tour
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.
  • Most travellers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

Take your time and take all the beauty of the old city in.


117 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-10 of 117 reviews
Not as advertised.
Alan_S, Mar 2023
We had planned to take this excursion, but we met a couple on our ship who took it the day before. They had to take a taxi to the pickup location and NOT the Hop On/Hop Off bus next to the ship. While they requested an English tour, the tour was all in Spanish. They said all they experienced was terrible traffic and horns-honking. Surprisingly, they were delivered back to the port. We decided to just absorb the $30 cost for the two tickets and avoid the additional cost.
Old buses, boring route
Alena_I, Feb 2023
We arrived to Cartagena by cruise. The Viator website told us to proceed to the stop which is temporarily closed. There is no signs on that stop stating the fact. There are hasslers at the port dressed in hop on hop off jacket and a company pin , who try to sell you a taxi fo $20 to the nearest bus stop when uber cost us only $2. Later we learned that bus takes us to port, that rep failed to mention it. The route has nothing existing to see. In order to see old town, you have to get off . Bus is old, no AC. They give ear phones, which is a litter. Plastic wrapper on the floor, most of the ride just played music. It was actually pricey for the experience. Just take an Uber to old town and have a great experience by foot
Don’t follow their directions it’s a kluster
Judy_S, Feb 2023
Where do I begin? First, the instructions from the operator could not be any more wrong. It would take them all of five minutes to go on a word document, backspace and retype the correct information, but apparently that’s too much trouble. Instead, you will be frustrated and confused trying to find where you would pick up at the bus. The instructions clearly state in numerous areas that cruise ship passengers meet at stop #2 which is San Sebastián pastellilo Stop. However, stop # 2 is the convention center and stop #3 is San Sebastian de Pastellilo. Except that the San Sebastian stop is no longer in operation and that is on their brochure that you get when you get on the bus. They failed to mention this in any of the instructions so you will stand at the San Sebastian stop until some kind soul tells you that you have to go to stop number 2, which is the convention center. Secondly, in a day and age of mobile tickets used everywhere, this operator can’t advance and requires a paper ticket. So don’t think you’re gonna book this on a ship or on a trip with no access to a printer. Can’t imagine the business they are losing. We walked it, but probably best to get a cab to the convention center, you will see Juan Valdez coffee shop. The bus may stop at the sign or around the corner and the times are not correct either…plus, a 45 min tour all around, takes 2 there’s that..then at one point the tour guides said we had to get off, then they said we should stay on…it was a kluster. Oh, and the bus was full so if you did get off, there was no guarantee that the next bus would even have a seat for you. A cab from stop #2 back to the port should not be over $10. Do this: take a cab to the old city ($10) and enjoy, then cab back to port ($10). Skip the frustration dealing with this operator, life’s too short. I would attach pics but no feature for that. 🤨
Ok if you just need to fill a couple of hours ashore
Sara_M, Jan 2023
Very unnerving stepping out of the aviary into what can only be described as a mob of aggressive men who wouldn’t take “no thank you” as a response to their demands to take their trips / taxis. Disorganised start to the trip, was only by chance we found the waiting area at the petrol station. waited 40 mins to get a “connection bus”. Many wasted minutes while they tried to solve the mystery of the missing tickets. The bus was filled to capacity, no one waiting to hop back on was able to board. At the end of the trip we were told to “wait for an hour” to go back to the ship…. We declined and flagged a taxi back. Was nothing much to see on the trip :(
Patricia_D, Jan 2023
Woke up sick on the morning of the tour and was unable to take tour; unable to reach anyone at Viator to cancel.
Greatly misinformed by the provider!
Joseph_T, Dec 2022
Very disappointed in the manner in which the company gives the customer misinformation. We were given written information to meet the bus at "stop #2 San Sebastion." We take a taxi there to find out that stop was "out of swrvice". Then take a taxi to next stop. We get there & the guide tells the bus is full & they have a group already to get on the next bus. Finally get on a bus & given a brochure that totally had different instructions than the paper wecwere sent by the company. This was a terrible experience! You have seen our business for the last time!
the instructions on the...
Nanie_P, Dec 2022
the instructions on the email to redeem the hop on hop off tickets was confusing with regards to the location of the redemption center that was printed on the email was different. Wish it wand with no problem.
Waste of money
Lynn, Nov 2022
Staying dry on a wet day. Not very informative recording, with lots of music played between stops. You would be better taking a smaller private tour around the city by car rather than bus.
Unable to use as the tour was not available!
Cynthia_P, Nov 2022
When we arrived we found that the hop on hop off bus was not running owing to a fiesta ,so wasted our money. Can we get a refund?
Not for me
judy_K, Oct 2022
Cartagena is a very poor city with tons of filth and traffic.. vendors coming right up to the open air busses being very aggressive to the point of grabbing at your shirt sleeves to sell their wares. But busses were so crowded we didn't dare get off for fear of never being able to catch another esp. with all the traffic.
Loved it
Veronica_F, Apr 2022
I loved the tour. The attendant was wonderful, and I feel like I saw soamy things. This is also one of the best ways to get around the city.
Hop on hop
Charles_M, Mar 2020
Great way to see as much historical of Cartagena, Columbia as you desire. Take your time and take all the beauty of the old city in. The new city was ok. We really loved the old city. Great experiences.
Great Sightseeing Option
David_D, Mar 2020
The hop-on hop-off bus was great. The only problem we had was the explanation of how to get to the bus. A taxi was required. We were a little unclear of the address to go to and how much the taxi would be. Once we got to the bus, everything else was great.
Unused ticket
struver, Feb 2020
Sadly I was unable to use my pre- purchased ticket. The cost of getting to the redemption site from the cruise ship port was high and the process of getting to the right place(s) to get to use the ticket was not easy. I thought I’d be able to walk over quickly and redeem the ticket. Not The case at all
Old town walking tour is best part, and worth the cost of tour!
David_R, Dec 2019
Tour pick up at port was a plus for this cruiser. Guide on walking tour was great. Headphones on bus pointed out many sites and gave good explanations.
Chaotic hop on hop off
Karen N, Dec 2019
Very disorganized. The place to pick up the bus on the ticket was wrong and we waited over an hour before a bus came by and it wouldnt pick us up because it was for the cruise ships. They did send a shuttle to take us to a different area to pick up the bus. There were so many people waiting we couldntget on. We went shopping and came back later. Finally got on but no headphones provided. Worst experience for hop on hop off.
Deborahveda, Dec 2019
This is one of the rare times I have found it necessary to give a negative review. Upon arriving in port we discovered it was necessary to pay $20 to take a taxi to where a non cruise excursion for the Hop on hop off sightseeing bus that was booked through Viator. Apparently there are 3 of these buses that do the route but we were only permitted to ride one of the 3 buses that come only every 30-40 minutes and should this be full (about 40 passengers) it is necessary to wait for the next. The average temperature in Cartagena is very hot and it can be most unpleasant waiting around searching for the bus pick up location initially. As a result we did not have the opportunity to visit some of the sites we planned to see and decided to return early to the ship foregoing further frustrations. We would have been better to have just taken a taxi to the places we visited and still saved $$.
Rach20Canada, Oct 2019
Not as advertised. I booked the shore excursions with port pickup - there was no port pickup and to get to bus you have to take a taxi into town. Once in town there was a 200+ person line. Not enough buses, tours ended mid afternoon. Not as advertised. I hope to get a full refund as I was unable to actually take the tour.
not happy
lorraine g, Sept 2019
when we got to cartagena in Spain we went to get on the bus and tolf not them, The tickets were for cartagena in columbia. The guy told us it happens a lot, we still went on the bus but had to pay for a new ticket, NOT HAPPY beware Cartagena Spain does not have this tour
Audio system is absolutely useless.
Giriam_P, Jan 2019
Audio system is useless. Very poor audio quality and also that you are unable to change channels to preferred language.

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