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Cartagena Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cartagena Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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CTG Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport.

What to Expect

Cartagena Airport (code: CTG) is divided into an International Terminal and a Domestic Terminal. You’ll find a few basic eateries and shops, though none are open 24 hours. If you plan to stay the night, be sure to purchase your snacks and drinks before the restaurants close.  Free WiFI helps pass the time. For added comfort, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

cartagena airport guideOvernight campers should check out the seats in the main terminal, which are reportedly comfortable and can be pushed together.  Some reviewers reported mosquitoes, so bring bug spray if you can.  Do expect security guards to check your ID and passport or to wake you when the airport gets busy in the early morning. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Cartagena Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Las Americas – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available, must be booked 24 hours in advance. » Check Rates
  • Varanasi Boutique Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Hotel Manglar 421 – (5 minutes from the airport) The hotel can arrange airport transportation ($). Reviews also suggested the hotel is close enough to walk to. » Check Rates
  • Radisson Cartagena Ocean Pavillion Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged directly through the hotel via private taxi service ($). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cartagena Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Avianca Sala VIP – Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, after boarding area. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Sala VIP  – Location: International Terminal, Airside, 1st Floor, right after the Duty-free Shop. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Cartagena Airport. Connect to the “Sacsa Gratis” Network.

Pro-Tip: Free WiFi through the Sacsa Gratis network is available inside the gates, but not in the check-in area. However, there is one spot just outside the international gate where you can connect to the Free WiFi network. The Sacsa Gratis network is accessible in the far back corner to the right of the international gates.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: unknown.

Banking – Bancolombia offers full-service banking and an ATM in Domestic Arrivals, landside. Hours: 8:00AM – 11:30AM and 2:00PM – 4:30PM (Mon-Thurs) *same hours but open until 5:00PM on Friday.

Currency Exchange – Americambios – Location: Landside, International Arrivals Terminal • Globocambio – Location: Airside, International Terminal. Hours for both locations: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a small selection of shops. Hours: according to flight schedule.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions can be found in both terminals. There are no 24-hour options. Restaurants/Cafes are open 3:00AM – 12:00AM in the Domestic Terminal whereas in the International Terminal they operate from 6:00AM – 3:30PM or 11:00PM depending on the day’s operations.

Information Desk – Location: Landside, Main Hall, in front of Check-in Counters. Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – The airport has a Medical Center. Location: Landside, 1st Floor. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that a mobile charging station can be found inside the international departures lounge.

Pharmacy – Yes a Drugstore is available in the Main Hall. Hours: according to flight schedule.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Cartagena airport is served by the following airlines: Air Panama • American AirlinesAvianca Copa AirlinesDelta Air Lines • EasyFly • JetBlue • KLM • LATAM • Spirit • Viva Colombia • Wingo.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Public buses run between CTG airport and the city center. Service is available from 6:50AM – 11:45PM.

Car Rentals

Budget and Avis have rental agencies onsite in the Arrivals area of the Domestic Terminal.


Fixed-rate prepaid taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Pay at the taxi ranks located at the Domestic and International terminals, then present the receipt to your driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.