How to get from Jardin to Salento Colombia [2019]


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What was once a very long day and a minimum of 3 buses to get from Jardin to Salento is now a much easier journey.  If your next destination is Salento from Jardin, then here are all the details about the buses running this route.  We’ve included the Jardin bus companies running the route to Salento, bus timings and fares too.  You’ll also find details of how to do this journey in reverse – and go from Salento to Jardin.

The Easiest Way to Get from Jardin to Salento

The route to get to Salento from Jardin used to take at least 3 buses and took around 10 hours.  In 2019, a new bus route has changed all of this.  You can now take 2 buses, leaving Jardin at 0800 and arriving in Salento at around 1630.

  1. Take a bus from Jardin to Rio Sucio at 0800
  2. Arrive in Rio Sucio at 1145 and buy a ticket from Rio Sucio to Salento
  3. Leave Rio Sucio at 1215 and arrive in Salento at 1630

The Quickest Way to Get from Jardin to Salento

The quickest route to get to Salento from Jardin is to take the Coostransio bus from Jardin at 0800 to Rio Sucio.  Buy a ticket with Flota Occidental from Rio Sucio to Salento.  Leave Rio Sucio at 1215 and arrive in Salento at around 1630.

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How to Buy Tickets to Get from Jardin to Salento.

How to Buy tickets from Jardin to Rio Sucio

To buy tickets for the bus from Jardin to Salento, first, buy the ticket for the bus from Jardin to Rio Sucio.  The company operating the Jardin-Rio Sucio route is Cootransio.  You can buy tickets directly from their office.  We advise you book a day in advance to be sure of a seat.  There are allocated seats on this bus, so the earlier you book, the better seat you get.  If you are travelling in a pair we suggest one handles the bigger bags and the other grabs seats.  This is a bumpy mountain road, seats closer to the front are more comfortable.

 

Cost of Tickets from Jardin to Rio Sucio

Bus tickets from Jardin to Rio Sucio cost 20,000 COP per person.

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Cootransio Office in Jardin Map

You can find the Cootransio offices here in Jardin.

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The Coostransio office in Jardin is located at Calle 5, 52 – opposite the Transportes Sureste offices.  It may be co-located with Rapido Ochoa.

Where does the bus from Jardin arrive in Rio Sucio

The bus to Rio Sucio from Jardin arrives at the Rio Sucio bus terminal.

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How to Buy tickets from Rio Sucio to Salento

Once you arrive in Rio Sucio, head to the Flota Occidental ticket booth.  This is the first ticket booth as you enter the bus station.  Buy your bus ticket from Rio Sucio to Salento here.  The company operating the Rio Sucio-Salento route is Flota Occidental.  There are no allocated seats on this bus.  If you are travelling in a pair we suggest one handles the bigger bags and the other grabs seats.

Cost of Tickets from Rio Sucio to Salento

Bus tickets from Rio Sucio to Salento cost 30,000 COP per person.  (update August 2019 – from the provider, Flota Occidental)

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Where does the bus from Rio Sucio arrive in Salento

The bus from Rio Sucio to Salento arrives at the Salento bus terminal on the outskirts of Salento.

How to Go from Salento to Jardin

To do this journey in reverse – i.e. to get to Jardin to Salento its possible to take just 2 buses.  First you will need to take a bus from Salento to Rio Sucio.  Then in Rio Sucio take the bus from Rio Sucio to Jardin.  It is not currently possible to book either of these buses online.

Salento to Rio Sucio

The bus that goes to Rio Sucio from Salento is run by Flota Occidental.  It leaves at 0750 each day.  This bus from Salento to Rio Sucio costs 30,000 COP per person.   The bus arrives into Rio Sucio in time to catch a bus to Jardin.

Rio Sucio to Jardin

There is a 1500 bus to Jardin from Rio Sucio.  This bus costs 20,000 COP per person.  This bus is operated by Cootransio.

FAQS on Travelling From Jardin to Salento

Here are the frequently asked questions about the trip to Salento from Jardin.  If you have any further questions please ask in the comments and we’ll update this section.

Is there a Shuttle Bus from Jardin to Salento

No.  There is no shuttle bus from Jardin to Salento.  It is necessary to take local buses from Jardin to Rio Sucio and then from Rio Sucio to Salento to complete this journey.

Where does the Jardin to Rio Sucio Bus Depart From

The Coostransio bus to Rio Sucio from Jardin departs from the Coostransio office at Calle 5, 52

Is the bus from Jardin to Rio Sucio a chiva?

No.  It is a minivan seating 16-18 people.

cootransio bus from jardin to rio sucio

Is it best to sit on the left or the right from Jardin to Rio Sucio

The best views are on the right-hand side of the bus

Is it best to sit on the left of the right from Rio Sucio to Salento

The best views are on the right-hand side of the bus.

Can you fly from Jardin to Salento

No. the nearest airport to Jardin is 129 kilometres away.  The closest airport to Jardin is Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH / SKMD).  The closest airport to Salento is at Armenia, which is around 1 hour and 45 minutes away.  The nearest airport to Salento is El Eden.

How much does it cost to get from Jardin to Salento

The ticket from Jardin to Rio Sucio costs 20,000 COP.  From Rio Sucio to Salento the cost of the bus ticket is 28,000 COP.

Can you book bus tickets online from Jardin to Salento

No.  It is not possible to book online for the bus journey from Jardin to Salento.

Is it necessary to book bus tickets from Jardin to Salento in advance

Yes.  There are limited seats on the buses, we recommend booking at least a day in advance

What Are the Roads like from Jardin to Salento?

The route is split into two parts.  First, the road from Jardin to Rio Sucio is an unpaved mountain road.  In the rainy season, it is precarious and the road is very rough.

road from jardin to rio sucio

From Rio Sucio to Salento the road is good, windy, but a properly paved road.

What facilities are there at the Rio Sucio Bus Terminal?

The bus station at Rio Sucio has toilets (8000 COP) and small food stalls where you can buy fruit and empanadas.

 

Finally…

We hope that you’ve found this guide on how to get from Jardin to Salento in 2019 useful.  Please let us know if you have any questions in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “How to get from Jardin to Salento Colombia [2019]

    • Sarah Carter Post author

      Hi there, sorry for the delay. There is currently no direct bus from Salento to Jardin, and I’ve just reconfirmed that with FLota Occidental. And to go from Pereira to Jardin you will need to go via Rio Sucio too. 🙁

  • Hannah

    Hi Sarah,
    thanks for your information. I am in Jardin right now. I am thinking to go to Salento but am afraid the long bus trip because I got quite carsick when I came on bus from Medellin a few days ago. Do you think I should take a break stopping halfway in RioScio or somewhere else to make the long bus trip tolerable? or just keep going and take one rough ride in the shortest time.

    Regards, Hannah

    • Sarah Carter

      Hi Hannah, so sorry to hear that. The ride from Jardin to Rio Sucio is pretty windy (most of the drop offs are on the right hand side of the road), and the road is very bumpy/unpaved in lots of places, its only the last few km that are on smoother roads. The road from Rio Sucio to Salento is generally good – less windy until you come to the drive up to Salento (maybe 20 minutes or so depending on the traffic and roadworks). If you can I’d stick it out, knowing that the worst is over – the road from Rio Sucio to Salento is all paved if that makes a difference.

  • Nancy

    Hello, Your info on the buses is great. I am planning to go from Salento to Jardin.
    Can you help me with information with the Rio Sucio to Jardin route. Are there mini-buses that take a longer route on a highway? I read this in another post.

    • Sarah Carter Post author

      Hi there! I haven’t heard about the minibus route, just that there are two buses from Rio Sucio to Jardin (0800 and 1400) and that they take the unpaved mountain road the we took in the opposite direction. If you want to take highways, then your best route from Salento to Jardin would be to go from Salento to Medellin terminal sur and then grab a bus from there to Jardin. (I don’t think it saves any time, either journy will be as long as the other, but this would be highway roads, rather than unpaved. Let me know how you go!

  • Hannah Farmery

    Hi, I’m currently in Colombia and am hoping to go from Salento to Jardin in a day. You talked about a direct bus from Rio Sucio to Salento, do you know if there’s one from Salento to Rio Sucio at one time?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Sarah Carter

      Hi Hannah – There is a bus, I just had it confirmed by Flota Occidental. It leaves at 0750 each day and costs 30,000 COP. I’ll email you as well, in case you don’t get this in time.