Where to stay in Cúcuta – What you need to know

San José de Cúcuta is the capital of the Norte de Santander department, in eastern Colombia.

This city is famous for being the birthplace of General Francisco de Paula Santander, a hero of Colombian independence and for being located exactly on the border between Colombia and Venezuela.

And while the tourist slogan of the city of Cucuta is “The city without borders”, much of its economy is linked to trade with its neighbors to the east.

Despite being very close to the mountains of the Andes, Cúcuta is a city with a warm climate, with temperatures that can sometimes be suffocating and high humidity.

Among the tourist attractions of this city you can find the Cathedral of San José, its relatively well preserved colonial center, the old Villa del Rosario town and Santander Park, among others.

Best areas to stay in Cucuta, Colombia

1. Best area: Calle 10 & Ventura Mall

Definitely the best area to stay in Cúcuta.

Cucuta’s Calle 10 is the commercial heart of the city. In fact, it is known as an “open-air shopping center”.

It is one of the streets that constitute the center of the city, the section that goes from the Santander Park to the Diagonal Santander Avenue is the clothes and shoes shopping hotspot par excellence in Cucuta.

Ventura Plaza Shopping Center is located in the aforementioned intersection and it is a shopping, dining and entertainment hub.

In this area you can find some of the most recognized and exclusive international chain hotels in the city.

Where to stay in Cúcuta - Calle 10 & Ventura Plaza

Where to stay in Cúcuta – Calle 10 & Ventura Plaza

Cúcuta - Calle 10 & Shopping Mall Ventura Plaza - Click to see all hotels on a map

Cúcuta – Calle 10 & Shopping Mall Ventura Plaza – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Ramada Cúcuta offers a restaurant and fitness center. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. Camilo Daza International Airport is 7 km away. – from US$32.

  • Luxury Option

    Holiday Inn Cúcuta is located opposite the Ventura shopping center and offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi. – from US$72 .

 

 

 

2. Around the bus terminal

Cucuta’s main bus terminal is located north of the city center.

It may not be the most attractive area in town but it is quite convenient if you need to be near the terminal to travel by bus to other cities.

Cúcuta’s bus Terminal ofers international connections (to Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru) and national services (to practically every destination in Colombia), as well as a network of small buses that provide services to nearby towns such as El Zulia, Chinácota, Pamplona or even Bucaramanga.

Hotels near the terminal of Cúcuta are usually among the cheapest in the city.

Best area to stay in Cúcuta - Around the bus terminal

Best area to stay in Cúcuta – Around the bus terminal

Cúcuta - Bus Terminal - Click to see all hotels on a map

Cúcuta – Bus Terminal – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Mary is located in Cúcuta, next to the bus terminal, it offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Camilo Daza International Airport is only 5 km away. – from US$25.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Zulia offers accommodation with terrace and bar. This hotel has a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. There is also a restaurant. – from US$12 .

 

 

 

3. Around the airport

Camilo Daza airport in Cúcuta is located 6 kilometers north of the city center.

This airport serves flights from the two main Colombian airlines (Avianca and Latam) as well as some low-cost lines such as EasyFly.

The main routes served from Cúcuta airport are Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Medellín and Arauca.

Staying near Cucuta airport is a convenient option if you need to take a flight to a domestic or international destination.

Stay around the airport in Cúcuta

Stay around the airport in Cúcuta

Cúcuta - Camilo Daza Airport - Click to see all hotels on a map

Cúcuta – Camilo Daza Airport – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Vasconia Center is located in Cúcuta and is pet friendly. It has a restaurant, free WiFi and free private parking. Camilo Daza International Airport is 1 km away. – from US$29.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Center Plaza Plus is located in Cúcuta and offers free Wi-Fi. Unicentro shopping center is 1 km from the hotel and the Camilo Daza International Airport is 1.5 km away. – from US$15 .

 

 

 

4. Near the Venezuelan border

If your visit to Cúcuta is to continue your trip through Venezuela, then staying near the Colombian-Venezuelan border may be the most comfortable option.

Cúcuta has two crossing bridges between both countries, General Santander Bridge, which connects Cúcuta with the town of Ureña and Simón Bolívar International Bridge, in La Parada, which connects it with San Antonio del Táchira. This last bridge is the busiest and most important.

Hotels on the Venezuelan border in Cúcuta are usually very busy and booking online in advance can be complicated.

The good news is that the area is full of cheap hotels.

Where to stay in Cúcuta - Near the Venezuelan border

Where to stay in Cúcuta – Near the Venezuelan border

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Posada el Abuelo offers a garden. Facilities at this establishment include a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and free Wi-Fi. Guests can have a cocktail at the bar. – from US$29.

 

 

 

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