How to get to Bolivia

Getting to Bolivia

Getting to Bolivia by air

Bolivia has 3 international airports located in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

  • La Paz International Airport in El Alto
  • Jorge Wilsterman in Cochabamba
  • Viru Viru in Santa Cruz

Domestic airports:

  • Juana Azurduy de Padilla in Sucre, Chuquisaca
  • Capitán Nicolás Rojas in Potosí
  • Jorge Henry in Trinidad, Beni
  • Oriel Lea Plaza in Tarija
  • Cáp. Germán Quiroga Guardia in San Borja, Beni

Most of the airlines have daily flights to La Paz or Santa Cruz from the main cities in South America and some additional flights from Europe. The most common connections from Europe are made in Lima, Perú; Sao Paulo, Brasil; or Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Getting to Bolivia by Road

from Perú:

· Puno - Copacabana - La Paz 297 Km. 8 hrs.
· Puno - Desaguadero - La Paz 325 Km. 10 hrs.

from Chile:

· Arica - Tacna - Desaguadero - La Paz 430 Km. 14 hours.
· Arica - Tambo Quemado - La Paz 506 Km. 18 hours.
· Charaña - La Paz 280 Km. 8 hours. to 4050 a.s.l.
· Calama - Ollague - Uyuni - La Paz 780 Km. 26 hours.

from Argentina:

· Bermejo - Tarija 214 Km. 6 hours.
· Tartagal - Yacuiba - Tarija 356 Km. 112 hours.
· La Quiaca - Villazón - Potosí - La Paz 1042 Km. 30 hours.
· Salta - Yacuiba - Santa Cruz
Every day, time of travel 10 hours.

from Brasil:

· Corumbá - Puerto Suárez - Santa Cruz 660 Km. 20 hours.
· Manaus - Porto Velho - Fortaleza - Guayaramerin 1250 Km. 30 hours.

Getting to Bolivia by train

from Chile:

· Arica - Charaña - La Paz 500 km.
· Antofagasta - Calama - Ollaque
· Abaroa - Uyuni - La Paz

from Argentina:

· Villazón - La Paz (920 Km.)

Departures: Three times per week.
· Positos - Yacuiba - Santa Cruz (535 Km.)

Departures: Three times per week, days: Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 15:00 hours.

from Brasil:

· Corúmba - Puerto Suarez - Santa Cruz (651 Km.)