Detailed information on transport in Bolivia. Find out how to get into the country and how to get around whether by land, sea or air.
Land: The cheapest way to travel in Bolivia is by bus, run by a variety of private companies. Cities and larger towns have bus terminals known as terminales terrestres. Departing passengers usually have to pay a small tax (Bs1-3) for the use of the terminal.
For peace of mind it’s worth buying a ticket in advance – hotels will usually be able to help with this. More modern and comfortable buses, often equipped with reclining seats and TVs, serve the major intercity routes. Some routes also have relatively luxurious overnight sleeper-buses (bus-camas), which have more leg room and reclining seats. These cost more but are well worth it!
Because of the poor condition of many of the roads you should be prepared for delays, particularly in the rainy season. Breakdowns can be frequent so take snacks, warm clothes and be ready for a bumpy ride.
Taxis, in one form or another, are available across Bolivia and offer a cheap and easy way to get around. It’s best to use marked radio-taxis where possible. They usually cost a bit more but are safer than the unmarked cars with cardboard signs in the window!
If you want to rent a car during your stay then we suggest Rentalcars to find local car rental companies.
Air: Flying in Bolivia is a good way of saving time and avoiding the exhausting bus journeys. It’s also relatively inexpensive compared with western air travel. The main carrier is Boliviana de Aviacion. The smaller airline, Amaszonas, operates from La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz to the Amazonian main towns. The Bolivian air force also operates passenger services under its commercial arm, TAM. Baggage allowance on domestic flights is usually 15kg.
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