La Paz to Sucre reputable bus company?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Nov 24, 2013 2:17 PM Last Post By: dager
Oct 28, 2012 2:59 PM
Oct 28, 2012 4:13 PM
1I did this journey less than 1 month ago, with El Dorado. The bus was a bus cama with only three seats per row (instead of 4 on a regular coach) and was really confortable. Regarding the journey, it took only 12 hours, with only one stop around 1am for about 20 minutes and the driver was driving really carefully.
I would definitely recommand El Dorado's bus cama.
I don't think there are any direct bus doing La Paz-Sucre by day, only night buses.
Oct 28, 2012 4:24 PM
Oct 28, 2012 7:52 PM
Oct 28, 2012 7:56 PM
Oct 29, 2012 2:40 AM
5I am also thinking of flying between La Paz and Sucre and I am curious which airline sells the tickets for about $40. You can get it for $62 on Amaszonas, booking class K, must be reserved at least 6 days in advance. Kanoo Tours sell the same ticket for $80, I guess they use a different booking class as well. Can you get better fares from travel agents in La Paz?
An advantage of flying Amaszonas is that they use CRJ jets on this route and you can take 20 kg of hold baggage and 5 kg of hand baggage.
Oct 29, 2012 4:20 AM
6#3 El Dorado had some very nasty accidents a few years ago caused by drunk drivers, and their operating licence was suspended a couple of times. I haven't heard of any recently so maybe they have now finally got their act together. Bolivia's authorities have also started to take a tougher stance in the last couple of years (that was long overdue) with drunk drivers on public transport which seems to be reducing drink related accidents, though there are still too many due to drivers being complete idiots, lack of maintenance etc.....
Trans Copacabana are a good bus option, I think the direct semi cama / cama buses only go overnight. Flying is a much better option though. BoA (Boliviana Aviacion, the state airline) may well be cheaper than Amaszonas and use larger planes. Their website wasn't over user friendly for online sales (may have improved) but it easy easy to book direct in their offices.
Oct 29, 2012 4:58 AM
7I agree tha flying is the best option. I arranged my flight on line with kanoo Tours. I flew with BOA.
Edited by: ZedisDead
Oct 29, 2012 9:18 AM
Oct 29, 2012 12:28 PM
9We also used El Dorado recently to travel from La Paz to Potosi. We read the posts on here about the accidents but according to our hotel in La Paz these were a few years ago and they have since improved. We were advised they have newer buses than Trans Copacabana MEM which seem like another decent company. El Dorado was fine, the cama bus was comfortable and we didn't have any problems.
Edited by: sunshine22
Dec 13, 2012 6:48 PM
10Just to add my opinion to this thread...
I travel between Sucre and La Paz about once a month. Flying is great.. so easy.. unless it is cloudy in Sucre then you can get delayed a long time. The airport is small and not the most reliable. If you can get a flight for $60 great, but in my experience recently you can pay up to $90 each way, especially if TAM and BOA are full.
Buses are all the same price, roughly 135bs ($20) for full-cama (which means a seat that reclines almost flat.). As far as I know El Dorado are the only line running suite-cama which really is flat and is pretty amazing. The ride is 12 hours and really comfortable. Leaves at 7pm or 8pm and arrives in Sucre at between 7am and 8am (that's for all buses to Sucre).
Bearing in mind the various safety records of the different companies, and the fact that they ALL have pretty dubious practices when it comes to stopping and picking people up on the way (that's just life here unfortunately) here are my top 4:
1 - El Dorado (new buses, super comfortable, reputation gets better by the month)
2 - Bolivar (just bought a fleet of new buses)
3 - Trans Copacabana (professional outfit with good buses)
4 - Trans Copacabana MEM (decent, but buses are older and tired)
Top Tip: All the buses stop in a rough town at around 1am for a food/bathroom stop. I wouldn't recommend the food for anyone but those with the strongest stomachs. In La Paz I always head to Subway near Plaza Murillo and grab a foot long. Then while everyone else is tucking into their dodgy street side food.... I'm munching on my Teriyaki chicken sub.
Dec 14, 2012 6:25 AM
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Nov 24, 2013 2:17 PM
13why don't you try a website where you can buy bus tickets online?, for example ticketsbolivia.com...
the problem of flying is that in south america there aren't cheap flights, so the difference between a flight ticket and a bus ticket is huge!, I'd say that from Sucre to La Paz a flight ticket costs around 150 $us, and on the other side a bus ticket costs 20$us... 10%! :o
besides buses from main cities in Bolivia are quite confortables even though the service is not the best...
hope this helps,
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