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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm/budget beds: B$40–70
  • Bread for breakfast, set lunch, dinner supplies bought in local market: B$50
  • Museum admission, limited tours: B$125
  • 2nd-class transit: B$70–100
  • Midrange hotel: B$160–400
  • Hotel breakfast, lunch and dinner in a restaurant: B$200
  • Extra cash for beers, guided trips, excursions: B$300
  • 1st-class transit: B$150–200
Top end (more than)
  • Top-end hotel: B$400
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner at high-end restaurant: B$250
  • Plenty of extra cash for guided trips: B$300–400
  • 1st-class transit and air transfers: B$300–500


US citizens need a visa to visit Bolivia. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and most European countries do not need a visa.

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Getting to Bolivia

A landlocked country, Bolivia has numerous entry/exit points, and you can get here by boat, bus, train, plane, bike and on foot. Some places are easier to travel through and more accessible than others.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Bolivia

Air Air travel is the quickest and most reliable way to reach out-of-the-way places, and it’s reasonably inexpensive.

Bus The most popular form of transport; it can be uncomfortable and at times nerve-racking, but it’s cheap and relatively safe.

Tours Popular and hassle-free way to get to remote locations like the Salar de Uyuni.

Train Around the same price as the bus, but much slower. It does, however, offer heating and air-conditioning.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

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Working and volunteering

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