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Bus

Long-distance buses use the new bus terminal, 5km east of the city center. To get here, take any minibus marked 'nueva terminal' traveling north along Av 6 de Agosto. There’s a luggage storage office (B$5) on the ground floor of the terminal.

Buses to La Paz depart every half-hour, and there are departures throughout the day for Cochabamba, Potosí, Sucre and Uyuni. Trans Copacabana and Chino Bus offer services to Santa Cruz via Cochabamba, departing in the late afternoon (B$100). There are daily services to Arica, Calama and Iquique in Chile, which depart in the evening.

Bus Costs and Distances

Arica (Chile)

Cost (B$)

140

Time (hr)

8

Calama (Chile)

Cost (B$)

150

Time (hr)

14

Cochabamba

Cost (B$)

30

Time (hr)

5

Iquique (Chile)

Cost (B$)

70-100

Time (hr)

8

La Paz

Cost (B$)

35

Time (hr)

3

Potosí

Cost (B$)

30

Time (hr)

5

Sucre

Cost (B$)

50-80

Time (hr)

8

Tarija

Cost (B$)

60-80

Time (hr)

12

Tupiza

Cost (B$)

50-60

Time (hr)

10-12

Uyuni

Cost (B$)

25-35

Time (hr)

Villazón

Cost (B$)

70-120

Time (hr)

12

Train

Trains run south from Oruro to Villazón on the border with Argentina, passing through Uyuni, Atocha and Tupiza along the way. At the time of research, no trains were running south of Uyuni due to damage to the track caused by flooding in the Tupiza area. Repairs were underway to the section north of Tupiza, which suffered less damage. The section from Tupiza to Villazón is expected to take longer to repair.

Expreso del Sur is slightly more luxurious with heating, departing Oruro at 2:30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Cheaper service is available on the Wara Wara line, which leaves Oruro on Wednesdays and Sundays at 7pm. There is a return service on Expreso del Sur arriving at 7:10am on Thursdays and Sundays, and on the Wara Wara line arriving at 9:10am on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Buy tickets at least a day ahead from the train station. Don’t forget to bring your passport. On train days, there’s a left-luggage kiosk here.

Train costs, Times and Lines

Expreso del Sur – Departing Oruro Tuesdays and Fridays

Oruro to Uyuni

Cost (B$ coach/1st class)

60/120

Arrival time

9:20pm

Oruro to Tupiza

Cost (B$ coach/1st class)

107/239

Arrival time

3am

Oruro to Villazón

Cost (B$ coach/1st class)

126/279

Arrival time

6:05am

Wara Wara – Departing Oruro Wednesdays and Sundays

Oruro to Uyuni

Cost (B$ normal/coach/1st class)

32/47/102

Arrivaltime

2:20am

Oruro to Tupiza

Cost (B$ normal/coach/1st class)

56/80/181

Arrivaltime

8:35am

Oruro to Villazón

Cost (B$ normal/coach/1st class)

67/100/220

Arrivaltime

12:05pm

Air

Domestic flights leave from Oruro's Aeropuerto Juan Mendoza, 5km east of the city center. Boliviana de Aviación flies at least once daily to Cochabamba (30 minutes, from B$296) continuing on to Santa Cruz (2½ hours, from B$458). A taxi from the airport to Oruro city center costs B$30.