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Viru-Viru International Airport, 15km north of the center, handles some domestic and most international flights. International destinations served by direct flights include Asunción, Buenos Aires, Lima, Madrid, Miami, Panama City, São Paulo and Santiago de Chile.

The smaller Aeropuerto El Trompillo, in the southeast of the city, receives some domestic flights.

Flights to national destinations leave frequently and it's easy enough to find a seat to anywhere, or at least a suitable connection via Cochabamba.

Aerolíneas Argentinas

Amaszonas

American Airlines; Av San Martín office

Boliviano de Aviación

TAM

Transport Options

Handy minibuses leave Viru-Viru for the center (30 minutes). Taxis for up to four people cost B$70 from Viru-Viru or B$30 from the more central El Trompillo.

Bus, Micro & Shared Taxi

The full-service bimodal terminal, the combined long-distance bus and train station, is 1.5km east of the center, just before the third anillo at the end of Av Brasil. For departmental destinations turn right on entering, for national and international destinations turn left.

The main part of the terminal is for flotas (long-distance buses) and the train; on the other side of the tunnel is the micro (minibus) terminal for regional services. Most flotas leave in the morning before 10am and in the evening after 6pm. Taking a series of connecting micros or taxis can be a faster, if more complicated way, of reaching regional destinations, rather than waiting all day for an evening flota.

To the Jesuit missions and Chiquitania, flotas leave in the morning and early evening (after 8pm). Micros run throughout the day, every two hours or so, but only go as far as Concepción. Buses to San Rafael, San Miguel and San Ignacio (B$60 to B$70, eight hours) run via San José de Chiquitos and depart between 6:30pm and 8pm.

Smaller micros and trufis (shared car or minibus) to regional destinations in Santa Cruz department leave regularly from outside the old bus terminal and less regularly from the micro platforms at the bimodal terminal. Trufis to Buena Vista (B$23, two hours), wait on Izozog (Isoso), near the old bus terminal. Trufis to Samaipata (B$30, three hours), leave from Calle Aruma near Av Grigota, one block past the 2do anillo. Trufis to Vallegrande (B$60, five hours) depart from behind the shopping center 'Shopping del Automovil' at Km 6 on Doble Vía La Guardia, beyond the sixth anillo. Flotas to Vallegrande (B$35) leave from the same place at 9am, 1pm, 3pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm.

Camiri

Cost (B$)

30-40

Time (hr)

5

Cochabamba

Cost (B$)

80-131

Time (hr)

10

Concepción

Cost (B$)

35

Time (hr)

5

La Paz

Cost (B$)

100-220

Time (hr)

17-18

Quijarro

Cost (B$)

70-150

Time (hr)

9

San Xavier

Cost (B$)

35

Time (hr)

4

San José de Chiquitos

Cost (B$)

50

Time (hr)

4

San Matías

Cost (B$)

120-150

Time (hr)

15

Sucre

Cost (B$)

70-120

Time (hr)

13

Tarija

Cost (B$)

80-100

Time (hr)

11-14

Trinidad

Cost (B$)

49-140

Time (hr)

10-11

Yacuiba

Cost (B$)

70-100

Time (hr)

8

Train

Trains depart from the bimodal terminal bound for Yacuiba on the Argentine border and Quijarro on the Brazil border. For access to the platform you need to buy a platform ticket and show your passport to the platform guard.

The Yacuiba train departs at 3:30pm on Thursday (B$47, 18 hours) and returns on Friday at 5pm, arriving back in Santa Cruz at 9:55am. It runs via Villamontes (B$38, 14 hours) – the connection point for buses to Paraguay – arriving inconveniently at 5:13am.

With the recent completion of the road paving all the way from Santa Cruz to Quijarro, the relevance of the Trans-Chiquitano train has declined sharply. No longer the harrowing journey that once earned this line the nickname ‘Death Train,’ these days it's a nice lazy route, and is more comfortable than the bus if you have time on your hands.

Two types of train run this line via San José de Chiquitos and Roboré (for Santiago de Chiquitos). The slowest and cheapest service is the Expreso Oriental, departing Santa Cruz at 1:20pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which operates a single comfortable Super Pullman class. The fastest, comfiest and priciest is the Ferrobus, departing Santa Cruz at 6pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. There is rarely a problem getting a seat from Santa Cruz or Quijarro, but if joining the service midway along the line then tickets are best bought in advance – only a limited number of seats are allotted for these stations. Hot and cold food and drinks are available during daylight hours.

Expreso Oriental

Santa Cruz to San José

Cost (B$)

35

Arrival

7:30pm

Santa Cruz to Roboré

Cost (B$)

50

Arrival

11:42am

Santa Cruz to Quijarro

Cost (B$)

70

Arrival

6:02am

Ferrobus

Santa Cruz to San José

Cost (B$)

70

Arrival time

11:08pm

Santa Cruz to Roboré

Cost (B$)

80

Arrival time

2:12am

Santa Cruz to Quijarro

Cost (B$)

120

Arrival time

7am