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Bus

The bus station has buses to most major destinations or hubs in the region. There are services throughout the day, though the majority of buses leave in the evening.

For Villazón and the border crossing to Argentina, take a rapidito (minibus or van), which leave when full (B$20, one hour). The boarding point is next to the bus terminal.

Rapiditos also run to Potosí (B$80, 3½ hours) and Uyuni (B$80, three hours), and get there much faster than the bus.

Bus Costs and Distances

Cochabamba

Cost (B$)

80

Time (hr)

15

La Paz

Cost (B$)

50-100

Time (hr)

14

Oruro

Cost (B$)

50-80

Time (hr)

10

Potosí

Cost (B$)

30-70

Time (hr)

5

Tarija

Cost (B$)

50

Time (hr)

7

Uyuni

Cost (B$)

40

Time (hr)

Villazón

Cost (B$)

15-22

Time (hr)

2

Train

The ticket window at the train station opens irregularly on days when there’s a train, so it can be easier to have a tour agency buy your tickets for a small surcharge.

At the time of research, no trains were running to or from Tupiza due to damage to the track caused by flooding. 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 the most comfortable service. Southbound trains to Villazón leave on Wednesday and Saturday at 3:10am. Northbound services to Uyuni and Oruro leave on the same days at 6:25pm. The cheaper Wara Wara heads south to Villazón on Monday and Thursday at 9:05am, with the northbound service departing Tupiza at 7:05pm.

Train Costs, Times and Lines

Expreso del Sur – Villazón to Oruro, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Tupiza to Villazón

Cost (B$ coach/1st class, one way)

25/60

Arrival time

6:15am

Tupiza to Uyuni

Cost (B$ coach/1st class, one way)

47/120

Arrival time

11:50pm

Tupiza to Oruro

Cost (B$ coach/1st class, one way)

107/239

Arrival time

7:10am

Wara Wara – Villazón to Oruro, Mondays and Thursdays

Tupiza to Villazón

Cost (B$ coach/1st class, one way

14/20/45

Arrival time

12:05pm

Tupiza to Uyuni

Cost (B$ coach/1st class, one way

25/38/76

Arrival time

1:15am

Tupiza to Oruro

Cost (B$ coach/1st class, one way

56/80/181

Arrival time

10:05am