One of the most popular routes for tourists that travel around Latin America is the trip from Cuzco to Puno by bus. This trip by land takes you across 386 km that separate two of the most important cities of Peru in around 7 hours. Read on to get all the information you need to plan your trip.
The city of Cuzco is one of the most popular with tourists from all over the world, not only due to the colonial architecture and the Inca ruins nearby, but because it is the gateway to the legendary city of Machu Pichu, the capital of the Inca empire.
Due to high demand from tourists from all around the world, there are many bus companies that offer this route, especially during high season (December-January and June-August). If you want to plan your trip right away, visit www.ticketsbolivia.com to book your tickets. The table below shows the times of departure, the different bus companies and prices available for this trip.
Buses from Cuzco to Puno
The “lie-flat” seats recline to 170 degrees, while “semi lie-flat” seats recline to 140 degrees. All buses have air conditioning and bathroom and they stop along the way for passengers to get a meal and rest from the trip. The buses traveling to Puno depart from Cuzco at the Bus Terminal, located on Via de Evitamento Avenue. See map below:
Puno, on the other hand, is a city with an important cultural and natural heritage, such as the floating islands of the Urus, on the Titicaca lake, one of the most important tourist attractions of the surroundings. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and it attracts thousands of tourists both on the Bolivian and Peruvian shores. The city of Puno is also an important passage point between Bolivia and Peru, and tourists traveling between the two countries are bound to pass through on the way to or from Copacabana or La Paz. Buses arrive in Puno at the Bus Terminal, located on Primero de Mayo St. (See map below).
Tickets Bolivia offers the sale of tickets online for traveling between Cuzco and Puno. The online tickets at the best prices, and with the most reliable bus companies offering the service. Have a great trip!
Antofagasta is a port city, the second largest city in Chile. With a thriving mining industry and an important shopping culture, this city offers tourists modern infrastructure and striking seashore vistas. Trips between Antofagasta and La Paz are often made by people on business, but also by tourists exploring the north of Chile, on their way to Santiago de Atacama and Uyuni,in Bolivia. Read on to find out all you need to know in order to make this trip by land.
Antofagasta is located at 884 KM from the Bolivian city of Oruro, and the trip to La Paz by bus takes around 24 hours, including a few hours in Oruro, where you will change buses and bus companies. The buses leave from the Bus Terminal of Antofagasta, located on Paraguay Av. #846. The bus trip takes travelers across the desert of north Chile and the Bolivian Altiplano, guarded by the Andes Mountain Range, where temperatures can reach below zero in winter. The buses that make this trip are semicama, which means the seats recline to 140 degrees. Please see the tables below to check out the different options regarding bus companies and schedules.
Antofagasta to La Paz:
La Paz to Antofagasta:
The buses arrive in Oruro at the Bus Terminal, located on Gregorio Reynolds Street. In La Paz, the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located between Peru and Uruguay Av. See the map below:
La Paz is the most important city of the Andes, a thriving metropolis that has been gaining a reputation among tourists for its outrageous landscapes and buzzing activity. One of its main attractions is the Cable Car ride, or Teleferico, which in La Paz is a form of public transportation that takes you floating across the city from end to end. If you want the convenience of buying tickets online, go to http://www.ticketsbolivia.com
Travel between Arica and La Paz is very common, as locals of both cities love the change of airs from the mountains and buzzing activity of La Paz, the Bolivian capital, to the quieter salty airs of the Chilean city of Arica on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Arica is a port and coastal city 488 km from La Paz, and the 8-hour journey by bus takes you through amazing landscapes of the Bolivian Altiplano, near the Andes mountain range, through deserts and valleys until you reach Arica. The Chilean city offers beautiful beaches, amazing seafood and shopping experiences of all kinds and tailored to all pockets. Travelers descend around 3,900 meters, from the highest point at the border to sea level in Arica.
Buses to Arica depart from the Bus Station in La Paz, located on Peru Av. (see map in the link below).
You cross the border at Tambo Quemado, where you have to do migration and customs paperwork, which can take between one and two hours, depending on the time of year. The bus will be waiting for you on the Chilean side to continue the journey, non-stop to Arica. See the table below for information about bus companies, times of departure and prices. Hours of arrival and departure are in local time.
La Paz to Arica
To travel by bus from Arica to La Paz you have to take the bus from the Bus Station, located on Diego Portales Av. # 948. (see map below).
The journey takes 8 hours through Panamericana road, passing little towns like Valle de Luta, Pukara de Copaquilla and the famous Atacama desert to finally arrive at the border Chungurá-Tambo Quemado between Chile and Bolivia. The bus will stop at this border to do migration and customs, and then will continue along the Bolivian highlands through breathtaking landscapes, including the Sajama mountain. See the table below for more information.
Arica to La Paz
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This time of year, tourists flood the routes that take you from La Paz to Copacabana and from there to Puno and Cuzco, back and forth. Trips between the cities of Puno and Copacabana are very common and there are many options for making this trip by land. Read on to get all the tips to make the most of this route, and of your stay in both or either of these cities, which are tourist attractions of their own.
Puno is the highest city in Peru, at around 4000 meters above sea level. This important city is by lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world on the skirts of the Andes mountain range. In Puno you can take a boat trip to the Uru´s floating islands, visit the colonial architecture, such as the Cathedral. The trip to Copacabana takes around 4 hours and offers impressive sights of the lake.
On the other hand (and on the other shore of Lake Titicaca) Copacabana is a beautiful town with colonial architecture and many cultural and natural tourist attractions. Copacabana offers boat trips, the best trout in the region in its restaurants on the shore, and tours to the islands of the Sun and Moon, where legend says the Incan Empire was founded.
Check out the following chart to see the different options for traveling between these two cities. You will notice there are no night trips available. This is because the border closes at around 19:00:
In order to take the bus from Puno to Copacabana, the traveler has to go to the bus terminal of Puno, which is located on Simon Bolivar Avenue (see map below). Before boarding the bus every passenger has to pay a terminal tax (Tami) that has a cost of around 0.4 $us and is not included in the bus ticket.
Please take into consideration that some buses make several short stops along the way, picking up passengers and sometimes women from local communities who make a living by selling food and beverages on the buses. Since these stops are not in the official itinerary, they may be upsetting for tourists.
There is no proper bus terminal in Copacabana, as it is a very small town, but buses stop at Abaroa Square. Here is the map:
If you are interested in spending a day or two in Copacabana before continuing your trip, one of the most popular things to do is visit the Island of the Sun. The boats leave from the dock and cross the lake for about an hour and a half. On the island you will be able to see Incan ruins and experience the peace and energy of one of the most sacred places of the Incan empire. The boats back to Copacabana leave at 16:30 pm, reaching Copacabana at around 18pm.
If you’re traveling through Latin America, you surely do not want to miss these two destinations: Uyuni, the largest salt desert on Earth, an otherworldly landscape; on the other hand, La Paz is the highest capital in the world, recently named one of the 7 Wonder cities of the world due to its unusual topography and rich cultural life. There are two ways to travel from La Paz to Uyuni: making a direct trip by bus, or by going by bu from La Paz to Oruro, and then from Oruro to Uyuni by train.
By bus from La Paz to Uyuni
There are many bus company that can make the direct trip from La Paz to Uyuni. Tickets Bolivia works with Panasur and Trans Omar, trustworthy and reliable companies that offer clients good quality services. Their schedules are the following:
Trans Omar has semi lie-flat buses (seats recline to 140 degrees), departing from La Paz every day at 20:00 and arriving in Uyuni at 06:00 in the morning. The service does not include food on board, but the bus makes rest stops along the way so passengers can buy a snack. Trans Omar also has a lie-flat bus (with seats that recline to 160 degrees) departing also at 20:00 and arriving in Uyuni at 7:00. The lie-flat bus costs 21.90 US$ per person, and the semi lie-flat costs 14.60 US$ per person.
On the other hand, the bus company Panasur has a bus from La Paz to Uyuni (lie flat) that departs everyday at 20:00 and arrives in Uyuni at 8:00. This one costs 23.36 US$
With this option, passengers travel from La Paz to Oruro by bus (the cost is around 5 US$) and then they take the train to Uyuni. This option allows the traveler to enjoy the trip by train, which in and of itself an unforgettable experience. Buses depart from La Paz to Oruro practically all day, every 30 minutes, from the Bus Terminal of La Paz (see map above). The trip lasts around three hours and the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of Oruro, located on Gregorio Reynolds Av. Here is the map: https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_oruro.php
Once you in Oruro, the passenger must take a taxi to the Train Station, located on Velasco Galvarro Av.
The trains that travel from Oruro to Uyuni are Wara Wara del Sur and Expreso del Sur. Wara Wara del Sur leaves on Wednesdays and Sundays at 19:00, arriving in Uyuni at 02:20 in the morning. Expreso del Sur leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays at 14:00, arriving in Uyuni at 21:20.
The trip by land from La Paz to Cuzco is one of the most popular among tourists from all over the world who come to Latin America, especially in he months between June and August. There are many ways to make the trip; you can take a direct bus between the two cities, or with stops in the towns of Copacabana (Bolivia) and Puno (Peru), popular tourist destinations of their own merit.
The direct trip lasts between 12 and 15 hours, depending on the bus company and the time of departure, while the trip with scales can vary according to the traveler´s needs.
You can compare prices and companies, and buy online through Tickets Bolivia.
We know that planning such a long a trip by land can be overwhelming, so we have put together all the information you might need in order to plan and enjoy your trip to the fullest. After all, the trip itself is just as important as the destination!
Direct trip from La Paz to Cuzco
Several companies offer the direct service from La Paz to Cuzco by bus. There are two possible routes: the one that passes by Puno for a short stop and crosses the border in Desaguadero for migration, and the one that goes through Copacabana and Puno, crossing the border in Yunguyo or Kasani.
The migration paperwork is is simple: you just need to show your ID at the migration office, and depending on your nationality there might be a fee to pay for the visa.
The buses leave from the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located on Peru Avenue. Here is the map of the bus terminal:
La Paz, Bolivia
Teléfono: ++591 (2) 228 5858
Before you board the bus, you need to pay a small fee charged by the Bus Terminal, which is around 50 cents of a dollar, per passenger. Look at the table below to see which companies provide this service and all the relevant information. Buy your tickets from La Paz to Cuzco safely online through Tickets Bolivia.
Direct trips from La Paz to Cuzco
Time of departure
Time of arrival (the next day)
Price in dollars
07:30 La Paz
Direct Service, migration in Desaguadero
Lie-flat 3 rows
16:30 La Paz
Direct Service, migration in Desaguadero
16:30 La Paz
Direct Service, migration in Desaguadero
For a longer trip, but with nice rests stops along the way, and one that allows you to enjoy the tourist attractions of Copacabana, you can travel from La Paz to Copacabana, and from there to Cuzco. The buses also leave from the La Paz bus terminal (see map above) at 06:00, 08:00, and 14:00 in normal buses, which have seats that recline to 120 degrees, and semi lie-flat buses, with seats that recline to 140 degrees.
The cost of the tickets between La Paz and Copacabana is around 5 dollars, depending on the time of departure and the bus company. The trip lasts around 4 hours and passes through the Tiquina Strait, where passengers must get off the bus and cross in boats (the boat trip lasts around 15 minutes and the cost of around 50 cents of a dollar is not covered int he price of the ticket).
Being a small town, Copacabana does not have a bus terminal. The bus stop is located at Plaza Sucre, in the center of town. It is here that buses arrive to and depart from. Here is the map:
From Copacabana to Cuzco
Copacabana is a beautiful town with colonial architecture and many cultural and natural tourist attractions. At the shores of the sacred Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, Copacabana offers boat trips, the best trout in the region in its restaurants on the shore, and tours to the islands of the Sun and moon.
However you have planned your trip, nothing compares to the moment you finally reach your destination: the city of Cuzco. All the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of Cuzco, located on Av. Vía de Evitamiento #429. Here s the map:
Av. Vía de Evitamiento #429
Teléfono: ++51 (084) 22 4471
We hope the information has been useful and that you have a wonderful trip through the lands of the Incas.
One of the most frequent questions we get this time of year is how do I travel from Cuzco to Uyuni? Being two of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, and located relatively close to one another, it is amazing that there is no bus or train that offers the direct trip. But not all is lost. You can travel from Cuzco to Uyuni by land affordably and comfortably. This is how:
How do I get from Cuzco to Uyuni?
The first step for getting from Cuzco to Uyuni by bus is reaching La Paz. There are many options for making this trip by bus. Sadly, there are no trains that cover this route. Tickets Bolivia works with Trans Salvador, Tour Peru and NC Internacional, dependable and quality bus companies. These are their schedules and reference prices (prices may vary according to the season):
Time of departure and arrival
Prices in US Dollars
Lie-flat 3 rows
Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero
Lie-flat 4 rows
Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero
Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero
Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero
The buses depart from the Cuzco Bus Terminal, located at the following address:
There are many bus companies that offer direct services to travel from from La Paz to Uyuni. Tickets Bolivia works with Panasur and Trans Omar. Their schedules are as follows:
Trans Omar has a semi lie -flat bus (seats recline 160 degrees) that leaves from La Paz to Uyuni every day at 20:00, arriving in Uyuni at 06:00 the next day. The service does not include meals, but the bus stops along the road so passengers can buy food and drink. Trans Omar also has a lie-flat bus (seats recline to 170 degrees) departing at the same time every day and arriving in Uyuni at 7:00 the next day.
What is it about trains? With this option, the passenger travels from La Paz to Oruro by bus and then from Oruro to Uyuni by train. This option allows you to enjoy train traveling thrugh the Bolivian altiplano, in an of itself an unforgettable experience. Buses from La Paz to Oruro depart every 30 minutes practically all day from the La Paz bus terminal (see map above). The trip takes 3 hours and you arrive in Oruro at the Bus terminal located at the following address:https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_oruro.php
Once in Oruro, you must take a cab to the Train Station, located on Av. Velasco Galvarro on the corner of Aldana St. The trains that travel from Oruro to Uyuni are Wara Wara del Sur and Expreso del Sur. Wara Wara del Sur leaves Wednesdays and Sundays at 19:00, and arrives in Uyuni at 02:20 in the morning. Expreso del Sur leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays at 14:00, arriving in Uyuni at 21:20.
With all this info there is no reason to miss Uyuni if you are traveling to Cuzco and making the most of your trip. If you want to buy tickets online just click here: www.ticketsbolivia.com.bo
The trip from Villazon to Uyuni is one of the favorites of tourists coming from Argentina in the months of December and January, a must for those who want to reach Uyuni by bus or train. Villazon is a border town with a population of 30,000, located at 3,400 meters above sea level. It is a few miles from the Argentinian town of La Quiaca, which has a population of 18,000. The climate is warm in the day and chilly at night. Here are Tickets Bolivia’s 5 tips for making your trip from Villazon to Uyuni perfect.
Keep in mind time at the border
The border crossing between La Quiaca and Villazon is open 24 hours. Nevertheless, the attention at their offices for migration paperwork (sealing of travel documents, tourist visas, etc.) are open between 7:00 am and midnight (12:00). It is important that travelers take into account this schedule in order to enter Bolivia legally. Another thing to keep in mind is that, during high season (December-January) the amount of people crossing the borders is enormous, causing lines up to 6 hours long at the migration offices. This, especially in the days close to Christmas and new Years.
Buy tickets beforehand.
Whether you plan on traveling from Villazon to Uyuni by bus or train, it is important that you keep in mind that during high season, there is no way to guarantee you will find tickets for the trip you want to make unless you book with at least several days anticipation. At www.ticketsbolivia.com you can buy the tickets you need (with at least 48 hours anticipation) in order to guarantee your trip by bus or train to Uyuni.
Train o bus?
There are pros and cons with each option, but in general trains are the preferred form of transportation by toursits due to its comfort . In order to ttravel by train, the options are Expreso del Sur and Wara Wara del Sur. Their schedules are as follows:
Expreso del Sur: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 15:30. The train makes a stop in Tupiza.
Wara Wara del Sur: Mondays and Thrursdays at 15:30 The train makes a stop in Tupiza.
There is little information online regarding direct buses from Villazón to Uyuni. Nevertheless, one option is to travel to Uyuni by bus through Sucre. The bus company 6 de Octubre travels from Villazon to Sucre at 18:00, and arrives at 04:00 am. The buses from Sucre to Uyuni leave at 9:30 and 20:30.
Take into account the climate and altitude
Both Uyuni and Villazon are located at altitudes above 3,000 meters above sea level. This generates conditions that travelers should take into account in order to enjoy their trip without health problems. In order to assuage the effects of altitude in the body, fr example, you should not engage n heavy physical activity, drink too much liquids nor eat heavy meals, especially at night. A cup of coca-leaf tea can do much to improve the symptoms, which can include dizziness, shortness of breath and headaches.
Also keep in mind that the climate conditions can be very similar to those in deserts: very hot in the day, and cold at night. It´s important to have warm clothes for the evenings, and light ones for the daytime. Also, due to the altitude and landscape of Uyuni, it is very important to have sunblock and sunglasses in order to avoid damage from the sun´s radiation.
Don´t miss out on the surroundings! BetweenVIllazón and Uyuni are the colonial cities of Sucre and Potosí, very popular tourist destinations that stand out for their beautiful architecture, rich historical interest and warm inviting climate. Both cities have been declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. On the other hand, at only 10 hours from Uyuni is the city of La Paz, one of the 7 Wonder cities of the world due to its unusual topography, great night-life and cultural heritage. If you´re traveling between Villazon and Uyuni, don´t miss out on these destinations.
As air travel is expensive for most bolivians, and trains do not reach most destinations, bus travel is essential for the transportation of passengers and products in this country. In fact, bus travel is the most common form of public transportation in Bolivia and in South America, both for short-distance and long-distance travel.
South America is a region of contrasts, and road conditions, too, vary between countries and regions, and even within a country. In Bolivia there are roads that are paved and in good condition, and others that, due to the landscapes they cross, are subject to landslides or flooding, and are more difficult to maintain, especially during rain season (december-february).
Just as road conditions vary, so does the quality of bus services, depending on the destination to which you are traveling. The more popular destinations tend to have better buses; more remote or less “touristy” destinations may not have very good quality buses to take you there.
All things considered, traveling by bus is one of the most affordable ways to get around Bolivia, and it offers the view of landscapes and cultural experience that you would otherwise miss. So here are Tickets Bolivia`s top 4 reasons for traveling through Bolivia by bus
Did you know that buses have the smallest carbon footprint of all transportation services? Its true. Cars, trains and planes are all more costly to the environment than buses. One bus can replace 3 cars and spends 60% less energy per passenger mile than trains. In recent years, Bolivia has experienced amodernization of its transportation services, so the buses offered by transportation companies are more and more energy-efficient and environmentaly friendly.
Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get around South America in general, but this is even more so in Bolivia, where bus tickets are way cheaper than in countries like Argentina, Chile and Peru. Although bus companies raise their prices during high season, and prices can even sometimes change from one day to another according to demmand, the prices of tickets are consistently cheaper than in neighboring countries. For example, bus tickets from Uyuni (one of the hottest tourist destinations in Bolivia) to Potosi can cost around 5 dollars in a good-quality bus. So, traveling bolivia by bus helps you save chash you can spend on something else.
Pretty simple: If you travel by bus you will see landscapes you would miss if you traveled by plane. The incredible mountains of purple and green and pink stone on the way from La Paz to Uyuni, the Bolivian Altiplano flatlands with faraway snowcapped mountains, the valleys of Sucre, the tropical jungle you cross on the way from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz, the tropical mountain forests of the Los Yungas regions. Traveling by bus is the only way to take in many of these sights.
So you want to get off the beaten path? Are you interested in going places that most tourist haven´t even heard of? Then going there by bus may very well be your only choice. Air travel in Bolivia is pretty limited, and trains only reach very few destinations. But if there is a road, there is a bus. So plan your bus travels and go where (not many) have gone before!
Tourists of the world are quickly turning towards booking everything online, from plane tickets, to hotels, to tours. In Latin America, the options for booking bus and train tickets online are not yet widely available, but buying online has many advantages, even when it is not the most common alternative. Why buy online? Here are our three top reasons.
No matter why you travel, or for how long, most travelers visiting South America are not only on a budget, they’re on a schedule. You have precious days at each destination, and every moment counts. Booking online helps you plan your trip for more time-efficiency. You don’t want to spend the little time you have in a city going to the Bus Terminal the day before you plan to travel, finding out if there are tickets available, buying the tickets (if they are available) and then going there again the next day to take your bus. When you buy online, you are guaranteed a seat on the bus, and you arrive exactly 30 minutes before, check your luggage and are set to go. No extra time. Plus, you can book your tickets online at your convenience, off business hours. Studies show most people have more time to shop and do research online off business hours, late at night, early in the morning. When you book online you access a 24 hour service.
Yes, it´s true. When you buy online you pay a fee. But if you’re planning to travel in high season months (July-August, November-January) and you book online, you avoid the price hikes that are common to all bus and train companies and can reach up to 50% or more. So buying online can end up saving you money, even after the fee, which is around 20% of the cost of the ticket. Plus, you get to pick your seats before anyone else. For example, when you buy through Tickets Bolivia, you have the option of writing us an email with your seat preferences, and these will be made known to the bus or train company in order to be able to accommodate you.
So you are an adventurer. You want to keep the planning to a minimum so you can arrange your itinerary as you go along. No problem. Buying online through a company like Tickets Bolivia allows you all the advantages of booking online, with the flexibility you need. Once your ticket is booked, you can change the date of your trip, the time of departure and even the route, though we do ask you to ask for these changes with at least 48 hours so we can accommodate you.
When you travel, you worry about safety. Buying online is safe in many ways. First, when you do it through a company like Tickets Bolivia, that works with recognized payment companies such as PayPal, you are ensured the safety of your transaction. You also avoid handling large sums of cash at the bus terminals, which everyone knows are places where one should always be careful. Finally, when you buy online there is a company that has your data and is aware of your travel plans. If there should be an incident such as road blockades, or if there is a problem with the bus company, Tickets Bolivia will get in touch with you to explain the situation and work with you to find a solution. We got your back.