From Cuzco to Uyuni: how to do it

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 not 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):

Company Bus class Route Time of departure and arrival Prices in US Dollars
Trans Salvador Lie-flat 3 rows Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero 22:00/13:00 33.58 US$
Trans Salvador Lie-flat  4 rows Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero 22:00/13:00 29.20 US$
Tour Peru Semi lie-flat Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero 22:00/15:00 29.00 US$
NC Internacional Lie flat Stops in Puno, migration in Desaguadero 22:30/14:30 36.50 US$

Don’t forget that now Tickets Bolivia offers you Touristic bus of Bolivia Hop 59.00. It departs 22.00 and arrives 22.30 the next day.

The buses depart from the Cusco Bus Terminal, located at the following address:


From La Paz to Uyuni by bus:

There are many bus companies that offer direct services to travel from La Paz to Uyuni. Tickets Bolivia works with Panasur, Cruz del Norte 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.

Cruz del Norte has a Lie-Flat Bus. It departs 20.30 and arrives 06.30 the next day. The bus stops in Puno.

Panasur has a bus from La Paz to Uyuni (lie-flat) that departs at 20:00 and arrives in Uyuni at 6:00 the next day. All buses depart from the bus terminal of La Paz, located at the following address:

The buses arrive in Uyuni at the following address:


From Oruro to Uyuni by Train:

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 through 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:

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:

Have a nice trip!


2 thoughts on “From Cuzco to Uyuni: how to do it

  1. Hi,

    thanks for the detailed information.
    I am planning to go to Uyuni from Cuzco in December. As I don’t have a definite date is it ok to book bus tickets on the spot? Do you believe i will have problems finding a seat etc. or i have to prebook ?


    1. Hi! Well, December is really high season. It really makes sense from December to mid-February to book ahead of time, especially for such touristy destinations such as Uyuni and Cusco, and if you are on some kind of schedule. Even if you do book ahead of time and then your plans change, we are in the position to change dates and even routes of your tickets, as long as the request comes with at least two workdays anticipation. So you can be safe and still maintain some flexibility. Cheers!

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