Traveling from La Paz to Uyuni by land

https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_uyuni.phpIf 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 bus from La Paz to Oruro, and then from Oruro to Uyuni by train.

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Uyuni Salt Flat

By bus from La Paz to Uyuni

There are many bus companies 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$

All the buses leave from the Bus Terminal of La Paz, located between Perú Av. and Uruguay Av. This is the map: https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_la_paz.php

Uyuni has no proper bus terminal, but it has a street where buses depart from and arrive at. Here is the map and street address:  https://ticketsbolivia.com.bo/googlemaps/terminal_uyuni.php

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La Paz, Bolivia. Photo: Tommy Sdenek Aliaga Solares

From La Paz to Uyuni by bus and train

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.

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Photo: Daniel Kordan. Laguna Colorada, Uyuni

We hope the information is useful. You can buy tickets online and with plenty of time beforehand in order to plan your trip at http://www.ticketsbolivia.com. If you have any doubts, please contact us at info@ticketsbolivia.com

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One thought on “Traveling from La Paz to Uyuni by land

  1. Thank you for this blog article.
    It’s proving very useful to me while I am unable to use the search tool on the website.

    Is anybody else currently experiencing problems with the TicketsBolivia.com website?
    Each time I search for a bus route between La Paz and Uyuni it displays an error “Oops, looks like something went wrong” and a list of failed requests.
    I’ll just have to enquire in-office once I reach La Paz bus terminal.

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