Getting there & around Bolivia

Few airlines offer direct flights to Bolivia, and their prices are generally high. Many visitors arrive by air to other South American countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, and continue their journey overland to Bolivia, a solution that is generally cheaper.


Bus service in La Paz


Border crossings with these countries are located in Villazon-La Quiaca and Yacuiba-Pocitos (Argentina); Quijarro-Corumba and Guayaramerin-Guajara-Mirim (Brazil); Charaña-Visviri and Abaroa-Ollague (Chile); Yunguyo-Puno and Desaguadero -Puno (Peru).

The national airline, called Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), offer national and international services. Airline tickets for international flights purchased in Bolivia are subject to a tax of 19%.

Domestic flights are insured by the LAB, TAM and AeroXpress. In general, the traveler may have the possibility to delays, cancellations, and chronic instability. Bolivia’s road network is not too good, mainly due to the scarcity of paved roads. Long distance buses usually leave late in the evening and overnight travel. If you want to see the landscape, you’d better use a truck, a very popular means of transport among campesinos (Farmers). In this case, the price of the ticket costs the half than the bus, but can be a pretty hard experience.


Flight reservations to La Paz Bolivia


Following the recent privatization of Bolivian railways, passenger services have been drastically reduced. There are two rail networks: one to the west and another one to the east of the country. This last is completely chaotic, while the first one is simply disorganized. All Bolivian trains except the FerroBus are awfully slow.

The rivers Ichilo, Mamore, Beni, Madre de Dios and Guapora are the main routes for travelling through the Amazon basin.