FAQs

Bolivia, like other countries in South America, relies heavily on ground transportation for mobilization and business purposes. Most cities and pueblos are connected by several bus companies. However, be aware that bus companies tend to have high demand, and tickets are quickly sold out for hot top destinations.

Visit our home page at Boliviaschedules.com to find and book bus tickets.

Bolivia is a large country, so driving between cities can be an exhausting activity, especially if you are thinking of getting a  car and start driving. In addition, toll fees and gasoline can easily turn a good experience into an undesirable adventure.

Hiring a driver, on the other hand, gives you more than transportation. Bolivians are friendly by nature, so by the end of the trip, you would have made a new friend who has proudly shared the insights and type of information not found on travel forums.

One of the most popular questions we get from travelers is usually what are the top cities to visit in Bolivia. The answer to this question varies based on who you asked. However, this is our top 5 of destinations for this year:

  1. Copacabana
  2. Uyuni
  3. La Paz
  4. Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  5. Sucre

We accept payments by Credit Card and PayPal. Reservations are only secured with a full payment for the service in advance.

Absolutely! BoliviaSchedules is comprised of the most popular direct routes for which tickets can be purchased online. But if you don’t find what you need here, visit AndesTransit.com and there you can explore hundreds of routes that you get tickets for at the bus station, or that are indirect, or between other cities and towns not listed here.

You can, but it’s both more risky and time-consuming. Bus stations are often far from the core of town, so you have to go way out of your way just to get a ticket, taking away time you would probably rather spend sightseeing. Plus, once you get to the bus station, travelers often get overwhelmed by shouting vendors trying to pull them in various directions and eventually into something they didn’t really intend. If they do make it to the right place, the information about routes is often colloquialized and has to be further interpreted to see if it’s what they want, and then at the last moment, they find all the seats are sold out. Bottom line, the bus station is always a possibility, but for less experienced travelers who don’t have a lot of time to waste, it’s not worth the effort.

It depends on the bus company and route. Some only allow one to three days in advance, while others any time within the same calendar month, and a few are even more generous than that. When you purchase your ticket here, your Cart will tell you the Release Date, which is the date we best estimate you will be receiving your ticket, based on that company’s rules for that route.

20 kg is the norm across Latin America, but Bolivia is a little more informal and flexible. Still, if you’re carrying more than 20 kg of luggage, we feel sorry for your back! Lighten up!

Super easy. When you select the Open Date option, you can buy the ticket without committing to a date and time for the trip, as long as the trip is no less than three days from the date of your order. This allows you to decide later when you are more sure about your plans. What you’ll receive by email is an open date voucher that is valid until the end of the calendar year or for 180 days (6 months). When you’re ready to commit to a date and time, just reply to the email that sent you the voucher and let us know your chosen date and time for the trip (must be at least 72 hours in advance), and we’ll send you the ticket or a release date on which you’ll receive the ticket. Open Date vouchers follow the same pre-release date bus ticket policies here.

Do not travel the day before major holidays in Bolivia. Traveling on the holiday itself is pretty easy, because most Bolivians are already at where they wanted to be (although good luck in finding lodging on a holiday). Also try to avoid the day before people are supposed to be back at work after a holiday break. We black out all these days in our calendar when you try to reserve online, but it’s always to just do some research yourself on local traditions and government-sanctioned holiday periods in Bolivia before you make travel plans, because public transportation seems to never have the capacity to handle the crowds.

Yes. Shared Shuttles get grouped in with buses, so you can find them through the home page on this site, or just by searching for public options on andestransit.com.

Private shuttles go anywhere you want, as they are created around the itinerary you design. To get a private shuttle, just go to the private shuttles page, and if you don’t find one to match your route there, you can customize a route at andestransit.com/reserve-shuttle.

Yes! Any of our inter-city drivers also can provide around-town service. Just use our Around Town page to reserve.

Yes! If you are in need of transportation for groups of up to 45 passengers, we can connect you with providers that operate with vehicles with capacity for 10, 15 or 45 people. Just let us know your requirements at our partner site’s Custom Itinerary page.

As long as there’s availability, 48 hours in advance, but we recommend between three and seven days.

20 kg is the standard per person. Please include luggage description in your shuttle request so we can dispatch an associate shuttle provider with enough room for your luggage.

Yes! Just let us know the time and flight number so we can monitor it if it’s early or late.

The shared shuttle is similar to a bus, but its size is more like a minivan. It carriers just a handful of people, but on a regular schedule. They only can operate if they have enough people signed up to ride, so shared shuttles are only found on the most heavily trafficked routes. Shared shuttles don’t pick you up from your hotel. You have to go their central pickup location, and they will drop you off at a central drop-off location as well, and then from there take a taxi to your hotel.

Private shuttles, on the other hand, are everything a shared shuttle is not. They are a vehicle just for the size of you or your group, they pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at your next hotel. Their only schedule is your schedule, and they stop at any point along the way to your destination that you want to stop, like a viewpoint, an interesting restaurant, or a roadside artisan.

Your ticket is sent on the release date, which is always before your travel date and may even be the same day you order. Every bus company in Bolivia has its own rules about how soon they start printing tickets for their reservations. Your release date is displayed in your cart during checkout, and you also will receive an email after your purchase is complete to remind you again of the release date. For more detail, see Release Date: What is it?.

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