Sucre to La Paz
The bus from Sucre to La Paz is a 12 hour night bus which passes through Potosi about 3 hours from Sucre. I’ve done this trip a number of times and have some tips for travellers.
There are plenty of companies on this route and a range of prices. Prices range from about 100 Bs to 180 Bs. It depends on the quality and how busy it is.
“There are plenty of companies on this route and a range of prices. Prices range from about 100 Bs to 180 Bs.”
A good quality bus is “Trans Copacabana MEM” which is comfortable and modern. If you want the full ‘suite’ service then you can’t beat “El Dorado” where you’ll be able to put your seat right back to horizontal.
This bus from Sucre to La Paz passes Potosi and usually stops there. Make sure the bus staff know if you are getting off there or ask them to let them know when you arrive (‘Me avisa cuando estamos en Potosi?’). Coming from La Paz you will arrive about 3 am so you will be very sleepy.
Sucre Bus Terminal
The bus terminal is located about 20 mins from the centre or the city. Most taxis will take you to and from the terminal for 5 Bs per person sometimes a little more. You can also take small “micro” buses which will take you there for just 1.50 Bs.
To get from the terminal into the city centre you need to cross the street from the terminal and take the H, A or 3 micro from there.
To get to the terminal you can get the number H, A or 3 micro from Calle Junin in the centre of the city to the terminal. You can ask the driver, “Va a la terminal?”, if you are unsure.
Bear in mind that lots of buses leave around 6 – 8 pm so traffic is slow getting to the terminal. If you are in a rush you should take a taxi but if you have time then allow 30 mins to arrive by micro.
La Paz Bus Terminal
The terminal is fairly central.
If you are arriving in La Paz there are some Minivans and a bus which pass the terminal towards Plaza San Francisco. Or if you walk down the hill from the terminal you will see a main road with lots of Minivans to many different suburbs. If you are going towards the plaza you need to cross the road and catch a van in that direction. Taxis can cost about 10 Bs per person to the city centre.
As most buses arrive in the early morning it is probably safest to take a taxi to your accommodation as the streets are quite empty at this time.
To get to the terminal you can get a Minivan that says “Terminal” in the windscreen or ask a Minivan if it goes near the terminal, “Por la terminal?”.