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Sucre - Getting To and Away


The bus station (4-645-6732) is situated to the east of the town center, on Avenida Ostria Gutiérrez. A taxi to the center will cost you $0.60/70 (Bs4/5) per person, which is the normal rate for most journeys within the city. Bus lines H and A head to the centre from the terminal and can drop you off near the central market, line A also goes past the central cemetery.

Keep in mind that bus prices will vary during public holidays and in the high/low season. It’s also wise to book your tickets a day in advance for longer journeys to guarantee a seat – lots of agencies in town can do this for you, Trans Real Audiencia (Calle San Alberto 73) are good for this. You have to pay a small departure tax at the terminal.

To Potosí: About a dozen bus companies do the Sucre-Potosí route. Buses leave approximately every half an hour from 6.30am until 7.30p.m., although the number of services trail off after 4p.m. The two companies that have the most frequent service are Sind. Trans 6. De Octubre (4-644-2990) and Alonzo de Ibáñez. Journey time is about three hours and a ticket should cost you between $2 and $3.

There is also a collectivo taxi service that leaves from the bus station, this normally costs $4-7 and will take about 2.5 hours.

To Uyuni: Sind. Trans 6. De Octubre has a 6.30am service to Uyuni via Potosi, otherwise you’ll need to take a bus to Potosí and get a connection from there (best to book this in advance). They journey time is around 10 hours, direct or indirect, and costs $7-$8.50.

To Oruru: Jumbo Bus Trans Azul leaves for Oruro every day at 9 p.m. Two companies, San Jose and San Miguel, have a daily service that leaves at 9.30 p.m. All these are buses are direct. Bustillo (4-645-4259) has two services a day via Potosí – one at 6.30 p.m., one at 7.30 p.m. Flota Illimani (4-644-2410) departs for Oruro, via Potosí, at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. The trip is between nine and 10 hours and costs between $6 and $10, depending on the type of bus (normal or bus cama).

To Cochabamba: There are eight companies with services that leave daily at 6.30 p.m.: Expreso Santa Cruz (4-642-3500), Expreso Cochabamba (4-646-0899), Flota Capital (4-642-2450), Mopar (4-644-7527), L.T. Flota Copacabana (4-645-5409), Unificado (4-646-1914), San Francisco (4-645-2580) and Jumbo Bus Bolivar (4-645-3849). Trans Copacabana (4-645-3678) has a normal service at 7 p.m. and a bus cama at 7.30 p.m. Trans Real Audiencia (4-645-3678) has a daily service at 7.30 p.m. The journey takes 11 hours, a normal bus costs around $7, a bus cama $8.50.

To La Paz: Trans Copacabana leaves at 6.30 p.m. every day, with a semi-cama service. Trans Copacabana MEM I, a different provider, has a bus cama departing daily at 7p.m. and Emp. De Trans El Dorado (4-642-3052) has a super comfy suite cama that leaves at the same time. 10 de Noviembre (4-645-2580) departs daily at 4 p.m., Flota Illimani at 5.30 p.m., via Potosí, and L.T. Flota Copacabana at 6 p.m. The journey takes from 11 to 12 hours and the trip will normally cost between $14 and $21.

To Santa Cruz: Expreso Santa Cruz, Flota Capital, Trans Suárez, Autobuses Oruro, Flota Illimani, San Francisco, L.T Flota Copacabana and Trans Capital all have daily departures at 5 p.m. Jumbo Bus Bolivar leave daily at 4.30 p.m. and have a bus cama service at 5.30 p.m. Unificado also leave daily at 4.30 p.m. Expreso Cochabamba, Trans Copacabana MEM I and Mopar depart at 5.30 p.m. every day. Journey time is about 16 hours, but can be up to 24 hours in the rainy season. It will cost you between $10 and $14.

To Tarija: There’s a direct service to Tarija every other day with Expreso Tarija, which leaves at 4 p.m. Andes Bus (4-646-0751) leaves daily, via Potosí, at 3 p.m. and Turismo Emperador (4-645-3909) runs the same service. The trip takes about 16 hours and will cost between $9 and $14.50.

Andes Bus and Turismo Emperador both have daily departures to Camiri, via Monteagudo, at 6 p.m. Trans Real Audiencia runs the same service, but at 7 p.m. There’s a morning bus to Camiri, via Potosí, at 10.30 a.m. with Sind. Trans 6 de Octubre (journey time 18 hours). Caqueño (4-645-4421) have a daily service to Yacuiba, via Camiri, at 4.30 p.m. Villa Imperial departs daily to Villazon, via Potosí, at 2 p.m. and Sind. Trans 6 de Octubre runs the same service at 4 p.m.

There are some international services to Asunción in Paraguay and Buenos Aires, ask at the bus station.


The airport, Aeropuerto Juana Azurduy de Padilla (Tel: 4-645-4445), is about five kilometers north-west of town. A taxi to the center will cost you between $3.50 and $4.25. Aerosur (Calle Arenales 31, Tel: 4-642-3838) have daily flights to La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba – many services to Santa Cruz and Cochabamba are indirect. There are less frequent flights to Tarija and Cobija. If you want to fly to Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil, or further afield you’ll normally need to stop-over in La Paz or Santa Cruz.

Flights from Sucre are regularly delayed or cancelled, especially in the rainy season between December and March.


29 Dec 2008

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