10 hours 20 minutes
natural wonders, hot springs, mining history
USD $ 31
Maximum comfort or class
1 Departure Daily
Price may fluctuate due to seasonal demand and other market-driven and regulatory events.
Bus from Cochabamba to Uyuni
If you're coming to Bolivia for the first or a short time, this route is likely the best pick. You should even consider international flights directly to Cochabamba itself instead of La Paz in order to save time. Cochabamba is a central hub for buses going in all directions to Bolivia, which makes it a good starting point, especially in the southern region where Uyuni lies.
What are the buses like in Bolivia?
The country is one of the poorest in Latin America, although you will see more weather neighborhoods if you go to Santa Cruz. So you should expect buses to be reflective of the people riding them, which is to say they are humble and rustic, but eager to improve.
Buses are constantly being improved or replaced thanks to the high demand for bus travel in Bolivia. All coaches have seats that are cushioned seats and that recline, and the longer the distance you travel, the more likely you will be on a bus with a higher level of comfort features like sleeping recliners (camas) and a separate deck for higher-paying VIP riders.
Long-distance buses seldom stop between cities, leaving it to municipal or intra-provincial buses, which are more commonly utilized to travel between villages. Despite this, you will most likely stop once for an essential rest break, to use sterilized bathrooms, stretch your legs, and get a fast hot lunch or boxed snack before returning to the road.
How long is the bus ride from Cochabamba to Uyuni?
Expect the bus ride from Cochabamba to Uyuni to take you 10 and a half hours. It does not stop in Oruro, but there are other bus services that go to Uyuni from Oruro. There is only one departure direct from Cochabamba, that leaves at 20:00 (8 pm) every night, and delivers you to Uyuni by breakfast time in the morning. This is designed to allow travelers to save on lodging costs and sleep the night on the bus, so if you sleep easy, when you wake up it will feel like you’ve only traveled a few hours.
Of course, if you want to get off and explore Oruro and then go to Uyuni on a separate day, we highly recommend that, because Oruro is a fascinating city that is worth giving some time.
How much is the bus fare from Cochabamba to Uyuni?
The bus ticket from Cochabamba to Uyuni is currently being offered at $31 and the service is a full-cama ride, which means that the seats lay flat for sleeping. The fare goes up on weekends and holidays, but only by a small amount. In the low season when visitors create less demand for seats, or when the value of the Bolivian peso falls in value due to exchange rates, then the price might drop to entice more riders.
Is it possible to rely on the bus schedules?
Yes, this route from Cochabamba to Uyuni has been steady for years and doesn’t operate in a region that is subject to road closures. However, you should still reserve online ahead of time to get a fair warning if there should be some schedule issue. AndesTransit has a competent travel crew that speaks both English and Spanish, and we work directly with downstream suppliers to be informed of any changes due to road conditions, fleet maintenance, or other potential interruptions so that we may alert you as well.