Cusco to La Paz by Bus

Cusco to La Paz by Bus: 2017 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Cusco to La Paz takes around 16 hours when all the border crossings are factored in. The journey should be broken up with stops at Lake Titicaca in either Puno or Copacabana or both. Below we have detailed information about bus safety, the best bus companies and what other benefits you should look out for when choosing the best bus from Cusco to La Paz.

The main gateway from Cusco to La Paz is via Puno. Puno is home to the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca and is definitely worth at least a morning stop to visit the incredible floating islands. From Puno, you will then make your way to the border, where after crossing the notoriously difficult Bolivian Border, you will arrive to the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca called Copacabana. Copacabana is home to the Isla del Sol and is a must see on any trip from Cusco to La Paz. Below is some information you should consider when trying to choose the best bus company for this route.

Quick Tip:  If traveling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima  bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as Free WiFi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travelers.

 To take a bus from Cusco to La Paz you have 2 main options:

1 – Public Bus (e.g. Inka express, Trans Salvador)

2 – Hop on hop off bus (e.g. Peru Hop, Green Toad Bus)

Peru hop bus

The schedule and departure times of buses from Cusco to La Paz are as follows:

COMPANIESSCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSISTANCE
TRANS - SALVADORDAILY 22:00PUBLIC TERMINALNO
PERU HOPDAILY 22:00PRIVATE TERMINAL YES
INKA EXPRESSDAILY 22:30PUBLIC TERMINALNO
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY 07:00PUBLIC TERMINALNO

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP CHOOSE WHAT BUS COMPANY TO TAKE:

  1. Do they collect you at your hotel or hostel?
    • Some bus companies, and all hop on hop off companies, do actually pick you up at your hotel, thus offering a much safer and secure service rather than taking local taxis
  2. How is their safety record?
    • Simply put the name of the bus company, and the word “accident” or “hijacking” into google and see which companies are the best.
  3. What onboard facilities do they have?
    • Tv´s, toilets (clean!!), semi-cama or cama seats…all of these things will help decide which is the best company
  4. Other benefits?
    • Some bus companies have loyalty points schemes (e.g. Cruz del Sur) and others have accommodation and other discounts (e.g. Peru Hop) so shop around and see what other benefits you get with each company

Cusco to La Paz by bus is usually a pleasant journey however it is recommended to know what you would need at the border to avoid any delays. Bolivia Hop is probably the best option due to their border crossing assistance and stops along the way. 

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