Puno to La Paz by Bus

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

A bus from Puno to La Paz takes around 5 hours. 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 Puno to La Paz.

Puno to La Paz is usually via Copacabana, and offers some great stops along the way. Since you will be crossing the Bolivian border, make sure you are aware of all the paperwork needed. The other option will be flying from Juliaca to La Paz which can be more expensive taking all the taxi fees into consideration. 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 Puno to La Paz you have 2 main options:

1 – Public Bus (e.g. Inka Express)

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

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

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCE
INKA EXPRESS DAILY06:00, 07:30 and 14:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
PERU HOP
DAILY08:30HOTEL PICK-UP & DROP-OFF YES
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY14:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO

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

Puno to La Paz by bus is usually a pleasant journey and the road is in good conditions for the most part. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey! Bolivia Hop is probably the best option due to their border crossing assistance and stops along the way.

  2 comments for “Puno to La Paz by Bus

  1. Sara
    May 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Hello,

    This is Sara from Hong Kong would like to take the bus Puno ➔ La Paz ➔ Uyuni

    What is the time table?

    Thanks
    Sara

    • Lucy
      May 15, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Hey Sara,

      The usual itinerary is taking a bus from Puno to La Paz with any of the mentioned companies above. Upon arrival to La Paz at noon, you would have to stay a night and either take an overnight public bus (approx. 8hrs) the following night, departing at 9pm arriving to Uyuni in the early morning OR you could also spend more days to fully explore La Paz, taking an overnight bus the night of desired departure. In Uyuni you can do full day, 2 day or even 3 day tours depending on preference and time. There are many tour operators so make sure to do some research on them. The quickest way would take 3 days, spending 1 night in La Paz, 1 night in the overnight bus to Uyuni arriving the next day and doing just a full day tour. From there you can either go back to La Paz or continue your travels to other destinations.

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