Arequipa to La Paz

January 23, 2018

Going from Arequipa to La Paz by Bus: 2018 updated information about Bus Safety, The Best Bus Companies to take and their schedules.

Travelling to La Paz from Arequipa takes around 10 hours. In this guide, we have included extensive information about us safety in Peru, the best bus companies to travel with and other benefits you should look out for when choosing the bus company you want to travel with from Arequipa to La Paz.

The journey from Arequipa to La Paz is a long one, but full of spectacular landscapes. Due to the bus having to cross the border between Peru and Bolivia, it is important to make sure you know about the visa requirements and fees for each country. Depending on the service you choose, you might be lucky enough to have a guide on board to help you with the paperwork. The alternative option to this amazing bus journey is to go from Arequipa to La Paz by plane, but this can be expensive as flights between Peru and Bolivia are classed as international flights. On top of this, when all other costs, such as the taxis needed to and from the airports, have been taken into consideration, the expenses involved this journey really add up. Below you will find important information to consider before choosing the best bus company to travel with on 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 Arequipa to La Paz you have 2 main options:

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

2 – Public Bus (e.g. Cruz del Sur, Oltursa)

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

COMPANIESSCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSISTANCE
CIVADAILY 21:00PUBLIC TERMINALNO
PERU HOPDAILY 05:45HOTEL PICK UP & DROP OFF YES
TRANSZELADAILY 22:45PUBLIC TERMINALNO

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP CHOOSE WHAT BUS COMPANY TO TAKE:

  1. Is it required to travel to the bus companies public terminal or do they pick you up from your hotel/hostel?
    • Some bus companies, such as the hop on hop off companies, do pick you up from wherever you’re staying, which is a much more secure and safer service rather than having to take local taxis. Going with public bus companies you will always have to travel to the terminal meaning there is the need to find out where the terminal is and organising transport to on the day of travel.
  2. How is bus safety in Peru and what are the companies safety records like?
    • This varies from company to company. The best way to find out the safety record of any bus company is to put the name of the company with the words “hijackings” or “accidents” and googling the results. This way you will be able to see which companies are the best.
  3. What can I expect to find on the bus? What are the on-board facilities like?
    • Most companies will have TV’s, toilets (how clean the toilets are depend on the company) and semi-cama or cama seats. All important factors which help determine the best company.
  4. Are there any other benefits I can expect to find depending on the bus company?
    • You will find while doing research that different companies offer different things. Some companies have special luxury class buses that come at a higher price, some companies, such as Cruz del Sur, have loyalty point schemes and other companies, such as Peru Hop, offer discounts on accommodation and other things. Make sure to check out a couple of different companies to see what benefits you can get and which will be the best for you.

The journey from Arequipa to La Paz should always be split up with a visit to the unmissable Lake Titicaca, whether it’s in Puno or Copacabana. Make sure to try and find a suitable option which will allow give you some time at either place and then just enjoy your journey!

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