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Submitted on Aug 30, 2020 Useful Info

How to get to Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

El Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is always on every tourists must - visit list.

Hosting the world's largest salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni is quite a spectacle and thus attracts tourists from all over the globe.

If you wish to enjoy Bolivia's natural sensational landscapes and a peaceful meditation in the natural beauty, then the following brief is for you.

How to access The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

There are 3 ways to access The Salar de Uyuni;

  1. By plane
  2. By bus
  3. By train

Or better yet, a combination of the three

Uyuni, being the nearest town from the Salt Flats, is your destination.

Alternative Routes

  1. You can decide to take a tour from the town of Tupiza, located only 200 km south of Uyuni.
  2. You can also access the Bolivian Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama.

NOTE: this route is quite expensive

How to access the Bolivian Salt Flats by bus

From La Paz to Uyuni by bus

  • This is the commonly used route.
  • The journey takes only 10 hours.
  • Tickets are available in almost every bus station in La Paz.
  • Make prior arrangements during the high season as tickets can be inflated.

From Tupiza to Uyuni by bus

  • The journey takes around 4 hours.
  • Bus to and from Uyuni are available all day.
  • Costs around 6 USD.

From Villazon to Uyuni by bus

  • This is the most common route for Argentinian tourists.
  • It's a 3 hour drive.
  • Expect to pay around 3 USD.

From San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni by bus

  • This is the most common route for tourists from Northern Chile.

How to access the Bolivian Salt Flats by train

  • From La Paz, take a bus to Oruro.
  • Take a train from Oruro to Uyuni.
  • Expect to pay around 5 USD on the lower end and 18 USD on the upper end.

From La Paz to Uyuni by plane

  • Takes only an hour.
  • Ticket prices range between USD 170 and USD 250.