Driving in Bolivia
Traveling in a private vehicle, bus, van/truck, motorcycle,
and taxi are easy forms of transportation in and around the
cities and towns of Bolivia. The prices usually reflect the
level of service, but this is not always the case. It is more
expensive to travel in private vehicles and is cheaper to
travel in a van or truck. Pullman buses offer a middle ground
for transportation and are not only the most abundant, but
also provide comfort and safety while traveling.
Highways and Road System
To travel between regions is relatively easy within Bolivia.
The highways and roads connect most large cities with the
smaller towns and villages. Because the majority of roads
in Bolivia are not paved, access to certain places will depend
on the season in which you travel. During the rainy season,
many remote villages remain isolated for days or weeks if
the rain doesn't stop.
Taxis in Bolivia are relatively cheap. Some are equipped with
meters, but in many cities and towns there is a standard rate
per person on short rides. Before you get into a taxi, it is
advisable to ask a merchant or in a hotel, what the rate should
be for the destination you wish to reach.
All the capitals of the different regions, large cities,
and some towns in Bolivia, all have airports that provide
service for domestic flights. Flights on private airplanes
can be found in most larger cities. More information in Airports
The train system in Bolivia is limited to trips between the
plateau and the valleys. It is possible to travel by train
towards Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
Water transportation is frequently used in the Amazon region
of Bolivia since many destinations can only be accessed by
this method, due to the impervious geography. There are large
ships or small boats according to the size of the river and
whether the destination is a large city or small village.