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Time table of trains from and to Tupiza

Time table of the international train to Calama, Chile

Prices of tickets to various destinations

About travelling by train in Bolivia

Map of Tupiza railway station and Hostal Valle Hermoso


Photo: Train in Palala, near Tupiza

Time table of trains from and to Tupiza


Saturday (railway co: Expreso del Sur)
3.15 a.m.: Arrival from Uyuni and Oruro
3.25 a.m.: Leaving to Villazón

6.10 p.m.: Arrival from Villazón
6.20 p.m.: Departure to Uyuni and Oruro


Sunday (rail co: Wara Wara del Sur)
8.00 a.m.: Arrival from Uyuni and Oruro
8.35 a.m.: Departure to Villazón

6.20 p.m.: Arrival from Villazón
7.00 p.m.: Departure to Uyuni and Oruro


Tuesday (railway co: Expreso del Sur)
3.15 a.m.: Arrival from Uyuni and Oruro
3.25 a.m.: Departure to Villazón

6.10 p.m.: Arrival from Villazón
6.20 p.m.: Departure to Uyuni and Oruro

Thursday (rail co: Wara Wara del Sur)
8.00 a.m.: Arrival from Uyuni and Oruro
8.35 a.m.: Departure to Villazón

6.20 p.m.: Arrival from Villazón
7.00 p.m.: Departure to Uyuni and Oruro

As you see, the railway company Expreso del Sur rides every Saturday and Tuesday. On Sunday and Thursday we have the new railway line Wara Wara del Sur. There are no trains on Monday, Wednesday nor Friday. For prices click here or scroll down this page.

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The above photos show the trains to ride around Tupiza. These pics where taken in July 2001 by people of the Grace United Methodist Church. There are many more beautiful photos at their website .

International trains

The international line goes to Calama, Chile. You can either take this train at Avaroa or Uyuni. Avaroa is south of Tupiza. Please ask for advice at the reception of Hostal Valle Hermoso to learn which route is most suitable in your particular situation. Off course you can reserve your tickets at Hostal Valle Hermoso.

Sunday
3.00 a.m.: departure from Uyuni
7.30 a.m.: arrival at Avaroa

         Thursday
9.00 a.m.: departure from Avaroa
1.30 p.m.: arrival at Uyuni

Ticket prices of Tupiza and international trains

Expreso del Sur Ejecutivo (Executive class) Premier (Business class) Salón (First class)
Tupiza to Oruro 136 bs 106 bs 68 bs
Tupiza to Uyuni 65 bs 52 bs 28 bs
Tupiza to Villazón 33 bs 26 bs 15 bs


Wara Wara del Sur Ejecutivo (Executive class) Salón (First class) Populár (Economy class)
Tupiza to Oruro 99 bs 49 bs 43 bs
Tupiza to Uyuni 42 bs 23 bs 19 bs
Tupiza to Villazón 25 bs 12 bs 11 bs


Tren internacionál Populár (Economy class)
Uyuni to Avaroa 32 bs
Uyuni to Calama 91 bs


About travelling by train in Bolivia

The railway company that connects Villazón with Oruro (via Tupiza, Uyuni and Río Mulatos) is modern and well-equipped, as you may have guessed from looking at the above photos. Unfortunately, some of the older travel guide books still give old information about passenger trains in Bolivia being either not reliable or even non-existant. That kind of info is outdated and NOT TRUE. The on-line version of Lonely Planet is also sadly inadequate in this respect. The outdated stories of unreliable railways in Bolivia stem from the pre-1995 era, when the railways where owned by the state (ENFE). In 1995 the railways were privatized and splitted in FCA (Andes region) and FCO (oriental region, from Santa Cruz to Brazil and Argentina).

The truth is that nowadays railway passenger transport in the Andes region of Bolivia is handled by one major Chilean company called La Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A. (FCA). They have to lines: Expreso del Sur and Wara Wara del Sur. They connect Villazón, at the border with Argentina, with Oruro about 850 km / 530 mls). Both lines have modern trains, equipped with everything you need for comfortable long-distance travelling. The seats are adjustable, there's video and music, heating and a restaurant service. Both Expreso del Sur and Wara Wara have three classes, yet Expreso is more luxurous and faster than Wara. Even in economy class, you'll have a reserved seat and there's a waiter who serves pollo. At night they show two films in a row. These videos are mostly secondrate North-American fighting movies or comedies, but however corny the movies might be, you'll still bound to smile at the enthusiasm of the locals, who cheer and laugh and explain every joke to their neighbours. It's quite a funny experience. Most films are in English with Spanish subtitles, so it's also a great opportunity to learn some Spanish (this is how I picked up my knowledge of Spanish four letter words - which have more letters in castellano, but you know what I mean). The conductor constantly makes his rounds, also at night, which makes it a pretty safe place. The majority of your fellow travellers will probably be tourists, more so in the more expensive classes.

Taking the train is a pretty fast way to get from Tupiza to La Paz. For instance, if you take the 6.20 p.m. at Saturday, you'll be in La Paz the next morning at around 10.00 a.m. In Oruro you'll have to take a taxi from the train station to the bus terminal. The bus from Oruro makes for a fast connection with La Paz, using an asphalted road without corners on the Altiplano. Big chance you'll already start to miss Tupiza and its lovely climate as soon as you hit the cold Altiplano!

The Tupiza railway station

The address is Hostal Valle Hermoso, Avenida Pedro Arraya 478, Tupiza, Bolivia.


It's close to the railway station (estación F.C.A.) and bus terminal. Coming out of the station, go to the left, cross Calle Florida and you're there. The Hostal and the attached "tienda" (shop) are at your left hand.

Any questions?

Please ask at the reception of Hostal Valle Hermoso or mail me.

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