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Villazon - Bolivia and Argentina (La Quiaca) Border

The city of Villazon is the most used border crossing for tourists traveling between Bolivia and Argentina. Crossing a bridge from Villazon you can reach the city of La Quiaca (on Argentina's border).

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Except for the movement originated across the border, Villazón is a relatively quiet town. In its streets there are many shops and places for money exchange.

On the streets of Villazón there’s always a heavy flow of passengers, mainly Bolivian and Argentineans.

Important: The border is open 24-7, but for public procedures, documents or passport stamping customs office is open from 7 am to 12 am. Please take account of these times if you plan to leave or enter Bolivia or Argentina.

Villazon is located at 3,400 meters above sea level. Because of its height, the days are cool and sunny, and nights are cold.

Tourists enter from Argentina should try to walk slowly to avoid suffering from altitude sickness (apunamiento / soroche).

La localidad de Villazon se encuentra a 345 kilómetros de Potosí.

Villazon has a population of around 30,000 inhabitants, and the neighboring city of La Quiaca (Argentina) has 18,000 people.

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Villazon, Bolivia border

Villazon town is 345 km from Potosi (12-14 hours trip) and 3-4 hours from Tupiza (on the road to Uyuni).

Being a city of passage, most of Villazon´s life gathers around the bus terminal and the train station.
Before buying a ticket it's worth first checking prices at different companies as well as the bus types and services they offer.

As often tourists are charged prices above the regular fare it's convenient to bargain.

Travel time by bus from Villazon to:

  • Tupiza: 3-4 hours
  • Uyuni: 10-12 hours
  • Potosí: 12-14 hours
  • La Paz: 22-24 hours

Hours may vary due to different factors such as the weather, road conditions, or technical problems.

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Villazón is the parent of two railway lines. Every week trains depart to Uyuni and Oruro.

How to buy train tickets to and from Villazon?

Depending on the demand for tickets, they can sometimes be purchased on the same day of travel, although it's far preferable to get them the previous day. At the Uyuni train station ticket offices have various opening times. Sometimes patience is very necessary to buy these train tickets.

Online ticket purchases

You can also purchase tickets (only business class categories) in the Railway Company website.  

More information in Empresa Ferroviaria Andina: www.fca.com.bo

EXPRESO DEL SUR

FROM - TO

ORURO – VILLAZóN
Tuesday

ORURO – VILLAZóN
Fraiday

 
Oruro – Uyuni
Uyuni – Tupiza
Tupiza – Villazón

Departure

Arrive

Departure

Arrive

15:30
22:20
03:30

22:00
03:15 Miércoles
06:30 Miércoles

15:30
22:20
03:30

22:00
03:15 Sábado
06:30 Sábado

FROM - TO

VILLAZON – ORURO
Wednesday

VILLAZON - ORURO
Saturday

 
Villazón - Tupiza
Tupiza – Uyuni
Uyuni - Oruro

Departure

Arrive

Departure

Arrive

15:30
18:40
24:00

18:10
23:35
06:30

15:30
18:40
24:00

18:10
23:35
06:30




WARA WARA DEL SUR

FROM - TO

ORURO – VILLAZóN
Sunday

ORURO – VILLAZóN
Wednesday


Oruro – Uyuni
Uyuni – Tupiza
Tupiza – Villazón

Departure

Arrive

Departure

Arrive

19:00
02:20
08:40

02:00
08:10 lunes
12:00 lunes

19:00
02:20
08:40

02:00
08:10 Jueves
12:00 Jueves

FROM - TO

VILLAZON – ORURO
Monday

VILLAZON - ORURO
Thursday

 
Villazón - Tupiza
Tupiza – Uyuni
Uyuni - Oruro

Departure

Arrive

Departure

Arrive

15:30
18:50
01:40

18:30
01:00
08:40

15:30
18:50
01:40

18:30
01:00
08:40

To bear in mind

Take into account that near the bus terminal there are different food stands.

In Villazón there are numerous craft shops where you can buy various souvenirs.

It's important that you take care of your belongings in your hotel, on the street and in high-traffic locations (such as bus station and train station).

In Villazón you’ll find many places for money exchange, open until the evening.

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