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How to get to Oruro

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Oruro is a city in the Oruro Department of Bolivia, famous for its carnival. It's been a major mining centre and railway hub, but with the closing of the mine and with more and more rail connections ceasing, the town is about to lose its importance. Oruro is well connected with La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Potosi as well as countries like Argentina, Chile and Peru.

Oruro city distances

Cochabamba - Oruro, 210 kilometers, 4 to 5 travel hours
La Paz - Oruro, 229 Kilometers, 3 to 4 travel hours
Potosi - Oruro, 310 Kilometers, 5 to 6 travel hours
Santa Cruz - Oruro, 683 Kilometers, 18 to 20 travel hours
Uyuni - Oruro, 314 Kilometers, 7 travel hours

By Bus

There are several bus companies that connect Oruro with the different Bolivian cities with daily schedules and departures every 30 minutes to the different cities.

La Paz - Oruro by Bus

Daily departures from 6:30 in the morning to 22:00 are available, in Carnival time more buses and more departures are available, and practically 24h service is available from and to La Paz.

*Recommended bus Companies: Trans Azul, Andino, Avaroa, Trans Copacabana.

Cochabamba - Oruro by Bus

Daily departures from 6:30 in the morning to 22:00 are available, in Carnival time more buses and more departures are available practically 24h service is available from and to Cochabamba.

*Recommended bus Companies: Trans Azul, Naser, Danubio, Trans Copacabana.

Potosi - Oruro by Bus

Daily departures at 07:00, 11:00, 13:30, 22:00 and 22:30 in Carnival time more buses and more departures are available.

*Recommended bus Companies: Trans Azul and Bustillos.

Arica (Chile) - Oruro by Bus

Daily departures at 07:00, 11:00, 13:30, 22:00 and 22:30.

*Recommended bus Companies: There are Chilean and Bolivian companies with similar services.

Iquique (Chile) - Oruro by Bus

Daily departures at 07:00, 11:00, 13:30, 22:00 and 22:30

*Recommended bus Companies: There are Chilean and Bolivian companies with similar services.

It is also possible to buy in Oruro Terminal tickets towards Argentina and different cities within like, Salta, Tucuman, Buenos Aires or the border Villazon city.

By train

Traveling by train is one of the most comfortable ways to travel to or from Oruro city. There are two kinds of trains leaving Oruro towards Uyuni, Atocha, Villazon or Tupiza, the most comfortable is Expreso del Sur with departures on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30pm and Wara Wara which departs on Sundays and Wednesdays.

By Plane

Oruro city has no airport operating at the moment. However there are some flights we can offer to shorten your travel by traveling by plane towards the closest city to Oruro with an operating Airport.

Available Fligths towards Oruro Carnival

  • Santa Cruz - La Paz
  • La Paz - Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz - Cochabamba
  • Cochabamba - SantaCruz
  • La Paz - Uyuni
  • Uyuni - La Paz

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