Updated August 2019

If you plan to go to Uyuni from La Paz and want to enjoy the scenery on the way, the best option is to take a train from Oruro to Uyuni. All direct buses from La Paz are night buses leaving between 8pm and 10pm. The train is also a good alternative for those who want extra comfort or want to avoid the risk of roadblocks or delays due to traffic.

It is possible to travel by train to Uyuni with Expreso del Sur or Wara Wara del Sur. These two trains are operated by Ferroviaria Andina, a Bolivian train company. These trains have different schedules and there are two classes available: Salon and Executive.

COMEDOR

Wara Wara Del Sur 

Wara Wara del Sur means “Southern star” in Aymara. This train has a restaurant wagon where passengers can enjoy a meal anytime they want.

EJEC

Executive class 

  • Semi-lie-flat seats
  • Heating system, TV and music room
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Individual light for reading
  • Refreshments on board
  • Personal attention
  • Bathrooms
TREN

Salon Class

  • Reclining seats
  • Heating system, selected videos and music
  • Reading light
  • Bathrooms

Expreso del Sur 

Executive class 

  • Comfortable seats and semi-Lie-flat seating
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Automatic air freshener
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Individual light for reading
  • Refreshments on board
  • Staff attention
  • Bathrooms

Salon Class

  • Reclining seats
  • Heating system, selected videos and music
  • Reading light
  • Bathroom

Schedules

TrainClassRouteDepartureDistance and duration
Expreso del SurFerrobusOruro to UyuniTuesday/Friday
14:30
314 kilometers
7 hours
Wara Wara del SurExecutive and SalonOruro to UyuniWednesday/Sunday

19:00

314 kilometers
7 hours

Tips

  • If you are traveling from La Paz, there are regular buses between La Paz and Oruro. They leave from the main terminal every hour or so. The bus takes about 4 hours and tickets are about 30 bolivianos.
  • If you want to know more about Ferroviaria Andina S.A., check the web page: www.fca.com.bo
  • If you need to buy a ticket of train from Oruro to Uyuni in salon or executive via online do it in: www.ticketsbolivia.com
  • You can to buy a train ticket in advance with tickets Bolivia, but the FCA company assigns the seats in salon class a week before the departing day and in executive class a month before the departing day.
  • I recommend that you choose a window seat so as to appreciate the view in a better way. The right side has the best views.
  • I recommend for your trip that you wear light clothing during the day and warm clothes for the night.
  • Check this guide on what to do when you arrive in Uyuni and how to pick the best tour for you.
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