Updated: January 2020

A direct La Paz to Cusco bus takes about 14 hours and goes via the Desaguadero border. The bus from La Paz to Cusco is one of the most popular route in Latin America, and is especially popular between June and August and in December-January. There are many ways to make the trip; you can take a direct bus between the two cities, or stop in Copacabana (Bolivia) and/or Puno (Peru), which are both touristic towns on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A direct bus takes about 14 hours, depending on the bus company and the time of departure. You can also make stops along the way, in Copacabana or Puno.

Several companies offer a service from La Paz to Cusco by bus. There are two possible routes:

  • Via the Desaguadero border for migration
  • Through Copacabana, crossing the border in Yunguyo/Kasani.

All buses to Cusco from La Paz go through and sometimes briefly stop in Puno. Additionally you can opt for touristic bus such a Bolivia Hop which allows travelers to hop-on and hop-off in different locations.

1. Direct bus from La Paz to Cusco

The buses leave from the main bus terminal in La Paz, located on Peru Avenue. Here is the address of the bus terminal:

Please note that before you board the bus, you need to pay a small fee charged by the bus terminal, which costs 2.5 bolivianos per passenger. This cost (‘Uso de Terminal‘) is not included in your bus ticket. Look at the table below to see which bus companies provide this service and all the necessary information.

The migration paperwork at the Desaguadero migration center is simple: you just need to show your ID/Passport at the migration office, and depending on your nationality there might be additional documents you may need to present. To learn about Bolivia’s entry requirements, check our blog post.

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz to Cusco by bus

Bus companySeat classTime of departure Time of arrival Price in US$Extra info
Nuevo Continente InternacionalLie flat7:3021:30$21.90Direct service. Migration in Desaguadero
Trans TiticacaNormal bus16:006:00 (+1 day)$27.94Direct service. Migration in Desaguadero
Trans SalvadorLie flat 3 rows16:305:00 (+1 day)$24.09Direct service. Migration in Desaguadero
Tour PeruLie flat16:305:30 (+1 day)$27.74Direct service. Migration in Desaguadero
Schedule buses La Paz – Cusco

2. Trips with stopover

From La Paz to Copacabana

If you have more time and want to spend some time on Lake Titicaca you can travel first from La Paz to Copacabana. From there you can easily go to Cusco by bus. The buses also leave from the La Paz bus terminal (see map above) at 07:00, 07:30, and 13:30 in normal buses, which have seats that recline to 120 degrees. The bus company Turisbus offers a tourist service, with a minibus picking passengers at their hotels and offering a more personalized experience.

We recommend booking your journey from La Paz to Copacabana in an established bus company such as Turisbus, Diana Tours, Vicuna Travel or Trans Titicaca, instead of the more informal minibuses and buses which leave from the general cemetery. These companies are loosely regulated and stories of drivers falling asleep while driving have been reported. Also, these have no fixed schedule and leave when they fill up. However, the price is about the same as from the main terminal (20-25 bolivianos).

For these reasons, if the option is available, book ahead your trip to Copacabana with a recommended bus company.

The cost of the tickets between La Paz and Copacabana starts at 25 bolivianos (us$3.65), depending on the time of departure and the bus company. The trip lasts around 4 hours and has to go across through the Tiquina Strait, where passengers must get off the bus and cross in boats (the boat trip lasts around 15 minutes and the cost of 2 bolivianos is not usually covered in the price of the ticket).

From Copacabana to Cusco

Copacabana is a small town with many cultural and natural tourist attractions. At the shores of the sacred Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, Copacabana offers boat trips, the best trout in the region and tours to the Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna.

We have prepared this guide for things to do in Copacabana and Isla del Sol.

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Copacabana, Bolivia. Photo: worldynomads.com

There are frequent departures from Copcabana to Cusco. The buses take about 11-12 hours to go to Cusco. The buses leave at around 18:00.

See in the table below to see which companies travel from Copacabana to Cusco, prices and schedule. 

Direct trips from Copacabana to Cusco

Bus companySeat classTime of departureTime of arrivalPrice in US$Extra info
Huayruro ToursSemi-lie flat18:005:30 (+1 day)$16.0650 minute stop in Puno. Migration in Kasani
Huayruro ToursLie flat18:005:30 (+1 day)$21.9050 minute stop in Puno. Migration in Kasani
Trans TiticacaSemi-lie flat18:304:30 (+1 day)$21.90Direct service. Migration in Kasani
Schedule buses Copacabana – Cusco

All the buses arrive at the bus terminal of Cusco located on Avenida Vía de Evitamiento #429. Here is the map.

To purchase tickets online, visit our site: www.ticketsbolivia.com

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