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Arequipa to La Paz by Bus

Arequipa to La Paz by Bus: 2019 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Arequipa to La Paz takes around 10 hours. Below we have detailed information about bus safety, the best bus companies and what other benefits you should look out for when choosing the best bus from Arequipa to La Paz.

Arequipa to La Paz is a long trip but is full of beautiful landscapes. Since the bus needs to cross the border between Peru and Bolivia, make sure you know about the visa requirements and fees. Depending on the service you choose, you might be lucky enough to have a guide on board to help you with the paperwork. The other way to get from Arequipa to La Paz is by plane, but this can be expensive, as flights between Peru and Bolivia are classed as international flights. Below is some information you should consider when trying to choose the best bus company for this route.

Quick Tip:  If traveling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima  bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as Free WiFi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travelers.

To take a bus from Arequipa to La Paz you have 2 main options:

1 – Public Bus (e.g. Civa, Transzela)

2 – Hop on hop off bus (e.g. Peru Hop, Green Toad Bus)

Peru hop bus

The schedule and departure times of buses from Arequipa to La Paz are as follows:



  1. Do they collect you at your hotel or hostel?
    • Some bus companies, and all hop on hop off companies, do actually pick you up at your hotel, thus offering a much safer and secure service rather than taking local taxis
  2. How is their safety record?
    • Simply put the name of the bus company, and the word “accident” or “hijacking” into google and see which companies are the best.
  3. What onboard facilities do they have?
    • Tv´s, toilets (clean!!), semi-cama or cama seats…all of these things will help decide which is the best company
  4. What is hop on hop off?
    • A ticket for a hop on hop off bus covers all journeys that the bus company takes. Rather than paying for all bus journeys separately, hop on hop off tickets allow passengers to board as many buses as they want and stay in destinations for as long as they please. They have been described worldwide as the best way to experience all that a country has to offer, and such has been the feedback from those who boarded the Peruvian hop on hop off buses. For more information click here.
  5. Other benefits?
    • Some bus companies have loyalty points schemes (e.g. Cruz del Sur) and others have accommodation and other discounts (e.g. Peru Hop) so shop around and see what other benefits you get with each company

Arequipa to La Paz by bus should always be broken up with a visit to Lake Titicaca, whether at Puno or Copacabana, so try to find a suitable option allowing you time at either place

  2 comments for “Arequipa to La Paz by Bus

  1. Fellipe
    July 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Good night,
    I’d like to know if I can use the Peru Hop company and just go directily from Arequipa to La Paz without having to make the stops at Puno and Copacabana.


    • Dominic Gilbert
      July 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hi Fellipe!

      I booked through Peru hop when I was in Peru last Summer and my advice would be to definitely visit Puno and Copacabana on your way to La Paz if you have the time. The floating islands of Lake Titicaca were phenomenal, especially the overnight stay – definitely a personal highlight of my time in SA. Hope you enjoy your trip anyway!

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