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1. Posted by laura_uk (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

This thread is marked as being about Bolivia

Anyone with any experience of the Bolivian trains? I'm looking for prices, length and reviews of the journey from Carumba, on the Brazilian/Bolivian border, to Santa Cruz, or any bits of the journey. It's about 720km I think
Cheers, Dom and Laura

2. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

A friend of mine just wrote me this 2 days ago:

"Arrived in Santa Cruz and 3 hours later we could take the train to the brasilian border with "Super Pullmann" (first class, like Paula
suggested us!) One hour before we arrived the train broke down (thats Bolivia!) and we had to wait for 2 hours."

Will ask here about prices and how long it took.

3. Posted by laura_uk (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

thanks a lot! i heard the train was pretty boring and bumpy, so there's unreliable added to the list! still want to know how much though thanks!

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Speaking of "Bumpy Train Rides," even though I enjoyed the Cusco-Puno Train ride and would recommend it, it was the Bumpiest train ride of my entire life. I didn't know trains could be so bumby. I actually watched liquid jump up out of my cup and then back down into it (well most of it back into the cup). Some people who rode the train more often than my one time, said the train was going too fast and was running the risk of jumping the tracks.

Nice ride, beautiful scenery, but Bumpy, Bumpy, Bumpy. maybe it's a South American thing .

By the way, did you guys give up on the overland part from Rio?

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hey laura,

Didn't see Bolivia mentioned but they did have links for train travel in other South American countries. maybe something starts in another country and ends in Bolivia? I didn't really look but thought the link might be useful to you guys.

6. Posted by laura_uk (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

Thanks everyone for the help.
We've decided to bus from Rio to Sao Paulo, then from there to Carumba to see the pantanal, then get a train to Santa Cruz followed by a bus to Cochabamba where we will be in a Spanish school for 14 days, hopefully mastering haggling techniques and food ordering! After that (still about 6/7 weeks) remains unplanned, which I think will add excitement!
Dom and Laura

PS thanks, TRavel100, for the link - I'll check it out now

7. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

Sorry didn't hear anything from my friends yet.
What spanish school are you using in Cochabamba?
I just had private lessons here. Not cheap but very good.
I will let you know when I get a reply from my friends.

P.S. this is another website about trains in Bolivia (only to Tupiza though):

8. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

Sorry - just saw the other thread and know now which language school you are going to.
Unfortunately we will be gone by the time you are in Cochabamba.

9. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

My friends wrote back!
The train ride from Santa Cruz to Corumba is really comfortable.
Normally it takes 15 hours, but because the engine broke down it took them 18 hours. They took Super Pullmann (the best class is really good for sleeping) for 115 Bolivianos which is less than £10.-. The other direction might be more expensive.