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1. Posted by burtie (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi all,
Im looking for some kind of transport from Uyuni to Iquique because we are planning to catch a flight in iquique. Ive heard that we should go by train from uyuni to oruro and some bus from oruro to iquique. But I need more info, some timetables(at least if its daily), how long does it take, app prices, isnt there any route which is more direct?

Thanks

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Don't know if it is still running (or again running) but there is supposed to be a train once a week between Uyuni and Calama in northern Chile. From there you can take a bus to Iquique. The train takes about 24 hours and delays are not unheard of. Still, like I said, I wouldn't bet on it, but that is the most direct (though much longer in time) route. Otherwise, if you want, go for a 3-day trip between Uyuni and San Pedro de Atacama and take the bus from there. That way you will actually see something as well, or are you in a hurry?

But like you said, the most direct normal route would be a train/bus to Oruro or even La Paz and travel from there by bus to northern Chile (probably via Arica, but not sure) and down to Iquique.

3. Posted by burtie (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

It is little bit complicated. We will be a bit in a hurry. actually the plan is to go from north to south. we will go from la paz to uyuni, then 3-4 days tour salar de uyuni. then we continue to santiago de chile. I just didnt want to go back and catch a plane in la paz, so the other option was to catch it in iquique. The question is if the route to iquique and city iquique are worthy of that

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Ok, but you are aware of the opportunity of doing the salar tour and ending in San pedro right?
I can't really commend on Iquique being worth a visit, as I haven't been there, but personally I would take a flights out of Calama or take a very comfortable semi-cama bus from San Pedro which is quite cheap as well. That way you can spend some time in Santiago as well. Santiago is not perfect either but it's big and there is enough to see and do.

5. Posted by burtie (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

ah, I didnt know that there is also direct flight from Calama. good to know. maybe we could arrange it this way. to end the tour in san pedro and from there to calama, like you've said, thanks