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1. Posted by harrywren (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

So i was looking on the internet about ways to get from La Paz to Sao Paulo. I can't afford a plane ticket and basically i want to travel by bus or train... If anyone has any advice that would be great...


2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5642 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well, in that case, the most direct route would be Sao Paulo west to the border with Bolivia, crossing south of the Pantanal to Corumba. Cross the border and the 24-hour train ride to Santa Cruz and a bus from Santa Cruz to La Paz from there.
I guess somewhere in the 70-80 hour travel time, excluding waiting time and nights or so.

3. Posted by harrywren (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Okay thats great. Thank you.

Also, i was wondering.. How much do you think that will all cost? and can you recommend any websites for bus/train routes in that area?


4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5642 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't now it exactly, but I figure around $150-$200 total, excluding nights spend in hostels etc.
There are numerous bus companies in Brazil, and you will probably on your way within a few hours after arriving on the bus station in Sao Paulo. Bus travel is cheaper than travelling by plane in Brazil, but it is not cheap. In fact, it is probably one of the most expensive in all of South America. Just check the websites of TAM, Varig and a few other airlines to see if there are discounts to travel from Sao Paulo to Corumba by plane (or maybe to Campo Grande and a bus onwards).

Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries but I wouldn't know how much the death train or bus tickets would be exactly. For Brazil I think you can google around and look for bus companies, but I doubt it if it would be possible for Bolivia to book things online. No need in both cases though, unless you are really in a hurry.

Have fun!

5. Posted by ericos (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Utrecht is right but you can also do the following:
Take the bus from Lima to Puerto Maldonado and further on to Cobija or Inapari on the Bolivian border with Brasil.
There you can cross the border and take the bus via Brasileia to Rio Branco (capital of the state Acre). Than you can take the bus straigt to Sao Paulo.
On the way you can make some expedition in the amazon forest and you will come also along the Pantanal region (CuiabĂ ).
The busride from Rio Branco to Sao Paulo will cost you more or less 150 Euros.