El Alto International Airport (LPB)
The El Alto International Airport (LBP), which serves Bolivia’s capital La Paz, has a couple claims to fame; it is one of the nation’s busiest transit hubs, and one of the highest airports in the world. Officially open for business in the 1960s, the La Paz International Airport (LPB) has been modernised several times, most recently in 2006.
Since this redevelopment there are a good range of amenities that passengers can take advantage of. If you did not have time to arrange travellers cheques, or local currency, you can use the ATMs, the full-service banks, and the foreign exchange services that are available here.
If you have a longish transit waiting time ahead of you, there are restaurants and cafes that will serve you hot meals, cold snacks, and drinks. Perfect if you’re feeling hungry pre- or post-flight. It’s worth noting that though you won’t find WiFi throughout the terminal buildings, you can find it in most of the eateries, and if you need to connect, head for one of the dining outlets.
There are numerous shops you can duck into and buy neat souvenirs, and crafts by local artisans, and there are plenty of duty-free items you can pick up. Buy goods for friends and family, or find your favourite cosmetic, tobacco, or alcohol products and save a few dollars on the purchase. Other facilities include a medical service, and a comprehensive information desk.
The LATAM Group, Avianca, Qantas, American Airlines, United and Delta are the primary carriers flying routes from Australia to La Paz, so look for routes with these airlines.
· There are several car hire agencies operating out of the airport, and you can get started with a booking when you land, or you can arrange it all ahead of time with Skyscanner’s search tools. Get on Route 1, and then take the Q-1 Belen right into town. The drive shouldn’t take you any longer than about 30 minutes.
· There is a bus routes that operates between the city and the airport, and though it can take 45 minutes, the fare is a very reasonable 1USD ($1.30). If you’re feeling a bit nervy taking public transport, it is easy to arrange airport transfers on our website that will take you right to the door of your accommodation.
· Taxis are usually the most convenient way into the city, taking about 20-30 minutes, and coming to about 10USD ($13) altogether.
Please note that information is correct as of January 2017.