La Paz El Alto International Airport
The airport of the Bolivian capital La Paz isn't the main airport of the country. That would be the more modern airport Viru Viru near Bolivia's commercial center Santa Cruz de la Sierra. As indicated by the airport's name El Alto, the airport, as the rest of La Paz, is located at high altitude: 4061 meters! It's the second-highest airport in the world (Qamdo Bangda Airport in Tibet is even higher).
IATA airport code: LPB
ICAO airport code: SLLP
There's no train connection with La Paz Airport.
Car and bus
The airport of the Bolivian capital is situated 13 kilometers west of the city center. The airport lies at the end of the Autopista La Paz-El Alto.
City bus 212 connects the airport with the center of La Paz. The ride takes 30-45 minutes.
Car rental La Paz Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Two international rental companies are present at La Paz Airport: Avis and Hertz. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
You can find official taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. You'll also be approached by unofficial taxi drivers, but we strongly advise against taking your chance with them. A taxi ride from the airport to the center of La Paz costs approximately 50 bolivianos. There are also minibuses which you share with other passengers and which cost about 5 bolivianos.
At the terminal's open-air parking lot parking is free. The covered (and guarded) part is meant for long-term parking and costs 20 bolivianos per day.
There are no hotels at La Paz Airport. The nearest hotels are at a few kilometers east of the airport, such as the Ritz All Suites Hotel (Tel. +591(0)2 243 3131) and Hotel Rosario (Tel. +591(0)2 2451 658). Other hotels in La Paz include Hotel Europa (Tel. +591(0)2 231 5656) and Hotel Camino Real (Tel. +591(0)2 244 1515). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
La Paz International Airport has a fair number of eating and drinking facilities, including a restaurant, (snack) bars and ice-cream parlors. There's a duty-free shop in the international Departure Hall, but other than that you'll mainly find souvenirs at the airport.
There are lockers to store your baggage. The lost-and-found counter can be found near the baggage claim area.
In the central hall there's an information desk for inquiries about El Alto Airport, flight schedules and airport services. There's also a Tourist Office, where you cannot only obtain brochures about places to see but also book a hotel room.
There are three VIP lounges at El Alto Airport offering basic facilities like faxing and copying. Extensive business facilities are offered by the larger hotels in the city, including the Ritz Hotel (see Hotels) which has meeting space and conference rooms available.
La Paz Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
You'll find several banks at La Paz Airport: Mercantil Santa Cruz, Mutual la Primera, Banco de Crédito, Banco Nacional de Bolivia and Banco Bisa. There are also exchange offices and ATM's in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal. Several travel agents are also present in the Arrivals Halls of both the international and the domestic terminals. The First Aid station can be found in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal.