Santa Cruz airport: Santa Cruz Viru Viru International Airport (VVI)

Santa Cruz Viru Viru International Airport

Usually the airport near the capital is the country's main airport. In Bolivia this isn't the case: Viru Viru Airport near Santa Cruz is Bolivia's main airport. This is because the capital La Paz (and thus also El Alto Airport) is located at high altitude and therefore not easily accessible by car.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: VVI
ICAO airport code: SLVR


Local transport


There's no train connection with Santa Cruz Airport.

Car and bus

The airport is situated 14 kilometers north of Santa Cruz. The airport is easily accessible by rental car: the airport lies along the freeway from Santa Cruz to Montero. The exit to Santa Cruz Airport is clearly signposted.

Minibuses connect the airport with the central bus station in Santa Cruz.

Car rental Santa Cruz Viru Viru Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Three rental companies have a presence at Santa Cruz Viru Viru Airport: Avis, Hertz and Localiza. 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.


Officially only taxis from Radio Móvil El Toucan and Radio Móvil Vallegrande are allowed at Santa Cruz Airport. You will however also be approached by unofficial taxi drivers. We strongly advise against taking your chances with an unofficial taxi. A taxi ride to Santa Cruz' center costs about 50 bolivianos.

Airport Parking

There are two parking lots at Santa Cruz Airport with places for short and long-term parking. The largest parking lot lies near Terminal 3, a smaller one near Terminals 1 and 2. All parking places are at walking distance from the terminals. The open-air parking lot is free; the covered parking lot costs 20 bolivianos per day.




There are no hotels at Santa Cruz Airport. The nearest hotel is Hotel Camino Real‎ (Tel. +591(0)3 342 3535). Other hotels can be found in the city center, such as Los Tajibos Hotel and Convention Center‎ (Tel. +591(0)3 342 1000), Hotel Cortez‎ (Tel. 591(0)3 333 1234) and Gran Hotel Santa Cruz‎ (Tel. +591(0)3 334 8811). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There are a reasonable number of eating and drinking facilities at Santa Cruz Viru Viru Airport, including a restaurant and some (snack) bars. There's also a duty-free shop. The other stores mainly sell Bolivian souvenirs.


You can find baggage lockers in the corridor between the central hall and the Arrivals Hall for domestic flights. Near the baggage claim area you can find a lost-and-found counter.


There's an information desk in the central hall for inquiries about Santa Cruz Airport, flight schedules and airport services. The Tourist Office has a counter in the international Arrivals Hall; you can also book a hotel room here.


Santa Cruz Airport has three VIP lounges. You can also rent the so-called Salón de los Espejos (Hall or Mirrors) for meetings or exhibitions. Extensive business facilities are offered by the business hotels in Santa Cruz (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Santa Cruz Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.

Other services

You can find banks, exchange offices and ATM's in the central hall and in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal. The First Aid station is located in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal.




Aeropuerto Internacional Viru Viru
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Andres Ibáñez

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +591(0)3 338 5000
Fax: none
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: VVI
ICAO airport code: SLVR