Getting around / transport in Cochabamba: Taxis, buses, trains and public transport
Within the city
The metropolitan area of the Cochabamba Department which includes Vinto, Tiquipaya, Quillacollo, Colcapirhua, Cochabamba and Sacaba has an extensive transportation system which covers nearly all the districts.
There are buses or micros, mini-vans called trufis and shared cabs called taxi-trufis that are used to get around the city in Cochabamba. They run along fixed routes with no set stops. In order to get off, one needs to say me bajo or voy a bajar which means I want to get off or esquina which means for stop at the corner when the stop arrives.
The taxi service which is commonly called T.RU.FI an abbreviation for taxi con ruta fija has signs on the roof of the vehicle showing the route right from the initial stop to the final stop as well as the line number to which it belongs.
Outside the city
Cochabamba is connected to other places outside the city by bus and air.
The bus terminal is located about 6 blocks away from the south of the center towards the north of the Cancha market.
- La Paz is about eight hours away from Cochabamba and there is a bus leaving every hour to go to La Paz.
- The journey from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz and vice versa takes 10 hours by bus.
- There are night buses to Sucre which take about 8 to 9 hours and travelling to Potosi from Cochabamba takes 11 hours.
- There is an afternoon bus to Tupiza which arrives in the morning and a bus from Mairana which is near Samaipata.
Cochabamba is connected to other large cities in Bolivia and is served by The Jórge Wilstermann International Airport which handles both domestic and international flights. The headquarters of Boliviana de Aviación (BOA) which is Bolivia's national airline and Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano which was Bolivia's former national airline are both based within the airport premises. Other domestic airlines that serve the airport include Amaszonas, Ecojet and Transportes Aéreo Militar.
There is a stunning view of Mt. Illimani just off the tip of the wing on the left side while on a flight from La Paz.