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About El Alto International Airport (La Paz) (LPB)

El Alto International Airport is the joint highest airport in the world and serves the lofty Bolivian capital, La Paz. Our guide to El Alto International includes airport contact details and information on terminal facilities, local accommodation and public transport.


An information desk is located in the main hall, and a tourist information desk is also available, which can help with hotel reservations.


Driving directions:

From central La Paz follow National Route 3 north out of the city. This doubles back on itself, heading southwest and then merging with Route 1, which directly passes the airport entrance road.

Airport Info

El Alto
Heroes Km. 7
La Paz

The airport is located at Al Alto about 13km (8 miles) southwest of central La Paz.

No. of terminals:

(2) 215 7300.

Time Zone:
Bolivia Time
GMT -0400

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus: Buses (route 212) run from outside the terminal to the main La Paz bus station. Journey time is about 45 minutes, and fares start at about US$1 each way.

Taxi: Cabs are available outside Arrivals. It's advisable to agree the fare before getting in the car. Average price to central La Paz is around US$10, and the trip takes 20-30 minutes.

Terminal facilities


ATMs, banks and bureau de change facilities are available in the main Arrivals area.


A reasonable range of cafés and a restaurant can be found in the terminal.


Most shops at the airport offer local crafts and souvenirs, but duty-free goods are available in International Departures.


Luggage lockers are available, and the lost and found desk is located near baggage reclaim.


Medical/first aid services are available.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

There are no meeting rooms at the airport, but basic business services can be found in the three VIP lounges. More extensive meetings and business facilities can be found at larger hotels in central La Paz, including the 5-star Hotel Presidente (tel: (2) 240 8601;

Communication Facilities:

Public telephones are available in the terminal, and Wi-Fi access is offered in various cafés.

Disabled facilities:

The airport is fully wheelchair-accessible, with the usual range of disabled toilets and other facilities. Passengers are recommended to contact their airline to arrange assistance if needed prior to travelling.

Car parking:

Free open-air short term parking is available outside the terminal, while more secure covered long-term parking is located close by.

Car rental:

Hertz and Avis are among car hire operators represented at El Alto International Airport.

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