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

Airport info
Code: LPB
Heroes Km. 7, El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia

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

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +591
(2) 215 7300.
Timezone: GMT -04:00

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.

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.


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


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; www.hotelpresidente-bo.com).

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.


There are no hotels at El Alto International Airport, but central La Paz offers a range of options to suit all budgets. There is also a low-cost hostel about 1km from the terminal.

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Hotel Presidente

(2) 240 6666.

This 5-star hotel close to the centre of La Paz is about 15 minutes by taxi from the airport. It offers two restaurants, meeting rooms, a business centre, and free Wi-Fi access. There is also a leisure centre with spa and covered pool.

C. Potosi 920, La Paz, Bolivia

Sajama Hotel

(2) 245 3302.

Also about 15 minutes by taxi from the airport, the Sajamo Hotel is a less pricey option in the 3-star bracket. It has a restaurant offering local and international food and free WiFi access. English is widely spoken by staff.

Illampu 775, La Paz, Bolivia

Alexander Palace Hotel

(2) 282 3376.

One of the closest hotels to the airport, the Alexander Palace isn’t quite as grand is it sounds – however, it offers mid-range accommodation within minutes of the terminal. Meeting rooms are available and there is a range of eateries nearby.

Av. Jorge Carrasco Esq. Calle 3 Nro. 61, El Alto, Bolivia

Hotel Milton

(2) 236 8003.

A budget option in the heart of La Paz, Hotel Milton is within easy reach of the airport. It has a café/restaurant, an outdoor terrace, and a meeting room with capacity for up to 100. Airport transfers can be arranged.

Calle Illampu Esquina Calderón 1123, La Paz, Bolivia

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