There are 6 ways to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly  •  10 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) to Uyuni (UYU) SDU - UYU

$615 - $1,319

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Bus  •  3 days 9 h

  1. Take the bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo
  2. Take the bus from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires - Retiro
  3. Take the bus from Buenos Aires- Terminal Retiro to Villazón
  4. Take the bus from Villazón to Uyuni

$149 - $214

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from Rio de Janeiro to Posadas
  2. Take the bus from Posadas to San Miguel de Tucumán
  3. Take the bus from Tucumán to La Quiaca
  4. Take the train from Villazón to Uyuní

$170 - $283

Bus JBL Turismo  •  3 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago
  2. Take the bus from Santiago - San Borja to Calama
  3. Take the bus from Calama to Uyuni

$172 - $306

Bus, train via Buenos Aires  •  3 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
  2. Take the bus from Buenos Aires- Terminal Retiro to Villazón
  3. Take the train from Villazón to Uyuní

$179 - $263

Drive  •  42 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni 2133.4 miles

$360 - $550

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni. However, there are services departing from Rio de Janeiro and arriving at Salar de Uyuni via Santiago - San Borja, Calama and Uyuni. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 0 h.

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The distance between Rio de Janeiro and Salar de Uyuni is 2474 km. The road distance is 3413.5 km.

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The best way to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni without a car is to bus which takes 3 days 0 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 10 h 19 min to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni, including transfers.

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Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni bus services, operated by JBL Turismo, depart from Rio de Janeiro station.

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The best way to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni is to fly which takes 10 h 19 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 days 0 h.

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There is no direct flight from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport to Uyuni Airport. The quickest flight takes 15 h 45 min and has three stopovers.

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Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni bus services, operated by Trans Salvador, arrive at Uyuni station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni is 3413 km. It takes approximately 42 h 11 min to drive from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni.

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Gol Transportes Aéreos, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Amaszonas and Boliviana de Aviación offer flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport to Uyuni Airport.

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Map of how to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni.
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  • Distance: 1546.5 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 19 min

What companies run services between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia?

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Boliviana de Aviación and two other airlines fly from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni via Santiago, Santiago - San Borja, Calama, Calama, Uyuni, and Salar de Uyuni in around 3 days 0 h.

Airlines
Amaszonas
Website
amaszonas.com
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Santa Cruz, La Paz
Ave. Duration
12 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,400
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Cochabamba, La Paz
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Boliviana de Aviación
Website
boa.bo
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Cochabamba, La Paz
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Santa Cruz, La Paz
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Train operators
Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A
Phone
(+591-2) 2184555 / 4566
Website
fca.com.bo
Train from Villazón to Uyuní
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $18
Schedules at
fca.com.bo
Book at
ticketsbolivia.com.bo
Wara Wara del Sur - Popular
$4 - $6
Wara Wara del Sur - Salon
$6 - $8
Expreso del Sur - Salon
$8 - $10
Wara Wara del Sur - Ejecutivo
$13 - $18
Bus operators
JBL Turismo
Phone
+55 51 3475.4440 / 0800 6484440
Email
contato@jblturismo.com.br
Website
jblturismo.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Posadas
Ave. Duration
29 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Schedules at
jblturismo.com.br
Book at
jblturismo.com.br
CONVENCIONAL
$75 - $100
LEITO
$100 - $130
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago
Ave. Duration
39 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Schedules at
jblturismo.com.br
Book at
jblturismo.com.br
CONVENCIONAL
$130 - $170
LEITO
$160 - $200
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
Ave. Duration
2 days 0 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Schedules at
jblturismo.com.br
Book at
jblturismo.com.br
CONVENCIONAL
$100 - $140
LEITO
$130 - $170
Flecha Bus
Phone
+54 011 4000 5200
Email
atencionalcliente@flechabus.com.ar
Website
flechabus.com.ar
Bus from Posadas to San Miguel de Tucumán
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
centraldepasajes.com.ar
Book at
centraldepasajes.com.ar
Economy
$30 - $50
Executive
$40 - $50
Suite
$49 - $55
El Rapido Internacional
Phone
1-305-677-0535
Email
info@elrapidoint.com.ar
Website
elrapidoint.com.ar
Bus from Tucumán to La Quiaca
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $27
Schedules at
elrapidoint.com.ar
Book at
elrapidoint.com.ar
Promo Semi Cama
$14 - $17
Semi Cama
$18 - $24
Cama
$23 - $27
Pluss Chile
Phone
+56 (2) 26419926
Email
info@plusschile.cl
Website
plusschile.cl
Bus from Santiago - San Borja to Calama
Ave. Duration
22 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$51
Schedules at
plusschile.cl
Book at
altanetpasajes.cl
Ciktur
Phone
951690977
Email
servicioalcliente@ciktur.cl
Website
ciktur.cl
Bus from Santiago to Calama
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$52
Schedules at
ciktur.cl
Book at
altanetpasajes.cl
Expreso Norte
Website
expresonorte.cl
Bus from Santiago - San Borja to Calama
Ave. Duration
21 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
expresonorte.cl
Semi Cama
$33
Cama
$67
Pullman Bus
Phone
600 320 3200
Website
pullman.cl
Bus from Santiago to Calama
Ave. Duration
22 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
pullman.cl
Atacama 2000
Phone
+ 56 55 31 6664
Bus from Calama to Uyuni
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
voyhoy.com
Book at
voyhoy.com
Crucero Del Norte
Phone
+54 810 777 2725
Email
info@crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Website
crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Bus from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires - Retiro
Ave. Duration
33 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Book at
crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Semi Cama
$50 - $75
Suite
$75 - $90
Cama
$65 - $90
Transamericano
Phone
+5646413682
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Buenos Aires- Terminal Retiro to Villazón
Ave. Duration
28 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$72
Schedules at
facebook.com
Autotransportes Tupiza
Phone
+591 68421233 Tupiza / 3 3311649 Santa Cruz / 2 6243044 Potosí
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Villazón to Uyuni
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
facebook.com

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