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There are 4 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  •  9h 24m

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

$582 - $1,219

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Bus  •  3 days 17h

  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 bus from Villazón to Uyuni

$181 - $241

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  2 days 20h

  1. Take the bus from Nova Iguaçu to São Paulo - Tiete
  2. Take the bus from São Paulo - Barra Funda to Santa Cruz
  3. Take the bus from Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Terminal Bimodal to Oruro
  4. Take the train from Oruro to Uyuní

Drive  •  42h 11m

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

$360 - $550

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni is to bus which costs R$ 650 - R$ 900 and takes 3 days 17h.

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The quickest way to get from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni is to fly which costs R$ 2100 - R$ 4600 and takes 9h 24m.

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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 Buenos Aires- Terminal Retiro, Villazón and Uyuni. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 17h.

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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 and train which takes 2 days 20h and costs .

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It takes approximately 9h 24m 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 9h 24m and costs R$ 2100 - R$ 4600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R$ 650 - R$ 900 and takes 3 days 17h.

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There is no direct flight from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport to Uyuni Airport. The quickest flight takes 14h 50m and has two stopovers.

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Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni bus services, operated by Autotransportes Tupiza, arrive at Uyuni station.

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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: 9h 24m

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

Gol Transportes Aéreos, Boliviana de Aviación and three other airlines fly from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rio de Janeiro to Salar de Uyuni via Buenos Aires- Terminal Retiro, Villazón, Uyuni, Uyuni, and Salar de Uyuni in around 3 days 17h.

Airlines
Amaszonas
Website
amaszonas.com
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
11h 32m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Santa Cruz, La Paz
Ave. Duration
12h 57m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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
10h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Boliviana de Aviación
Website
boa.bo
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Santa Cruz, La Paz
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Uyuni via Sao Paulo, Cochabamba, La Paz
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Train operators
Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A
Phone
(+591-2) 2184555 / 4566
Website
ferroviaria-andina.com.bo
Train from Oruro to Uyuní
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $19
Schedules at
ferroviaria-andina.com.bo
Book at
ticketsbolivia.com.bo
Wara Wara del Sur - Popular
$4 - $6
Wara Wara del Sur - Salon
$7 - $9
Expreso del Sur - Salon
$9 - $11
Wara Wara del Sur - Ejecutivo
$15 - $19
Bus operators
La Preferida Bus
Phone
+591- 3-3647160
Email
atencionalcliente@lapreferidabus.com.bo
Website
lapreferidabus.com.bo
Bus from São Paulo - Barra Funda to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
36h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
lapreferidabus.com.bo
Book at
ticketsbolivia.com.bo
Trans Copacabana SA
JBL Turismo
Phone
+55 51 3475.4440 / 0800 6484440
Email
contato@jblturismo.com.br
Website
jblturismo.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
Ave. Duration
2 days 0h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Schedules at
jblturismo.com.br
Book at
jblturismo.com.br
CONVENCIONAL
$100 - $140
LEITO
$130 - $170
Transamericano
Phone
+5646413682
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Buenos Aires- Terminal Retiro to Villazón
Ave. Duration
28h 45m
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
8h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
facebook.com

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

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

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There are 37+ hotels available in Salar de Uyuni. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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