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Getting There & Around
Getting to Uyuni and the Salt Flats
From Potosi it takes about about 7 hours. The road isn't too bad. Buses leave daily in both directions. Always try and buy your ticket in advance.
When leaving Uyuni, buses depart from Avenida Cabrera (see Uyuni map), located three blocks north of the train station, just above the mercado. There is no actual bus terminal, just a grouping of buses and vendors that offer connections to other cities from Uyuni. There are departures to La Paz, Oruro, Potosi, Sucre, Tupiza and other destinations.
Train travel is run by a company from Chile called Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A. (http://www.fca.com.bo). The train is a more comfortable alternative to travel compared to taking a bus along bumpy roads.
There are two types of trains: the more comfortable and faster Expreso del Sur and the cheaper but slower Wara Wara del Sur.
Expresso del Sur offers first-class cabins, bar, waiters and food. The Wara Wara del Sur has three different classes of carriage and services of varying cost and comfort, ranging from $3-$20 depending on class and distance traveled.
There are a couple weekly connection between Oruro and Uyuni that run in both directions. Trains also run south to Villazon on the Argentinian border, stopping in Tupiza and Atocha.
If you plan on going to Chile after, you can get the tour agency to drop you off at Chile or the other way around(pick you up), which makes this trip a good option for moving on further along your route. Travel agency can arrange transportation from Laguna Verde to San Pedro de Atacama. Remember to get an exit stamp in Immigration Office in Uyuni (the date on the stamp is the expected exit day, so you may get Chilean entry stamp with earlier date).
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