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

Airport info
Code: LPB
Huascar 204, La Paz, Bolivia

El Alto International Airport is situated in El Alto, a rapidly expanding city adjacent to La Paz. La Paz is one of Bolivia's two capitals, the other being Sucre. While the airport is approximately 8 km (5 miles) from La Paz in a straight line, the actual journey distance between El Alto International Airport and La Paz is approximately 17 km (10.5 miles).

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +591
+591 2 215 7300

El Alto International Airport serves the mountainous cities of El Alto and La Paz in Bolivia. This El Alto International Airport guide shares terminal facilities, transport options, and nearby accommodation options.


An information desk is located in the main terminal building.

Driving directions

From central La Paz, follow National Route 3 (Héroes de la Guerra del Chaco) and head north out of the city. This route then loops back on itself and continues in a southwest direction. From there, follow the airport signs.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: Bus line 212 offers frequent service between El Alto International Airport and Isabel The Catholic Square (Plaza Isabel la Católica) in La Paz. This route comprises 37 stops and passes through various locations, including Batallón De Tránsito, Instituto Tecnológico, Plaza 14 De Septiembre, and Mercado Lanza, among others. Passengers can board bus line 212 in front of the terminal building and purchase tickets directly from the bus driver.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside the terminal building. To avoid misunderstandings, it's recommended to agree on the fare with the taxi driver before beginning your journey.

Ride-hailing: Uber operates in La Paz, providing an additional transportation option for travellers.

Terminal facilities


ATMs and money exchange services are available in the Arrivals area.


Wi-Fi is available.


A good range of cafés and a restaurant are available in the terminal.


Shops offering local crafts and souvenirs are available. Duty-free goods are at International Departures, where passengers can buy popular items like cosmetics and tobacco.


A luggage storage facility is at the main terminal. Contact the airline or the baggage service regarding lost or damaged luggage.


Medical/first aid services are available.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are no meeting rooms at the airport, but basic business services are available in the two VIP lounges, one at each Departures wing.

Disabled facilities

Disabled facilities are available. Travellers who require assistance should contact the airline before travelling.

Car parking

An open-air car park sits just outside the terminal building.

Car rental

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


There isn't an on-site hotel at El Alto International Airport, but El Alto and La Paz have a good range of hotel options to suit all budgets.


Hotel Presidente

+591 2 240 6666

This 5-star hotel is near Plaza Mayor de San Francisco in La Paz. It offers clean and spacious rooms, two restaurants and meeting rooms. There is also a leisure centre with a spa and covered pool.

C. Potosi 920, La Paz, Bolivia

Sajama Hotel

+591 2 245 3302

The Sajamo Hotel in La Paz is an affordable option in the 3-star bracket. It is also convenient as it sits 850m from Estación Teleférico Naranja (the Orange Line Cable Car Station).

Illampu 775, La Paz, Bolivia

Hotel Alexander

+591 2 282 3376

This 3-star hotel is just a five-minute drive from El Alto Airport. It offers decent rooms, a café/restaurant, and a small business centre.

Av. Jorge Carrasco Esq. Calle 3 Nro.61, 0012, El Alto, Bolivia
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