A good trick to know for those who reach Tarija by plane is how to get to the city center. The airport is really small and located in town so it’s quite easy. Also, Tarija is one of the safest city in Bolivia so you don’t have to worry like in La Paz for example. Using a cab, it will take you 10 to 15 minutes.
Get out of the airport
You have 3 simples ways to get from the aiport to your hotel in the center:
- Take one the airport taxis waiting in front of the door. It’s the easiest but also the most expensive solution. Around 50 Bs to the city center.
- Another way which I always use myself is to walk out of the airport parking. Just by walking those 200m you will exit the “taxi airport” zone and you’ll be able to catch a regular taxi at his normal fare (4 or 5 Bs / person. Yep in Tarija the price depends on how many passengers use the cab!). A lot of locals use this trick so you just have to follow the lead.
- A third also really easy solution is to catch a bus. Again you’ll have to walk out of the parking but now you’ll have to cross the avenue in order to catch a bus going to the center. Any bus saying “Mercado central” or “Palacio” will do the trick. Almost all of them go to the city center so you won’t have to wait more than a few minutes. The price of the ride is 1,5 Bs or 1 Bs if you’re a student (or young enough to look like one).
Get to the airport
To get to the airport here again the easiest way is to take a taxi. Ask your hotel to call one, here again the price will be 5 Bs/person if the taxi drops you at the entrance of the parking. Most of the taxis will do so by themselves because they can’t operate in the airport zone but it’s always safer to tell them to stop there so there will be no surprises at the end.