La Paz

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We tried searching for La Paz car hire with the major UK registered car rental brokers, and no options came up for less than just under £300!

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional La Paz car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

La Paz is in car rental price band: 2/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in La Paz? 

Yes. Very cheap car rental by global standards.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in La Paz between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Why? Visiting La Paz using a hire car

Why do you need a car in La Paz ?

We do not think this is the sort of destination where the majority of visitors would consider getting a rental car, based largely on local traffic and driving conditions. Yet La Paz is also situated at such a high altitude that it might not be the sort of place you would want to do a long walk around the city on first arrival, but there are plenty of local buses available within the city.

  • With cable cars also offering stunning scenic views from above the city, and with a small selection of local rail lines also offering onward travel from La Paz, there are more than enough options for getting around without a hire car anyway.
  • For venturing further afield, for example to Lake Titicaca, road transport of some sort is going to be essential, but you might well prefer to do this by bus or organised tour.

Ratings: How does La Paz compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in La Paz? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in La Paz, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in La Paz? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit La Paz (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in La Paz? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does La Paz airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for La Paz car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 3

2021 - 2

Average score - 2



Should you rent a car in La Paz? No!


Do you or don't you need a car in La Paz ?