Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our La Paz Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
Benches aren’t very comfortable and there are only a few dining options. It’s a small airport so be sure to bring your own entertainment. – chocital
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at La Paz Airport.
What to Expect
- A small single-terminal international airport with clean facilities and limited variety of shops and dining options.
- This is the world’s highest international airport, so altitude sickness is no joke here. Talk to your doctor and take the necessary precautions to stay healthy!
- A new terminal opened in mid-2016.
- WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
- Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s comfortable VIP lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
Where to Sleep
- Sleeping areas are limited to the floor or the airport’s hard benches, and the airport can be freezing cold, especially at night. Have a sleeping bag or travel blanket handy for added comfort and warmth.
- For uninterrupted sleep, there are sleep pods in the public area of the terminal and hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
If sleeping in El Alto International Airport does not appeal to you, it is best to head back to La Paz city center, as there are no hotels near the airport. Here are some La Paz hotel options based on Tripadvisor reviews:
Inside Airport Sleepbox Onkel Inn – Sleep cabins and lounges located inside the airport. Convenient, but online reviews suggest that you need to keep your expectations very low. Rates from $36.90 (dorm) and $44.00 (single) and $72.00 (twin). Located: Landside
Near Airport Hotel Cordillera Real – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged directly through the hotel, approx. US$15.00 each way. » Check Rates
Near Airport Hotel Rosario La Paz – (35 minutes from the airport) 24-hour airport pick-up service is available for $17 (1-2 people), $25 (3 people), or for 4+ people, two taxis are sent at $17 per taxi. » Check Rates
Near Airport Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa – (35 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged directly through the hotel ($). » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near La Paz Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Free WiFi is available at El Alto International Airport. Connect to the “GAP FREE” network. In July 2015, a reader let us know that the WiFi signal is very weak in certain areas of the airport
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Landside, Main Hall, Ground Floor.
Currency Exchange – Aero Cambio Casa de Cambio. Location: International Arrivals area, Door 1. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM (daily).
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a small variety of souvenir shops.
Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. There are 4 restaurants/coffee shops, Coffee Exquisito is open 5:30AM – 11:00PM.
Information Desk – There is an information desk in the main hall as well there are tourist information desks (Domestic and International Departures) that may be of assistance.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – We’ve received mixed messages regarding the availability of luggage storage over the past few months. According to an October 2018 review, storage is available for 25bs per day.
Medical Services – If you require medical attention, there is a medical clinic available in International Arrivals Area. Hours: 24 hours a day.
Mobile Charging – Location: Airside
Pharmacy – Location: International Arrivals Area (next to the medical clinic).
Rest Zones – Not available.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open 24 hours. Airside is open according to the flight schedule.
As of March 2018, La Paz airport is served by the following airlines: Aereocalafia • Aeromexico • Vivaaerobus • Volaris • Alaska Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Europcar • Hertz • National • Thrifty.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. Flat rates are available for key destinations.
Last updated: 2018-10-29
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.