Getting Around of Paraguay

By Bus

Buses (colectivos) are the main form of transportation in Paraguay with quality ranging from large double-decker buses that feature bathrooms, A/C, and TVs, to local commuter buses with plastic bucket seats. City buses that have been pressed into regional services do not have bathrooms onboard but often make at least one pit stop en-route. Buses can be taken from the bus terminal or flagged down along the highway, though you are less likely to get a seat this way. Most towns have specific passenger pick up points, usually by the main plaza or entrance to the town. Stops are rarely marked so you will have to ask locals where la parada (the bus stop) is. Purchasing a ticket ahead of time from the bus agency will save you a lot of hassle and waiting. Large towns may have dedicated agency offices, while agents in smaller towns may sell tickets out of their homes. The more popular your destination, the better (more comfortable) bus options will be available. Double-decker (doble piso) buses are generally preferable as they are more comfortable and often faster. Directo (direct) buses are faster, and only stop to pick up passengers a few times at key points en-route (these are listed at the beginning of each chapter). Removido  services make innumerable stops and should be avoided whenever possible. Always double check with the driver to make sure the bus will pass your destination, even if it is listed on the bus’ sign, as routes can sometimes change without any notice. Buses run less frequently on the weekends and are even rarer on holidays. In general, it is best not to count on the last regional or city bus of the day, especially on Sundays.

NASA and Nuestra Senora de Asuncion (NSA) are the bus lines with the most routes throughout Paraguay. Bring earplugs to block out loud movies and a long-sleeved garment or blanket, as the A/C can be pretty powerful on some buses. Make sure your travel plans include leeway in case buses run late or break down.

National Bus Companies Alborada: 021 551 612 Altos: 0512 230 097 Atyra: 0520 20005 Beato Roque Gonzalez:

021 558 795, 071 204 850 Cardozo Hermanos: 021 555 728 Ciudad de Pilar: 021 558 393 Cometa de Amambay:

0336 273 555, 0336 273 247 Crucero del Este: 021 555 082 Empresa Canindeyu: 021 555 991 Empresa del Sur: 0786 233 083 Empresa Paraguari: 051 432 479 Empresa Piribebuy: 0515 212 164

La Areguena: 0513 432 182 La Concepcionera:

0351 230 446, 0331 240 813

La Encarnacena: 021 551 745

La Guairena: 021 551 727

La Ovetense: 021 551 737

La Pilarense: 021 551 736

La Santaniana: 021 551 607

La Tobatena: 0516 262 660

La Yutena: 021 558 774

Loma Grandense: 0516 252 495

Mariscal Lopez: 021 551 612

Nasa-Golondrina: 021 551 731

Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion: 021 551 725

Pycasu: 021 551 735

Rysa: 021 551 602

Salto Cristal: 021 555 728

San Cosmena: 021 551 641

San Juan SRL: 021 555 728

Stel Turismo: 021 558 196

Tebicuary: 021 555 991

Tres Fronteras: 061 550 105

TTL Libertador: 0351 230 613, 0331 42320, 0331 43414 Turismo Garcia: 061 502460 Virgen Serrana: 0516 262 660 Yacyreta: 021 294 05,

021 551 725 Ybytyruzu:

021 558 393

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