Transport- From Lima
|Home > Transport > Lima Transport|
|Lima Bus Stations|
|From Lima||to Pisco / Ballestas|
|to Puno (Lake Titicaca)|
Lima's airport Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez is located about 30 minutes by taxi from the city centre or from Miraflores. Allow an hour for this trip, though, as heavy traffic can sometimes be a problem.
If departing internationally, check-in 3 hours before departure. For domestic flights check in 2 hours before departure. This may seem excessively early but airlines have the habit of overbooking the flights so if you really have to be on the plane get there before the rush.
After checking-in you need to go and pay your departure taxes. For international flights the tax is $29. Domestic departure tax is S/16 (twelve nuevos soles) or US$5. The main domestic airliner is Lan www.lan.com (previously known as Lan Peru). This is by far the safest and most professional airline. AeroCondor www.aerocondor.com.pe started by flying between Lima and Ica / Nasca but now offers regular flights to and from Cusco.
Lima Bus Station
There is no central bus station in Lima, each company has its own arrival and departure depot. Be particularly careful with your valuables at any of the bus stations since there are always thieves and bag snatchers looking out for an opportunity. The biggest and best companies with countrywide destinations are
Av Calle Carlos Zavala 177, Lima centre Tel 427 5679
They also have an office at Avenida Javier Prado Este 1059 Tel 472 1710
Cruz del Sur www.cruzdelsur.com.pe
Buses to the Arequipa, Ica, Cusco, Puno, Chiclayo, Trujillo and Pisco depart from their bus station located at Jr Quilca 531, Lima centre Tel 424 6158. Buses to Tumbes, Piura, Chiclayo, Tujillo, Huaraz, Arequipa, Tacna, Cusco and La Paz depart from their bus station located at Av Javier Prado Este 1109, San Isidro Tel 225 6163
Lima to Pisco (Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands)
Pisco is 242km south of Lima. There is no airport at Pisco so independent visitors must travel by bus, taxi or private car.
The trip from Lima to Pisco takes about 3 hours 30 minutes by bus and costs about US$4 per person. The bus companies Ormeno or Cruz del Sur are recommended.
It is possible to take an organized tour of this region. Several tour agencies in Lima offer this service. You could just take a tour of Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands (one day) but it is often better value to combine this visit with a trip to Nasca to see the Nasca Lines (two or 3 day trip returning to Lima)
Lima to Nasca
Nasca is 446km south of Lima. There is a small airport at Nasca but this is mainly used for light aircraft. There are no commercial passenger flights between Lima and Nasca. Visitors must travel by bus. It makes a good stopover on the trip from Lima down to south coast to Arequipa.
Several buses run daily between Lima and Nasca. The trip takes about 6 hours and costs US$5-10 depending on company and type of service. Companies operating this route are Ormeno and Civa.
Aero Condor www.aerocondor.com.pe offer tours and flights over the Nasca lines. Package deals are available from Lima.
Lima to Arequipa
Arequipa is 1,010km south of Lima. Visitors can travel by bus or domestic flight.
Flight time is approximately 45 minutes. There are several daily flights each way. Airline companies operating this route include Lan www.lan.com
Several buses run daily between Lima and Arequipa. The trip takes about 16 hours and costs US$15-20 depending on company and type of service. Companies operating this route are Ormeno and Cruz del Sur. Many buses depart Lima in the evening and arrive in Arequipa early in the morning. This avoids travelling during the hot temperatures of the day and also saves on one night's accommodation. The condition of the road is very good.
Lima to Puno (Lake Titicaca)
The airport closest to Puno is located in a town called Juliaca. The are several buses waiting outside the arrivals lounge in Juliaca to take you on the 45 minute bus ride to Puno. Ask if the buses will drop you off directly outside your hotel. The road from Lima to Puno goes via Arequipa. There may be a long delay between connections in Arequipa which is great if you want to visit the city quickly. You will also usually have to change bus and possibly bus company.
There are a couple of flights daily between Lima and Juliaca (airport nearest to Puno). All flights make a short stop at Arequipa on the way although you don't leave the aircraft. Flight times vary but generally allow 2 hours. Airline companies operating this route include Lan www.lan.com
Bus companies in Lima sell tickets Lima to Puno but you will find nearly all buses go to Arequipa first where you will have to take a connecting bus on to Puno. There may be very long periods between these connecting buses and you will probably have to change bus. Quite often you will find that the bus from Lima to Arequipa travels overnight (to avoid the high temperatures during the day) arriving early in the morning. The onwards bus to Puno may also depart in the evening and arrive early in the morning in Puno, allowing you to spend all day visiting Arequipa. You can store your bags at the bus station but always take your valuables with you. Cruz del Sur operate this route but are by no means the only company. If possible ask other tourists in your hotel in Lima which company they can recommend.
Lima to Cusco
Flying between Lima and Cusco takes about one hours and is by far the easiest way to travel. Basically the high mountainous Andes lie directly between these two cities so you either fly over them or take a long winding detour around them. The bus route is usually southwards down the Pan-American highway via Nasca and Pisco to Arequipa, then eastwards across to Lake Titicaca and then northwards towards Cusco. This is a good option if you have plenty of days to break up the journey by possibly visiting the Ballestas Islands, Nasca, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca on the way to Cusco. If you don't have long in Peru and you don't want to spend a day and two nights on a bus then take a flight. There is a more recent road connecting these two cities that goes south from Lima to Nasca and then turns eastwards via Abancay direct to Cusco. This route is particularly scenic and mountainous and remains in the category of 'adventure travel'.
There are many daily flights between Lima and Cusco. All flights depart in the mornings because the weather is usually better and the pilot needs to see where he is going as he navigates a few tricky mountains just before landing in Cusco. The views out of the left hand windows are particularly good of snow-capped Salkantay about 10 minutes before arriving at Cusco but you can't always decide which seat you get allocated. The flight time is about 50 minutes. If you really can't afford to miss you flight then we suggest taking one of the early flights before 09:30 since later flights often become delayed or cancelled particularly during the wet season in the highlands (January to March). Airline companies operating this route include Lan www.lan.com & TACA www.taca.com
Bus companies in Lima sell tickets Lima to Cusco but you will find that most buses go to Arequipa first where you will have to take a connecting bus on to Cusco. There may be very long periods between these connecting buses and you will probably have to change bus. Quite often you will find that the bus from Lima to Arequipa travels overnight (to avoid the high temperatures during the day) arriving early in the morning. The onwards bus to Cusco may also depart in the evening and arrive early in the morning in Cusco, allowing you to spend all day visiting Arequipa. You can store your bags at the bus station but always take your valuables with you. Cruz del Sur operate this route but are by no means the only company or the best. If possible ask other tourists in your hotel in Lima which company they can recommend.
The more direct route from Lima to Cusco via Nasca and Abancay takes about 24 hours. It is a stunning ride with magnificent scenery but the road has many sharp and dangerous curves making it hard to recommend to all but the adventure traveller. Ten years ago this route used to be full of bandits and terrorists and tourists who made this trip usually wrote books about it afterwards! but luckily everything is quite safe now apart from the dangerous bends.
Lima to Huaraz
Huaraz is located 420km north-east of Lima. There are no commercial flights between Lima and Huaraz so the only means of transport is by bus.
There are many daily and overnight bus services to Lima. The cost is US$8-10 depending on the company and service. The journey time is about 7 hours. Bus companies that operate this route are Cruz del Sur, Expreso Ancash and Movil Tours.
Lima to Iquitos
Iquitos is effectively land-locked by the surrounding Amazon jungle and the only transport in is by plane or by boat. The boat option is not really practical.
flight time from Lima to Iquitos is about 1 hour 15 minutes. There are several
morning flights per day in both directions. Airline companies operating this
route include Lan www.lan.com
Home *About Us * Peru Highlights * Volunteer Work & Community Projects * Travel Info * Photo Gallery * Ecotourism Guide * Travel Stories * Language Schools * Books * Handicrafts * Links * Search * Contact Us
Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru. Office Address: La Casa Cultural, Avenida Pardo 540, Cusco, Peru (just 2 minutes walk from the Koricancha Inca Temple of the Sun). If you are coming to Cusco please bring a couple of second hand clothes, toys, school equipment and drop them off in our office. We will help distribute the items to people who really need them in small village schools and communities in the Andes. For more details visit our web page www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/projects A map of our office can be found by clicking here. Copyright Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru 2000-2008. All material used within this web site is original work and is subject to international copyright law. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited without prior permission from the editor. This web page was last updated in April 2008. Website designed by AndeanVisionWebDesignStudio