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Transportation Tips! The Best Ways To Get In & Around Lima

BY WENDY HUNG

There are many options when it comes to traveling to Lima or getting around the city. For first-timers, read through the info below so you can make the most adequate plans for your trip!

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Getting in and around Lima isn’t difficult to figure out, especially if you’re prepared to taxi your way throughout the trip. It’s inexpensive and will get you anywhere. But if you’re on a budget, there are buses and one metro line in Lima that you’ll find just as useful. Here’s a quick breakdown:

GETTING TO LIMA:

Flying:

Flickr VasenkaPhotography Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez Lima airportPhoto: Flickr/VasenkaPhotography

You’ll most likely be landing in Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez (LIM), which is located in Callao approximately 25 minutes away from city center by car.

The airport is a hug for many domestic flights and is well connected with most cities in South America with frequent flights to Miami, LA, NYC, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Toronto…etc.

*A list of airlines that fly to Lima: Aerolineas ArgentinasAeroMexicoAir CanadaAir EuropaAir France, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia Airline, KLM AirlineLAN Airlines – LAN Peru, Sky Airline, Spirit Airline, TACA International Airline, and TAM, United Airlines.

From Jorge Chávez airport (LIM) to city centers by taxi:

Taxidatum Lima taxi airport PeruPhoto: Facebook/Taxidatum

This will probably be your most expensive fare as taxis within the city is fairly inexpensive. Try not to hail one outside the airport on your own. Book a taxi inside the airport at a reception counter. You’ll need to negotiate your rate since taxis in Lima don’t have meters. But the trip from and to the airport shouldn’t cost anything more than S/.45 soles.

Another great way is to book a taxi online via taxidatum.com prior to your trip, which is said to be safe and reliable.

From Jorge Chávez airport (LIM) to city centers by airport shuttle:

Some hostels and hotels offer free airport pickup, so make sure you take up on that offer.

At arrival hall, the airport will have information on an Express Bus to Centro and Miraflores.

From Jorge Chávez airport to city centers by private cars:

Royal American Limo Lima PeruPhoto: Facebook/Royal American Limo

Airport Lima Pickup is a great choice, and it’s inexpensive if you have more than 4 passengers ($US 30- $35).

Royal American Limo is recommended if you’re looking for a more luxurious option.

Renting a car at from Jorge Chávez airport:

Try to avoid driving in Lima since traffic may be a bit more chaotic than what you’re used to. But most major car rental companies have reception desks at the airport.

Getting into Lima by bus:

Cruz del Sur bus Lima Peru airportPhoto: Facebook/Cruz del Sur

Since Lima doesn’t have a central bus terminal, there are MANY bus companies to choose from, each have their own stations and offices. Major ones include: Cruz del Sur  and Ormeño, which even has international services to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Botoga, La Praz and Caracas.

Make sure when you’re buying tickets that you know which station your bus is leaving from. There will be stations near Javier Prado Este and Plaza Grau.

If there are bus companies that ask you to hop on the bus away from the bus stations, then it’s most likely not as safe or legit. Be careful.

GETTING AROUND LIMA:

Taking the taxi is probably your best bet to get around the city, since it’s quite cheap and very convenient. Taxis in Lima do not have meters in them, make sure to negotiate the price before hopping in. DO NOT hop into a cab without settling on a price.

Taxis:

Flickr Indrik myneur Lima Peru taxiPhoto: Flickr/Indrik myneur

Taxis in Lima are hardly registered, the registered ones cost 50% more. While hailing a cab, keep this mental rate card (within city center) in mind:

  • Short distance = S/.6 soles(USD $2)
  • Longer ride = S/.9-21 (USD $3-7)

You can also call these 24-hour cab companies to reserve ahead of time:

  1. Moli Taxi  479-0030
  2. Taxi Miraflores  446-3953

TIP! Do not get inside a shared taxi, it’s not safe for foreigners.

Using taxis as private tours:

Lima Cabs is a great option for travelers who want a privately guided tour that’s safe and affordable. You can choose city tours, night tours or airport pickups. Best part about this is that you can book online, and it’s a lot better than hassling with cabs on the streets.

Bus:

Flickr Steven Damron micro combi bus lima peruPhoto: Flickr/Steven Damron

This is a relatively inexpensive way to get around the city (USD $0.30 – $0.50) but again, be careful of your belongings while riding the bus, there will be pickpocketers!

Micros or Combis – are mini buses and small vans with tons of passengers inside. Some you can flag down, but in Miraflores and San Isidro you’ll need to wait at designated stations (paraderos). Here are routes you’ll find useful with Spanish labels:

  • Todo Arequipa – Miraflores along Arequipa
  • Larco/Schell/Miraflores – heading to Miraflores
  • Todo Arequipa or Wilson/Tacna – Miraflores to central Lima
  • 73A green buses – slower large bus goes from the city center to Miraflores to Barranco.

Metropolitano – modern and large bus systems with wheel chair access. You can buy a rechargeable card for S/.5.00 with each ride that will deduct S/.2.00 soles.

Tren Eléctrico or Metro de Lima:

Flickr Jorge Gobbi Lima MetroPhoto: Flickr/Jorge Gobbi

A metro system which currently has one line stopping at 26 stations, including: Villa el Salvador, Parque Industrial, María Auxiliadora, Jorge Chávez, Ayacucho, Angamos, San Borja Sur, Javier Prado, Arriola, Gamarra, Grau, El Angel, Presbitero Maestro, Bayovar in northeast of Lima.

Rate is S/.1.50 soles with an electronic card you must buy beforehand.

New lines 2 through line 6 are currently under construction.

Wendy Hung contributor profile Lima Peru

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4 Comments on “Transportation Tips! The Best Ways To Get In & Around Lima”

  1. November 23, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Great tips here, especially as Peru is on my list to visit.

    • November 23, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      Thanks Renee! Let me know when you’re deep in planning mode heading to Peru! I’ll definitely provide more tips 🙂

  2. November 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Vey nice and useful article.

  3. ivan
    May 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    muy interesante tu relato, saludos desde lima

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