Travelling Peru by Bus: Easier than it actually seems
Peru is deemed by many american and european tourists as the most exciting touristic destination in Latin America. The combination of archeological sites such as Macchu Picchu, the magnificent vistas of the Andes, the wilderness of the amazonia and the beautiful beaches along its northern coast means that Peru always has something for every king of tourist, and make the country stand out and earn its place amongst the best destinations for tourism in the world.
Peru by Bus
Travelling to Peru is also rather inexpensive compared to other destinations. However, some tourists ofter pick air transport which considerably increases the budget by a large margin. While travellling by plane is obviously faster, Peru has a diverse offer of bus companies that cover most of the routes between major cities, and can get you to the destination you desire. In this article we will make a small review of some major bus companies and provide some general tips so you can get a better grasp of the ground transportation market in Peru.
Finding the Bus Company in Peru which suits your needs
There are about 900 bus operators in all Peru. Each provide different service and cover different routes: while most operate regional routes, a few provide nation-wide coverage, and most of these currently have a lot of information regarding their routes and departure times posted online through their own websites. Travelling Peru by bus is about three times cheaper than picking even a low-cost airline (there are very few in Peru), and much more flexible, with different options and services, which range from simple buses to VIP ones, which have wi-fi and reclinable seats where you’ll be able to sleep comfortably.
- The website redBus offers a way to compare prices and departure times of many bus operators. It launched earlier this year, and of today, can find you a ticket for most major cities.
- Most bus companies depart from Javier Prado Avenue, downtown Lima, and Av. Luna Pizarro in La Victoria District.
- Taxis near a bus terminal tend to charge you more than regular cabs.
Without further due, here are the most important peruvian bus companies:
Cruz del Sur
One of the biggest bus company in Peru, Cruz del Sur has earned a great reputation amongst travellers for its excellent service. Its main terminal in Lima is located in Javier Prado Avenue.
This is a trujillean company, which has a fleet of 100 buses. They offer different services such as Super VIP, VIP, Especial, Directo, Economico and VIP VF, which accomodate to different budgets.
This bus company began operations in 1988, which began covering routes in the northern and southern andes, and currently has expanded to most of the country. They are known for their punctuality, and an experienced staff to help you during your trip.