Visiting Lima &

Getting Around

Lima is located a little west of the center of Peru. Its strategic location is one of the reasons it was chosen to be the capital of the country; it can be accessed from all regions of Peru.

Lima can be visited by air, sea, and land. It holds the only international airport welcoming travelers from all over the world. The Jorge Chavez International Airport is located in el Callao, Lima. In addition to the port of El Callao welcoming cruise ships from all over the world, it is a destination for relaxation, where travelers can spend a few days visiting the city or other regions. Lima can be accessed by road from all surrounding regions. The most traveled route (south and north) is the Panamericana.

Moving around Lima can be a challenge if you don't speak Spanish. Lima is in the process of implementing a transportation system, and the way it works is still not clear for many Peruvians. Like any other big city, Lima can be dangerous, but if the traveler is cautions and knows how to avoid the potential dangers, the trip can be both safe and as incredible as planned.

Visiting Lima by Plane


Location: Elmer Faucett Avenue (no number), City of Callao, Region of Lima.

Phone: +51 1 517-3100.

Arrivals and Departures: This airport receives flights from all the main cities in the world and Peru. All international and domestic departures and arrivals can be checked at the Jorge Chávez International Airport site.

Highlights: There are bookstores, handcraft stores, a storage room at a cost, pharmacy, Internet shop, coffee shops, and a food court, which are open to the public. The storage room is located on the first floor next to the domestic arrivals exit doors

Transportation from and to: If transportation hasn't been arranged to take the traveler to his/her accommodations, an unauthorized taxi shouldn't be hired (rate of travelers robbed is high). The only authorized company is ”Taxi Green” (The only downside is that drivers don't speak English.) There is a “Taxi Green” booth located outside the domestic and international exit doors. If pick-up is arranged through a tour company, the reliability of the provider should be triple-checked to avoid disappointments. A private ride from the airport to the districts of Miraflores or San Isidro costs $20.00 - $40.00 (depending on providers and service needed).

Domestic Airlines:

  • Lan Peru: (Ave. Jose Pardo 513, Miraflores District).
  • Star Peru: (Ave. Comandante Espinar 331 - 4th Floor), Miraflores District).
  • Peruvian Airlines: (Calle Elías Aguirre 331 - Of. 301, Miraflores District).
  • LC Peru: (Ave. Pablo Carriquiry 857, San Isidro District).
  • Avianca: (Ave. Jose Pardo 831 - 4th Floor, Miraflores District).

Average Flight Duration


1 hour - 30 minutes


1 hour - 20 minutes


1 hour - 30 minutes


1 hour - 20 minutes


1 hour - 05 minutes


1 hour - 55 minutes


1 hour - 40 minutes


1 hour - 40 minutes

Puerto Maldonado

1 hour - 35 minutes


1 hour - 45 minutes


1 hour - 15 minutes


1 hour - 55 minutes

Visiting Lima by Road & Getting Around


The most common mode of transportation visitors from all parts of Peru and nearby countries use to get to Lima is by bus or private transportation. Lima offers a big variety of bus companies, private transfers, and car rentals. There are hundreds of bus companies, but not all of them have been authorized to operate, and, most importantly, some aren't safe for the traveler. Below is a list of bus companies which are known to offer good service:

  • Expreso Cruz del Sur: It provides different quality services, the most comfortable being the Cruzero service (bed-style seats). A cheaper option is the Imperial service, which is next in quality and comfort. Cruz del Sur has offices at Urb. Fiori Calle Gerardo Unger 6917 (Independencia District) and Ave. Javier Prado Este 1109 (La Victoria District).
  • Expreso Internacional Ormeño: It provides a bed-style seat service. Ormeño has its main office at Ave. Javier Prado Este 1057 (La Victoria District). 
  • Oltursa: It provides a bed-style seat service and a good price. Oltursa has a main office at Ave. Aramburu 1160 (San Isidro District). It doesn't travel to Puno or Puerto Maldonado.
  • Movil Tours: It provides different quality services, the most comfortable being the Premier Service (bed-style seats). Cheaper options are available. Movil Tours has offices at Paseo de la Republica 749 (La Victoria District) and Ave. Alfredo Mendiola 3883 (Los Olivos District). It doesn't travel to Arequipa or Puno.

Distances & Average Driving Time driving from and to Lima


1030 Km - 15 hours by road


872 Km - 12 hours by road


187 Km - 3 hours by road


780 Km - 12 hours by road


1500 Km - 20 hours by road via Nazca


410 Km - 8 hours and 30 min by road


325 Km - 4 hours by road


1164 Km - 16 hours by road


460 Km - 6 hours by road


240 Km - 3 hours and 15 min by road

Puerto Maldonado

1970 Km - 30 hours by road


1700 Km - 21 hours by road (via AQP)


1348 Km - 18 hours by road


570 Km - 9 hours by road

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