Getting there & away
Lima has no central bus terminal. Each company runs its own office and station, many of which cluster around Javier Prado Este in La Victoria. Others are found in central Lima several blocks east of Plaza Grau, just north of Av Grau and south of 28 de Julio, on both sides of Paseo de la República. Make sure you verify which station your bus departs from when buying tickets. There are countless companies to choose from, so look carefully at the quality of the bus before deciding.
Major companies include the following:
Cruz del Sur (www.cruzdelsur.com.pe); central Lima (431-5125; Quilca 531); La Victoria (225-6163/5748; Javier Prado Este 1109) Reliable, but doesn’t have as frequent services or extensive routes as some other companies.
Ormeño (www.grupo-ormeno.com) central Lima (427-5679; Carlos Zavala Loayza 177); La Victoria (472-1710; Javier Prado Este 1059) Quality of service varies wildly. Has the most international services, including to Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, La Paz, Quito and Santiago.
Also in central Lima:
Civa (332-5236/526; www.civa.com.pe; cnr 28 de Julio & Paseo de la República 575)
Cromotex (424-7575; Paseo de República 659-665)
Expreso Molina (428-0617; Ayacucho 1141-1145)
Flores (424-3278; cnr Paseo de la República & 28 de Julio)
Ittsa (423-5232; Paseo de la República 809)
Linea (424-0836; José Galvez 999A)
Móvil Tours (332-0004; Paseo de la República 749)
Soyuz (226-1515; Mexico 333 at Paseo de la República)
Tepsa (470-6666; www.tepsa.com.pe; Javier Prado Oeste 1091)
Transportes Atahualpa (427-7324/7338; Sandía 266)
Lima’s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez (LIM; 517-3100; www.lap.com.pe) is in Callao. Departure taxes (payable in dollars or nuevos soles, cash only) are US$28.10 for international and US$6.05 for domestic flights.
Many international airlines have offices in Lima – check under ‘Lineas Áreas’ in the yellow pages. Airlines offering domestic flights include the following:
Aero Condor Perú (614-6014; Juan de Arona 781, San Isidro)
LAN (213-8200; José Pardo 513, Miraflores)
LC Busre (619-1313; Los Tulipones 218, Lince)
Star Peru (705-9000; José Pardo 269, Miraflores)
TACA (511-8222; Espinar 331, San Isidro)
Be aware that flight schedules and ticket prices change frequently. Getting flight information, buying tickets and reconfirming flights are best done at airline offices (or a reputable travel agency) rather than at the airport counters.
The official ISIC office is InteJ (247-3230; www.intej.org; San Martín 240, Barranco), which organizes student airfares and can change dates for flights booked through student/youth travel agencies. Fertur Peru (427-1958; Junín 211, central Lima; 9am-7pm Mon-Sat) is also good for student airfares.