Guayaquil to Lima - Bus Terminal Information
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 1:25 AM Last Post By: cdjeh
Sep 27, 2012 7:59 AM
I've booked online tickets with Cruz Del Sur to head from Guayaquil to Lima. I was wondering where I catch the bus from? My ticket doesn't mention anything, nor does the website. Is there only one bus terminal in Guayaquil?
Any help would be appreciated.
Sep 27, 2012 9:34 AM
Oct 22, 2012 3:46 PM
Nov 3, 2012 6:32 PM
3Cruz del Sur's web-site address for their Guayaquil terminal is the same as the Terminal Terrestre (the intimidating main bus station), so I strongly suspect that they're in that huge TT building. (Bus companies operating out of the TT have offices on the first floor, just look for their sign). I'll be looking for them next week and will send an update.
The other main Guayaquil international bus company Ormeno has their office just outside the TT, along with the various van companies that go to Cuenca and other points. It's a short walk from the west end of the TT lower level, out the door, through a small gate, then veer around to the west following the access road to the large Av. De Las Americas. Continue west about 500 meters to the Centro de Negocios (small one story office complex on the south side of De Las Americas) and look for block C, office # 33-34.
Nov 11, 2012 7:10 PM
4Here’s our recent experience on a Cruz del Sur bus from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Lima, Peru (runs several days a week - check their schedule on-line). Although we were staying in Cuenca which has a more direct route via back roads to Peru, we opted to take a shuttle van from Cuenca to Guayaquil ($12 each) to catch a straight-through coach with very comfortable bed-seats, and secure luggage ($85 each). The van service from Cuenca stops near the Guayaquil Terminal Terrestre (a five minute walk) where Cruz del Sur has an office (numbers 87 & 88) on the ground floor of the TT. Since we had bought a trip voucher on-line, we traded this for our two reserved-seat tickets at the office (to Trujillo, Peru – Trujillo to Lima tickets are issued by the bus attendant after the Trujillo stop?!). We turned in our luggage, and went to the food court for lunch. We were careful to keep the ticket envelope because that’s where they paste the luggage claim checks without which you won’t get your bags back. The office also sells you a $0.25 ticket each to get out of the terminal to the boarding area (gate #109, third floor). Boarding was on time and the bus left as scheduled (2pm). About three hours into the trip, we reached the Peruvian border and the immigration building which serves both nations. You leave the bus and stand in line at the Ecuador exit desk (have your entry card and stamped passport ready), then cross the room to the Peruvian entry point. They stamp your passport, give you a stamped entry card, and it’s back on the bus. About an hour further down the road, the bus pulls off at the Peruvian customs shed. Again everybody off the bus with backpacks and hand luggage, which they spot check. (My wife was asleep and stayed on the bus – didn’t seem to bother the customs agents, they didn’t even wake her). About five large luggage pieces were removed from the cargo area for a spot check – the owners were called over to open them. Back on the bus which then proceeded on to Lima and arrived the next evening at 7pm. We were fed airline-type meals, but if you need more than that, you’d need to bring it along; there isn’t much opportunity to buy anything enroute! Another quirk: you can only urinate in the on-board restrooms in that 29 hour trip, anything more serious needs to be coordinated with the attendant so they can plan an extra stop!
Nov 12, 2012 1:25 AM
5Thanks for the really useful update ausonius. Did you buy your ticket voucher through the Cruz del Sur website? There seem to be quite a few reports of problems using the website or finding that the reservation hasn't gone through, and I'm not clear whether this is the only way to buy tickets in advance for this route (Guayaquil to Lima) apart from actually going to the Guayaquil office (is this the only Cruz del Sur office in Ecuador?)
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