Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Cháves
Lima’s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez is stocked with the usual facilities plus a pisco boutique, a post office and luggage storage. Internet access is available on the 2nd floor.
All departure taxes are included in ticket prices. You can get flight information, buy tickets and reconfirm flights online or via telephone, but for ticket changes or problems, it's best to go to the airline office in person.
The following airlines service Lima:
Avianca Flies to Cuzco, Arequipa, Juliaca, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.
LATAM Goes to Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Piura, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna, Tarapoto and Trujillo. Additionally it offers link services between Arequipa and Cuzco, Arequipa and Juliaca, Arequipa and Tacna, Cuzco and Juliaca, and Cuzco and Puerto Maldonado. It offers international services as well.
LC Perú Flies from Lima to Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Huánuco, Huaraz, Iquitos and Huancayo (Jauja) on smaller turbo-prop aircraft.
Peruvian Airlines Flies to Arequipa, Cuzco, Piura, Iquitos, Jauja, Pucallpa, Tarapoto, Tacna and internationally to La Paz, Bolivia.
Star Perú Flies to Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huanuco, Iquitos, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado and Tarapoto.
Viva Air This budget airline flies to Arequipa, Cuzco, Iquitos, Piura and Tarapato.
The airport resides in the port city of Callao, about 12km west of downtown or 20km northwest of Miraflores. In a private taxi, allow at least an hour to the airport from San Isidro, Miraflores or Barranco; by combi, expect the journey to take at least two hours – with plenty of stops in between. Traffic is lightest before 6:30am.
Taxi As you come out of customs, inside the airport to the right is the official taxi service: Taxi Green. Outside the airport perimeter itself, you will find ‘local’ taxis. Taking these does not always save you money, and safety is an issue – local hustlers use this as an opportunity to pick up foreign travelers and rob them. It is best to use the official airport taxis, or arrange pickup with your hotel.
Shuttle Fast and safe, Airport Express has hourly service with seven stops throughout Miraflores. There's no bag limit, free wi-fi, usb chargers and bathrooms on board. Pay via the website or on the bus (cash).
Combi The cheapest way to get to and from the airport is via the combi company known as La S – a giant letter ‘S’ is pasted to the front windshields – which runs various routes from the port of Callao to Miraflores and beyond. From the airport, these can be found heading south along Av Elmer Faucett. For the return trip to the airport, La S combis can be found traveling north along Av Petit Thouars and east along Av Angamos in Miraflores. The most central spot to find them is at the paradero (bus stop) on Av Petit Thouars, just north of Av Ricardo Palma. Expect to be charged additional fares for any seats that your bags may occupy. Combi companies change its routes regularly, so ask around before heading out.
There is no central bus terminal; each company operates its ticketing and departure points independently. Some companies have several terminals, so always clarify from which point a bus leaves when buying tickets. The busiest times of year are Semana Santa (the week before Easter Sunday) and the weeks surrounding Fiestas Patrias (July 28–29), when thousands of limeños make a dash out of the city and fares double. At these times, book well ahead.
Near the airport, the Gran Terminal Terrestre, the city's largest bus terminal, has buses to international destinations as well as smaller subsidiaries to northern and southern Peru.
Some stations are in rough neighborhoods. If possible, buy your tickets in advance and take a taxi when carrying luggage.
Bus companies include the following:
Civa For Arequipa, Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Ilo, Máncora, Nazca, Piura, Puno, Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo and Tumbes. The company also runs a more luxurious sleeper line to various coastal destinations called Excluciva (www.excluciva.com).
Cruz del Sur One of the biggest companies, serving the coast – as well as inland cities such as Arequipa, Cuzco, Huancayo and Huaraz – with three different classes of service: the cheaper Ideal, and the more luxurious Imperial and Cruzero.
Móvil Tours For Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Huancayo, Huaraz and Tarapoto.
Oltursa The main terminal for this very reputable company is located a short distance from San Isidro. Travels to Abancay, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Ica, Máncora, Nazca, Paracas, Piura, Tacna, Trujillo and Tumbes.
Ormeño Specializes in international service to Guayaquil, Ecuador, stopping in Tumbes; to Santiago, Chile, via Tacna; and to Río de Jainero, Brazil, via Cuzco. All buses leave from the terminal in La Victoria.
Peru Hop A comfortable hop-on, hop-off tourist bus service aimed at the backpacker crowd, traveling throughout Peru to Bolivia. Itineraries are open, with tickets that last one year. Also offers tours.
Soyuz Frequent buses to Cañete, Chincha, Ica and Nazca.
*prices are general estimates for normal/luxury buses
Lima has major intersections without stoplights, kamikaze bus drivers, spectacular traffic jams and little to no parking. If you are still game, a number of car-rental companies have 24-hour desks at the airport. Prices range from about S99 to S330 per day, not including surcharges, insurance and taxes (of about 19%). Delivery is possible.Options include the following:
The Ferrocarril Central Andino railway line runs from Estación Desamparados in Lima inland to Huancayo, climbing from sea level to 4829m – the second-highest point for passenger trains in the world – before descending to Huancayo at 3260m. The return is three days later. The journey runs fortnightly from mid-April to mid-November, and includes meals. Confirm schedules in advance as the rail lines aren’t always operational. Tickets can be purchased through Teleticket.