Navigating Transportation in Lima and Peru

Navigating Transportation in Lima and Peru

Lima is a big city with chaotic traffic. The distances can be big and you can easily get lost on the best way to get around in the Peruvian capital city. Understanding the transportation options in Peru can enhance your travel experience. Whether you're navigating the bustling streets of Lima, exploring historic sites, or embarking on an adventure to Peru's stunning landscapes, knowing how to get around efficiently will make your journey smoother. Let’s see how to efficiently use various modes of transportation in Lima.


Taxis are a popular way to get around in Lima and other Peruvian cities. Here are some tips:

Flagging Taxis:

In Lima, you can hail a taxi on the street by raising your hand. Check if the taxi has a working meter to ensure a fair fare – but most won’t. In that case you ask for the price and ‘ negotiate the fare. For added security, consider using registered taxis associated with established companies, often with well-maintained vehicles and trained drivers. You can call for one or use ride-hailing apps.

While taxis are generally safe, exercise standard precautions. Avoid unmarked or unregistered vehicles especially at night, and share your ride details with a trusted contact when using ride-hailing apps. Always look for a reasonably modern vehicle with a clearly displayed license

Is Uber operating in Lima?

There are different ride-Hailing Apps: Uber operates in Lima and a few other Peruvian cities. Download the app and set up an account for convenient, cashless rides. Additionally, there are local ride-hailing apps like Beat and Cabify.

Public Transportation:

Lima has a public transportation system that includes buses and a limited metro network:


Lima's bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called the Metropolitano, is an efficient way to move around the city. It has dedicated lanes, making it less susceptible to traffic congestion. Purchase a card or tickets at the station, and remember that you'll need to pass through turnstiles to access the buses. It can be overcrowded, but it’s cheaper than a taxi and normally more comfortable and quicker than a combi. You need to buy a Metropolitano swipe card to use the system.


Micros are smaller buses that operate on various routes within the city. They are often more affordable than the Metropolitano but can be crowded and may not have schedules readily available. Be cautious of pickpocketing in crowded micros.


Lima has a limited metro system with plans for expansion. Currently, Line 1 serves several neighborhoods. Check the metro's operating hours and plan your trips accordingly.

Regional and Long-Distance Travel:

For travel between cities and regions in Peru, you have several options:

Long distances busses

  • Buses: Peru has an extensive network of long-distance buses, including luxury and semi-luxury options. Companies like Cruz del Sur, Civa, Ormeño and Movil Tours (especialy for northern Peru) and others, offer comfortable journeys with various amenities. Major domestic bus companies in Peru arrive and depart from their respective terminals, not from a large bus terminal serving all companies. Many of these terminals are in La Victoria.

Domestic Flights:

For covering longer distances, consider domestic flights. Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport is a major hub for domestic travel, connecting you to various destinations within Peru.


Peru also has scenic train routes, such as the route to Machu Picchu from Cusco. While trains are a unique way to experience the country, they're primarily used for specific tourist routes.


In smaller towns and rural areas, shared taxis known as colectivos are a common mode of transportation. These vehicles follow set routes and can be an affordable way to explore less accessible regions.

Car rental in Lima

Driving in Lima can be an adventure in itself. With careful planning, you can navigate Lima’s streets and uncover its rich culture and history. Be careful: while renting a car provides you with the flexibility to explore Lima and its surroundings, the driving style in Lima is rather aggressive and traffic is complicated. Lima hosts several international car rental companies, including Avis, Hertz, and Budget, offering a range of vehicles to suit your needs.

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