Buses are the main form of transport for long-distance travel in Peru. It’s the preferred method of travel for many since buses are inexpensive in Peru, but remember not all bus companies are the same. For your comfort, safety and time we made this ranking of the best bus companies in Peru.
Booking a bus: Book your bus through Busbud.com, Redbus.com or directly at the bus terminal
Terminal Tax: All bus terminals have a tax that you have to pay in order to enter the departure gates. The prices vary, depending on the city and the terminal itself. You can be charged anywhere from 1 to 5 soles.
Time: Buses in Peru are may not be on time due to a variety of circumstances. Always allow for extra travel time and be flexible. If you are on a tight schedule, maybe you should consider using a domestic airline for faster and more efficient travel. Most buses provide an overnight service, leaving you with plenty of time in the day to explore.
Type of Service: Buses in Peru are either direct service or make multiple stops. With direct service you they go directly to your desire city with no stops in-between. Other buses stop at almost all of the cities along the route to let passengers off or on the buses. Some are quick stops, and other stops are at bus terminals for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are in a hurry take a direct bus and be sure to verify it before purchasing a ticket at the terminal. Agents at terminals are eager to sell tickets and may or may not inform you of all of the details of your trip.
Safety tip: Keep your belongings safely tucked away under your feet at all times. Choose a well-established bus company with a good track record. It´s not worth losing your possessions, just to save a dollar or two. Better quality lines check passengers in and verify their identity.
Peruhop has Irish owners and started operations in 2013.
- Bilingual assistant on-board
- Travels between Bolivia and Peru
- Hop-on Hop-off system
- Pick-up from hotel/hostel
- flexible bus pass with multiple stops inbetween
- Travels via a safer route.
- Doesn’t have all the typical Peru routes
Cruz del Sur
The biggest, most popular, most secure and well established company in Peru.
- Comfortable seats and excellent coverage of all routes in Peru.
- Affordable (just an extra 10 to 15 sol to upgrade your seating).
- Great bus for going from point A to point B.
- Major routes have satelite & wifi
- Travels via the Andes, not the safest route.
- Often delayed and a bit unreliable.
A great company for travelling to the north of Peru. Has been operating for a number of years.
- comfy seats
- affordable prices
- relatively safe
- Inconsistent customer service
CIVA has really extensive coverage of routes within Peru with over two thousand buses traveling daily.
- Decent reviews
- Travels all the way to the border of chile and Ecuador, as well as a number of inland destinations
- Customer service
This is the oldest Peruvian Bus Company. With its primary focus being the coast of Peru and a few routes towards the city of Cusco.
- Well established company with a good reputation
- Mixed reviews
December of 2017, SAM Travel Peru fulfilled the dreams of 36 children and their parents from the indigenous community of Pampamarca way up in the Andean mountains in the south of Cusco. They got to tour Cusco City, Sacred Valley and the Citadel of Machu Picchu all paid for by SAM Travel Peru. These are children do not have the resources nor ability for many reasons to be able to experience the historical sites of their Inca heritage. Sam Travel Peru wants to give them a once in a lifetime experience up close and in person of their heritage and restore their pride in their culture, history and Inca heritage.