Peruvians don’t just travel on llamas as most people think, they also have planes! There are domestic flights every day at almost every hour. However, some of these airlines are more or less dependable in regards to flights arriving on time.
There are numerous airlines offering flights within Peru . Some airlines are budget airlines, however the amount of luggage they allow without an extra charge is important to check. If you have arrived on an international flight within the last 24 hours generally they will accept all of your luggage at no extra charge. Be aware that some airlines do not charge extra fees for foreigners and some do. So be really careful when buying a ticket on airlines that state prices for nationals. When you book one of these flights you may be charged extra at the airport when you show your foreign passport. Even if your ultimate destination is Cusco, most international flights arrive in Lima and then you have to catch a domestic flight to Cusco. If you want to get the cheapest flights we suggest using apps like Expedia, Kayak or Skyscanner.
Facts & information about flights in Peru
HOW TO GET IN AND OUT OF LIMA AIRPORT
As you can see, the Peruvian capital airport is located on the outskirts of the city, (In the constitutional province of Callao), and it takes a good time to get there from the majority of hotels situated in Lima’s middle class neighborhoods like La Molina, San Isidro, Surco, even Miraflores (Where is located the majority of hotels). Therefore, getting a Lima travel guide or knowing the principal transportation ways to get in and out there will be necessary.
FROM THE AIRPORT TO LIMA CITY
Happily, on your arrival, you can find a variety of transportation to get to Lima center and main middle-class neighborhoods, where are located the majority of hotels. In the same form, when you want to go from Lima to the airport to take your flight return.
A. AIRPORT EXPRESS LIMA BUS It is the official bus company of the airport and offers a variety of scheduled transfers (more than 50 per day) from airport of Lima to the most known tourist attractions in Lima, located in Miraflores and San Isidro. The company has 12 bus-stop points and the cost of the ticket is $8 one way to Miraflores and $6 to San Isidro. Its terminal is located in the same parking area, in front of the passenger terminal. The buses are modern, with large windows, comfortable seats, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and unlimited luggage storage. One of its counters is located at the International arrival zone. The other one is situated in the baggage claim of domestic flights. Or, you can buy the bus tickets directly online at Airport Express Lima.
B. Authorized taxi: Today, there are counters of three formal taxi companies located in the baggage claim area, Taxi Green, Taxi 365, and Taxi Directo. Once you have picked up your suitcase, you can approach them and hire a taxi service. These companies are serious and give clear information about the driver of the taxi, the cost (Soles or Dollars, usually beginning at $20 or more), and the approximate time of arrival at your destination. The good thing is that the payment is in advance, and they always deliver a bill of sale.
C. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Lima is known for its chaotic traffic and precarious transport system. There are kinds of minivans and vans that Peruvian call “Combis”. These transportations have small and tiny seats, without luggage space, dirty, most of them are old and are always full of people. Usually, the passage cost 2 or 3 Soles (Peruvian local coin) from Lima airport to different districts of the Capital.
D. PRIVATE SHUTTLE SERVICE If you hire your visit and tours through a travel agency, they usually include in their services private transportation from/to the airport. In other words a complete private car for you. On the other hand, if you come without any tour package, you can hire a private shuttle service from the counter located on one side of the taxi counters at the baggage claim area, the company name is Peruvian Shuttle and Lima Transfer Co. The costs can go from $20 and up. And the units go from sedan cars to Mercedez Benz sprinters or minibusses.
CAN YOU SLEEP AT LIMA AIRPORT?
The airport has a hotel (Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima airport) located in the parking area. This hotel is usually full because many passengers with scale in Lima make reservations with months of anticipation, but anyway, this can be a good option to spend a night in the airport with commodity and comfort.
However, whether the hotel is full or your budget isn’t enough for a night in a hotel room, you can spend the night or time in the food court located on the second floor of the terminal, or in the Starbucks located on one side of the food court, where you can take advantage of the Wi-Fi. Or, in the national and international flight departures rooms, where the seats have no armrests and one can stretch out on three or four of them.
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