Arequipa to Ica by Bus

Arequipa to Ica by Bus: 2017 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Arequipa to Ica takes around 11 hours. Below we have detailed information about bus safety, the best bus companies and what other benefits you should look out for when choosing the best bus from Arequipa to Ica.

Arequipa to Ica is a beautiful trip along the whole Pacific Coast of Peru and it is strongly recommended to take this journey in the day rather than at night. There are no flights between Arequipa and Ica so bus travel is the only real option. NOTE: Ica is a city and there is not much to do there…if you are wanting to visit the sand dunes, you need to go to the Oasis of Huacachina. Public buses go to Ica, private buses (such as hop on hop off) go to Huacachina. Below is some information you should consider when trying to choose the best bus company for this route.

Quick Tip:  If traveling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima  bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as Free WiFi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travelers.

To take a bus from Arequipa to Ica you have 2 main options:

1 – Public Bus (e.g. Cruz del Sur, Civa)

2 – Hop on hop off bus (e.g. Peru Hop, Green Toad Bus)

The schedule and departure times of buses from Arequipa to Ica are as follows:

COMPANIESSCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSISTANCE
CRUZ DEL SURDAILY 4:00, 16:00 and 18:00PUBLIC TERMINALNO
PERU HOPDAILY 05:45HOTEL PICK UP & DROP OFF YES
CIVADAILY 1:30PUBLIC TERMINALNO
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY 14:00 and 18:00PUBLIC TERMINALNO

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP CHOOSE WHAT BUS COMPANY TO TAKE:

  1. Do they collect you at your hotel or hostel?
    • Some bus companies, and all hop on hop off companies, do actually pick you up at your hotel, thus offering a much safer and secure service rather than taking local taxis
  2. How is their safety record?
    • Simply put the name of the bus company, and the word “accident” or “hijacking” into google and see which companies are the best.
  3. What onboard facilities do they have?
    • Tv´s, toilets (clean!!), semi-cama or cama seats…all of these things will help decide which is the best company
  4. Other benefits?
    • Some bus companies have loyalty points schemes (e.g. Cruz del Sur) and others have accommodation and other discounts (e.g. Peru Hop) so shop around and see what other benefits you get with each company

Arequipa to Ica by bus is usually a pleasant journey and most of the road is in good condition. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

 

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