Cusco to Puno by Bus

Cusco To Puno by Bus: 2017 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Cusco to Puno usually takes around 6 hours on a direct bus and is usually an overnight journey. It is recommended to depart Cusco at around 10pm to arrive into Puno at around 6am, in time for any Lake Titicaca Tours which usually begin around 7am. There are 2 other options to get to Puno from Cusco;

  1. by plane via Juliaca
  2. or by taking the new Andean Explorer, a luxury train.

Both options can be really expensive but are always an option if you are very short on time.

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 Cusco to Puno you have 2 main options:

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

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

Peru hop bus

The schedule and departure times of buses from Cusco to Puno are as follows:

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCE
CRUZ DEL SUR DAILY 08:00 and 22:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
PERU HOP DAILY 22:00PRIVATE TERMINAL YES
INKA EXPRESS DAILY 06:50PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY 07:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO

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

Cusco to Puno by bus is usually a pleasant journey on a direct smooth road. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

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