Ica to Puno by Bus

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

A bus from Ica to Puno takes around 16 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 Ica to Puno.

Ica to Puno is nice trip with amazing views throughout the route. Again, there are no public flights from Ica so the only option would be taking a bus back to Lima and flying to Juliaca and then a 1 hour bus to Puno. Not really the best option, especially if you add all the extra transportation expenses. Below is some information you should consider when trying to choose the best bus company for this route. NOTE: Keep in mind that some Public buses don’t go directly to Puno and usually switch buses in Arequipa.

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 Ica to Puno you have 2 main options:

1 – Public Bus (e.g. Oltursa, Civa)

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

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

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCE
OLTURSA DAILY12:45 and 20:45PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
PERU HOP
DAILY 13:00HOTEL PICK-UP & DROP-OFF
YES
CIVA DAILY 17:00 and 17:15PUBLIC 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

Ica to Puno by bus is usually a pleasant trip, the road is mostly in good. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

 

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