Lima to Arequipa by Bus

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

A bus from Lima to Arequipa usually takes around 16 hours and is mainly a straight trip down the pacific coast. It is usually recommended to break up this long journey with stops along the way, such as at Paracas and Huacachina Oasis. The other option is taking a 90 minute flight to Arequipa that can end up being really expensive if you add the taxi costs to and from the airports. 

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 La Paz you have 2 main options:

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

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

Peru hop bus

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

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCE
CRUZ DEL SUR DAILY06:30,14:30 and 16:30PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
PERU HOP DAILY 06:00 and 07:00HOTEL PICK-UP & DROP OFF YES
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY 03:45PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
TEPSA
DAILY18:00 and 20:30
PUBLIC 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

Lima to Arequipa by bus is usually a pleasant journey but it is strongly recommended to make some stops along the way such us at Paracas and Huacachina Oasis. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

Quick Tip: If travelling to or from the airport in Lima. There is now a direct bus link between there and Miraflores via the new official Airport Express Lima. These new buses have free wifi and usb charging ports at every seat and best of all tickets are as cheap as $9 usd one way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *