Lima to Cusco by Bus

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

A bus from Lima to Cusco takes around 23 hours. Most public buses cross through the dangerous Andes Mountains so it is recommended to take the longer trip down via Arequipa for safety reasons. 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 Lima to Cusco.

To get from Lima to Cusco by bus, it is recommended to cover the South of Peru and maybe make stops at places such as Paracas, Huacachina Oasis, and Arequipa. 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 Lima to Cusco 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 Cusco are as follows:

COMPANIESSCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSISTANCE
CRUZ DEL SURDAILY 12:00 , 14:45 and 17:15PUBLIC TERMINALNO
PERU HOPDAILY 06:00 and 07:00HOTEL PICK UP & DROP OFF YES
TEPSA
DAILY 14:00 , 15:30 and 17:30PUBLIC TERMINALNO
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY 03:45PUBLIC 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

Taking a bus from Lima to Cusco is recommended when traveling the slightly longer route via Arequipa. Break up the journey with stops at Paracas and Huacachina. 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.

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