Lima to Huacachina by Bus

Lima to Huacachina by Bus: 2018 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Lima to Huacachina takes around 5 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 Lima to Huacachina.

Huacachina is the only desert oasis in South America and a perfect spot for sand boarding and dune buggy. There are no public buses going from Lima to Huacachina, usually the route is Lima to Ica and then taking a taxi to the Oasis. However, private buses such as Hop On / Hop Off services go directly to Huacachina and which is safer and more convenient.

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 Huacachina you have 2 main options:

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

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 Huacachina are as follow:

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCETRIPADVISOR RATING
CRUZ DEL SUR DAILY06:00, 07:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 19:00 PUBLIC TERMINAL NO82%
PERU HOP
DAILY 06:00 and 07:00HOTEL PICK-UP & DROP OFF
YES98%
OLTURSA DAILY07:30, 12:45, 14:00 and 15:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO66%

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. What is hop on hop off?
    • A ticket for a hop on hop off bus covers all journeys that the bus company takes. Rather than paying for all bus journeys separately, hop on hop off tickets allow passengers to board as many buses as they want and stay in destinations for as long as they please. They have been described worldwide as the best way to experience all that a country has to offer, and such has been the feedback from those who boarded the Peruvian hop on hop off buses. For more information click here.
  5. 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 Huacachina by bus is usually a straight trip down the Pan American highway. It is recommended to stop by Paracas to visit the Ballestas Islands. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

  2 comments for “Lima to Huacachina by Bus

  1. Nathalie
    July 22, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Hello

    Is it possible to take a bus from Lima to Paracas and then the same day take another bus from Paracas to Huacachina because we want to sleep there? thanks

    Nathalie

  2. Nina Stevens
    July 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Hi Nathalie! If I was you I’d definitely reconsider skipping over Paracas. We visited and the National Reserve and Ballestas Islands ended up being a highlight of our entire Peru journey!

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