Lima to Ica by Bus

Lima to Ica by Bus: 2024 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Lima to Ica 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 Ica.

Lima to Ica is a direct journey with public bus companies, however there are some cool places like Chincha or Paracas that are worth stopping at before arriving to Ica. Remember, Ica is the city close to Huacachina Oasis, but there are companies (all hop on hop off companies) that bring you direct to Huacachina Oasis. 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 Ica 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 Ica are as follows:

CRUZ DEL SURDAILY 03:45, 07:00, 13:30, 14:00PUBLIC TERMINALNO76%
OLTURSADAILY 7:30, 12:45, 14:30, 1600PUBLIC TERMINALNO66%


  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 Ica by bus is usually a straight journey down the Pacific Coastline highway although it is recommended to visit Paracas along the way, or else maybe take another service direct to Huacachina Oasis.  Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

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