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Transfer Options from Lima Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Lima Airport to City Centre

Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), Peru's main international and domestic airport, is located in Callao, 12 kilometers from the city centre of Lima. The most prominent mean of transportation from Lima airport to the city is via a Lima Airport Taxi. A taxi ride can last from 25 to 30 minutes and the common fare is around €15 during light traffic. On the other hand, the local public transportation network is considerably underdeveloped, utilizing small/cramped minivans for public services. The journey with a public minivan lasts from 1 to 2 hours to the city centre and tickets cost €0.50.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €1.00 120min 24/7
Taxi €15 30min 24/7

How to get from Lima Airport to City Centre by bus

The overall public transportation system in Lima is considerably poor; thus travelers are encouraged to avoid it. Nevertheless, people have the option to take Combis from the airport to the city centre of Lima. Combis, are small minivans used for public transportation without any fixed schedule. Departure frequencies may vary from day to day. The trip to Lima city can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours and regular tickets cost €0.50.

How much is the bus from Lima Airport to City Centre?

Combi bus tickets may vary depending on your final location. However the most common price to the centre of the city is €0.50 for a one way ticket. It should be noted that, sometimes you might have to switch minivans along the way, which would cost an additional €0.50.

Cost

€0.50

Trip Duration

2 Hours

Waiting time for a Combi is estimated around 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Combi buses at the airport are usually available from 07:30 am until 21:00 pm.

Where do I get it from?

Combi minivans do not have a specific station at Lima airport. They rather stop in front of the exit gates of each terminal, usually next to crosswalks.

Convenience

The Combi minivans should always be avoided especially for tourists. The vehicles are always cramped and there is absolutely no space for baggage. Additionally, the system does not operate under a fixed schedule nor a fixed route, making the whole trip very uncertain and risky. Last but not least, seats are limited leading to an overall tiring and undesirable experience.

Editor’s Note

The Combi minivans carry a terrible reputation especially for pick-pocketing and it is strongly advised to avoid them. Unfortunately, the only viable mean of transportation to the city centre is with a private transfer.

Useful Tips

Make sure you get on the right Combi. It is really easy to take the wrong Combi as they sometimes even drivers might lie to get you on their bus.
Some parts of Lima are genuinely unsafe for foreigners. Especially the airport area is a notoriously bad district.

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How to get from Lima Airport to City Centre by taxi

To start with, there are three main taxi companies operating in Lima airport; Taxi365, Taxi Directo and Taxi Green. Taxi vehicles can be found is various colors. However they all carry a clear taxi roof signs and advertisements on the sides. All three operators charge around €15 fixed rate, while the journey is expected to take 25 to 30 minutes at most depending on traffic conditions and time of the day.

Taxi fare from Lima Airport to City Centre

Regardless of the company, the taxi industry in Lima does not use taximeters and fares are always fixed and predetermined. Depending on the type of vehicle and special requests, prices can further fluctuate. Though, the most common price range for a regular transfer from the airport to the heart of the city is round €15.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM LIM TO CITY CENTRE
€15
€15
30 min
FROM LIM TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€15
€15
30 min
FROM LIM TO MIRAFLORES
€20
€20
45 min

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Convenience

Most taxi companies employ experienced and relatively trustworthy drivers, nevertheless, travelers should not expect taxi drivers to speak English. Additionally many, unregistered taxi operators at the airport rank have a reputation for mistreating and scamming tourists. To avoid all this you can book your Lima Airport Taxi in advance and arrive at the centre of the city in the most comfortable and safe way.

Editor’s Note

Always try to book your taxi from the airport taxi counter or online in advance. Regular taxi drivers should be generally avoided, due to their bad reputation scamming travelers.

Useful Tips

Uber has been recently revoked of its taxi licence, due to many reported incidents of inappropriate behaviour by drivers. Thus, Uber bookings are currently illegal.
In case you hire an unknown taxi from the airport rank make sure to agree upon the price in a strict manner and most importantly make sure the currency is clearly stated.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Lima Airport to City Centre?

The average fixed taxi fare from Lima Airport to City Centre is €15. Factors, such as the time of the day and traffic do not affect the taxi fares.

How much is a bus ticket from Lima Airport to City Centre?

Regular one-way bus tickets cost €0.50 for adults. Tickets can only be purchased directly from the driver.

How far is it from Lima Airport to City Centre?

The total distance from Lima Airport to city centre is 12 km. The total trip with a taxi usually takes 30 minutes.

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