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Getting 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. There are three modes of transportation for this route; taxi, private transfer and public bus.

The most prominent means of transportation from Lima Airport to the city is via a local taxi or private transfer. A taxi ride can last from 25 to 30 minutes and the common fare is around €15 (PEN 59) 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.

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How to get from Lima Airport to City Centre by taxi

To start with, three main taxi companies are operating in Lima Airport; Taxi365, Taxi Directo and Taxi Green. Taxi vehicles can be found in various colours. However, they all carry clear taxi roof signs and advertisements on the sides. All three operators charge around €15 (PEN 59) 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 around €15 (PEN 59).



Trip Duration

30 Min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available throughout the day.

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank at Lima Airport is located outside of the arrivals hall terminal on the ground floor. Airport staff and information signs can help you get to the taxi counter or waiting area.


Most taxi companies employ experienced and relatively trustworthy drivers, nevertheless, travellers 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 in the centre of the city comfortably and safely.

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 travellers.

Useful Tips

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.

How to get from Lima Airport to City Centre by bus

The overall public transportation system in Lima is considerably poor; thus travellers 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 and the destination they stop at can be found on the side of the bus. Most buses run through the centre of the city – Centro Historico. The trip to Lima city can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours and regular tickets cost €0.50 (PEN 2).

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 (PEN 2) 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 (PEN 2).



Trip Duration

120 Min

Waiting time for a Combi is estimated around 30 minutes.

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 stop in front of the exit gates of each terminal, usually next to crosswalks.


The Combi minivans should be avoided if possible, 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 or 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 bad 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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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Lima. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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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 (PEN 59). Factors, such as the time of the day and traffic do not affect the taxi fares.

If you’d prefer the peace of mind of a set-rate fare with no hidden costs and a reliable, English-speaking driver to take you door-to-door, pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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

Regular one-way bus tickets cost €0.50 (PEN 2) 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 the city centre is 12 km. The total trip with a taxi usually takes 30 minutes.

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