Trying to find concrete online information on what overnight bus to take and how much it would cost to get from Peru’s high town of Huaraz to its capital, Lima, turned out to be a lil frustrating.
So we hit the ticket booths and gathered as much info as we could. All of which is up to date as of August 2017.
Hopefully it helps makes your travel plans a lot easier, and anything to update us on, please do in the comments below.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, all bus companies in Peru have their own bus terminal. Better for them maybe, but an annoyance for us. Thankfully, in Huaraz all bus companies leave from Jirom Simon Bolivar street, but here’s a quick low down, starting with the cheapest.
Transporte El Special:
Sitting inbetween Cruz del Sur and Linea, on the right hand side of the street you will find El Special.
A tiny ticket office that doubles up as an internet cafe, while the “office” may not instill confidence, the prices might.
Costs: 40s pp (€11) for a semi-cama on the second floor or 50s (€14) for a full cama, and lots of leg room, on the first floor.
We weren’t overly familiar with Z-buss but one look at the terminal, busses and low prices; we were happy to give this one a try.
Happy to say it didn’t disappoint, nothing overly luxurious about it, but we were comfortable, safe, warm and received some free snacks, which is always a bonus.
We would however recommend you book the front seats, on the second floor, or the seats infront of the door – much more leg room!
See full prices below:
At the time of our visit in August 2017, Linea only had two busses per day running. However, this could change so do swing by. Their earlier bus is the cheapest around, but it means spending a long day on a bus, arriving late into Lima. A reliable company we’ve used before, no qualms in recommending this company.
Departs: 9.15am and 10.30pm
Costs: The 9.30am bus costs 25sol (€6.50) first floor and 30sol (8) for 2nd.
Whereas the 10.30pm service is at the higher price of 55sol (€14.50) for second floor and 80sol (€21) first floor, VIP.
One of the most reputable companies in Peru, Movil offers direct routes, and a comfortable journey. Prices range, depending on how comfortable you want to be. For example:
Economico = Slightly reclining seats, not enough to prevent a pain in the neck.
Ejectivo VIP = Enjoy the 160°angle.
Presidential = Flat bed, night night.
See prices below:
Cruz del Sur:
Lastly, the most expensive. Cruz del Sur run four busses per day, for a flat rate. Cruz comes with a free drink, some snacks, a pillow and, at times, your own TV screen. Definitely the more luxurious and comfortable choice.
Departs: 11am, 10pm, 10.20pm, 10.45pm
Costs: 85sol (€23) flat rate.
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