Visiting Lima is the first step you should do when you visit Peru. This is the capital of this country, for that reason is the most populated city around. Lima has more than 10 million inhabitants and the transportation could be chaotic especially during the rush hours. That is why today we have brought to you this transportation guide in order to move –and survive- easily in the city.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION – METROPOLITANO BUSES
Traffic in Lima could be a truly challenge in some hours of the day. Some journeys in the city that usually could take you 20 minutes in a regular day, during the rush hours could be transformed in a whole-hour-trip.
Fortunately, there are different options of transportation in the city. For us, the fastest and the cheapest one is METROPOLITANO BUSES.
This is a great system because their vehicles have an exclusive way where they drive avoiding all the traffic, besides they have several stations located in touristy areas of the city making it way easier.
HOW IT WORKS?
1. Locate the closest station to your accommodation.
If you are living in Miraflores, you got four: Estación Angamos, Estación Ricardo Palma, Estación Benavides, Estación 28 de Julio.
If you are in Barranco, you got two: Estación Balta, Estación Bulevar.
If you are in the Historical Centre of Lima, you got three: Estación Central, Estación Colmena, Estación Jirón de la Unión.
2. Use the passing card
To enter the station, you always need a passing card. If you do not have it, you can easily buy it in any of the Metropolitano stations. The card itself cost s/. 5.00, then you need to add it some cash in order to scan it before you get the station in. THE FIX RATE PER TRIP AND PERSON IS s/. 2.50 soles.
Other option you have is asking for help to some locals. Buying the card is not convenient in case you are here for a couple of days, so what you can do is showing the money for the trip to some random users and they use their cards to let you in. Peruvians are really helpful so do not hesitate in asking for that small favor.
3. Take your bus
This system is really simple because it goes from the north of Lima (Historical Centre of the City) towards the southern areas (Miraflores & Barranco).
In the system you have different lines differenced by letters. But the one you should always take is the LINE C. This line passes the stations we have already mentioned in the point number one of this tutorial, just pay attention in the correct direction you are planning to go.
4. Watch your station
Inside the buses you will see digital screens with the name of the stations they are about to stop. Remember to pay attention on them and do not fall sleep during the trip at least you like extremely emotions.
Finally, as I told you, some stations are located nearby touristy places, here below I will let you the name of the stations and the attractions close to them.
TAXI CABS OR TAXI APPS?
The easiest –but not cheapest- way to transport in Lima is taking a taxi. This is a fast way to go wherever you need, however it could be complex if you do not speak Spanish. In Peru, taxis DO NOT have taximeters so you have to deal the price BEFORE you take the cab expecting not to pay way more than usual. Obviously, if you just got here it could be hard trying to understand how the taxi rates work, do not feel sorry for you, even locals do not know how taxi-drivers-minds work, so it is okay.
WHAT TO DO?
* We highly recommend, before taking a taxi, ask a local about the regular or maximum price you should pay from where you are until your destination. It would be helpful to know it in order to deal the actual rate with your driver.
* In case you are reading this before your arrival in Peru, we share with you some MAXIMUM RATES from the most important places in Lima, so you do not pay more than this.
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(*) IMPORTANT: This rates are flexible, they could increase or decrease depending on different things like the current day, the current hour of the day, traffic jams, etc. Furthermore, the prices from the Airport of Lima to other areas are always higher because the taxis you take are licensed by the Airport itself, so they add commissions to the service they offer.
On the other hand, in Lima are working different apps like Uber, Beat, Easy taxi and more which are really useful in case you do not want to go for a traditional taxi cab. Just remember having internet data on your phone and you will be ready to explore the city.
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