Lima Travel Guide

Getting Around

Taxi

If going further, a taxi ride between adjacent neighborhoods costs about US$4-5 (12-15 soles), if you speak Spanish well enough. A longer ride may cost from US$7–10. A reasonable price for a taxi service between the airport and Miraflores is about US$25 (65 soles), but may cost more from within the airport. By custom, taxis do not have meters; rather, the fare should be negotiated before boarding the taxi, or, if you request one by phone, at booking time. If asking for a ride on the street, don't be fooled into getting into the cab before a rate is negotiated. Be also very discerning about which taxi you choose, and avoid hailing random cabs off the street as much as possible.

Caution is advised in Lima, and the same goes for taxis. As a foreigner, do not ever get into shared taxis, and it might not hurt to look if there's someone hiding on the back seat or the trunk before entering.

First time travellers to Peru need nerves of steel with regard to the traffic. Lima harbours the most lunatic drivers in the world and taxi drivers are among the worst.

Maintenence of any mechanical object in Peru, (including taxis) is only performed when it ceases to function. Many cars are in very poor/unsafe condition. It's very common to see cars/taxis with missing windows, body parts etc.

Public transport

Micro Buses or Combi Vans are small vans often packed full of people. You could stop them at any street corner, lately however, the government has clamped down and insists that they only stop at defined "paraderos", bus stops, at least in the more upscale parts of the city like Miraflores and San Isidro. In a combi you usually pay between S/.0.50-1.20. You won't need to haggle over the fare. Be careful with pickpocketers.

There are also medium and large buses, they operate the same as the micro buses but tend to be a little slower and are possibly safer.

On the side of every bus or van you will find written the names of the major avenues it travels along, also the conductors generally lean out the door of the bus yelling the names of its destinations. If this doesn't make sense, ask the conductor. Also here be careful with pickpocketers.

Metropolitano is a rapid transport bus system. This bus system is modern with wheel chair access. The buses are folding and express routes have their own dedicated lanes on express ways. Rechargeable cards are used as tickets with a minimum purchase price of S/.5.00.

Metro de Lima Line 1 – currently 16 stations through 9 districts.

See Lima/Javier Prado East for more information.

Line 2 is under construction

source: Wikivoyage

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