Bus and tickets from Arequipa to Lima

Reviewed

on: 2021-11-09

by: Lisa Gembrini

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    16 hours 00 minutes

  • Rating

  • Experience

    capitol, catacombs, chinatown, shopping, restaurants, museums

  • Best Price

    USD $ 45.05

  • Maximum comfort or class

    Excellent

  • Departures

    12 departures daily

  • Recommended by

    729 travelers

Price may fluctuate due to seasonal demand and other market-driven and regulatory events.

All about the bus from Arequipa to Lima

Barranco district of Lima

Here at AndesTransit, we believe that traveling by bus is the BEST way to see Peru, and the bus from Arequipa to Lima is one of our favorite routes!

While it is a long ride, this classic route will take you through some of Peru’s typical landscape, and show you a side of Peru you may have never even known existed!

Bus travel in Peru is very common, and with the help of AndesTransit - it’s extremely easy to book. Just click the Reserve Now button above to get started.

Half of the trip will glide right alongside the ocean, starting at Camana, so get prepared for beautiful sunsets and a peek into the life of small Peruvian fishing villages that are a central part of the nation’s economy. Then, the bus goes inland to pass through the enigmatic Nasca region, known for the ancient earth drawings known as the Nasca Lines, where you could depart the bus to see them in one of several plane tours, and then catch another bus the same or next day.

From Nasca, the bus goes through the vineyard region of Ica and Pisco, coming back to the beach at Paracas, before it continues the rest of the way north to Lima.

What are the buses in Peru like?

If you have traveled around Latin America before, you’ll know that the quality of buses can range drastically.

The cheapest buses (local buses) can be rough and are NOT recommended if you are looking for a bus from Arequipa to Lima. These buses are going to be super basic - most won’t even have a toilet!

But the great news is that while the local buses aren’t great, Peru’s luxury buses are AMAZING - and best of all they are also super affordable. These buses are equipped with nice bathrooms, fully reclining seats, full-time staff, and sometimes even an iPad!

More on that in a bit...

How long is the bus ride?

The distance from Arequipa to Lima is about 1,000 km (620 miles) and averages 17 hours, but many bus companies do it in less, especially at night.

So yea, it’s a hike.

That’s why we only recommend the bus from Arequipa to Lima for those wanting adventure and to see Peru from a different and unique perspective.

There are two ways to take the bus from Arequipa to Lima.

Our favorite way is to take the journey in intervals. Instead of booking it directly to Lima, maybe think about stopping for a night or two in Ica or Nazca. That way you can get the full Peru bus experience, and without losing your sanity.

Or the other option is…

Taking the overnight bus from Arequipa to Lima

Taking the overnight bus from Arequipa to Lima is a great option. Most of the buses will leave around 7 pm, and arrive around 11 am. This means that you can sleep for a large bulk of the trip, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on Peru!

This option is only recommended if you go with some of the higher-end bus companies that have comfortable, fully reclining seats/beds - we’ll make some recommendations in a bit.

The only downside of the overnight bus option is that you will miss a ton of sights and sounds that the route has to offer! But if you are in a hurry and don’t feel like paying for a really expensive plane ticket, then this is your best option!

Just be sure to bring some pisco with you ;)

What is the cost of traveling by bus from Arequipa to Lima?

Currently, bus tickets from Arequipa to Lima are in the range of $47-53 USD (185-212 soles), but because the currency exchange fluctuates widely and that prices also go up and down depending on high or low season, you have to keep checking or sign up for the Farebus-ter alert by clicking on the price in the results list. You can also check on our partner site peruschedules.com, which has its own promotions and deals focused squarely on Peru that are independent of AndesTransit.

When you go

Weekends and holidays are always more expensive is a good rule of thumb in the travel industry to keep in your own mind. If you're on a tight budget, try to find a bus that operates on a weekday. Research Peruvian holidays, not just the major ones, but the minor religious and nationalistic holidays as well, as these govern price hikes and are also times which you’ll experience more crowds and delays.

When you book

Sooner is always better than later! Booking in advance is always the smart move, no matter where or when you are traveling.

Which Bus Carrier you Choose

While the prior two points can help lower the cost of your ticket, the biggest factor in the price is going to be the bus company you choose. Simply put - you get what you pay for! If you want a nice seat, air conditioning, and toilets, you’ll have to dish out the extra USD $10. And for a 16-hour bus ride, we think that’s a small price to pay :

What are the bus schedules from Arequipa to Lima?

Even though Latin America's bus networks have greatly improved over the last couple of decades, there are still just some basic truths that persist. Chief among these is that schedules can and will change, and not all online booking systems have up-to-date schedules. Unfortunately, even some bus companies' websites can be out of date.

That’s exactly why we started AndesTransit. Not only do we work directly behind the scenes with Latin America’s best bus providers to learn about insider secrets of schedule changes, but we also listen to you, the traveler! Often it is travelers who pass on to us information that is so breaking, bus companies don’t have the capacity to inform their media outlets or update their own websites. In contrast, we can publish breaking changes in seconds if we can confirm a source is valid.

Where can I book bus tickets from Lima to Arequipa?

When booking bus tickets you have two options…

Online

This is unquestionably the better of the two possibilities. Booking bus tickets for Latin America online is supremely safe, and it is the best way to acquire a seat at a reasonable price. When you click Reserve Now, you choose the date that you want to travel, then immediately select from a list which departure suits you best, whether you want the shortest trip, the cheapest trip, or the best-reviewed provider. Then you just checkout with a credit card or PayPal payment and receive your ticket in your email inbox.

In-person

Not advised. While purchasing a bus ticket in person is entirely doable, you will be wasting a significant amount of time. Traveling by bus is quite popular in Peru, and the trip from Arequipa to Lima is no exception. There are several popular stations along the road, and the Arequipa station will undoubtedly have a large number of visitors traveling to Lima when you show up. The best way to NOT get stuck in a bus station for hours on end is to book on AndesTransit.

What is the best bus from Arequipa to Lima?

As we’ve mentioned, Peru has some really stellar bus companies. Here’s a couple of our favorites, and you'll conveniently find their schedules when you click the Reserve Now button above.

CDS is our favorite bus provider in Peru. When you book through AndesTransit, you can see that their prices are competitive, and their amenities rock! All of their three packages are great, but the VIP seats, in particular, are really cool.

Oltursa. The fastest-growing bus company in Peru, Oltursa brings the A-game to bus travel. Remember when we mentioned one of the bus companies offers iPads on their rides? It’s Oltursa! You’ll also get access to full reclining cama seats and Wifi access.

If you are looking to find the best bus ride that fits your travel needs, click the Reserve Now button above. Once the page loads you’ll see a chart of all the bus companies that travel from Arequipa to Lima and their prices, duration, and reviews from other travelers like you.

It’s easy and it’s the best way to book a bus ticket in Peru!

Things to do in Lima

The cuisine of Lima is importantly connected to seafood

The capital and largest city in Peru - Lima is HUGE. This means that there is literally an endless amount of things to do and see (and eat!).

Here are three of our favorite things to do and see while you are in Lima, Peru!

#1 - Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, Lima

Located in the historic center of Lima, The Basilica and Convent of San Francisco are a must-see while you are in Lima. Constructed in 1674, the Basilica is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also just downright amazing!

But the real reason most people go to the Basilica is for what lies beneath - the catacombs!

Catacombs are immense burial grounds that were built during medieval times to bury the dead and stop the spreading of disease... and this one is one of the biggest catacombs ever discovered! To be exact, the Lima catacombs are the second largest in the world (after Paris), containing an estimated 70,000 bodies buried in the dark corridors!

It’s an eerie sight for sure, and the closed spaces don’t make it ideal for anyone who is claustrophobic. If you do think that you can handle it, you should definitely take a tour.

#2 - Eat like a Peruvian!

Whether it’s the world-famous Ceviche or the lesser-known Causa de Pollo, Lima is without a doubt one of the greatest food cities on planet earth (and definitely the best in South America!).

If you want to splurge - check out Astrid y Gaston or the world-famous Central which was crowned the 6th best restaurant in the world in 2018!

If you are on a budget - don’t worry! Lima has some of the best food in the world, all of which are highly affordable. The only thing you have to worry about is never wanting to leave.

#3 - Walk the Malecon

Nestled in the beautiful Miraflores neighborhood, the Malecon is fundamental for anyone visiting Lima.

While Miraflores has a ton of great things going for it - the best thing is its location. Located right on the cliffs overlooking the powerful Atlantic Ocean, the Malecon is filled with long stretches of parks and gardens making it the perfect destination for a long, sightseeing walk.

Pro tip - ride a bike! The Malecon is bike-friendly, and there are tons of rental bike stations around.

Conclusion

Book a bus ride from Arequipa to Lima today for a once-in-a-lifetime way to see the amazing things that Peru has to offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the bus ride from Arequipa to Lima?
Between 15 and 18 hours, depending on if you get a direct bus or not.
Where do I catch the bus from Arequipa to Lima?
Either the terrapuerto, or some bus companies have their own private terminals. It will say on your ticket.
Where can I book bus tickets from Arequipa to Lima?
You can get them at the bus terminal in Arequipa, but it's better to get them in advance online at andestransit.com to get the best seating.
What are the ticket policies?
It depends on the carrier you choose, but their specific policies can be previewed during checkout or in the summaries printed on your ticket email. For a general overview, see the Ticket Policy page.

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