Book the best bus tickets from Lima to Trujillo

Reviewed

on: 2021-05-21

by: Oliver Williams

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    11 hours 30 minutes

  • Rating

  • Experience

    independence history, pre-Incan archaeological sites, dancing competitions, sailing and fishing

  • Best Price

    USD $ 11.45

  • Maximum comfort or class

    Good

  • Departures

    32 departures daily

  • Recommended by

    2382 travelers

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

All about the bus from Lima to Trujillo

Chan Chan is the main draw to Trujillo, Peru

At AndesTransit, we firmly believe that the bus is the absolute best mode of transport for seeing the dramatic and diverse landscape of Peru.

The route for the bus from Lima to Trujillo is without a doubt one of the most scenic bus voyages out there and you’ll undoubtedly see a side of this fascinating country that you hadn’t before.

Bus travel in Peru is extremely common, and thanks to AndesTransit, it’s also conveniently easy to arrange.

You can use the Reserve Now button above to quickly and easily book your bus route between Lima and Trujillo.

What are the buses in Peru like?

Traveled in South America before? If yes, then chances are you’re already aware of the decisively unique experience that’s to be had when riding a bus through this part of the world.

No? Read on. In short, the quality of buses in South America varies substantially. The cheapest buses (local buses), can be extremely rough on your hips and joints. We’re talking tightly packed seats with little legroom, and even those will be less in number than the passengers on board. Many have to stand for some or even all of the journey. Generally speaking, don’t even think about an onboard toilet, air-conditioning, or other comfort facilities.

On the other end of the spectrum, Peru’s luxury buses are incredible while also being super affordable. They’re equipped with clean bathrooms, fully reclining armchair seats, dedicated staff, and sometimes even an Ipad (no, you don’t get to keep it at the end of the ride though!). We’ll talk about more of this in just a bit.

How long is the bus ride from Lima to Trujillo?

From Lima to Trujillo, the distance is 558 km (347 miles) and takes roughly 10-11 hours (although this may vary depending on weather conditions, the bus driver, unforeseen incidents on the road, etc).

That means the rest of the day on either side of your journey will pretty much be a write-off. Still, at least the journey’s duration isn’t a killer. You can sleep to a reasonable hour before you get on the bus and reach your destination at a sane time of day.

Plus, we’ve said it before and we want to stress it again, you will really get to bear witness to Peru in a unique way. Get comfortable as you pass through the rolling countryside of Peru, through quaint little pueblos, mountains, deserts, and more. Often, the only way to get a real idea of the special nature of a place is to see it all, piece by piece, without any shortcuts. If you want to see the real Peru, the bus is the way to go.

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

Generally, bus tickets from Lima to Trujillo will cost $17-$44 USD (55-144 PEN), but AndesTransit currently offers tickets as low as $11 USD. What affects the price comes down to several variables:

When you go

In the travel industry, it’s standard practice that weekends and holidays are more expensive. That pretty much is the same case with bus travel in Peru, where tickets for this bus route are generally cheaper Monday - Thursday and on Saturdays, whereas they’re slightly more expensive on Fridays and Sundays. This is useful to keep in mind if you’re on a super tight budget and trying to save a couple of bucks.

When you book

The further you book tickets in advance, the less you have to pay for them because you lock in the rate from future price hikes.

Which Bus Carrier you Choose

As we said, the quality of buses in South America varies widely. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for! If you want a more luxurious experience (air-con, reclining seats, toilets & more), you’ll need to pay a little extra. Considering that the biggest price difference between buses is just $33, we don’t think it’s too much of a burden to upgrade.

What are the bus schedules from Lima to Trujillo?

To see the full, up-to-date schedule for this bus route, just click the Reserve Now button above -- there’s no commitment to buy.

It’s vitally important to bear in mind several things, even though Latin American bus systems really have improved over the last ten years.

The most important thing to remember is that the schedules can change and not all online booking systems have schedules that are up to date. Even some of the bus companies’ own websites are frustratingly out-of-date.

However, this is the very reason we started AndesTransit. By working directly with Latin America’s best and most reliable bus operators, we’re able to ensure that you get bus schedules that are accurate before you get your ticket.

This is something we’ve been doing for a long time now and we pride ourselves on consistently scanning for updates and gossip inside the bus operator’s networks or from other travelers on the ground everywhere.

Where can I book bus tickets from Lima to Trujillo?

When it comes to this, you have two options:

Online

This is without a doubt the option we recommend. Booking online is solidly safe and reliable, and it ensures you’ll get the best possible seat at the best possible price while saving you the time and hassle of having to do everything yourself at the bus office.

If you’re looking to book a ticket from Lima to Trujillo, you can do so with AndesTransit, feeling assured that you’re getting a guaranteed seat at the most competitive price.

In-person

To tell the truth, we don’t recommend this option. Sure it’s possible, but it’s not 100% possible, especially if all the other tickets have already been booked by people who got there before you, or did it online!

Nowadays, travel is incredibly popular in Peru and the route from Lima to Trujillo is one of the most in-demand. There’s a lot of popular stops along the way, and being both the capital and the transportation hub for all of Peru, Lima will have a lot of people traveling between it and all other destinations of Peru.

Why get stuck at a swelteringly hot and perpetually dull bus station for hours on end when you could save all of that with less than five minutes using AndesTransit, right here, right now.

Why book with AndesTransit?

The core ethos of AndesTransit is that slow travel equals better travel, and so traveling by bus is absolutely the BEST way to see Latin America, particularly in Peru!

With a belief in slow travel guiding us, it helps drive us to find great best bus tickets throughout Latin America, at the most competitive price, and with highly educated customer service and travel experts ready to help you throughout your journey.

We’re proud of our reputation as “the bus geeks”, in fact, each member of our staff signs their name with that title hoping someday they will be the platinum-level bus geek at the top of the heap!

What is the best bus from Lima to Trujillo?

There are a fair number of bus carriers that run this route, but let’s round it down to our top pick.

CDS is our all-time favorite bus provider in Peru. When you book through AndesTransit, you’ll notice that their prices are exceptionally good, and their amenities totally rock! All three packages that they offer are great, but the VIP seats are particularly worth it.

If you’re looking to find the best bus ride that fits your travel needs, click the Reserve Now button above.

You’ll first be given a colorful calendar to choose your travel date, and note that the green color represents the lowest price, the blue color the highest. After you choose a date, the next page shows you a list of every bus company that travels from Lima to Trujillo, including prices, duration, and reviews from other travelers such as yourself.

It’s insanely easy and the most convenient way to book a bus ticket in Peru!

What to see in Trujillo

Trujillo is the birthplace of the liberation of Peru from Spain.

Located along the coast of northwest Peru, Trujillo is the country's third-largest city and is well known for its vibrant culture.

It is regarded as the birthplace of Peru’s liberty due to the fact that it played a major part in gaining independence from Spain. It is also the capital of Marinera, a traditional Peruvian dance.

Due to the fact that it is located in the Moche Valley, most of the area was once home to the formidable cultures of the Moche and Chimu Peoples.

The immense Chan Chan ruins are the primary reason every tourist visits Trujillo. As a city with such a colorful past, it’s no surprise that there are heaps of things to do in Trujillo, so here are our top three picks besides Chan Chan that we think you’ll love:

#1 - Attend the Marinera Festival

Held annually in the last week of January, the annual Marinera festival focuses on the traditional Peruvian Marinera dance, although there are also parades, presentations, and competitions of Peruvian paso horses.

Many dancers from different parts of the country, as well as foreign guests, come to the festival every year to compete in the categories of the competition to which thousands of tourists from around the world are drawn.

Both the Marinera dance and the paso horse have been declared to be part of the cultural heritage of the nation by the Peruvian government.

It should, therefore, come as no surprise that when the festival gets going, it’s quite the fiesta. Expect spectacular dancing contests, laughter, and a fair bit of drinking.

#2 - Visit the Huaca Del Sol & Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon)

If you only get to visit one archaeological site while you’re in Trujillo, make sure this is it. Even though it’s smaller than Chan Chan, we actually like it better because it’s more accessible and has a way of connecting you better with the ancient world of which it was a part. The two towering adobe brick temples sit along the south bank of the Rio Moche and are full of mystique.

Attributed to the remarkable Moche Period, by the year of 450 A.D., eight different stages of construction had already been completed on the Temple of the Sun.

The Temple of the Sun is predicted to be the largest pre-Columbian adobe structure built in the Americas. It is a stepped pyramid believed to have been used for economic and military purposes.

Amazingly, the number of different marks painted and carved into the stone by artisans suggests that over a hundred different communities contributed bricks to the construction of the huacas.

Then there is the Temple of the Moon, the Moche’s spiritual center, which was used for ritual ceremonies, including human sacrifices, and royal burial chambers. The main attraction here is undoubtedly the incredible multicolored friezes. Moche artifacts are also on display.

To learn more about the jaw-dropping history of this archaeological site, you can show up any time at the visitor center and they will get you in the queue for the next guided tour.

#3 - Wander through Pizarro Avenue in the Historic Center of Trujillo

Lined with cobblestones, Pizarro Avenue has it all: restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, markets, grocery stores - you name it!

To get a real sense of Trujillo’s urban evolution, take a stroll through the Old Trujillo Photography Exhibition, at the Galleria del Club Central.

There are plenty of benches in the Plaza de Armas to sit back, take it all in, and people-watch before you stick your head around the door of Trujillo’s most famous church, the formidable Basilica Menor.

Pizarro Avenue is just part of the much bigger historic center of Trujillo, which sports incredible colonial- and Republican-era architecture, galleries, malls, museums, exhibition halls, balconies, windows, and more.

For history buffs, shopping addicts, and culture enthusiasts, it simply can’t be missed.

Conclusion

So far, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what makes both Trujillo such a mind-blowing city, so hopefully, it should be obvious by now that there is a lot left to unpack when you get there!

All that remains is for you to book what might just be the most scenic, pampered bus ride of your life to connect Lima to Trujillo and let fate take care of the rest. At Andestransit we’ve got your back for helping to make this dream a reality.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the bus ride from Lima to Trujillo?
The distance from Lima to Trujillo is around 558 km. It will take you around 8 and a half hours on the short side and up to 10 maximum to get from one place to the other.
What is the cost of traveling by bus from Lima to Trujillo?
It can be cost upwards from $11 to $50 USD depending on a carrier’s reputation and services afforded to passengers.
Where can I book bus tickets from Lima to Trujillo?
Online at andestransit.com, or in-person at the city bus terminal.
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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