Bus from Lima to Paracas and Bus from Paracas to Lima
If you’re seeking the finest way to witness the incredible Peruvian landscape between Lima and Paracas, then here at AndesTransit we strongly urge you to take a bus.
A bus - really? Hear us out. The journey on the bus from Lima to Paracas treats you to the scenic Peruvian coastal desert landscape and takes you through small towns and villages that show you the typical Peruvian life.
You come face to face with a perspective of this exotic country seeing places and things you didn’t know to exist.
Bus travel through Peru is a common traveling option, and with AndesTransit, it’s also easier and cheaper to organize than ever before.
Why not use the search bar above to quickly and effortlessly book your bus route between Lima and Paracas? Or perhaps you want to learn more about this awesome route first, in which case keep reading for our “Lima / Paracas Ultimate Travel Guide” below.
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What are the buses in Peru like?
If you’ve been to South America before, you’re probably already aware of just how truly varied the experience of catching a bus through the continent can be.
But for those new to the experience, the cheapest buses (local buses), can be pretty uncomfortable. For starters, expect exceptionally basic seating. If you get to sit down at all, it will seem like you scored a throne when you look at how crowded around you everyone is standing.
That’s because more often than not, there are more passengers than seats, meaning that many have to stand for some or even all of the often bumpy journey.
As for toilets, air-con or other comfort facilities, it’s best not to count on any of these. There almost definitely won’t be any.
On the positive side, you can rest assured that the rattling bus will be mostly be drowned out by cheery Andean folk music, so that’s something.
If, however, you’re after a more luxurious experience, one in which you get to definitely sit back on reclining seats, have access to an onboard toilet, maybe even a TV, you’ll want to take a luxury bus.
Despite the name, the best thing about a luxury bus in South America is it is still surprisingly affordable.
How long is the bus ride from Lima to Paracas?
From Lima to Paracas is 260 km (161 miles), so with a bus, it takes roughly 4 hours. That said, do allow a time buffer due to unforeseen factors like weather or road incidents.
Still, roughly 4 hours is nothing! Neither an early morning start nor a late arrival time is necessary. You’ll have plenty of daylight left to explore your destination when you arrive there (or your departure location, if you prefer).
Plus, you’ll be getting the extra benefit of exploring through your bus window along the way, the sort not all travelers can boast of, and you will have experienced the entire stretch of territory connecting Lima and Paracas.
Traveling by bus is a style that’s becoming more common lately, as you gain insight into what Lima and Paracas are all about by seeing what connects them physically and culturally. It’s a great way to get a quick immersion into the real Peru.
What is the cost of traveling by bus from Lima to Paracas?
In general, bus tickets from Lima to Paracas will cost USD $20-$30 (65-98 PEN). There are several factors that affect the price range:
When you go
When it comes to travel, weekends and holidays tend to be more expensive. In the case of bus tickets between Lima and Paracas, tickets are slightly cheaper on Monday - Thursday & 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
If you book these tickets way in advance, you won’t have to pay quite so much for them from seasonal rate hikes.
Which Bus Carrier you Choose
We’ve already covered how the quality of buses considerably varies in South America. As with many things in life, you really do get what you pay for! If you’re after a more luxurious experience (aircon, reclining seats, toilets), you’ll need to pay a bit more. Considering how the largest price difference between buses is just USD $10, we think it’s very reasonable!
What are the bus schedules from Lima to Paracas?
Don’t forget that while Latin American bus systems have improved by leaps and bounds within the last decade, you still need to take several things into account.
Most importantly, try to maintain a good sense of humor as you remember that bus schedules in South America are subject to change without notice.
Furthermore, not all online booking systems have schedules that are up to date; sometimes even the bus carriers' websites are out of date.
However, if you use AndesTransit, these problems rarely foul you up. That’s because we go above and beyond to research alternatives for you if on-the-ground conditions have changed at the time of your purchase.
To find out the exact bus schedules between Lima and Paracas, click the Reserve Now button at the top of the page.
Where can I book bus tickets from Lima to Paracas?
In this regard, you’ve got two roads to go down (bus pun!):
We 100% recommend booking your bus ticket this way. Why? Because the online booking option locks in your rate, it’s much more trustworthy, and it ensures you’ll always be able to confirm the availability of your preferred departure time without having to make your way down to the bus office.
If you want to book yourself a ticket from Lima to Paracas, you can easily do so with AndesTransit. Rest assured that you’ll be getting a great seat at the most competitive price.
Really, we don’t recommend this option. Yes, it’s possible, but in this day and age, why drag yourself all the way down to the bus office, only to find out the ticket you want isn’t available, when you could have had everything sorted in less time than it takes to walk out the door?
Travel is only becoming more popular in Peru, and the route from Lima/Paracas is one that’s highly sought after.
There are many popular stops along the way and with Lima being the bustling capital of Peru, you’ll have numerous other passengers to compete with getting a seat. So why spend your vacation time hauling yourself across the city just to stand in a ticket line?
Why book with AndesTransit?
At AndesTransit we firmly adhere to our core belief: slow travel means better travel. Taking a bus is hands down the most rewarding way to experience travel through Latin America, especially Peru!
This is the principle ethos that defines AndesTransit. We solemnly swear to find you the absolute best bus tickets throughout Latin America, at a great price.
Unlike other online booking agencies, we meticulously update all of our bus schedules to ensure they are always as accurate and updated as possible.
We’re absolutely fanatical when it comes to buses in Latin America and providing our clients (you) with the best possible experiences, arranged in the easiest possible manner.
What is the best bus from Lima to Paracas?
Several different bus carriers are known to run this route. On the booking section of our website, we’ll only ever give you the option to book with those that we know to provide a reliable and enjoyable experience. But our all time favorite? Certainly, it has to be:
Without a doubt, CDS come miles ahead as our number one bus provider in all of Peru. When booking with AndesTransit, you’ll see that their prices are super low even compared to the other carriers.
Despite this, in our opinion CDS actually offer the most pampered, luxurious experience out there. All of their buses have comforting amenities: reclining seats, on-board toilets, air conditioning, and on some routes an Ipad for each passenger (no, sadly you don’t get to keep it at the end of the ride!)
CDS also offers VIP seats for a particularly upscale experience.
What to see in Lima
As the biggest city and sprawling capital of Peru, Lima is absolutely steeped in culture. With truly endless activities, sightseeing and experiences to be had, it was hard to pick just three of our favorite things to do there. But here it goes:
#1 - Take a City Sightseeing Tour
What better a to pack a smorgasbord of Lima’s highlights into a single day than to take a city sightseeing tour?
You’ll quickly discover the vast wealth of cultural and historical attractions within this great city while marveling at its stunning coastal landscape.
All of this, while having it explained to you by a knowledgeable local guide, alongside other like-minded backpackers.
Your sightseeing tour will include a visit to the historic center of Lima, an area that’s brimming with beautiful colonial architecture, from when it was the capital of the country's colonial viceroy.
Then there’s Huaca Pucllana; a formidable pre-Incan adobe pyramid from 500 A.D. that was once an important ceremonial and administrative center for the ancient and mysterious Lima culture that flourished between 200 - 700 A.D.
Moving on, you’ll also witness Lima’s Plaza de Armas (main square), where you’ll see the sprawling Municipal and Presidential Palaces.
It doesn’t stop there! You’ll also wind your way through sprawling monastery complexes, cobblestone-laden streets, markets and just maybe a bar or three.
#2 - See the Larco Museum
A gorgeous, privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima, the Larco museum is housed in a spectacular 18th-century vice-royal building.
It showcases chronological galleries that give a comprehensive and detailed overview of the past 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Its many exhibits include the world’s largest collection of jewelry owned by pre-Columbian Peruvian rulers, including decorative nose pieces, earrings and headdresses, countless numerous ceramics and metals, and even an erotic pottery exhibit.
#3 - Visit the Basilica y Convento de San Francisco
You can’t leave Lima without seeing the most famous of all its many churches: The Church and Catacombs of Saint Francisco.
Located in downtown Lima, this religious complex dates all the way back to the 1600s and is well known for housing ancient religious texts belonging to the monastery from even further back, as well as being where the apostle Jude is venerated.
It’s also home to the famous catacombs - the second largest in the world - where over 75,000 bodies have been buried. Many of the skeletal remains have been stacked in different patterns for visitors to see.
The church has been documented many times for its incredibly ornate and extravagant architecture, a high example of Spanish Baroque. Its granite carved portal would later influence those of other churches, including the Church of Merced.
Not only that, but its Spanish-style courtyard is simply breathtaking, with many visitors citing this as the most beautiful part of all the church.
What to see in Paracas
A sleepy seaside town on Peru’s southwestern coast, Paracas is sometimes referred to as “A Poor Man’s Galapagos” on account of the fact that it’s the launch point for the uninhabited Ballestas Islands which are teeming with sea lions, pelicans, and Humboldt Penguins.
Paracas is also known for its tranquil beaches such as El Chaco, set on the sheltered Paracas Bay, as well as Paracas National Reserve and the extensive nearby sand dunes.
So, let’s jump right into the top three reasons you have to visit Paracas.
#1 - Visit the Ballestas Islands
This is without a doubt the primary attraction of Paracas. The Ballestas Islands are a group of uninhabited, rocky formations that are home not only to sea lions & Humboldt Penguins but also to a vast array of other exciting bird species.
These include the blue-footed booby, pelicans, and swarms of cormorants. At the right time of year, one can even spot Humpback Whales here.
The Ballestas Islands are 24 km off the coast of Paracas and must be visited via a 2.5- hour boat trip. This is ample time to witness the diverse and exciting natural world here, with the multilingual tour guides pointing out and discussing the many different species to you.
There are countless touring companies all too eager to take you around the Ballestas Islands, and you should be able to buy a ticket for around USD $9. You’ll also need to pay an additional $4.50 for national park entrance fees. Don’t forget to book in advance, as most tours leave at 8 a.m.!
#2 - Go Cycling in the Paracas National Reserve
You can embark on an unforgettable 30 km cycle ride around the Paracas National Reserve, which is comprised of rutted desert roads, pristine bays, towering ocean cliffs, sand dunes, and even gentle hills covered in Lomas ecosystems.
Head on over to Playa Roja Tours on Av. Paracas where you can rent a bike for USD $20 per day, five bucks cheaper than other tour companies. You’ll also need to pay an entry fee to Paracas National Park of $11.
You’ll want to depart from Paracas no later than 7:30 a.m. in order to avoid the worst of the desert heat!
If you don’t like cycling, it’s also possible to take a guided tour in a car or minibus around this region for around USD $30.
#3 - Don’t miss the Paracas Candelabra
This is Paracas' answer to the Nazca lines and is a relic of the ancient Paracas Culture from 200 B.C.E. It’s an epic geoglyph, located on the northern face of the Paracas Peninsula and so large that it can be seen from 12 miles away at sea!
Although its meaning is unknown, it is believed to represent a trident, a lightning rod of the god Viracocha who pops up in mythology all over South America.
Some have suggested that it was built as a sign to sailors or even as a symbolic representation of the hallucinogenic plant Jimsonweed.
The best part? You get to see it during the Ballestas Island Tour, on your way to the islands, so don’t miss it!
And there you have it: Lima and Paracas! One is Peru’s capital and most international city, and the other a relatively small pueblo aside the raw nature of Peru’s majestic coast. Both are unique and full of adventure in totally different ways.
Now you know some of the highlights of each, what is the best way to find more? Actually go there yourself and start looking! The most off-the-beaten-track travel experiences to be had are those you seek out yourself.
Of course, as the saying goes, often the journey is more important than the destination. The good news is that you also know the hands-down, most enriching and authentic way to get from Lima to Paracas is the bus. Help us at AndesTransit to help you, and use the quick and easy Reserve Now button at the top of the page to get your journey started today!