Miraflores is one of the most popular neighborhoods for travelers in Lima, holding the best restaurants and hotels in the countries capital. However, travelers will notice that Lima’s airport, Jorge Chávez International Airport, is quite far from Miraflores.
In this blog posts, I’ve listed the options that you have for your transport from Lima airport to Miraflores, while taking into consideration budget, safety and comfort.
Once arrived in Lima, you can take one of two options: a bus or a taxi.
Itinerary from Lima Airport to Miraflores
The itinerary from the airport to Miraflores is 16.8 km (10.5 miles) long and the estimate time to arrival varies between 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic. You can avoid traffic in between rush hours, which are generally between 6:30AM to 9PM and then between 4:30 and 8:30PM.
A taxi from the airport to Miraflores is roughly 25 USD (81.25 PEN) while a bus ticket is only 8$ (26 soles). Both the taxi and bus will arrive to Miraflores within 30 minutes of leaving the airport, however, the bus may take you longer depending on your bus stop. From airport to bus’s last stop, the whole trip should take no longer than 1 hour. The bus leaves at the start of every hour.
If you’re like most travelers you’ll be staying in Miraflores, which in this case, we recommend you use the Express Bus. The Express Bus goes all around Miraflores, so whether you’re getting a hotel or an AirBnB, you’re sure to find a stop near your accommodation. See below for information about bus stops.
Bus Stops in Miraflores
Below is a map of Miraflores that shows where the Express bus will take you. There are 7 buses stops in total, and they all stop in front or near major hotels.
The Express Bus will bring to the Hostal Torreblanca, Hotel Boulevard, Hotel Double Tree, Hotel Maria Angola, Hilton Hotel, Larcomar and lastly, the Jose Antonio Hotel.
However, if you are not staying at any of these hotels, then I would recommend that you locate the closest bus stop to the place your are staying. Chances are you will find a stop that is only a few minutes away from your accommodation. You could always double check with the attendant on the bus to make sure you’ve picked the right one.
We also like to recommend the Express Bus because it’s safe, reliable and predictable. Upon arriving to Peru, sometimes at odd hours hampered with luggage, an easy and reliable ride to your hotel is what you need. Once you’ve unloaded your luggage then go ahead take some risk.
While waiting for your luggage, try to find the Express Bus stand and get your tickets if you haven’t done so already. This will save you time and help you get on the next bus.
Note: The bus from Lima airport to Miraflores departs at every start of the hour between 6AM and 12AM.
Where to get your Express Bus Ticket?
You can either get your ticket online or at the airport, however we recommend you get your ticket online. This way you can prepay and have one less thing to think about upon your arrival. Online tickets unlike tickets purchased at the airport can be used at any time, all you got to do is hop on.
If you choose to buy your ticket at the airport, you will find the Express Bus counter near the place you get your luggage.
Going Elsewhere Than Miraflores
If you’re not staying in Miraflores, chances are you will need to take a taxi at some point. However, if you would like to save some money, taking the bus and then a taxi is a good option.
Bus + Taxi: ride the bus all the way to Larcomar (Bus stop #2), and then take a taxi to Barranco. A taxi ride from Larcomar should only cost you around 10-15 sols ($3 to $4.50 USD). Adding up the cost of the bus ($8) and the taxi, you should expect to pay around $11 to $13.50 USD.
Taxi: from Lima Airport to Barranco, a taxi ride should cost around 100 sols, or $31 USD.
Finding a taxi driver straight from the airport will get you a driver whose been approved by the airport, but will cost you a few more sols. If you want to save some money, you can find a taxi driver outside the airport, however you’ll have to go further out to find them and will have to practice greater vigilance as these are not vetted by the airport. For more information about taxi-taking in Peru, click here.