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Taking Public Transportation in Lima – Using the City Buses

Posted on | October 4, 2010 | 4 Comments

Traffic in Lima Peru

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This is the 3rd and final post in the Lima transportation series.  I really hope this has been of help to you!

If there’s information about traveling in Lima that you’d like to know, let me know in the comments!


The city of Lima, Peru is criss-crossed by a nearly indecipherable maze of bus routes. The buses are often poorly maintained, and the drivers drive like maniacs as they all try to be first at the next stop to pick up waiting passengers. Often, drivers pay little mind to the official stops (known as paraderos) and will pick up and drop off passengers anywhere along the road. There are no posted schedules or routes, making it difficult for the uninitiated to find the right bus for their hoped for destination. So how does a business or tourist traveler make sense of this chaos? [MORE…]

Update: Shortly after writing and linking to this article, I was made aware of a great new resource. RutasRecomendables is a new map created by Jeroen Prinsen showing several of the most recommended bus routes throughout Lima. While the map doesn’t show the routes of all the buses in the city, it does show 12 routes that will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go.  I definitely recommend downloading the high-res version for $5!  And I love that expat ingenuity!

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4 Responses to “Taking Public Transportation in Lima – Using the City Buses”

  1. Tweets that mention Taking the Bus in Lima, Peru | My Life in Peru --
    October 4th, 2010 @ 12:09

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  2. Jeroen Prinsen
    October 7th, 2010 @ 23:15

    Dear Kelly,
    It is unfortunately All very true that you are writing. Most of the routes are not posted. As a foreigner living in Peru myself, I have been confronted with this problem and like you, I do live traveling on the bus.

    Eventually I decided to take action. Based on a wild idea, I took it upon me to make a map of the public transport in Lima. After 8 months, I have created the website of to provide my Lima Combi Map to those who need it.

    Please feel free to take a look. Mind you, the map contains only 12 routes, out of the 580-odd. But these are the ones I personally believe are the “most” recommended ones. If you have any thoughts, please do let me know.

    Regards, Jeroen
    Jeroen Prinsen´s last blog post ..About

  3. Kelly
    October 8th, 2010 @ 01:13

    hey! Thanks so much for swinging by and dropping off the link! I actually was just checking out the link from over on the Expat Peru forum, and was coming here to update my blog and link to it. So there ya go. :)

    Folks, if you want to be able to find your way around Lima on the buses, Jeroen’s bus routes are great! There’s a low res version you can download for free, but it’s definitely worth 5 bucks to get the high res version.

  4. Rutas Recomendables » An Expat in Lima – My Life in Peru
    October 8th, 2010 @ 17:35

    […] Life in Peru wrote an article specifically about taking the bus in Lima, which includes a recommendation of Rutas Recomendables Tweet AKPC_IDS += "206,"; […]

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