How to get to Huancayo?
Buses from Lima run several times a day through several different companies. The safest and most convenient company to take would be Cruz Del Sur, Peru’s premier bus company. It is a comfortable and fairly scenic 8 hour bus ride from Lima to Huancayo.
Tickets can allegedly be bought online using only the Internet Explorer browser; however, our volunteers have not been able to successfully purchase the tickets from the website in the past. The website can be viewed in English through a button in the bottom left hand corner of the main website. Purchasing tickets earlier might allow you to purchase cheaper ´Insuperable´ on sale tickets for certain seats, sometimes for as low as 29 soles (USD 10). Bus timetables and ticket prices are available on the website:
It is safer to purchase bus tickets directly through the Cruz Del Sur bus terminal, or a reputable travel agent. The Cruz Del Sur bus terminal is located near the San Isidro area of Lima on Avenue Javier Prado 1109.
There are two types of buses that Cruz Del Sur run:-
You need to arrive at the Cruz Del Sur bus terminal on Avenue Javier Prado 1109 at least 30 minutes before the bus is scheduled to depart. It is important that you go specifically to the Javier Prado terminal, as there are other Cruz Del Sur terminals in Lima for buses going elsewhere. You can take an Uber or other taxi service to arrive to the bus terminal.
Cruz Del Sur staff can inform you which gate your bus will be departing from. The terminals are clearly numbered with signs for their destinations. Once you are at the correct gate, drop of your check-in baggage to the baggage attendant behind the counter who will staple a receipt to your ticket (no tip is required or expected).
There will be an announcement when the bus is ready for boarding. Have your ticket and passport or other identification ready to be checked before boarding the bus. Your carry on baggage may be searched by a security guard. You also may be searched with a metal detector. Immediately after all passengers board, a security guard will appear with a video camera to film everyone in their seats for security measures.
Lunch or dinner is included, and several movies are shown on board. Some buses even have wi-fi on board whilet you are in areas with cellular reception (generally for the first few hours of the trip). However, do not rely on having wi-fi while on board the bus. The wi-fi is generally spotty and sometimes non-existent.
The bus will stop in the nearby town of Jauja before arriving to Huancayo, so do not get off at the first stop. Upon arrival to Huancayo, exit into the bus terminal where you will see a baggage counter on the right hand side as you enter. Drop off your check-in baggage to the baggage attendant behind the counter who will staple a receipt to your ticket (no tip is required or expected). You will be met inside the bus terminal by someone from Makikita Quykuway who will take you by taxi to your accommodation.
Lima Pick Up Option
A personal pick up service in Lima can be arranged for those who may not be comfortable making their own way to Huancayo. For a fee, you will be met at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima personally by a Makikita Quykuway representative and will be accompanied to a hotel to rest after your flight. When it is time for your bus journey, you will be picked up and taken to the bus terminal where our representative will make sure you get on the correct bus. Once you arrive in Huancayo, you will be met inside the bus terminal by someone from Makikita Quykuway who will take you by taxi to your accommodation.
There is no airport in Huancayo. However, there is a nearby airport in Jauja (a one hour bus ride away(. There are flights to Jauja daily from Lima with the airlines LATAM and Peruvian.
Tickets range from about USD $20 to USD $180 one way including taxes and 25kg of checked in baggage, 5kg carry-on. There are no savings to be made by purchasing a return ticket.
Schedules and fares can be checked and tickets can be purchased online:
Once you arrive in Jauja airport, you will find many taxi services running into Huancayo. You can take this taxi directly to your homestay or the volunteer house. If you would like a private taxi, the cost should be around 50 soles (~$15). If you woud like a collectivo, or shared taxi, the cost is around 20 soles.
Trains run between Lima and Huancayo only during limited times of the year. The scenic journey is on the second highest railway line in the world and peaks at 15,689 feet above sea level. It is a fantastic experience. If the timing suits, this would be the most recommended method of traveling to Huancayo.
You can check the published train schedules and fares, as well as purchase tickets online through the website:-
Alternatively, tickets can be purchased through the Ferrocarril Central Andina office located on the 5th floor of Avenue José Gálvez Barrenechea Nº 566, San Isidro.
There are two classes of tickets:
The touristic train cars being built in 2006 are fairly new with all seats being reclinable and facing forward. There are panoramic windows on the sides and roof of the car. The spectacular scenery en route make this quite a magnificent journey.
Touristic tickets cost 235 soles one way, roughly $88. Round trip tickets cost 350 soles, approximately $130.
The classic train cars are older, being built in either the 50s or the 80s. The non-reclinable seats are arranged in pods of 4 facing each other with a small table in the middle.
Classic tickets cost 120 soles one way, roughly $45. Round trip tickets cost 195 soles, approximately $73.
The train departs from Estación de Desamparados in the historical centre of Lima. The trip takes approximately 11 hours. Once you arrive in Huancayo, you will be met inside the station by someone from Makikita Quykuway who will take you by taxi to your accommodation.