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 7 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. 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:
As such, 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 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.
Cruz Del Sur staff can inform you of which gate your bus will be departing from. They 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 and your persons may be searched with a metal detector.
Whilst on board, the 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. A game of Bingo is even played with the passengers. Some buses even have wi-fi internet on board whilst you are in areas with cellular reception (generally for the first few hours of the trip).
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 in 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 the closest airport is in Jauja, a one hour bus ride away. There are flights to Jauja daily from Lima with the airline LCPeru.
Tickets range from about USD 100 to USD 180 one way including taxes and 10kg 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 on their website
Once you arrive in Jauja airport, the airlines, LCPeru will put you on a bus to Huancayo. 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.
Trains run between Lima and Huancayo twice a month only during certain 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, so 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 forwards. The panoramic windows on the sides and roof of the car, alongside the spectacular scenery en route make this quite a magnificent journey.
Touristic tickets cost 235 soles one way, roughly USD 88. Round trip tickets cost 350 soles, approximately USD 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 USD 45. Round trip tickets cost 195 soles, approximately USD 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.