Cusco to Puno

January 23, 2018

Going from Cusco to Puno by Bus: 2018 updated information about Bus Safety, The Best Bus Companies to take and their schedules.

Travelling to Puno from Cusco takes around 8 hours on a direct bus and is a journey usually done overnight. Generally, it is recommended to depart Cusco at 10pm to arrive in Puno early in the morning at around 6am. This way, you can make it on time for any Lake Titicaca tour which usually begin around 7am. To get from Cusco to Puno, there are also 2 other options of travel:

  1. by plane via Juliaca
  2. by taking the new Andean Explorer, a luxury train.
Quick Tip:  If traveling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima  bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as Free WiFi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travelers.

To take a bus from Cusco to Puno you have 2 main options:

1 – Hop on hop off bus (e.g. Peru Hop, Green Toad Bus)

2 – Public Bus (e.g. Cruz del Sur, Oltursa)

The schedule and departure times of buses from Cusco to Puno are as follows:

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCE
CRUZ DEL SUR DAILY 08:00 and 22:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
PERU HOP DAILY 22:00PRIVATE TERMINAL YES
INKA EXPRESS DAILY 06:50PUBLIC TERMINAL NO
GREEN TOAD WEEKLY 07:00PUBLIC TERMINAL NO

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP CHOOSE WHAT BUS COMPANY TO TAKE:

  1. Is it required to travel to the bus companies public terminal or do they pick you up from your hotel/hostel?
    • Some bus companies, such as the hop on hop off companies, do pick you up from wherever you’re staying, which is a much more secure and safer service rather than having to take local taxis. Going with public bus companies you will always have to travel to the terminal meaning there is the need to find out where the terminal is and organising transport to on the day of travel.
  2. How is bus safety in Peru and what are the companies safety records like?
    • This varies from company to company. The best way to find out the safety record of any bus company is to put the name of the company with the words “hijackings” or “accidents” and googling the results. This way you will be able to see which companies are the best.
  3. What can I expect to find on the bus? What are the on-board facilities like?
    • Most companies will have TV’s, toilets (how clean the toilets are depend on the company) and semi-cama or cama seats. All important factors which help determine the best company.
  4. Are there any other benefits I can expect to find depending on the bus company?
    • You will find while doing research that different companies offer different things. Some companies have special luxury class buses that come at a higher price, some companies, such as Cruz del Sur, have loyalty point schemes and other companies, such as Peru Hop, offer discounts on accommodation and other things. Make sure to check out a couple of different companies to see what benefits you can get and which will be the best for you.

The journey from Cusco to Puno by bus is usually a pleasant one (depending on what company you travel with) as most of the roads direct and smooth. All you have to do is choose the best bus company and enjoy your journey!

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