Lima to Paracas

December 18, 2023

Going from Lima to Paracas by Bus: 2024 updated information about Bus Safety, The Best Bus Companies to take and their schedules.

Travelling to Paracas from Lima takes around 4 hours. In this guide, we have included extensive information about bus safety in Peru, the best bus companies to travel with and other benefits you should look out for when choosing the bus company you want to travel with from Lima to Paracas.

The journey from Lima to Paracas is a direct one that most public companies do. However, if you go directly from Lima to Paracas, you miss out on some of the cool stops on the way such as the viewpoints in Lima and Chincha. Private buses make these stops and it’s recommended to visit them as they don’t take long. The small beach town of Paracas has sunny weather all year round and is home to the Ballestas Islands, also known as the “Poor man’s Galapagos”, and the stunning Paracas National Reserve.

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 Lima to Paracas 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 Lima to Paracas are as follows:

CRUZ DEL SUR DAILY08:30,11:30, 12:00, 18:00 PUBLIC TERMINAL NO


  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 Lima to Paracas by bus is usually a pleasant one (depending on what company you travel with) as most of the roads direct and smooth. The journey involves a straight trip down the Pacific Coastline Highway which is mostly in a good condition. All you have to do is choose the best bus company and enjoy your journey!

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