Nazca to Cusco

January 23, 2018

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

Travelling to Cusco from Nazca takes around 17 hours and public bus companies do this journey through the dangerous Andes roads. In this guide, we have 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 Arequipa to Cusco.

The journey from Nazca to Cusco by bus is a long trip through the Pacific Coast to the Andes mountains. This great trip offers some amazing views of landscapes along the way. The best way to travel this trip is via Arequipa since it is considered a much safer route, albeit slightly longer. There is no other option to get from Nazca to Cusco since there is no public airport in Nazca. Below you will find important information to consider before choosing the best bus company to travel with on this route.

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 Nazca to Cusco 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 Nazca to Cusco are as follows:

COMPANIESSCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSISTANCE
CRUZ DEL SURDAILY 19:20, 20:50 and 22:50PUBLIC TERMINALNO
PERU HOPDAILY 19:00HOTEL PICK UP & DROP OFF YES
TEPSADAILY 18:30 and 21:45PUBLIC TERMINALNO

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 Nazca to Cusco by bus is usually a long but pleasant one (depending on what company you travel with) as most of the roads are in good condition. It is recommended to do this journey via the longer way as it is a much safer route. All you have to do is choose the best bus company and enjoy your journey!

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