Peru Travel News: New Cusco to Puno Bus Route by Cruz del Sur
March 18, 2013
Getting around in Peru is becoming a whole lot easier with a new Cusco to Puno bus route by Cruz del Sur, one of Peru’s leading bus companies. Paul Jones, a contributor to our Cusco guide takes a closer look.
Peru has a really high standard of bus travel and getting to and from most major cities is a comfortable and even a potentially enjoyable experience. Although air travel is still a preferred method for longer distances (like Lima to Cusco), bus travel can be an inexpensive and great way to get around not only for the pack-packer market but also higher-end travelers.
One of the most popular journeys is the Cusco to Puno bus route, connecting the Inca heartland with the ancient and mystical cultures of Lake Titicaca.
Now, Cruz del Sur, one of Peru’s leading bus companies has launched 2 daily services along this route (2 in each direction). The service which is due to start operation from April 24, 2012 is a non-stop service.
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Cruz del Sur offer an enormous fleet of modern double decker luxury coaches, that include GPS tracking, an on-board attendant and even a free WiFi connection. The Cusco to Puno bus route will have two cabin class options available: Semi-cama (half bed) and Sofa-cama (sofa bed). The Sofa-cama class is highly recommended and offers fully reclining extra wide leather seating. All coaches are fully air-conditioned, and include a snack and drink on-route. Drivers are regularly breath tested for alcohol and all buses are monitored for speeding violations (by the GPS tracking).
In Cusco, Cruz del Sur have their own modern bus terminal that offers seating and a snack bar. In Puno the company uses the public bus terminal. The journey time for the Cusco to Puno bus route is approximately 6h30m.
Ticket are yet to be released, but expect to pay around US$ 30 per person upwards. Tickets can be purchased at Cruz del Sur sales desks at the respective bus terminal, or in many local travel agents located in Cusco and Puno. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.cruzdelsur.com.pe (site works best in Internet Explorer web browsers).
Cusco to Puno Bus Route: 08.00 – 14.30 hrs & 22.00 – 04.30 hrs
Puno to Cusco Bus Route: 08.00 – 14.30 hrs & 22.00 – 04.30 hrs
Puno Bus Station
Terminal Terrestre PUNO
Jr 1ro de Mayo No. 703 – 705, Puno
Tel: 051 353 542
Taxi from Plaza de Armas – S/. 4 (US$ 1.50)
Cruz del Sur Bus Station Cusco Av. Industrial 121 Urb. Bancopata, Santiago, Cusco
Tel: 084 720 444
Taxi from Plaza de Armas – S/. 5 (US$ 2.00)
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