Peru Bus Transportation - Traveling by bus in Peru? Which bus line to use, which schedule, which seats are best or safest in accidents? Find out from travelers inside Peru what is recommended.
Most of the major bus lines have good buses. Each bus line serves a specific route, so it is impossible to list all the buses for all routes.
When you are traveling between different large cities or departments (provinces), most of the tickets will be for bus cama. These are a little more expensive but more comfortable. They are double-deckers.
Lin and I generally don't get bored looking at hours of desert with the odd interesting breaks. So we take a bus that leaves with at least some hours of daylight in the schedule.
Most will leave at night.
If you want to skip the mostly unremarkable scenery, take the night bus. You can try to sleep all night and when you wake up, you'll be at your destination.
If the scenery is your concern, take the top front seats with the panoramic view.
If safety is your concern, the panoramic seats are the most dangerous in case of accident. Bottom floor first seats (just behind the door) are the safest. These are also the smelliest, as the main bathroom is just in front of the door. Better to sit bottom floor towards the back.
Bottom floor sways a lot less and is a better choice if you plan on sleeping.
If you must choose top floor seats and the first ones are not available, sit just behind the stairs (more leg room) or in that area. There is a bathroom at the back and you will want to stay far away from it. Believe me.
Don't be fooled. Bathroom is an incorrect term.
In spite of all the advertising to the contrary, you are NOT ALLOWED TO POOP on the bus. Yes, that's correct. Only urinate.
This will become important if you have eaten or drunk incorrectly before starting off.
Most buses do not stop. If they do, you are taking a chance with the "bathrooms" available.
Do your business before leaving your hotel or hostel.