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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.

On this page:

  • Which Bus Line?
  • Which Bus Schedule?
  • Which Seats?
  • Bathrooms

Which Bus Line?

NOTE: Are you looking for information on buses within the city? The information on this page refers to buses that travel longer distances between bigger cities or areas. Buses for short routes and inner city have different characteristics.

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.

Which Schedule?

If you want to see all the details on the journey:

Note: bus cama means "bed bus" but take that with a grain of salt - seats recline way back but are not comfortable in that position - also the person in front of you may be reclining back on your knees.

  • Take a bus that leaves in the daytime.
  • First make sure that you can see out of the windows (some are opaque or have decals that prevent seeing out or in, as most Peruvians don't like looking out and would rather watch B movies or sleep). This will vary by individual bus and, thinking about it now, you'll probably not be able to see the particular bus you'll be taking anyway.
  • To see the most, get the front seats second floor (see Which Seats below for more info). These give you a panoramic view in the daytime - we love this. At night, you get a full screen view of the traffic coming at you. Close the curtains.

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.

Which Seats?

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.

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