Transportation in Lima (I): CABS AND EL METROPOLITANO

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Transportation in Lima (I): CABS AND EL METROPOLITANO

Means of transport in Lima doesn’t work as the best way. Chaos, disorder and long waits are the routine in the capital of Peru. However, you have plenty of options to navigate the city and enjoy it.

Cabs in Lima are one of the best options to move around the city. They are comfortable, safe and you can find multiple of them. You can find a lot in Lima streets, that makes the prices really competitive.

Here you have some simple advices to follow. First, be careful taking a taxi by your own. There are unlicensed taxis and legal taxis. Be sure you take these last ones if you are traveling alone. One of the most reliable taxi companies in Lima Taxi Satelital. You can ask for a ride calling them. Enterprises as UBER and Taxi Beat are also operating in the city.

Bargaining culture is accepted in taxi drives so, if you are skillful enough you can discount a couple soles of your fare.

Traffic is a thing in Lima. If you are going to move close, consider if you need a taxi ride. Sometimes walk few minutes is better than being stuck in a traffic jam.

It is important to have cash and, if it is possible, pay the exact amount. In most cases, drives don’t have change.

Cabs in Lima doesn’t have taximeter, the driver estimate a price according to distance, traffic and he will give you a rate. Bargaining culture is accepted in taxi drives so, if you are skillful enough you can discount a couple soles of your fare.

El Metropolitano is a buses web that connects 12 Lima districts from north to south. It is one of the most used means of transport by locals. It has two principal lines: Troncal and Alimentadora. Despite being easy to learn how it works travelling in it, it is advisable to stay in Troncal line. This route connects Comas district (North) with Chorrillos district (South). If your take north direction, you are heading Lima historical district. If you are going to south, Barranco district will be your final destination.

If your take north direction, you are heading Lima historical district. If you are going to south, Barranco district will be your final destination.

El Metropolitano starts working at 6:00am and it finishes at 10:00pm. It has two different kind of buses: regular and expressos. These last ones only stop in a few stations. Be aware and select wisely which one do you want to take.

To access, you will have to buy a rechargeable card (5 soles) and fill it in the stations. Then you will be able to cross the turnstile and enjoy the ride.

There are other buses in Lima called “combis”. They are cheaper but their routes are complicated to figure out.