Find, in this article, an overview of the Peruvian capital city's transport network: bus, trains, tramway, etc.
Moving around will be part of your everyday life in Lima once you have settled there. There is nothing to worry about as the Peruvian capital city hosts a developed transport network consisting of trains, tramway, buses, taxis, etc. However, some of these are available in Lima only and will not be found in the rest of the country. In all cases, these are rather affordable and will allow you to travel across the capital city safely and comfortably.
Like elsewhere in the country, the bus is the most popular means of transport in Lima. Buses are known as combis in Lima and are available all around the city. In general, you will pay between 0.50 and 1.50 new Peruvian soles, depending on the distance traveled. Destinations are indicated on the top of the windscreen while schedules are briefly indicated on the side (the most important stations).
Passengers are likely to get off the bus anywhere, be it between two bus stops, at traffic lights or on crossroads.
You will also find microbuses which are smaller and older than combis.
The Metropolitano is a bus which is available on a single route. It links the North to the South of Lima. You can access to this bus via a rechargeable magnetic card which costs around 4.5 new Peruvian soles. Once your credit is over, you can recharge the card with a minimum of 5 new Peruvian soles. As the card is not nominative, you can use it to pay the fare of several passengers at a time. In general, it will cost 2 new Peruvian soles by person. Note that the Metropolitano is available as from 6 am till 9.50 pm.
The tren electrico is similar to the subway network. It consists of 5 lines for the time being as development works are still ongoing. The first line is available at 25 subway stations, that is from Villa El Salvador to San Juan de Lurigancho.
Like in most Peruvian cities, you can can find taxis anywhere in Lima. Formal taxis have a lit sign on their roof while non-formal taxis are indicated by a sticker on the windscreen. In general, fares can be negotiated with the driver before starting the journey.