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Lima Peru is a wonderful city to explore with diverse neighborhoods, seaside views, and loads of culture. We’ve got everything you need to know about Uber in Lima Peru in 2023. From other ride-sharing apps, to all the pros and cons, you’ll be ready to explore all that Lima has to offer.
Lima Peru is having a bit of a renaissance – once quickly abandoned for the lure of the Sacred Valley, travelers have discovered that this city is worth a few days of exploring. From its Centro Historico with pedestrian boulevards and a fun changing of the guard ceremony, to the upscale parks of Miraflores, you’ll find more than you expect in this capital city!
Is there Uber in Lima Peru?
Yes, there is Uber in Lima, Peru! It works really well, and will make getting around this fascinating city easy and inexpensive. During our 4 weeks in Peru we found that Ubers are readily available, and much more convenient than taking standard taxi 🚕
Why consider taking Uber in Lima?
There are several great reasons to consider taking Uber in Lima, here are a few of our top reasons! In fact, we found taking Uber so helpful, we included “Use Uber When You Can” as one of our top Tips for Travel in South America
Uber is by far the most convenient way to get around Lima. You can call a car from where ever you are, no need to find a taxi stand, ask someone to call you a car, or try to hail one down on the street. We love this, because we can explore an area without worrying about being stuck there when we are ready to stop walking.
Short waiting time
We’ve found that Uber is readily available in Lima – we were able to get a car most times within five minutes of calling one. This means you can get a car with very little notice, and don’t need to plan a lot of waiting time into your travel plans ✈️
Better rates than a taxi
Uber has very competitive rates in Lima, they are often better than taxis! You also don’t have to worry about paying a “tourist tax” as the app sets the price.
Eliminates the language barrier
Not fluent in Spanish? With Uber, the app has already communicated your destination to the driver, so you don’t need to worry about communicating where you would like to go, or how much it will cost 💰
Not as likely to get ripped off as with a taxi
Uber is designed to be fair to the rider and the driver- so the price and destination are pre-determined by the time you get into the car. You’re not as likely to get ripped off as with a taxi, where you will need to negotiate a rate, and then may find the driver asking for extras for tolls, etc. when you arrive.
How much is Uber in Lima?
Uber in Lima is relatively inexpensive. Here are some sample fares from December 2022. The current exchange rate is 3.8 Peruvian Soles (PEN) per USD 💴
- Miraflores to Barranco: 8 PEN (about 2.00 USD)
- Miraflores to Magic Water Circuit: 13 PEN (about 3.50 USD)
The Magic Water Circuit is one of our favorite things to do in Lima – we were skeptical, but it was a fun evening of running around the different water fountain stations. The light show takes place every evening at 6:50 p.m. with up to four shows per evening. This show includes digital projections, sound, and lights.
- Miraflores to Centro Historico (Plaza Mayor): 15 PEN (about 4.00 USD)
Keep in mind that there are many places in the Centro Historico that are pedestrian only, so your car may need to drop you a block or two away from your final destination.
- Miraflores to the Lima Airport: 50 PEN (about 13 USD)
- Centro Historico to the Lima Airport: 40 PEN (about 11 USD)
Cars to the airport are easy to get, as most drivers like the higher fares. These fares change throughout the day based on expected traffic, and demand.
Taking a taxi vs taking Uber in Lima
Taxing a taxi in Lima involves more communication, more negotiation, and usually you’ll end up paying a higher fare.
When we first arrived at the Lima Airport, we negotiated a rate of 70 PEN to drive us to our hotel in Miraflores, with an original ask of over 100 PEN.
At approx. $18 USD, it’s not a bad fare for a family of four and their luggage, though the driver did clearly let us know on arrival that he also expected a tip. However, for the same price, we could have had a car waiting for us on arrival, or taken an Uber for 50 PEN ($13 USD).
Is Uber safe in Lima?
Yes, Uber is safe in Lima. Make sure to take safety precautions, and to operate only within the app.
Most scams that people report include the driver turning off Uber, or canceling the fare, then showing up and offering a ride anyway. They can then charge whatever they like at the end of the ride. One of the best features of Uber is that they can handle a payment, so the driver cannot demand more, and it’s clear that no additional tip is expected (but you can still provide a tip through the app if you like).
Safety tips for taking Uber in Lima
- Brush up on Spanish to be able to communicate with your driver
One of the great features of Uber and other ridesharing apps is that they cut down on the necessary communication between you and your driver- they already know where to take you, and the price is set. However, we’ve often had drivers call as they are arriving, or text through the app, so a little Spanish goes a long way! Especially at busy intersections, this may allow you to more easily find your car and driver.
- Keep someone posted about your whereabouts (especially if traveling by yourself)
Always make sure someone if aware of your plans. This is especially important if you are traveling solo. Text a friend or family member, make sure someone is aware of your overall plans. Remember that there is a safety feature built into the app, which will call for help if you need it while automatically providing your location and the car details.
- Be polite, but don’t divulge too much personal information
Of course, you want to be polite and chat with your driver, but be cautious of revealing too much personal information, or too much about your plans for the evening.
- Stay away from politics and any controversial topics
It’s best to avoid sensitive or controversial topics with your driver, as they may react strongly, and you may find your ride has turned unpleasant! While we have never had bad experiences talking with our Uber drivers, they may surprise you with their stories.
- Don’t leave any belongings in your Uber
Make sure to check the vehicle for any belongings as you exit. If you should leave something behind, you will have a record in your app of the vehicle and driver, but it’s a pain to arrange to get things back. Call your driver via the app, or send them a message. If you haven’t been able to retrieve the item in 24 hours, contact Uber and they will help you.
- If a driver behaves inappropriately ask to end the ride and exit the vehicle
If you have a driver that is acting inappropriately, or making you uncomfortable, ask them to end the ride and exit the vehicle. When in doubt, tell them you’ve changed your mind about your destination and to pull over somewhere safe.
Can I take Uber in Lima Airport?
Yes, you can take Uber to and from the Lima airport. This is simple and easy to do, there are queues of cars dropping off passengers, the Uber will not park, but drop you off curbside.
Alternatives to taking Uber in Lima
There are several alternatives to Uber in Lima, including other rideshare platforms, buses, taxis, and car services.
Other ways to get to the Lima Airport
If you are a single traveler, you may prefer to take Quick Lama Airport Shuttle 🚎
If you prefer to pre-schedule your pick up or departure to the airport, Taxidatem is a good option. For $18 per car, they will pick you up or take you to either Miraflores or Barranco. This is a terrific option when you are arriving late and just want to find someone you trust holding a sign with your name on it.
Private transportation to Lima Airport
Whether you are trying to get to your hotel from Lima Airport or the other way around, consider taking private transportation. It’s fast, inexpensive and will get you to you destination with hassle.
If you don’t speak Spanish, and don’t feel comfortable getting transportation on your own, private transportation is the best way to get from Lima Airport to your hotel and back.
Other ride share companies in Lima Peru
Uber isn’t the only ridesharing game in town – you can also find rides via Cabify (which merged with EasyTaxi) and Taxibeat.
We stuck with Uber as we already had the app set up on our phones and are familiar with it. However, most drivers work with multiple services, so you can shop around for rates, or use the platform you prefer.
Best guided tours in Lima
There are several fantastic places to visit that are an easy drive from Lima. You can take day trips from Lima to visit sites from the mysterious Nazca lines to the deserts of Huacachina.
Paracas and Huacachina
Paracas National Reserve includes the Ballestas Islands, known as the Galapagos of Peru. You’ll also find AWD trips to desert oasis, and pisco tastings. The name Paracas means “rain of sand” in Quechua, the indigenous people who live in the Andes. You will often find high wind here.
This full day trip from Lima includes a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands where you’ll see sea lions and seals, as well as try sand boarding and dune buggying in the desert of Huacachina.
This two day tour includes the Ballestas Islands (the Galapagos of Peru), the desert of Huacachina, and a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
Visit Palomino Island (Isla Guaneras) and swim alongside sea lions! You’ll see wildlife ranging from penguins to guano birds, and take a supervised swim alongside the wild sea lions.
Marcahuasi Stone Forest
This tour takes you into the Stone Forest of Marcahuasi, a mystical site with monolithic stone formations. Learn all about the lore of this off-the-beaten-path location while checking out its epic viewpoints.
Renting a car in Peru
If you prefer to explore on your own rather than book an organized day trip, consider renting a car. Renting a car gives you the freedom to come and go as you please. Parking in Lima is generally fairly easy, and you’ll be able to explore different neighborhoods as well as head out of town on day trips.
If you’ll be exploring deeper into Peru, a car allows you to self-drive, and avoid long bus rides between cities.
Where to rent a car in Peru?
To rent a car in Peru, you’ll need to pick up and return your car to one of the major cities. Lima and Cusco are two of the most popular places to get a rental car. You can also rent a car in Arequipa and Piura.
Where to rent a car in Peru?
It’s usually cheaper to rent and return a rental car from an airport. However, in Lima, it is advisable to rent your car in the city rather than at the airport, to avoid the long highway drive from the airport into town. Some companies will deliver your rental car to your hotel for an extra fee.
There are many companies available, though Alamo and Thrifty get some of the best ratings. In general, stick to the large, international companies, they tend to have cars in better condition.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Peru?
Rental prices vary, but cars picked up and returned in Lima generally start from around $20 USD per day for a small, manual car, and go up from there. If you will be driving from Lima to Cusco, you’ll need to rent a 4X4 vehicle.
Renting a car in Peru with Discover Cars
I suggest renting a car in Peru with DiscoverCars, a rental car platform that offers a good selection of vehicles at affordable rates. Unlike other car rental platforms, DiscoverCars has no hidden fees.
All you need to do is enter your travel dates, specify the type of a vehicle you want and browse through dozens of available vehicles. I’ve used DiscoverCars several times and always had a great experience with them, as they are always straightforward and transparent about their prices.
Pros of renting a car in Peru
Renting a car in Peru has some advantages. You can move around on your own schedule, and avoid long bus rides. This is particularly an advantage if you are a family or larger group.
You can stop whenever you want for a lunch break, bathroom break, or just to enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
Cons of renting a car in Peru
The disadvantage of renting a car in Peru is dealing with aggressive drivers. Many traffic laws in Peru are merely suggestions, and you’ll find many people honk then proceed, rather than using signals, or obeying the laws.
The distances in Peru can be long – for example, the driving distance from Lima to Cusco is approximately 20 hours! You can often fly between cities for less than the cost of the car rental, and in much less time.
Roads in rural areas may not be in great conditions. Many roads are very steep and narrow, navigating up and around mountains. And with limited services along the way, you could be waiting for a while if you need help.
👉I recommend renting a car in Peru only if you can be self-sufficient: able to change your tire and fix mechanical issues if they come up and can navigate the the road with minimal guidance.
Taking the metro in Lima
Lima is the only city in Peru that has a metro system. This system consists of one line, and runs
Seven days a week. It is designed to bring people from more remote neighborhoods into central Lima. It generally won’t be helpful to tourists staying in the historic center, Miraflores, or Baranco. A second line is planned which will connect the airport to these popular neighborhoods.
Taking a bus in Lima
To take the bus in Lima, you’ll need to know your approximate route. Flag down the bus as it approaches, and have change ready to pay your fare. Buses stop often, and wherever they can find passengers. Be ready to jump on and off quickly.
There is a second bus system called the Metropolitano which was introduced in 2010. This is a circular route with special buses that follow a set route, and set stops. At each stop, you will find a machine to buy tickets for the route. Buses run every 5 -10 minutes around the loop.
Taking Uber in Lima Peru: FAQ’s
How do I use Uber in Lima Peru?
Uber in Lima is easy to use! Simply use your Uber app as you would at home. Cars are readily available and will meet you at your pick up point.
Is there Lyft in Lima?
No, Lyft is not available in Lima. Uber, Cabify, and Beat (Taxibeat) are the available ridesharing apps that you can use in Lima, Peru.
Can you take Uber from Lima Airport?
Yes, you can take Uber from Lima Airport. Simply call an Uber when you exit the terminal.
What’s the best way to get around Lima Peru?
Walking is the best way to get around any single neighborhood in Lima Peru. If you are moving between neighborhoods, we recommend using Uber.
Uber in Lima Peru: final thoughts
Uber in Lima, Peru is available and easy to use. Practice normal levels of caution, and you will find it an easy way to get around this metropolis. Uber allows you to easily move between neighborhoods, which are each easy to walk on foot once you arrive.