Many cities require planning when leaving the airport and going to the accommodation. Happily, how to get from the airport to the center of Cusco it’s easy, even for travelers on a tight budget.
Alejandro Velazco Astete International Airport receives many flights from Lima, from different airlines. Normally, flights arrive at very close times.
Taxi drivers (legal and illegal) already know the flight times and are waiting for tourists. But there are some tips to use the taxi in Cusco safely and still spending little.
How to get from the Airport to the center of Cusco, at Plaza de Armas?
According to our experience in Peru, it is worth using the taxi on the way from the airport to the center of Cusco, because the other option is the common, uncomfortable bus. The bus is not worth it.
There are two types of taxis. Taxis that are waiting in the airport parking lot, which are usually legal taxis. Taxis outside the airport are usually illegal taxis.
In Peru, there is no taximeter and the fare is set with the driver BEFORE getting into the vehicle.
It’s before! No getting into the car without having set the value. Remembering that the value of the race is total and not per person.
In addition, placing bags in the luggage compartment is not usually charged separately.
When you go the other way (from the center of Cusco to the airport), of course, the fare will be only 10 soles.
However, when the route is from the airport to the center of Cusco (where all travelers are staying), taxi drivers usually ask for a higher price, as demand is very high.
This gets worse because several flights arrive at the same time, so the price goes up.
Who is going to get one? taxi inside the airport, a fair value is 15 soles, No more than that. It is customary to offer the race for 20 soles, but the traveler must negotiate.
For those looking for a value that is more compatible with the real prices charged in the city, it is worth leaving the airport (not even a 1-minute walk) and taking the taxi outside the airportwhich may or may not be legalized.
Do not accept to pay more than 10 soles in taxis outside the airport.
We took a taxi outside Cusco airport for 10 soles. The car was very simple, like most taxis in Cusco, but the ride was smooth.
Today, after our trip to Cusco, we think it’s better to negotiate with the legal taxi drivers inside the airport than to take the taxi outside, just for the safety of using a legal taxi.
It is worth mentioning that there is a public bus that passes in front of Cusco Airport, costing very few soles. The main issue is that the buses are usually full, which makes it very difficult for those with suitcases.
In addition, those who want to use the public bus will have to walk to the accommodation, but the more tired and with more bags, the more difficult it will be to walk at the altitude of Cusco.
Do not underestimate the impact of almost 3400 meters of altitude on your body, especially for those who are tired.
That’s why it’s worth taking a taxi to leave Cusco Airport and get to your accommodation without any hassles.
In fact, another fundamental tip is to know what the best hotels in Cusco to escape the hills.
In our link, there is also a special section on good and cheap accommodation in Machu Picchu.
We hope that the tips on how to get from the Airport to the center of Cusco have been helpful! Also check out our articles on what to visit in Cusco and about the importance of Peru Travel Insurancewith health and safety tips!
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