Getting from Lima Airport to Miraflores is one of the first travel conundrums faced by many new arrivals in Peru: Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport is the entry point for most travelers, and Miraflores is still the main tourist hub in the Peruvian capital.
So, what are your options? Up until recently, taking a taxi from inside the airport boundaries was just about the only safe way to get from Lima Airport to Miraflores (or any other district, including Central Lima and Barranco).
But a handful of options now exist, providing a much cheaper alternative to the taxis while maintaining good security standards.
(By the way, if you’re heading to Lima for the first time, read my Lima travel guide.)
Getting a Taxi From Lima Airport to Miraflores
Taking a taxi has always been the standard way of getting from Lima Airport to Miraflores, Barranco, Central Lima or any other district, but the new bus and shuttle services might change that. Taking a taxi is still the best way of getting to Central Lima, as the two bus services listed below only go to Miraflores (for now, at least).
Taxis operating officially within the airport include Taxi 365, Taxi Directo and Taxi Green. They have service desks inside the airport, at both international and domestic arrivals.
A taxi from inside Lima Airport to Miraflores normally costs between S/ 50 to S/ 60. Don’t let the drivers con you into paying more than this — and tips aren’t necessary unless they help you carry your bags into your hotel etc.
The taxis inside the airport are safe, comfortable and the fare isn’t too bad if you can split it between two or three people. The taxi ride from the airport to Miraflores takes about 30 to 45 minutes, more if the traffic is bad (which it frequently is, especially at rush hour when gridlock is common).
Alternatively, you can call a taxi company such as Taxi Satelital or Taxidatum, who’ll then be waiting for you at the airport. The fare from Lima Airport to Miraflores with Taxi Satelital is S/ 50.
Another option — and one used and recommended by numerous expats in Lima — is Gringo Taxi (a.k.a. Transporte Fácil Perú. The service is operated and owned by Walter Clark, a driver with more than 20 years of professional driving experience in New York City. Walter is now serving customers in Lima, and his emphasis is on safety and impeccable service. You can arrange a ride with Walter and Gringo Taxi by email (email@example.com), through the website, or through the company Facebook page. Rates depend on where you are going; from the airport to Miraflores costs $25 US.
Airport Express Lima Bus Service
Airport Express Lima (www.airportexpresslima.com) is a direct bus service between Lima Airport and Miraflores. It uses seven strategic stops in Miraflores, which should get you fairly close to your hostel or hotel (you can check this at the website). This service began on March 26, 2017, so it’s still very new.
Buses leave the airport every half hour in the morning and at night, and every hour between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you book a ticket but arrive late, you can simply jump on to the next bus. Tickets cost US$10 (about S/ 33) one way, and $18 (about S/ 60) for a return ticket. You can buy them online, inside the airport or pay the driver directly on the bus.
Quick Llama Shuttle Service
The Quick Llama (quickllama.com) shuttle service is a particularly cheap way of getting between Lima Airport and Miraflores. It’s a new service — it began in December 2016 — but hopefully it will be profitable and stand the test of time. At the moment, the shuttles only go to three locations in Miraflores, but you can always head there and then take a S/ 5 taxi ride to your hotel or hostel.
The Quick Llama service is just S/ 15 from Lima Airport to Miraflores and vice versa, making it the cheapest option listed here. For groups of three or more, the price per person is S/ 10. You can buy your ticket online at the Quick Llama website, or pay the driver in cash (if there are seats available).
Shuttles leave every one or two hours. The trip takes between 35 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day.
Uber From Lima Airport to Miraflores
You can use Uber to get from Lima Airport to Miraflores (or anywhere else). I’ve heard mixed things about using Uber in Lima, but typically swaying toward positive rather than negative.
Using the fare estimator on the Uber website, the fare from Lima Airport to Miraflores should be about S/ 60 for UberBLACK and S/ 50 for uberX.
Public Transport Outside Lima Airport
While it’s totally possible to flag down a cab or jump in a cheap combi (minivan) on the street outside the airport, it’s not recommended. The airport is located in Callao, a city that forms part of the larger Lima Metropolitan Area, and Callao isn’t too safe, especially at night.
It was never worth going outside the airport and risking all your luggage — or worse — just for the sake of saving S/ 30 or S/ 40. And with the cheaper bus and shuttle services now available, it’s even harder to recommend using public transport outside the airport.
Just to be sure when you taxi from airport to Miraflores is S/ 60 do you mean 60 Sol or 60 dollars?
Thanks your reply.
Hi Lewis. 60 soles. It might well be more than that right now, maybe 80 soles maximum. Cheers, Tony.
We visited in April 2018. I highly recommend Quick Llama.
Hey I loved your article, My gf and I will be visiting in January’ and we get in at midnight so I was checking the safest way to get to our air bnb . I checked out the Gringo taxi but none of the destinations are to Magdalena Del Mar. what do you recommend as we don’t speak much Spanish?
Hi TJ. Have you tried contacting Gringo Taxi through their Facebook page? You might be able to arrange something. Otherwise you can use one of the official taxi companies inside the airport. Go to one of their counters when you arrive and you can sort out a taxi pretty much straight away. If you walk passed the counters then loads of taxi drivers will probably come up to you offering you a ride. But it’s best to pay at the counter so you don’t get ripped off. But yeah, send Gringo Taxi a message and see what they say (the owner speaks English). Thanks, Tony.
Thanks for explaining that there are money saving alternatives to taxis, such as shuttles and bus services. My husband and I will be going on vacation next month. Your article helped me see why finding an airport shuttle service would be a good idea!
Is Walter Clark taxi available 24 hours a day? my flight coming back to the states is at midnight.
Hi Carmela. I’m not 100% sure. Send him a message through the Gringo Taxi Facebook page (link above in article). Thanks, Tony.
Hey Tony – thanks for the useful info.
I just contacted Walter from the gringotaxi service, and the price is now at $25 – in case you would like to update your blog. His email in response to me is as below:
“The best place to reserve with us is on our website at http://www.gringotaxis.com
Our rate depends on where you’re going, an example is Miraflores to or from the airport is $25″
Hope this is helpful.
Thanks Mark, I’ll update the info. Cheers, Tony.
Is it safe to go to zoo in San Miguel? Would taxi fare be about the same as a trip to airport?
Hi Lorna. Yes, it’s safe to go to Parque de las Leyendas. And a taxi should be a bit cheaper than to the airport, as the zoo is closer (well, it is if you’re going there from Miraflores or Barranco or nearby). Thanks, Tony.
Thanks for the info, because of this I have just booked my transfer from Lima airport to Miraflores tomorrow with QuickLlama via WhatsApp. Price given was 20 sols. Thanks again, David.
Hi there Tony,
we´ve decided to go with the Airport express shuttle bus. Once at our stop we have like a 10 Minute walk at around 8pm. Do you reckon Miraflores will be safe enough to walk with big bags or should we use a taxi instead. Thanks in advance
Hi Martin, and sorry about the late reply. It’s safe enough, generally, but if you’re traveling with all your luggage then it’s probably worth jumping in a taxi. Not worth the risk of walking, really, even though the risk is small. Thanks, Tony.
how much does the public transport cost?
Hi there Tony. Thanks for the informative blog. I will be arriving in Lima from the US at 11:55PM on a Monday and will need to get to my accommodation in Mira Flores. We noticed the last Airport Express bus is at midnight. What do you think is the best alternative at this time of night? Will the taxi service desks be open?
Hi Dean. It’s worth contacting Walter Clark at https://www.facebook.com/myrideperu/. You can probably arrange something with him at that time. Otherwise, you can always find a taxi at the taxi desk inside the airport or just outside the terminal. You’ll probably get bombarded by taxi drivers as soon as you get out of the arrivals area. Just remember the prices mentioned in the article and don’t let them rip you off. Cheers, Tony.
I seriously don’t recommend Walter Clark service. He is a very rude man. He saw my blog and my posts about Lima and then he asked to USE my content for free for a link. I said no, so he said he was going to use it anyways and then got really rude. I will never recommend someone that doesn’t upset a NO for an answer and insults people like this. Bad move, “GringoTaxi”. I’ve been to Lima several times and I’ve used Uber. It works amazing.
Hi Fran. I’ve never used Walter Clark myself, but have only heard positive things so far about his taxi service. As for your experience with the blog content, I’m sorry to hear about that and can totally understand how something like that can be annoying. Hopefully you managed to sort it out. Thanks for commenting. Tony.
That is not what was said nor is it how the conversation went. But you can say what you will no matter.
Nowhere it mentions number of people per ride.
What would be the cost AP to Lima for 4 or 5 people?
I used Walter’s taxi between airport and hotel in San Isidro for 3 times in Aug. 2018. Twice 3 persons in one taxi and once 2 persons in one taxi. It’s always 20 usd per taxi.
Walter drove twice and arranged someone else due to his availability.
We had no issue with him.
Hello, Tony. Just back from Lima. Your posts are very useful. I used Mr. Walter Clark’s taxi service for three times. He has been very easy-going, flexible also reliable. I highly recommend. Thanks, Tony. /Yang
Thanks Yang, good to hear it worked out well. Tony.
Hello Tony, Thanks for sharing the information. We’d like to call a taxi to Hotel Costa del Sol in city. We will have 2-3 persons. Do we still pay about 20 USD in total or pay more (for 2/3 instead of 1 passengers)? If we’d like taxi driver to carry our luggage, how much should we tip?
Hi Yang. The price should be for the taxi, not per person. Best to make that clear to the driver before you accept the ride. It’s worth contacting Walter Clark (see info in taxi section above) to ask how much he’d charge, and maybe arrange a pick-up with him. If a taxi driver helps you with your bags, then it’s nice to give a small tip. Maybe two or three soles per big bag, depending on how much he helps. Thanks, Tony.
Many thanks, Tony. I’ll consider Walter Clark as the first option, otherwise, get a taxi from the desk inside the airport. Your posts are really informative. Thanks again! /Yang
Are you sure about $20 for the whole taxi? Even the shuttle charges $10 per head.
The ads also list prices for private cars but does not clarify of this is for the car or per person. Any idea?
Hi Ebi. It should be for the whole taxi, although some drivers might try to increase the rate if there are more people. But they shouldn’t. The shuttles are aimed more at solo backpackers I guess, in which case it’s half the price of a taxi.
Thank you Tony. You seem to be a good traveler. May I ask you some more questions pls?
We are well traveled senior people 65+ wishing to visit SA. We were thinking of doing it through a private tour as not feeling safe on our own in SA, due to negative media. It turned out too expensive via tours, so we are trying to find our way through arranging to visit the major must see points of SA (Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chili , what else?) in 2-3 weeks. We are not sure where to go.
For example the agent suggested visiting Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion in Puerto Maldonado, Peru; and doing some trekking around the waterfalls. I am not sure if it would be a vow thing.
I would appreciate any particular suggestions and comments about the above issues, if you may. Others are also welcome to pitch in their views. Thx
We stayed in that region for 2 nights. I should say we all regretted not having booked a longer stay, well, maybe because we’d never been to rain-forest before.
We are two families not very sportive, but there were so many options to choose from.
Foods were good, services were superb. That’s a well-organised area.
We didn’t have lots of very exciting events, but all were interesting and relaxing.
We stayed in Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion must be quite similar.
Would you recommend renting a car since we will be staying in Cieneguilla, Lima, Peru?
I imagine Cieneguilla would be a good district to explore by car, so yeah, it’s definitely worth considering. You could rent a car at Lima Airport and drive straight there. Just be prepared for some chaotic traffic diving in and out of the city center.