General FAQs

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Public Transport FAQ (Bus/Train/Ferry)

PeruSchedules.com doesn’t include international trips, for that you need to use andestransit.com.

Absolutely! PeruSchedules is comprised of the most popular direct routes for which tickets can be purchased online. But if you don’t find what you need here, visit AndesTransit.com and there you can explore hundreds of routes that you get tickets for at the bus station, or that are indirect, or between other cities and towns not listed here.

You can, but it’s both more risky and time-consuming. Bus stations are often far from the core of town, so you have to go way out of your way just to get a ticket, taking away time you would probably rather spend sightseeing. Plus, once you get to the bus station, travelers often get overwhelmed by shouting vendors trying to pull them in various directions and eventually into something they didn’t really intend. If they do make it to the right place, the information about routes is often colloquialized and has to be further interpreted to see if it’s what they want, and then at the last moment they find all the seats are sold out. Bottom line, the bus station is always a possibility, but for less experienced travelers who don’t have a lot of time to waste, it’s not worth the effort.

Yes! Peru has a few ferries, mostly concentrated on river traffic in the jungle and some tourist boat excursions on Lake Titicaca.

It depends on the bus company and route. Some only allow one to three days in advance, while others any time within the same calendar month, and a few are even more generous than that. When you purchase your ticket here, your Cart will tell you the Release Date, which is the date we best estimate you will be receiving your ticket, based on that company’s rules for that route.

15 kg is the norm across Latin America, but Ecuador is a little more informal and flexible. Still, if you’re carrying more than 15 kg of luggage around a small country like this, we feel sorry for your back! Lighten up!

Do not travel the day before major holidays in Peru. Traveling on the holiday itself is pretty easy, because most Peruvians are already at where they wanted to be (although good luck in finding lodging on a holiday). Also try to avoid the day before people are supposed to be back at work after a holiday break. We black out all these days in our calendar when you try to reserve online, but it’s always to just do some research yourself on local traditions and government-sanctioned holiday periods in Peru before you make travel plans, because public transportation seems to never have the capacity to handle the crowds.

In Peru, most tickets are released the same day as you order them. In some cases, your ticket is sent on a later “release date”, but it is always before your travel date. Every bus company in Ecuador has its own rules about how soon they start printing tickets for their reservations. Your release date is displayed in your cart during checkout, and you also will receive an email after your purchase is complete to remind you again of the release date. For more detail, see https://andestransit.com/docs/en/release-date-tickets/

Shuttle FAQ (Private and Shared)

Yes.  Shared Shuttles get grouped in with buses, so you can find them through the home page on this site, or just by searching for public options on andestransit.com.

Private shuttles go anywhere you want, as they are created around the itinerary you design. To get a private shuttle, just go to the private shuttles page, and if you don’t find one to match your route there, you can customize a route at andestransit.com/reserve-shuttle.

Yes! Any of our inter-city drivers also can provide around-town service.  Just use our Around Town page to reserve.

Yes! If you are in need of transportation for groups of up to 45 passengers, we can connect you with providers that operate with vehicles with capacity for 10, 15 or 45 people. Just let us know your requirements at our partner site’s Custom Itinerary page.

As long as there’s availability, 48 hours in advance, but we recommend between three and seven days.

20 kg per person. Our transportation providers operate with cars or small vans and can only carry luggage you would fit in your own car for a full number of passengers.

Yes! Just let us know the time and flight number so we can monitor it if it’s early or late.

The shared shuttle is similar to a bus, but its size is more like a minivan.  It carriers just a handful of people, but on a regular schedule.  They only can operate if they have enough people signed up to ride, so shared shuttles are only found on the most heavily trafficked routes.  Shared shuttles don’t pick you up from your hotel.  You have to go their central pickup location, and they will drop you off at a central drop-off location as well, and then from there take a taxi to your hotel.

Private shuttles, on the other hand, are everything a shared shuttle is not.  They are a vehicle just for the size of you or your group, they pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at your next hotel.  Their only schedule is your schedule, and they stop at any point along the way to your destination that you want to stop, like a viewpoint, an interesting restaurant, or a roadside artisan.

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