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About Jorge Chavez Intl. Airport

In 1960, the airport was opened under the name of Lima-Callao International Airport in Callao which is an important port city in Peru. Today the airport is used as the international and domestic flight hub of the country. The airport was renamed Jorge Chavez International Airport in 1965 after the famous Peruvian aviator Jorge Chavez, who died when his trail flight crashed. In 2001, large expansion work was initiated and in 2005 a shopping center was built and in 2007 a hotel was built. The eight year renovation and expansion project was completed in 2009. Since then the airport's annual passenger statistics have been over 19 million passengers.

Getting to the City Center from Jorge Chavez Intl. Airport

Lima, which is the capital of Peru and also known as the City of the Kings, is a coastal city established on ocean shore in South America. The city, which is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Rimac River, is the center of policy, industry and education of Peru. Nevertheless, Lima is a city where crime rate and income level difference are very high. In the city, you can see shanty houses and luxurious buildings all together. 

In the city built on the foothills of the mountains, there are historical remains belonging to the Incas which are one of the ancient civilizations. Some of these remains are on archeological sites and some are in museums. There are many architectural structures inheriting to the city from the period prevailed by the Spanish.

With its interesting culture, Inca Pyramids, San Francisco Monastery, wonderful beaches, ocean waves for surfing enthusiasts, different cuisine and lively nightlife, Lima continues to welcome tourists all the year round. It is quite easy to travel around the historical city center of Lima consisting of straight roads and streets intersecting each other with right angles. Nevertheless, if you are going to Lima as a tourist, you will definitely need a means of transportation because the places you will want to see are not within walking distance or close to each other.

There is generally heavy traffic throughout the city. You can easily find a taxi in Lima. Apart from the green taxis operating at the airport, in the white taxis that you can find in the city center, driver and the passenger section is separated by a wire fence for safety. As a safer method, if you are going to use taxis frequently during your visit, you can call a taxi anytime you want by using an app that you can download on your smartphone. The taxis that are called with these applications are considered safer because they operate under certain companies. There is no taximeter in taxis. Fares are standardized according to regions, but you can bargain with the driver.

Public transportation in the city center is provided by metro and metrobus. The ticket price for metrobus is 1.5 soles for one pass. Today, there is only one completed metro route but new routes are being constructed. If you want to travel from Lima to other cities of Peru, it is recommended to use airlines rather than intercity buses or trains for safety reasons.

For domestic flights, it is required to pay 10 dollars as tax. The most comfortable means of transportation that can be used for travelling to the city center is shuttle service. For the passengers coming with tour companies, private buses are waiting at the airport. Car rental and airport shuttle service offered by hotels are other options for the transportation to the city center. It is aimed that it will be possible to travel to the city center from the airport by metro in 2019 thanks to the new metro route that is still under construction.

Airport Shuttle

You can easily reach the city center by using the shuttle services that you can find at the terminal exit. You can benefit from these services by yourself or in group and you will pay the amount depending on the situation. If you use the service alone, you will have to pay 25 dollars and if you travel in group, you will need to pay 6 dollars per person. The travel lasts about 45 minutes.

Hotel Shuttle

There are numerous hotels throughout Lima and some of them offer airport shuttle service. Even if this service is not provided by your hotel, you can get in contact with your hotel before your flight and ask your hotel to help you with transportation. For benefitting from airport shuttle service, you should make a reservation in advance and specify some information such as the number of guests or the amount of your baggage.

Taxi

You can easily and comfortably get to the city center by getting one of the green colored airport taxis waiting just outside the arrival terminal. You can recognize the airport private taxi drivers from the green cards hanging on their necks. There are also independent taxis waiting in front of the airport. They may take you to the city center at affordable fares but they are not recommended because of safety reasons. You can also call a taxi by using the app you will download on your smartphone. Since these taxis operate under certain companies, they are safer than the others. Transportation to the city center from the airport lasts about half an hour by taxi.

Car Rental

There are offices of car rental companies next to the exit of international arrival terminal. You can rent a car according to your budget and have a comfortable travel to the city center. You can also visit nearby places if you prefer renting a car. If your driver’s license is not appropriate for using a car abroad, you can rent a car with a driver. This is one of the most comfortable options.

Tour Bus

If you are coming to Lima with a tour company, the buses that will take their passengers to the city center or their hotels are waiting on a private parking area. You can see this area when you get out of the exit door. This is also a comfortable alternative.

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2017
Getting to Jorge Chavez Intl. Airport from the City Center

If you want to get to the airport by using one of the means of public transportation, you can use the airport shuttle services. For a more comfortable transportation, you can use get on a taxi or rent a car.

The transportation of those coming to the city with a tour company is enabled by private buses. In addition, if your hotel offers airport shuttle service, you can get to the airport from the city center in a very comfortable and easy way.

Thanks to metro, which is now under construction, it will become possible to reach the airport by metro.

Airport Shuttle

You can use the airport shuttles individually or in group. You can ask for help from your hotel about the arrangement of the shuttle. The amount you need to pay is 25 dollars per person. However, if you are travelling in group, you need to pay 6 dollars. By using these shuttles, you can be at the airport in about 45 minutes under normal traffic conditions.

Hotel Shuttle

A few hotels in Lima offer airport shuttle service. You should learn in advance whether your hotel offers this service or not. By benefitting from this service, you can enjoy the comfort of being picked up from your hotel and transported to the airport easily. Even if your hotel doesn’t offer airport shuttle service, they can help you with other transportation alternatives.

Taxi

Taxi is not a very safe option throughout Lima. If you are planning to use a taxi for your transportation, you can ask for help from your hotel about finding a reliable taxi for you. In addition, you can call a taxi by using the applications that you can download on your smart phone. The both methods are safer than getting on a taxi on a street.

The travel to the airport from the city center by taxi lasts about half an hour. There are no taximeters in the taxis and the fares are predetermined according to the regions. However, you should bargain with the driver and agree on the fare before getting on.

Car Rental

If you want to rent a car for travelling in the city or just for getting to the airport, you can get help from your hotel about this issue. In the city center, there are also the offices of many car rental companies. When driving, you should keep in mind that traffic can be quite heavy throughout Lima.

Tour Bus

If you are traveling to Lima with a tour company, you can reach the airport by using the private buses of this company.

Airport Information

In Lima, tourists generally prefer to stay in Miraflores region. This region is located 17 km of the airport. The distance between the airport and the historical city center is 11 kilometers. A shopping center called Peru Plaza Shopping Center and a 4-star hotel called Ramada Costa del Sol are parts of the airport complex.

There is an application center for tourists at the arrival terminal where international flights are performed. In this center, you can get your guide and map for your transportation, obtain information regarding safety and even demand help for finding a hotel or a taxi for you.

There are many cafes and restaurants at Jorge Chaves International Airport which was chosen as the best airport of South America in 2010 and 2012. There is also free Wi-Fi service at these cafes and restaurants. In addition, the lounge prepared for the passengers fond of their comforts was chosen as the best lounge among 600 VIP lounges in 2010.

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2017

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