#1 6-10-2017 6:59 AM

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Arriving late in Lima

My plane will land in Lima at 22.30. My intention is to take a taxi from the airport to my hotel in Miraflores. However, I don't want to take a taxi from the street, but from one of the official taxi companies present inside the arrival hall. Does anyone know if the taxi counter will be open late at night?

 

#2 6-10-2017 7:52 PM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

Can you get your hotel to arrange a collection?

 

#3 6-11-2017 8:00 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

Second this - have hotel arrange a pickup.

 

#4 6-13-2017 10:49 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

I haven't figured out yet where I'm staying when I arrive, but most of the places I've looked at offer airport pickups.

 

#5 7-31-2017 4:22 PM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

Having your hotel arrange the pickup is definitely the easiest solution but for what it's worth: from what I recall the taxi counter was still open even after midnight (when I arrived).

 

#6 7-31-2017 11:17 PM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

I remember arriving pretty late and the taxi counter still being open but that was more than 10 years ago ...

 

#7 8-1-2017 12:04 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

it is better to book your hotel on your first night in Lima and ask them to pick you up in the airport.
Lima is not the safest city in the world.
When I was there, one of the guest in the hotel was robbed at knife point at the street in Lima.
Take precaution when you go out at night in the city centre.

 

#8 8-1-2017 5:37 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

gingerbatik wrote:

it is better to book your hotel on your first night in Lima and ask them to pick you up in the airport.
Lima is not the safest city in the world.
When I was there, one of the guest in the hotel was robbed at knife point at the street in Lima.
Take precaution when you go out at night in the city centre.

Not everyone in Lima is out to get ya! I was told by a girl on the Streets of Lima to better put my camera away since it was not a safe area, and a cab driver refused to drop us off in the city center since there was a demonstration going on, and he didn't want to charge us for the ride  either (paid it anyway!)

But if you can get a hotel pick-up thats Always the best way

 

#9 8-1-2017 8:05 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

I agree with you that I would not take an "outside" taxi. There are older posts on the web which advise against taking Green's Taxis, but when we visited Lima in 2014 we used the and were very happy with the service.  Taxidatum.com is also a possibility. Both of these companies were much, much less expensive than having our Miraflores hotel arrange service for us.

Hope this helps a little.

Have fun!

 

#10 8-5-2017 10:03 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

I stayed at a hostel pretty close to the airport and arranged a pick up. It wasn't until a day or two later that I discovered the cab ride was expensive for what it was. Point is, if you arrange a pick up from your hotel make sure you get a price and then suss out if you're happy with it. I've just googled what it should cost and here's what came up...

The airport is about 11 km from central Lima, and 17 km from San Isidro/Miraflores. The fare to hotels in San Isidro/Miraflores is about $25, and the ride should take about 30 to 40 minutes. Fares to other districts vary. You'll pay the receptionist at the counter and get a receipt before getting a taxi.

 

#11 8-6-2017 12:37 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

In the end I prebooked a taxi with my hotel in Miraflores. They charged 65 soles for the taxi ride and were waiting for me in the arrival hall. I noticed though, that the three taxi stands in the arrival hall were all open when I arrived. They charge 60 soles to Miraflores. That is also what I paid when I booked a taxi at the hotel to go back to the airport.
The time it takes between the airport and Miraflores depends on the traffic. The fasted ride for me was when I arrived to Peru as it was very late. One morning when I was flying to Cusco it took 40 minutes to the airport. Coming back to Lima from Arequipa it took one hour (it was afternoon) and leaving again, to go home, it took just over 1.5 hours (we started from Miraflores at 16.45).

 

#12 8-6-2017 2:08 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

Hi. I also arrived very late and chose to sleep in the airport until day light. We then walked to the main road outside the airport perimeter and got in a cheap taxi to Miraflores. 2 things I remember, when we arrived at the airport there were lots of women waiting to offer accommodation similar to what happens when you go island hopping in Greece. Secondly when we arrived at the Youth hostel the proprietor wondered why we did not go there immediately when we arrived as she would have given us a reduced rate.

 

#13 8-6-2017 9:32 AM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

MalenaN wrote:

In the end I prebooked a taxi with my hotel in Miraflores. They charged 65 soles for the taxi ride and were waiting for me in the arrival hall. I noticed though, that the three taxi stands in the arrival hall were all open when I arrived. They charge 60 soles to Miraflores. That is also what I paid when I booked a taxi at the hotel to go back to the airport.
The time it takes between the airport and Miraflores depends on the traffic. The fasted ride for me was when I arrived to Peru as it was very late. One morning when I was flying to Cusco it took 40 minutes to the airport. Coming back to Lima from Arequipa it took one hour (it was afternoon) and leaving again, to go home, it took just over 1.5 hours (we started from Miraflores at 16.45).

Is good to know that the taxi counters are open late at night. I keep this in mind if we flying to Lima next time. The last time we were in Peru we fly in and out of Cusco

 

#14 11-3-2017 1:27 PM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

I just made a trip to Lima where I arrived in the airport late back in July. The taxi counters inside the airport should be open. haha, personally, I, of course, tried to take an Uber but then had complications and ended up grabbing a taxi right outside the airport doors which proceeded  to overcharge me plus tried to make me pay for gas (absolutely not). Yeah, don't recommend trying Uber as it can be a little confusing at Jorge Chavez as there are three lanes where cars are and it can sometimes be a bit hectic and confusing outside.

I have to agree with many of the other opinions here: if you can, arrange an airport pickup through your hotel and pre-arrange the fare. Remember, if you take any taxi rides throughout Peru, haggle for the price prior to sitting in the taxi. There are no meters in the taxis so this is necessary to arrange a fair price!

Hope you enjoy Lima!

 

#15 11-10-2017 12:29 PM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

In these situations always look up "Lima airport transfers" in Google and you will find a plethora of companies that will take you to and from your hotel.

It's also safer, I think. Instead of just "hunting" for taxis on shady streets... There are plenty of taxi-kidnapping cases in Peru as well. Don't mean to scare you.

Book with an airport transfer company and you'll be fine!

Have a nice trip! smile

 

#16 11-10-2017 4:09 PM

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Re: Arriving late in Lima

I arrived quite late in Lima.  From what I remember I wasn't nervous in the slightest, and didn't struggle at all to get to Miraflores and my hostel.  Knowing me, I just jumped into a cab after a bit of negotiation, and paid what I considered a good price.  It would have certainly been within my very limited traveller budget.

I generally find the 'reputable' taxi companies from the airport to be roughly 1.5 times the price, and personally avoid them completely.  I generally ask the price from these guys to get a base price to beat, and it is not a difficult challenge in any of my travels.

I'm not sure if that's the advice you want, however, it is my take on things.  It's not a huge distance, and you shouldn't have to pay an extortionate amount.

 

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