A bus (or ?omnibus? as the locals call it) in Lima is the most common way of travelling between other Peruvian cities, whether it?s to a tourist destination, a place of work, a coastal area or to the countries mountain range.
However to take a bus from another country can be a very long and tiring option due to the size of Peru and the fact that Lima is located almost exactly in the middle of the coast.
Every days buses leave for the North of Peru as well as the south and he east. There are various bus stations in the city; the biggest and most important is the Gran Terminal Terrestre Plaza Norte, located in a commercial centre in the North of the city, the Lima Plaza Norte. This is also the safest station to travel from, we do however recommend that you find out well in advance which bus you want as some transport lines are more informal and work out of smaller bus stations that are less organized.
Not all the rain forest cities are connected by buses, and in some cases the roads don't have tarmac on the surface; in fact many of the roads in Peru are not tarmacked, so it may be a good idea to investigate the route you plan to take before choosing to travel by bus.
There are various bus lines that travel to international destinations like Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina. The most well known and the safest companies are Cruz Del Sur and Ormeño. They both have their own bus stations in the city of Lima, in a central area near the financial part of the capital, and by coincidence they are next to each other.
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