What’s the Fastest Way to Get to Miraflores From the Airport?

After a long afternoon sitting still in a plane, it’s late at night. You’re exhausted. All you want is the fastest way to get to Miraflores and into the fresh sheets of your hotel.

This is how everyone arrives at Jorge Chavez. Flights always land after 10 PM and most tourists are heading in the same direction. All too often, what should be the easiest part of the trip becomes a hassle when you least want one.

So, what is the fastest way to get to Miraflores from the airport? We’re here to tell you the honest truth, and show you every way. We know every budget is different. Speed comes with a cost, and you can decide if it’s worth it after reviewing all your options.

These are in order from slowest to fastest, so skip to the bottom if you want to save even more time.

The Bus: ETA 2 hours

Exit the airport and look for buses with street names on the sides. You want one that says “Javier Prado”. Currently, no actual government-run buses reach the airport.

Take one of these to the intersection of Javier Prado and Arenales. The fare should be about 3 soles. Note that you will need to have cash already. Didn’t bring any? Then withdraw some bills at the airport.

The ride to Arenales will take about an hour. From there you could take another into Miraflores for about 1 sol.

Counting the time it takes to get cash and board two buses, plus a bit of walking, we’re looking at a 2 hour trip for about 5 soles.

For the record, we don’t recommend this method. Outside the airport is not considered a safe area to be with all your possessions.

The Airport Miraflores Shuttle: ETA 1.5 Hours

The Airport Express Lima Bus has several stops in Miraflores and costs $8 to ride. It takes you directly to Miraflores instead of just along main streets. Unfortunately, you need to wait for one to fill up or reach its departure schedule.

Plus, narrow streets and multiple stops in Miraflores add to the duration. Not to mention having to walk from their stops to your hotel.  

Lastly, buses are often speed limited in Peru so they can’t take full advantage of highways. The Airport Express is a good middle ground option, but still doesn’t win.

Taxi at the Airport: ETA 1 Hour

This is probably the most common move. You pass through customs with your bags and see several cab companies vying for your attention. Taxi Green is one of the most common choices. Prices range from 50-70 soles depending on where you are going.

What slows this process down is the counter. You’ll have to explain your destination to the sales rep there. She’ll then have to take you to a driver.

Occasionally when demand is high you may have to wait a few minutes for a driver. Although this has only happened to me once, it was annoying.

One thing that annoys me with this method is that you really do have to fight for the right price. Several times I’ve had the people at the counter try to charge me for the most expensive zone of a district, even though I wasn’t going that far.

If you don’t know the city, don’t be surprised if you end up paying 10 soles more than you ought to have.

VIP Taxi Service to Miraflores: ETA 45 Minutes

When we talk about VIP Taxi service, we mean a pre-arranged transportation. There is absolutely no better way to go.

Because you’ve already told the cab company what time to expect you, and what hotel you’re going to, the process is instant. You walk past the cab counters and find that whiteboard with your name on it.

You get right out the door and into a car. It’s the fastest way to get to Miraflores from the airport.

And at the end of a long day of travel, isn’t that all you want?   

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