Hiring a car in Lima Airport
There are three car hire companies in Lima Airport (also known as the Jorge Chávez International Airport); you can find rental desks for Budget and Hertz in both the International and Domestic Arrivals halls. Please note, the third rental company, Avis, only has a desk in the International Arrivals hall.
Most of the cars you can hire in Lima will be typical 4 or 5 door sedans, or 4x4 SUVs, with either automatic or manual transmissions. However, most companies will also offer a hatchback option if you want a smaller car, or have larger vehicles available, such as minivans, if you are travelling with a large party.
It is worth booking ahead if you want to hire a car with an automatic transmission, or aren’t hiring the standard sedans.
Leaving Lima Airport
The airport is 11km from Lima city centre, and 17km from Miraflores.
Getting out of the airport is easy as long as you get onto the main drag: Vía Expresa Elmer Faucett (which turns into an avenue of the same name), once on this road continue on until you reach Morales Duarez, and then onto Avenida Alfonso Ugarte to get to the centre of the city. The drive should take around half an hour. For more detailed driving instructions, you can find them here.
For Miraflores you must continue on Vía Expresa Elmer Faucett, and then take Av. Los Insurgentes, Av. Costanera and Circuito de Playas all along the coast, to the 8 De Octubre exit. Then Calle Manuel Tovar exit to Av. Sta. Cruz, and finish by taking the Calle Garcia Calderon to the Calle Cnel. Inclan for Miraflores.
If you have to return your hired vehicle with a full tank of petrol, there are two petrol stations located near the airport. The first is the Shell station, on the eastern side of LIM on Av. Japón, and the other is Repsol, located on Av. Elmer Faucett, south of Morales Duarez road.
Driving in Lima
Lima has a fairly new public transportation system, and it isn’t considered the best, so traffic can be heavy. Rush hours in Lima tend to be in the morning (8-10:00am) and the evening (5-9:00pm).
The road infrastructure may be poorer than what you are used to, so we recommend that if you do choose to drive in Peru you feel confident enough to do so. It is recommended that you get an International Driving Permit (IDP) as this helps to legitimize your license when you are abroad. Please make sure you carry your IDP, passport and license with you when you are driving in Peru. Please read up on road safety in in this country, and the latest advice from your government body.
What can you see and do in Lima?
There are lots of attractions in and around Lima. If you don’t fancy driving long distances, there are lots of sights within Lima’s Historic Centre, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Spanish conquerors made their architectural mark in this once serene valley. See the Convent of San Francisco, and the lovely Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Or take the time to see the stunning Basilica Cathedral of Lima, a building that has undergone many transformations since ground was broken in the 15th century.
However, this city is a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding region’s coastline. Drive around an hour south on the Panamerican Highway, and you will come across some lovely stretches of sand, like San Pedro, El Silencio and Santa Maria.
Driving east, inland for about 30-40 minutes will take you to the ancient sites of Cajamarquilla and Puruchuco, built by the Wari and Incan cultures respectively.
Please note all information is current as of October 2015.