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How To Get From Cusco Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

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We will tell you how to get from Cusco airport to city center. The distance from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport to Cusco city center is 6 kilometers.

The travel time from Cusco airport to city center by taxi is around 20 minutes and the taxi fare is around 10-12 PEN which is $3 USD. You can get a private transfer from Cusco airport and they will organize your itinerary.

The cheapest way from Cusco airport to city center is by public buses for 1 PEN which is less than half of $1 USD. The travel time by bus from Cusco airport to Cusco city center is around 30 minutes. Read here how to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu, Cusco to Sacred Valley, Palccoyo Mountain travel guide and Humantay Lake travel guide

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WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO

Accommodation price can take you around $1015 USD if you stay in a cheap room. For mid budget accommodation starts at $30-50 USD and more than $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Cusco.

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VISITING PERU IN COVID TIME?

Make sure you register and download Health Declaration. You will have to register your personal information, countries that you have been before visiting Peru and etc. They will ask before boarding the plane and before getting your stamp at Lima International Airport.

Cusco Airport To City Center

Bus From Cusco Airport to Cusco City Center (Cheapest Way)

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The cheapest way from Cusco airport to city center is by bus. There are public buses from Cusco airport to city center. The buses are stopping outside the airport. Just head to the Gas Station in the road and buses will stop there going to Cusco city center.

The bus fare from Cusco airport to Cusco city center is $1 Sol which is less than $1 USD. The travel time from Cusco airport to Plaza de Armas in Cusco city center is around 30-40 minutes by bus.

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You will have to go with little luggage and they are totally safe if you are on a budget and you want to save some money avoiding getting a taxi. There is no fixed schedule but you will see small buses passing by outside the airport.

I would recommend you speak at least a few words in Spanish to communicate properly and always be careful with your belongings. Make sure that you don’t bring so much luggage since there is small space in the public buses in Cusco.

BUSES FROM CUSCO AIRPORT TO CUSCO CITY CENTER

There are a few Bus companies going from Cusco airport to downtown. You will find Liebre Bus (Cream and Green Color) and Correcaminos Bus (Blue Color). Also El Dorado and Chaska Bus companies are going from Cusco airport to the city. Check here the bus companies schedule and route!

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Taxi from Cusco Airport To Downtown

The taxi fare from Cusco airport to downtown will be around 1012 PEN which is $3 USD. The travel time from Cusco airport to downtown by taxi is around 20 minutes.

The taxis will try to charge you more than 12 PEN at the airport. The taxis will have to pay 2 PEN parking fee for leaving and they will ask you to do it. But you don’t have to pay for it just if you feel comfortable with this.

If you go outside the airport and you stop a taxi in the road where the buses are leaving too. The taxi fare will be around 8-10 PEN going from Cusco airport to your hotel in downtown.

Cabify, InDriver And Uber Cusco Airport To Downtown

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You can order thru Cabify App, InDriver and Uber a car from Cusco airport. The cost will be similar than a taxi or maybe little bit cheaper. Make sure you have data in your phone since sometimes is complicated to meet your driver at the airport.

The travel time will be 20 minutes from Cusco airport to city center depending on the traffic and your final destination. Prices will be between $2-4 USD.

Private Transfer from Cusco Airport to City Center

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Cusco. Prices are around $13 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $3 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM CUSCO AIRPORT TO CUSCO CITY CENTER

The best way from Cusco airport to city center if you are on a budget and traveling light is getting the buses from outside the airport for 1 Sol which is less than half of $1 USD and 30-40 minutes travel time.

If you prefer comfort and traveling with more people you can get private transfer or Cabify, Uber or InDriver Apps, a taxi for $3 USD you will be able to go from Cusco airport to city up to 4 people.

WHAT TO DO IN CUSCO

There are many things to do in Cusco and we will tell you our favorite ones that you can’t miss. From historical sites to the most beautiful spots in Cusco City center. If you are looking for a trusted company to guide you around Cusco we chose Exploor.

PLAZA DE ARMAS

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Plaza de Armas in Cusco is our favorite one in South America. You can just go around or enjoy the views from a coffee shop. Plaza de Armas is full of life and it’s a perfect meeting point to walk around looking for restaurants, shopping and taking photos.

SAN BLAS VIEW POINT IN CUSCO

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San Blas view point is our favorite one in Cusco. There are a couple of restaurants and coffee shops where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset in Cusco. You will have to go up, take it easy because with the altitude takes time.

SAN BLAS NEIGHBORHOOD

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San Blas Neighborhood is perfect for walking around and taking pictures. Full of coffee shops and restaurants you will love it in Cusco only 10 minutes walking distance from Plaza de Armas.

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SAN PEDRO MARKET IN CUSCO

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San Pedro Market is the best place to try local food, fruits and buying souvenirs. In Ssn Pedro Market you will find almost everything from juices, and chocolates to local food. Prices in San Pedro Market are cheaper than in Cusco city center and it’s only 5 minutes walking distance to Plaza de Armas.

EATING CUY IN CUSCO

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Eating Cuy is a must in Peru since is the local’s favorite dish. To be honest, Cuy was good but not our favorite in Peru. You will have to try for sure! Prices are around $7-10 USD per dish coming with noodles, salad and French fries.

EATING CEVICHE IN CUSCO

Enjoy a local lunch at Sacred Valley., Ceviche,

Eating Ceviche in Cusco is must if you love to try local food. Ceviche with fish and onion is so tasty. We really loved it Ceviche and prices were starting from $4-5 USD per a dish.

Qorikancha

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Qorikancha is located just 5 minutes walking distance from Plaza de Armas. Qorikancha is one of the historical sites in Cusco if you want to learn about the Incas history and culture. Qorikancha is beautiful and we can totally recommend you to visit.

Sacsayhuaman

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Sacsayhuaman is the most popular ruin inside Cuco city. Sacsayhuaman is located only 2 kilometers far from the city. Sacsayhuaman is a nice place to walk around, get great views to the city and to learn about the Inca culture.

ACCOMMODATION IN CUSCO

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Accommodation price can take you around $1015 USD if you stay in a cheap room. For mid budget accommodation starts at $30-50 USD and more than $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Peru.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN PERU

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A total of $5-6 USD can be your daily food budget travel in Cusco. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $2-5 USD. You can get snacks like street foods for $1 USD. You can buy a combination of ceviche and lomo salteado with a drink for only $3 USD.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN CUSCO

You can go to Cusco any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Peru because is the sunniest and also the peak season. October to November is the months ideal for those working with a budget because it is considered the low season in the country.

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ATMS AND CASH IN CUSCO

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The official currency of Peru is called Peruvian Sol (PEN). And $1 USD=3.75 PEN. ATMs and exchange office are available all throughout the city. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transactions tend to be higher for foreign cars. Banco de la Nacion is the only bank which isn’t charging commissions for foreigner cards in Cusco and Peru.

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Bank Fees For Foreigner Cards In Peru

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Most of the banks in Peru will charge fees for foreigner cards in Peru. We only found Banco de la Nacion that wasn’t charging any fee.

Check the list below with the exact fees for foreigner cards in Peru and how much money are you allowed to withdraw in Peru with every bank.

BankAmount Allowed And Fees
Banco De La Nacion400 PEN Withdraw And No Fees
Interbank400 PEN Withdraw And 19 PEN Fees
BCP700 PEN Withdraw And 27 PEN Fees
BBVA400 PEN Withdraw And 25 PEN Fees
ScotiaBank400 PEN Withdraw And 20 PEN Fees

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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