El Metropolitano

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El Metropolitano
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alanlid
Oxford, UK276 contributions
The way to go (at the right time)
Oct 2019
Getting around Lima can be quite a nightmare, since there is no metro (subway) system, the (car) traffic has mushroomed in recent years and the infrastructure can't cope. The result is endless jams, delays, contamination and - especially in the crowded Centro histórico, where the streets are cramped - constant blaring of horns (despite the frequent signs saying that drivers will be fined for gratuitous use of the klaxon). Taxis are common and quite cheap - but they add to the problem, are often slow (because of the traffic - the drivers are anything. but slow!) and of course, visitors can be leery of picking up a taxi at random. The Metropolitano bus service is a major step in the right direction and provides fast, cheap, public transport on a designated route (track), avoiding the traffic. Plastic cards are loaded with credit (each trip costs 2.5 soles - about 0.75c US). We got from Mirafores to (near) the Centro Histórico (Plaza de Armas), a distance of some 10kms - in about 15-20 mins; a taxi might have taken twice as long. Unfortunately, the system is still very limited in scope, but if you stay - as we did, in Miraflores, there are stations close by that take you north into town. Destinations are flashed up on a screen, so it's easy to know when to get off.. One major caveat: on the way into town (about 10am on a Saturday), there was plenty of room on the bus; coming back about 3 hours later it was jammed full - which means getting on and off involves some scrimmaging. Not fo the faint-hearted. But if you choose your times (e..g, avoid rush hour!) it's a good service.
Written 8 October 2019
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Deanne D
Wellington, New Zealand1,417 contributions
Very efficient
Jul 2019 • Couples
This travel system is very efficient but super packed at peak times. There are massive queues to get on and people to push you in when it is super busy. It costs 5 soles for a card and then 2.50 soles each ride. Great system. Just make sure you travel outside of peak times.
Written 10 July 2019
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Pantherboy
Georgetown, Australia3,463 contributions
Quick, cheap and easy to use
May 2019 • Solo
El Metropolitano is a mass transit bus system that runs down the middle of the Freeways and major roads in dedicated zones. It has Express and all station services. It is easily the fastest way to get to many places around the city, including from Miraflores and Barranco to the city centre. You need to purchase a card for 4.50 sol and recharge it for your trips. Each trip is 2.50 sol (about 1.08 AUD). Once you know what you're doing, it is very easy to use. If not sure, ask at the station, they are very helpful. Just check your journey - lines and stations before you go. Beats having to deal with the the heavy Lima traffic in Taxis or cars - easily. They move along fast, but they are generally crowded. The trips are quick though!
Written 10 May 2019
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MicheleNick5555
Edegem, Belgium108 contributions
Super crowdy but fast
Jan 2019 • Couples
The Metropolitano are buses that have their own lane on the highway. This means it is the fastest transportation from Miraflores to the city center. Of course this also means the buses are crowded which made it difficult to step off the bus. To enter the Metropolitano you need to buy a metrocard which costs 4,5 soles (you can use the card for as many pax you want) One ride costs 2,5 soles. The machine does not return money which made us loose a couple of soles...
Written 3 February 2019
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Paul E
Antwerp, Belgium221 contributions
Very easy and fast trasport from Miraflores to the old city centre.
Aug 2018 • Solo
You need a special card for this bus service, first time you need to buy it at the bus station, in one of the machines, so very handy to have some small change with you. The machine doesn't return money.
As from there on, a piece of cake. there are maps in the stations, on the bus, very clear where you are. Google maps can tell you where to get of.
There are several lines through Lima, make sure you get the correct one. But people at the hotel will certainly be able to help.
Written 6 November 2018
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Brian R
St. Neots, UK216 contributions
A cheap and efficient way to get from Miraflores to the city centre
Oct 2018 • Solo
if you don't mind the crush when it is busy this is a good way to get to or from Barranco and Miraflores and the city centre. You 'buy' a card and add money to it t cover the cost of each trip which works pretty well.
Written 3 November 2018
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seattaxi
Cambridge, UK1,115 contributions
Mass transit
Aug 2018 • Couples
The fastest way to get around Lima though somewhat limited in extent. We used it to get from Miraflores to central Lima. The buses are on a dedicated and segregated road so they travel very fast.

You can buy a card and top it up from the payment machines at each station. Journeys cost two sols fifty, about eighty US cents.
Written 3 August 2018
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seagullrob
Scarborough, Australia5,934 contributions
Public Transport
Mar 2018 • Solo
I used this system for a (return) journey from Miraflores to the historic centre of Lima and back.
It was a Friday night, and was very busy - packed on the way in; less so later when I returned.
It's not too difficult to navigate, but you do need to know your stops. then you can plan a route. There are some express buses too. It flows well on the freeway.
There are transport officials who can help you to get the necessary plastic card and load it with money.
Its a pretty standard mass public transport system.
Written 12 April 2018
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srto01
Tel Aviv, Israel48 contributions
fast ride but too crowded
Apr 2018
the metropolitano is very fast as it has its own lane through the city. It is crowded and sometimes you need to wait for the following one to go inside. You need a rechargeable ticket or give 2.5 s/. to somebody to let you in.
Written 3 April 2018
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,590 contributions
Easy squeezy bus trip
Jan 2018 • Friends
We use the Metropolitan a few times and found it crazy busy but compared to say Japan – not so busy. It’s easy to get around and relatively inexpensive. Expect to stand and expect that you need to give your seat up for elderly, pregnant, disabled etc. You will be frowned upon if you don’t. But locals will offer your seat which is very nice. As it has its own roadway, it doesn’t have to worry about the traffic so it can be a bonus at peak hour (except that the bus is full!)

Getting on and off takes a bit of courage as the bus is level with the station so be ready to let off the passengers and then jump straight on and beware that the doors struggle to shut sometimes. In the afternoon the stench of body odour on a hot day can be a little overwhelming.

So let me summarise that this is a fast way of getting say from Miraflores to the Plaza de Armas also known as Plaza Mayor where most tourists want to go. It will take around 20 minutes. Taxis will take longer and cost more so do try the bus. Best station to use at the Milaflores end we found was Benivida. You need to purchase a Bus Card which costs around 4 – 5 soles and then load it with soles. I’d start with 10 and see how it goes. You can load one card with enough money for a few people therefore negating having to get more cards. Buy your first one from the sales window rather than the machines that dispense them as they can be clunky.
Like any public transport anywhere in the world - watch your valuables
Written 11 January 2018
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