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Arequipa to Cusco Bus Service

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Arequipa to Cusco Bus Timings & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Transzela 06:30 21:30 1 hrs 0 mins
Expreso Turismo Real 21:00 21:00 10 hrs 0 mins
Jean Buss 19:30 20:45 11 hrs 15 mins
Turismo J Nazareno 20:30 20:30 12 hrs 0 mins
Power 19:15 19:15 11 hrs 0 mins

Arequipa to Cusco Bus

Arequipa (known as the white city) and Cusco (the world’s umbilicus), the most tourism attraction cities fo Peru, are separeted by 299 mi (482 km) of travel on the highway. If you want to do the route Arequipa - Cusco you will find a varied offer of the transportation service by the companies Oltursa, Tepsa, Movil Tours and Civa. The cost of the bus tickets is s/. 40 to s/. 110. The average length of the route is 11 hours with any of the already mentioned companies. During the trip you will see from your comfortable seat, the diversity of the geography that offers the dry and sunny climate of the white city. If you are a traveller that prefers the daytime journeys you have the option of the buses leaving at 9:30 a.m. You can also choose the schedule from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. The terminals in Arequipa can be found next to the international bus station. In Cusco the terminals are located close to the Vía Evitamiento.



  • Terminal Terrestre Arequipa
  • Terrapuerto Arequipa


  • Terminal Terrestre Cusco
  • Terminal Terrestre De Cusco

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    Why book a Arequipa to Cusco bus with redBus?

    You can also time-to-time redBus offers while booking your bus tickets online from Arequipa to Cusco. Follow a simple, fast and secure bus booking procedure. This helps save time and also helps to create a joyful travel experience!

    Buses from Cusco to Arequipa

    If you already acquired your tickets to travel from Arequipa to Cusco and you are looking for a return trip, you can buy them easily on our platform. We have many bus operators that travel through this route, that departs at different times to give the passengers more options. So, what are you waiting for? Buy your bus tickets from Cusco to Arequipa with redBus. 

    About Arequipa

    The name Arequipa comes from the quechua word “ari-que-pay”, that refers to a legend about the inca Mayta Cápac; in the legend his subjects, impressed by the beauty of the place, asked him to stay and the inca answered: “yes, stay” (ari-que-pay).In the inca period the incas left the Arequipa territory in search of new places to conquer. The official foundation of the city took place in 1540, by the Spanish who arrived there to take advantage of the mines of the area in the colonial period.The city prospered quickly due to its advisable location in the mining transit path, becoming the most important commercial city, and standing out for its loyalty to the Spanish crown.During the republic, Arequipa was the place where concentrated most of the uprisings and social and political conflicts, what (later on time) would deserve its title of “Hero city of the free people of Arequipa”. Nowadays the city of Arequipa is one of the metropolis of higher economic, cultural and touristic importance inside the country.

    About Cusco

    Cusco is a city that is located in the southeast of Peru. It is located on the eastern slope of the Andes mountain range, in the Huatanay river basin, a tributary of Vilcanota. In addition, it is considered the historical capital of the country, according to the Peruvian constitution. The city is the seventh most populous in the country and has a population of 437,538 inhabitants. In the past, it was the capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most important cities of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Throughout the colonial era, various works were built that today are the main attractions of the city for their beauty and history. Some of these built works are churches, palaces, and baroque and neoclassical squares. 


    How can I buy my bus ticket online in Peru?

    You can purchase a ticket for the bus of your choice to any destination in Peru by logging in to the official redBus site which is . This website is easy to use and you can buy your bus ticket in a matter of minutes.

    How do I buy a bus ticket from Arequipa from Cusco?

    You can visit one of the terminals in Arequipa and visit the counter of the bus company of your choice, wait your turn in the attention queue, select the seat you want and buy your ticket. But if you prefer to avoid all that, you can simply enter and buy your bus ticket online in just 5 minutes and with the comfort of your home or office.

    Should I print my bus ticket before boarding?

    Yes, you must print it out before boarding, remember that all passengers will have to print their bus ticket that was sent to their email in PDF format and then be exchanged for a physical ticket at the counter of the bus company with which you are going to make the trip.

    Can I reschedule my trip after buying my ticket?

    Yes, you can, but this feature is limited to only a few bus companies in Peru. Please contact the bus company of your choice if you need to make any changes.

    How can I pay for my bus fare on the redBus Web site?

    At redBus we have several payment methods that we offer our customers. The most common for most of them are credit cards but you can check all of them on the home page of the site

    Are there special offers or discounts in redbus for the route of Arequipa to Cusco?

    Be sure to look for the best promotions that redBus has for all its travelers. Go to: and choose your best option.

    What is the distance between Arequipa and Cusco?

    The distance is 508 km

    How long does it take to go from Arequipa to Cusco?

    Approximately the trip takes 9 hours and 8 minutes.

    How many departures are there from Arequipa to Cusco?

    Approximately you can find between 3 to 5 departures daily.

    Which bus companies offer the route Arequipa to Cusco?

    For now, there are no active bus companies to cover this route.

    Which bus companies have the most departures for the Arequipa to Cusco?

    Civa has the most daily departures from Arequipa to Cusco.

    From which bus terminals can I travel from Arequipa to Cusco?

    The Cusco terminal is the main departure point.

    If my DNI has expired, can I travel?

    Yes, you can travel with your DNI or passport even if it has expired.

    What documents are required for underage people to travel?

    For children, it is necessary to also present a notarial authorization, signed by the parents allowing the trip, with their IDs attached to the document. In case of the decease of any of the parents, or if the child is only recognized by one of them, the consent of the surviving parent will be enough.

    Can I buy open-date tickets in redBus?

    Unfortunately, no. However, you can reschedule the travel date by contacting the bus operator. This feature is limited to just a few companies.

    Do bus operators offer lunch on the route from Arequipa to Cusco?

    As a prevention measure against COVID-19, bus operators do NOT hand lunch to the passengers during the trip, so we recommend you to eat before boarding.

    Cusco Weather

    In Cusco, they have a rainy season where the weather is cloudy, the dry season does not have as much fog and throughout the year the weather is cool. The city's temperature can go up to 22 ° C or conversely, go down to -2 ° C. In general, the best months to visit this city are between the end of April until June. 

    Hotels in Cusco

    Knowing the city of Cusco is a great option, visit a city full of history between culture and its people. You have at your disposal many hotel options, this will help you have the best trip if you do it with family, friends, or partner. 

    Tierra Viva Hotel Cusco centro

    - 390 Cruz Verde street, Cusco’s downtown, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 324.00

    - Services: It has individual, double, and double deluxe rooms. Wifi. Laundry service. Minibar. 24 reception. Includes breakfast.

    Sonesta Hotel Cusco

    - 954 El Sol Avenue, Cusco’s downtown, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 270.00

    - Services: It has individual, double, double executive, and triple rooms. Wifi. Room service. Bar. Restaurant. Includes breakfast.

    Inka Home

    - 103 Centenario avenue, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 113.00

    - Services: It has individual, double, and triple rooms, suite, and executive suites. Wifi. Laundry service. Free parking. Includes breakfast.

    Hawka Inka Hostal

    - 388 Ccocacalle street, Cusco’s downtown, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 85.00

    - Services: It has individual, double, and familiar rooms. Wifi. Pet friendly. Balcony. Includes breakfast.

    Cooper Hotel Boutique, Cusco

    - 364 Santa Teresa street, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 259.00

    - Services: It has individual, double, and superior double rooms, and executive suites. Wifi. Bar. Restaurant. Room service. Includes breakfast.

    Restaurantes & Bars in Cusco

    Cusco offers not only many landscapes to visit and history to know. On the gastronomic side, it also has typical dishes that will make a better experience. Try their soup dishes and learn about the history of the city reflected in their dishes.

    ● Inkazuela Restaurant

    - 167 Nazarenas Plaza 2nd floor, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 22.00

    ● Inti Raymi Restaurant

    - 259 Santo Domingo Plaza, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 70.00

    ● Kusikuy

    - 140 Amargura street, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 23.00

    ● Yaku

    - Huaynapata street, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 8.00

    ● Rucula

    - 266 Ataud street, Cusco

    - Prices: From S/ 10.00 

    The most tourist places in Cusco

    ● Plaza de Armas del Cusco: This place is a large park built by the Incas. Around this plaza are the most important buildings in the city, such as the cathedral. Today you can also find tourism agencies and restaurants.

    ● The San Blas neighborhood: This neighborhood is very popular due to its old mansions, it seems that it continues to live in the previous century. In addition, every Saturday fairs are held here where you can buy local crafts and gastronomy.

    ● Sacsayhuamán: Located 2 kilometers from the city, it is an Inca building that was built during the government of the Inca Pachacútec and that ended with Huayna Cápac. It receives thousands of tourists annually due to its large size and historical importance. 

    Important dates in Cusco

    ● February - Carnivals: On this date fun and joy prevail as the neighbors play with each other, throwing water and talc, sharing food, and dancing among themselves. A very strong tradition of this event is the practice of the yunza, where a tree that has been previously decorated is cut down.

    ● End of May - Festival of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit'i: It is a religious festival that has been taking place for more than 2 centuries. It consists of a perenigration towards the Sinakara Sanctuary, located at 4600 meters above sea level, where fireworks are danced, sung, and lit.

    ● June - Inti Raymi: Here, the Inti, Sun god is worshiped. Every year there is a representation of the Inti Raymi in Inca times, an event that attracts thousands of tourists during this date. 

    How to reach Cusco?

    Cusco by bus: The distance between Cusco and Arequipa is 490 km approximately. The travel time by land is 11 hours.

    How to move around Cusco?

    In order to mobilize in the city of Cusco, you have two options for your choice.

    ● Public bus: It is the most popular form among people who visit this city. It is the cheapest option, the ticket can cost you between 2 to 4 soles.

    ● Taxi: This is the fastest way to get around the city. It is not necessary to look for more people in whereabouts, you can go to your destination from the beginning. For you to enjoy this service, you must pay a little more than a bus. 

    Gastronomy in Cusco

    In the city of Cusco, you will try delicious dishes such as:

    - Chairo

    - Quinoa soup

    - Cuy al horno 

    Things to buy in Cusco

    The most typical souvenirs that you can buy in Cusco are:

    - Altarpieces

    - Alpaca clothing

    - Burinados Mates 

    Cusco Facts

    Cusco is a city that has a lot of history. Visiting it will be a great option that you will never forget. You can visit one of the 7 wonders of the world and also know how the Inca empire lived in society many years ago. 

    Bus operators of the route Arequipa to Cusco

    ● Romeliza

    ● Movil Tours

    ● Transzela

    ● Movil Bus

    ● Oltursa

    ● Transportes Cromotex

    ● Turismo Puma

    In conclusion:

    Cusco is a city that you should definitely visit. It has one of the 7 wonders of the world and there is no reason to see it live and direct. You will be able to know a city rich in culture and with varied gastronomy.

    Looking for cheap tickets from Arequipa to Cusco?

    Are you thinking about taking a vacation, a business trip or want to visit your family in Cusco, do not worry! at redBus you can find the best prices from the most important bus companies in Peru, just check the list of companies and schedules that appear in the results and get the best rates with the best low-cost prices so that your trip is not only comfortable and enjoyable but also economical. so do not hesitate and buy your ticket at redBus.

    How to get cheap bus tickets from Arequipa to Cusco?

    Do you want to travel to Cusco from Arequipa but it's out of your budget? Don't worry about it. At redBus we have many offers and discounts that you can take advantage of for your vacations, business trips or to visit your family.

    Measures against COVID-19 on the Arequipa to Cusco route

    To ease the impact of COVID-19, every passenger should:

    - Not forget the Declaracion Jurada! Without this document, you won't be able to access the bus. You can download it through these links:

    For passengers

    For passengers over 65

    For passengers under 14

    - Always wear your mask. Also, carry a spare one in case of emergency, and hand sanitizer.

    - Take only the necessary luggage.

    You will find more information here.

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