When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Lima Peru?
The peak tourist season hits in July and August across most of the country and in December and January on the coast. Cheap flights to Lima are most readily available during the shoulder season in April-June and September-October. Airfares on Lima flights are lower and there are fewer tourists at this time. Although, the hiking season begins in spring, so trails may be busy at this time.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Lima Peru?
To get the best deals on flights to Lima, it’s advisable to book your tickets three or four months before your proposed travel dates; this tends to be when return flights are at their cheapest. Comparing rates across a few weeks will ensure you don’t miss out on any deals, since prices will vary from week to week. Midweek departures and last-minute flights tend to offer a lower rate.
Flying to Lima Airport (LIM)
Lima Airport, also known as Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), is Peru’s main airport for both international and domestic air traffic. It’s located around 11 kilometres from Lima. The only direct flights available from the UK to Lima are from London Gatwick with British Airways. They depart three times a week and clock in at around 11.5 to 13.5 hours. A direct flight such as this tends to be the cheapest option for a London departure, even during peak times. Several indirect routes are also available from London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. However, indirect return flights can be more expensive. Depending on the airline, stopovers will occur in northern Europe, Brazil or the USA. Other than British Airways, carriers operating flights to Lima include Latam Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Iberia, Air France, KLM and Air Canada.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Lima Airport (LIM) is a single terminal airport and is ranked as one of South America’s busiest airports. Upon arrival of your Lima flights, you will have to fill in a TAM (Andean Migration Card), which acts as your visa. Hold on to this as you will need it for your return journey. After collecting your luggage, proceed to customs where officials may perform a check on your baggage to ensure everything is in order. The airport features a selection of dining and shopping opportunities, as well as access to lounges, showers and 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi.
Getting to the City from Lima Airport (LIM)
The airport is well connected to the city. Situated just 11 kilometres from the city centre, it won’t take long to reach your accommodation. After coming through customs, you’ll find yourself in the Arrivals Hall. From here, you can rent a car – it’s recommended to either book one of these taxis before leaving the airport or have your accommodation book a taxi for you. Alternatively, you can take the Airport Express Lima bus that will take you right into the heart of the city.
Why visit Lima Peru?
Known as the City of Kings, the Peruvian capital is a dynamic metropolis that’s full of creativity. Take the time to wander through the city, starting at the Plaza de Armas, where you’ll find the Presidential Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace. Both are must-sees for their intricate architecture and the latter’s iconic wooden balcony. Then, just a short walk away, is the San Francisco convent that dates to the very start of the Spanish conquest. Buried deep below its walls are the catacombs, the largest of their kind after Paris, with the remains of over 25,000 people.
Of course, relaxing on one of Lima’s many beaches is always an acceptable pastime. Just be sure to get there early at weekends to beat the rush. You can also party it up Peruvian style by visiting one of the peñas; these are local dance halls playing traditional Peruvian and Andean music.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
When travelling to Peru for the purposes of tourism, you do not need a visa. However, your passport should be valid for at least six months. You will also need to apply for a special permit if you plan on signing any contracts while in Peru, which includes car and holiday rentals. The currency is the Peruvian sol. Generally, you will get a better exchange rate in Peru itself rather than exchanging money before you travel. It’s advised only to exchange money at a bank or Bureau de Change to prevent being given false notes.