Exceptional Experiences Using Uber in Lima, Perú

by Miguel R. Quinones


Lima is one of those major cities in which using taxis can be a complete hassle. For starters, taxis in Lima do not use a meter, so fares are determined by drivers. As such, fares should be negotiated before getting in to the taxi and that can be tricky, especially if you do not speak Spanish. On the other hand, Lima can get really hot and I am not sure if there is a single taxi in the city with a working a/c. Last but certainly not least, Lima taxis are far from safe. So what is the best way to move around Lima? The answer is simple: Uber.

I recently spent a couple of days in the Peruvian capital. In total, we took eight Ubers. For seven of the eight rides the experiences warranted a five-star rating. The only time I did not give a perfect rating I gave a three-star rating because the driver alleged his a/c was not working. Best of all, despite spending an average of  20 minutes on each of our rides, our fare only exceeded $9 twice, with one of those being our return to the airport, a 46 minute ride whose total was only $17.92.

Do keep in mind that “black cars” in Lima are far from what we would consider black cars in the U.S. For example, a Toyota Corolla is considered a black card there.

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For what it’s worth, I am not a fan of requesting Ubers from the airport, so for our ride from the airport to the city we used Lima Cabs and also had a very good experience.

Bottom Line 

If travelling to Lima, Uber appears to be by far the cheapest, safest and most comfortable way to move around the city.

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Sean April 16, 2016 - 1:52 pm

It might be more convenient- but much more expensive than a regular taxi I would say. And I am a gringo that does not speak Spanish.

Also, you cannot complain about a driver not using the AC in Peru, as 99.9% of taxi drivers do not use car AC, for whatever reason … That is just the way it is.

Miguel R. Quinones April 18, 2016 - 9:54 am

Sean, Uber in Lima might be more expensive than taxis, but still extremely cheap overall.

As for A/C, that is one of the reasons to choose Uber over taxis. Most have perfectly functioning A/C.

Mike April 17, 2016 - 8:11 am

You can get a cheaper rate in lima if you walk outside the airport and get a cab out there… Sometimes as much as half off for a ride to Mira flores.. However it is riskier and not something I would recommend at night.

Miguel R. Quinones April 18, 2016 - 9:56 am

I paid $29 to Miraflores from the airport with Lima Cabs (plus tip) and then a little under $18 as mentioned above from Miraflores to the airport. Both were cheap, but I found the Uber rate to be incredibly cheap, particularly considering it was on a “black car”.

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