Getting Around, Callao Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Callao, Peru)

Image of the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM)The port of Callao is served by a range of transport, including buses and the famous Ferrocarril Central Andino railway. This is actually one of the world's highest railway lines and trains travel from Callao to almost 5,000 metres / 16,400 feet above sea level.

Callao is also home to its very own airport, the Jorge Chávez International Airport, which serves the entire Lima region and has long been Peru's premier international and domestic air facility. The Jorge Chávez Airport is just 16 km / 10 miles from downtown Lima and the main point of entry for the majority of tourists heading into Peru, serving over 12 million passengers annually and offering various travel options. Minibus 'combi' transport is available at Callao's airport, along with a very limited train service travelling into Lima.

Close-up picture of the Jorge Chavez Airport terminal

Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) / Arriving by Air

Address: Elmer Faucett Avenue / Nestor Gambretta, Callao, Lima, Peru, PE
Tel: +51 01 517 3100
Some of the most popular global destinations include Amsterdam, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles>, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile and also Toronto. Domestic airlines, such as Star Peru and TACA, travel from Callao's airport to the Peruvian cities of Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna and Trujillo, amongst others.

Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) Guide

View of road leading to and from the airport

Car Rental

Both Callao and Lima are hectic cities and whilst 24-hour car rental is available at the Jorge Chávez Airport, many holiday makers simply prefer to use public transportation, or hire a car with a driver. However, driving around in your very own set of wheels will allow you to properly explore this part of Peru at your own pace. Be warned that the roads to Huancavelica can be uneven and rather dusty at times, and parking in central Lima is very difficult.

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Buses and Coaches

Taking a ride onboard the minibus transport in Callao and Lima is always a memorable adventure. These buses are small, slow and often very overcrowded. On the plus side, minibuses are exceptionally cheap and in plentiful supply. The windscreen of the bus usually has a destination card clearly on view, so you can be sure that you know where you are travelling.


The Ferrocarril Central Andino railway connects the port of Callao with Lima, Huancayo and also the city of Cerro de Pasco, running parallel with the Rimac River for the first part of this route. Trains tend to travel between Callao and Huancayo just once a week, from April to October.