Lima

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Lima?

Do you need a car in Lima > Should you rent a car in Lima Peru > Lima ( LIM )

Any mention of visiting Peru is naturally first going to bring up the country’s jewel in the crown that is Machu Picchu, but any visit to this undoubted wonder of the Americas really needs to start in the city of Cuzco, rather than Lima.

You might want to start a Peruvian road trip in Lima and then head towards Machu Picchu as the highlight, but you are looking at a full day of driving, or perhaps a very long overnight bus trip. It’s no wonder that most people with the means to get to Peru in the first place will travel on to Cuzco by internal flight.

Do you need a car in Lima? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Needless to say, Lima isn’t the sort of city where there’s any point in getting a hire car just to drive around, and there is certainly no point if you are only stopping here briefly before continuing on elsewhere. However, Lima also sits as a major gateway to the Andes mountains, and as such, the city provides access to some of the most breathtaking roads anywhere in the world.

Why should you rent a car in Lima?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Lima?

Lima Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€135

 #157/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 388 - of which 200 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

52%

#118/300

 

Now we do need to be very clear about what these roads entail – hugging to the sides of steep cliff faces, with sheer, unforgiving, drops that aren’t for those of a nervous disposition, whether they are doing the driving or not.

 

Why not? Visiting Lima without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Lima public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

40%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Lima. 

30%

To follow.

Ratings

Car rental in - Lima Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Lima?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Lima?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Lima?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Lima if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Lima if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Lima if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Lima on the Carornocar scale?

2

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

So maybe Lima isn’t somewhere where you want to rent a car and drive it yourself, but it is certainly a city from where you will want to start a road trip of some sort, and for this reason, and with this caveat, our recommendation is a yes, quite possibly as a hired car with driver or private tour.

Would you hire a car in Lima?

Have you driven in Lima? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Lima?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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