Velasco Astete airport, which is commonly known as the Cusco airport is located only 6 kilometres from the historic centre of Cusco. As Cusco is the starting point for all explorations, including the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo you need to know about the possible transportation options that are available around.
The bus is the cheapest option for getting from Cusco airport to Cusco historic centre. The closest bus station is the Pecsa Petrol Station, and public buses stop in front of the airport. There is no set schedule for buses in Cusco. However, if you wait a little while, you should be able to catch one. Depending on where you wish to go, Cusco bus rates can be as little as 1-2 PEN, or less than 1 USD. The bus ride to Cusco’s city centre takes 30 to 40 minutes.
Using the “combis,” or local private minibuses is another practical method of getting from Cusco airport to Cusco. Combis stop near the airport’s terminal exit and follow predetermined itineraries. So be careful not to sit in the wrong one. They also don’t have a set schedule, just like buses, although they run very regularly, so you just have to wait and see. Depending on where you wish to go, the Combi fares in Cusco might cost anywhere from 1 to 3 PEN or less than 1 USD.
Taxis are another popular but more pricey option for getting from Cusco airport to Cusco. Taxis for airport transfers are available at the airport. However, you should plan to spend between $10 and $15 to get to the city centre. You must leave the terminal to find the normal Cusco taxi drivers if you want to take a cheaper choice; these taxis don’t have meters, so the price will ultimately rely on how effectively you can negotiate. However, if you’re searching for a general guideline, it can range from 5 to 10 USD. Additionally, you can book a car from the Cusco airport using the Cabify, InDriver, and Uber apps. Based on the type of vehicle you select and where in Cusco you want to go, the cost will be comparable to a taxi or maybe even a little less. Due to traffic, the trip from Cusco airport to Cusco city centre will take 20-25 minutes.
By car rentals
If you want to explore Cusco and Peru on your own, the best option is to rent a car at the airport. There are a few of the more well-known vehicle rental companies, like Hertz and Sixt. However, it is preferable if you can book online in order to avoid disappointment later on. Based on where you want to go and the type of car you pick, the typical cost of a car hire in Cusco is between 45 and 90 USD. Depending on traffic, the trip from Cusco airport to Cusco city center will take 20-25 minutes.