Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, is arguably the second most visited attraction in Peru, after Machu Picchu. Puno the Folkloric Capital of Peru serves as the gateway to Lake Titicaca.
Travelers traveling from Cusco to Puno are often muddled in choosing the best and safe mode of transport. In this post, we have compiled the best ways of transport from Cusco to Puno and the pros and cons of choosing them.
The cheapest, safest, and most preferred mode of transport from Cusco to Puno is by bus. Many bus companies serve this route, and some have multiple daily departures. The route is also served by busses operating from Cusco to Copacabana or La Paz in Bolivia.
Yes, this is the best option to reach Puno from Cusco.
Busses in Peru are relatively safer and due to overgrowing competition among most companies, they go above and beyond in offering optimum service to their passengers. Most of them have reclining seats and some even offer meal services onboard.
Busses from Cusco depart from the main Bus Station which is 11 kilometers away from the main square of Cusco, with an exception of Cruz del Sur which departs from its own terminal. The bus terminal in Puno is just 1.7 kilometers away from the main square where most hotels and hostels are located.
Pros of traveling by bus from Cusco to Puno:
Travel Time: 7.5 Hours
Price: 10 – 15 USD (each way)
Juliaca’s Inca Manco Capac International Airport (JUL) serves the city of Puno. It is 32 kilometers away from Puno and takes 45 minutes to an hour by road to get there.
As of 2022, only LATAM Airlines has one daily direct scheduled flight between these two cities. Most airlines operate with a stopover in Lima, the capital city of Peru.
Pros of traveling by flight:
Cons of traveling by flight:
Price: 65-100 USD (each way)
This is an elegant way to reach Puno from Cusco by embarking on a ride on this luxurious pull man style train service operated by Peru Rail with their flagship service in South America, Belmond Andean Explorer service. The 10.5-hour overnight trip on a luxury train ride offers a lifetime experience.
Pros of traveling by train from Cusco to Puno:
Cons of traveling by train from Cusco to Puno:
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