"Local Buses" Callao Transportation Tip by grandmaR
Callao Transportation: 4 reviews and 20 photos
Even in Callao, the people use the little local buses. Buses range from repurposed school buses to the regular big tour buses. There are Turistic buses and regular route buses. There is even an ap for the Callao bus routes.
The transportation options consist of a chaotic system of privately owned and operated big buses, medium-sized micros (coasters or microbuses) and combis (small vans). . Each bus has a sign above the windscreen indicating the starting point and the final stop of its route; So if you want to take a bus, you should know something about the streets around the point where you want to go. Normally buses and micros can be waved down at any point of the main road, but best you wait for the right one at a junction or traffic light or just have a look where lots of people are waiting, that's the right point. Fares are fairly cheap: a short ride of a few blocks within a district will set you back with S/. 0.50
At one point of your journey the driver's assistant makes a round through the bus and collects the fare. Have change in your pockets! Also insist on getting the little ticket (this is not only your receipt, but also in case of an accident the insurance cover!).
Shortly before you reach your destination shout "baja" (getting off) or "baja esquina" (getting off at the next corner). When the bus stops get off quickly as the driver will race off immediately again. While taking a bus can be an adveture, if you are in a hurry, better take a cab. The same applies if you have luggage.
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