Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Lima International Airport is called Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez in full. The airport is named after a French aviation pioneer born of Peruvian parents. Chávez died in 1910 trying to fly over the Alps.
Lima Airport is known as one of the best airports in South America.
IATA airport code: LIM
ICAO airport code: SPIM
There's no train connection with Lima Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 16 kilometers northwest of Lima's city center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car: the Avenida Faucet runs in front of the terminal and you can reach the center of the Peruvian capital via this road.
There's no bus station in or near the terminal. You need to walk to the stop on the Avenida Elmer Faucet to catch a city bus. Minibuses (combis) also only stop on that road, not right in front of the terminal. The combis stop along the main roads in Lima (Avenida Abancay, Avenida Tacna and Avenida Wilson).
Car rental Lima Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Three international rental companies are present at Lima Airport: Budget, Dollar and Hertz. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Three taxi companies are allowed to transport passengers from the airport: CMV, Mitsoo and Green Taxis (Taxis Verdes). Their counters can be found just outside the exit of the Arrivals Hall. You can book a taxi here, but you need to negotiate the price yourself. Agree on a clear price; sometimes taxi drivers agree on a price while it's not clear if they mean 'dollars' or 'soles' (the Peruvian currency). Also watch out for 'helpful' men wanting to place your baggage in the trunk of the taxi. They charge ridiculous prices for a job that takes a few seconds and the taxi driver will refuse to leave until you pay the tip.
The short-term parking lot is located right opposite the terminal. You can park for free for 10 minutes, after that you'll be charged 4.50 soles per hour. The large long-term parking lot costs 35 soles per day and is carefully watched. Shuttle buses run from this parking lot to the terminal.
There's one hotel at Lima Airport, the Ramada Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (Tel. +51(0)1 711 2000). Other hotels nearby the airport include Hotel San Antonio Abad (Tel. +51(0)1 447 6766) and Manhattan Inn Airport Hotel (Tel. +51(0)1 260 7651). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Following the renovation of Lima Airport in 2005 there's a large range of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops. Souvenir shops, duty-free shops and typical Peruvian products can be found on Perú Plaza. There's also a large number of eating and drinking facilities, including a place that will be appreciated by smokers: not a poky little room blue with smoke but a real smoker's bar.
You can store your baggage in lockers or deposit it at a desk (Tel. +51(0)1 517 3217). There's a lost-and-found counter in the Arrivals Hall. You can also have your baggage wrapped in plastic.
You'll find several information desks (Tel. +51(0)1 517 3203) scattered around the terminal for inquiries about Lima Airport, flight schedules and airport services. There's also a Tourist Office in the Arrivals Hall.
There are several VIP lounges for Business Class and First Class passengers. Here you can not only drink and eat something, but also read international newspapers, fax, copy and use the internet. Wireless internet is of course available in these lounges. For extensive business facilities, such as renting meeting space or conference rooms, you need to turn to the Ramada Airport Hotel or the Manhattan Inn Airport Hotel (see Hotels).
Lima Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. In addition, parking places have been reserved for disabled travelers near the terminal entrance.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. At the Telefonica office in the central hall you can fax, copy and make international telephone calls. There's also a post office, a pharmacy, internet cafés and possibilities to rent cell phones. There's a First Aid station (Sanidad Aérea) in the Arrivals Hall of the domestic terminal.
Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez
Avenida Elmer Faucett Avenue
Callao Apartado 680
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +51(0)1 517 3100
Fax: +51(0)1 517 3464
Email: via contact form (Spanish)
IATA airport code: LIM
ICAO airport code: SPIM