Viva Air Peru – Cheapest flights in Peru?

Viva Air Peru is the new low-cost airline operating in Peru as of 2017. Discover all of the info you need to know about this new airline!

Viva Air comes from the Ryanair group, famous for their low cost flights throughout Europe, and is a sister company of Viva Colombia. They will officially start in May 2017. Viva Air Peru promises some of the lowest fares possible in Peru, and looking simply at the base prices, they seem too good to be true…but are they?

viva air peru - ryanair plane

Below is a list of all additional costs you must factor in to your price calculations when considering whether Viva Air Peru offers real low cost flights to its customers.

Quick Tip: If travelling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as free Wi-Fi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travellers.

1: Baggage Fees

FREE – 6kg very small bag
Viva Air only allows 6kg of hand luggage for FREE. This is the size of a very small bag (or a handbag for ladies). Bags ARE weighed, and if you go over 6kg you can expect to pay a large fine, so be very careful with this.

$60usd Hand Luggage up to 12kg
This is your typical size hand luggage bag.

$50usd Suitcase or Large Backpacks up to 23kg
Your typical bag that travellers would carry with them

 So be careful – 1 large backpack and 1 normal piece of hand luggage could cost you $110usd in addition to the air fare!!

2: Airport Check-In

If you want to check in at the airport, you must pay extra for this service (approx. $5usd). If you choose to check in online, and do not print your boarding pass, you will be fined $15usd to print your boarding pass at the check in counter.

viva air peru - lima airport

3: Choose Your Seat (Sit Together)

If you want to ensure you have a certain seat, or that you and your friends sit together, then you need to pay for this option. Usually the cost is around $10usd. Viva Air is very similar to Ryanair as you can see

Related: Peru Rail: All You Need To Know

4: Food on Board

Unlike LAN, Viva Air do not serve food on board but rather charge for it at higher than normal prices. No free water is provided on their planes either.

5: Cancellation Policies and Customer Service

As Cusco Airport is one of the most dangerous in the world (high altitude and landing is through gaps in the mountains…beautiful but scary), please be aware that flights with smaller companies (Viva, Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines, LCP) get cancelled way more often than LAN. Cusco can have a lot of rain and cloud cover and the smaller airlines use planes that are not equipped for this weather/reduced visibility so they cancel their flights quite a lot.

Be sure to take into account all the above when checking the prices of Viva Air compared to LAN and other airlines.

For getting to and from Lima Airport, the safest way is with Airport Express Lima. It is a cheap luxury bus with free Wi-Fi and usb chargers …some taxi companies are NOT to be trusted.

If you plan to fly to Lima or Cusco, and are looking for some tours to do, we recommend you check out FindLocalTrips which allows you to search and compare tour operators.

If you plan to travel by bus anywhere in Peru (and maybe fly 1 way) in order to see more things, check out our Peru Hop passes.


To book a Tour in Peru we strongly recommend that you use a search and comparison website for tours across all of South America.


  1. martha says

    Quiero viajar a Arequipa y somos 4 personas adultas si mi maleta es normal podría ser osea tamaño grande

    • Lisa Snyders says

      Hola, El tamaño y peso del equipaje que puedes llevar para tu vuelo varia en cada aerolínea. Te recomendaría revisar en el boleto del vuelo ya que usualmente te menciona todo los detalles acerca del equipaje.

  2. luz millones says

    soy insuficiente renal y necesito llevar mi maquina y mis soluciones de dialisis por salud me cobraran exceso mi maquina pesara 10 kilos y mis cajas que son cuatro 20 kilos cada una

    • Lisa Snyders says

      Hola, gracias por su pregunta. En este caso, te sugerería contactar a la misma aerolinea para hacerles esta pregunta. Ellos van a poder darte una respuesta si es que le cobraran un costo adicional o no.

  3. Sara K says

    This airline is trash, don’t use it. The ticket may be cheap but literally everything else is a hidden cost or additional fee. They even intentionally separated people that booked together on my flight and explicitly announced at the beginnig of the flight that seat switching was prohibited and families and friends would be seated together only after they paid an additional charge. Disgusting.

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