Transportes Flores was founded in Tacna in the early 1970s, beginning life as a short-hop passenger service in and around Peru’s southernmost city. By the end of the 70s, Flores began to push beyond its inter-provincial routes, connecting cities throughout the south and beyond.
The full name of the company is Empresa de Transportes Flores Hnos. S.R.L and goes to all major coastal destinations; inland to Arequipa, Puno, and Cusco.
Flores Domestic Coverage
Today, Flores serves all major destinations along the Peruvian coast. From its hub in Lima, the company stops at all major destinations on the north coast of Peru, including Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, and Tumbes (as well as inland to Cajamarca). Heading south, Flores serves major coastal destinations such as Ica, Nazca, and Tacna, as well as major destinations further inland, including Arequipa, Puno, and Cusco.
Flores does not offer any international services at this time.
Comfort and Bus Classes
Flores runs four classes of bus; Servicio Premium, Servicio Ejecutivo, Imperial Dorado and Súper Dorado. The Premium and Ejecutivo classes are the economy options; if you’re traveling a long distance, it’s a good idea to pay a little extra for one of the Dorado classes. Imperial Dorado and Súper Dorado (the most expensive option) are more comfortable, more reliable and have superior onboard services.
In terms of comfort and onboard attention, Flores is a midrange bus company. The Súper Dorado option is good but lacks the overall sophistication of top-end companies such as Cruz del Sur.
Flores Safety Concerns
The two economy services offered by Flores are not always reliable, with some of the buses showing their age.
And while the two Dorado options are worth considering, you might be better off paying a little extra for a company such as Cruz del Sur or Ormeño rather than taking one of the economy options offered by Flores.