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Train to Machu Picchu

The Train to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. The train from Cusco to Machu Picchu winds along the Sacred Urubamba River before arriving at the Seventh Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. The Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu receives 5940 visitors every day. 90% of these tourists arrive via the train to Machu Picchu. Even though there are two railway companies (PeruRail or Inca Rail) that operate on the Machu Picchu route, it is not always possible to find tickets because of the high demand. For this reason it is a very good idea to make your reservations for your Machu Picchu train tickets well in advance. That way you can avoid hassles.

Train to Machu Picchu
Train to Machu Picchu

With the objective of guaranteeing you an excellent trip to the Incan City of Machu Picchu, we offer you the opportunity to reserve your PERURAIL train tickets to Machu Picchu on this web-page. From the comfort of your own home you can choose your level of service and the arrival and departure times of your train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We will find you the very best price, and we will not charge you any sort of commission or extra fees. We will then email your ticket to you.

If you would like to reserve your Machu Picchu train tickets with us, all you have to do is fill out the following form. That will enable us to make your reservations.

 

Which train should you choose in order to travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

Both PeruRail and Inca Rail have adequate service. Both lines will get you there. Your choice of companies depends on the level of service that you desire. PeruRail is definitely the company which offers the more frequent service and the larger choice of available tickets.

  • PerúRail is the principle railway company for both passengers and freight in southern Peru. It operates on various routes. Of course, the most famous route of all is the Poroy – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes ( Machu Picchu Pueblo) route. They offer four distinct levels of service on their tourist trains to Machu Picchu. The luxurious Hiram Bingham Train; the Sacred Valley Train, the Vistadome Train, and the Expedition Train. They also operate a local train that is only available to local residents and Peruvian travelers.
  • Inca Rail is the second company that offers train service from Cusco to Machu Picchu. The services that they offer are: The Voyager, The 360º, The First Class and The Private.

Prices and hourly Schedule for PERURAIL trains from Cusco to Machu Picchu

  • Point of Departure: Poroy station, Urubamba station or Ollantaytambo station.
  • Destination: Aguas Calientes station.
EstationTrainLeavesArrivesUSD
PoroyExpedition 3306:4009:5470
PoroyVistadome 3107:3510:52105
PoroyVistadome 20508:2512:11115
PoroyHiram Bingham 1109:0512:24450
UrubambaVistadome 60106:5009:2495
UrubambaSacred Valley 9110:3013:34170
OllantaytamboExpedition 7105:0506:3565
OllantaytamboExpedition 8106:1007:4065
OllantaytamboExpedition 8307:4509:1565
OllantaytamboExpedition 3308:2909:5465
OllantaytamboExpedition 9111:5213:3465
OllantaytamboExpedition 7312:5514:2565
OllantaytamboExpedition 7519:0420:4565
OllantaytamboExpedition 5121:0022:4555
OllantaytamboSacred Valley 9111:5213:34170
OllantaytamboVistadome 30107:0508:2795
OllantaytamboVistadome 60108:0009:2595
OllantaytamboVistadome 50108:5310:2985
OllantaytamboVistadome 3109:1510:5295
OllantaytamboVistadome 20310:3212:1185
OllantaytamboVistadome 30313:2714:5075
OllantaytamboVistadome 60315:3717:0285

Prices and PERURAIL train schedule from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

  • Point of Departure: Aguas Calientes station.
  • Destination: Poroy station, Urubamba station or Ollantaytambo station.
TrainLeavesArrivesPriceEstation
Expedition 3305:3507:4455Ollantaytambo
Expedition 7208:5310:5255Ollantaytambo
Expedition 7414:5216:3165Ollantaytambo
Expedition 3415:2017:0865Ollantaytambo
Expedition 50416:2218:1065Ollantaytambo
Expedition 8418:2020:0565Ollantaytambo
Expedition 8620:5022:2065Ollantaytambo
Expedition 7621:5023:3555Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 30210:5512:3275Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 20413:3715:0475Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 30415:4817:29110Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 50416:2218:1095Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 3216:4318:31110Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 60417:2319:0595Ollantaytambo
Vistadome 60618:1019:5185Ollantaytambo
Sacred Valley 9219:3021:28170Ollantaytambo
Sacred Valley 9219:3022:37170Urubamba
Vistadome 30415:4818:43110Urubamba
Expedition 3415:2019:0565Poroy
Vistadome 3216:4320:23115Poroy
Vistadome 60417:2320:52110Poroy
Hiram Bingham 1117:5021:16430Poroy

Which type of service should I choose when traveling to Machu Picchu?

That would depend on your budget and the level of service that you would like to enjoy.

The Belmond Hiram Bingham Train – PERURAIL

hiram bingham machu picchuThis is by far the most luxurious train available. You will experience a magical and unforgettable journey. The Hiram Bingham is considered to be one of the spacious and comfortable trains in the world. The cars are modern and comfortable. Their design was inspired by the famous Pullman cars of the 1920´s. The seats are wide and trimmed with polished bronze. The service offered aboard this train is personalized, exclusive, and full of luxury and comfort.

  • The Belmond Hiram Bingham is equipped with a dining car, a bar car, and an observation deck. On the journey you will be offered:
  • A welcome show featuring traditional of dances of Cusco and music from all over Peru and different parts of the world.
  • Delicious Peruvian cocktails
  • Gourmet lunch
  • Dinner
  • A live music show
  • A guided tour of Machu Picchu in English or in Spanish
  • Your entry ticket into Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip bus ticket up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes
  • Tea hour at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
  • VIP waiting room in the Machu Picchu train station

This luxury train departs from the Poroy station every day except on the last Sunday of the month.

The Private – INCA RAIL

The Private - INCA RAILThis is the most exclusive service which Inca Rail offers. Its capacity is only 8 people. The rail car is finely decorated. There are comfortable seats and pillows.

The principle services offered on Inca Rail´s The Private are:

  • Your private rail car where you will enjoy the exclusive luxury.
  • Open air observation balcony .
  • Gourmet food.
  • Open bar- free drinks
  • Live music show.
  • Private bus ride up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu

PERU RAIL Sacred Valley Train

PERURAIL Sacred ValleyPeruRail Sacred Valley, This train is also inspired by the elegance of the 1920´s. The Sacred Valley Train connects Urubamba in the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu. On your Perurail expedition you will make a quick stop at the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. This is actually a private station where only the guests of the hotel are allowed to board.
Like the Hiram Bingham, there is an observation car and a dining car.

The services offered include:

  • A cheerful welcome which includes a special Andean drink.
  • A gourmet lunch
  • A delicious dinner
  • Drinks

The First Class – Inca Rail

The FirstClass - Inca RailFirst Class service on Inca Rail offers maximum space and comfort. The service on board is personalized. The cars have panoramic windows. The tables are decorated with fresh flowers. This service is only available April through October.

This First Class – Inca Rail service includes:

  • A welcome cocktail.
  • Gourmet lunch and dinner.
  • An open air observation car.
  • Gourmet food.
  • Bar and free drinks.
  • Live music show.
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.

Vistadome – PERURAIL

Vistadome - PERURAILThis is the ideal way to see all the impressive natural scenery that you are surrounded by on the Cusco Machu Picchu train. Both sides of the train are glass, as well as the roof. Snacks are served on board, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. On the return trip back from Machu Picchu there will be a fashion show featuring traditional clothes made out of baby alpaca wool. There will also be an Andean dance show.

Folks who are staying as guests at the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado are offered an exclusive Vistadome train that travels from Urubamba to Machu Picchu ( the 601) and returns from Machu Picchu to the hotel ( the 304.)

The 360º – Inca Rail

The 360º  - Inca RailThis train features modern cars with panoramic windows. The coaches are wide and comfortable. There is an open air observation car with a bar.

The service includes:

  • Andean appetizers.
  • Hot and cold drinks.
  • On board entertainment system.
  • Sale of locally made hand-crafted ítems on board.

PERURAIL Expedition

PERURAIL ExpeditionThis is the most popular PERURAIL train. That is because it offers great service at a very economical price.

This service is designed for adventurous travelers seeking comfort and security. The decoration motif on the seats is based on ancient Incan artwork. There is plenty of space for the travelers´ bags. The normal price is between $55.00 and $85.00.

The Voyager – Inca Rail.

The Voyager - Inca RailThe coaches of the Voyager are equipped with small panoramic windows. The comfortable seats have folding tables.

On board the Voyager you will be offered:

  • Snacks.
  • Hot and cold drinks.
  • Music

The local train to Machu Picchu – PERURAIL

Tren local a Machu PicchuThis train can only be used by the residents of Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo and Cusco. There is the possibility that some Peruvian national tourists can buy tickets, but foreign tourists are not allowed on board. The first prerequisite to buying passage is presentation of a DNI, which is the Peruvian national identity card. The locals usually fill up this train immediately. Probably even Peruvians will not find tickets available unless they purchase them at least a week in advance.

Some of the characteristics of the Peru Rail local train:

  • There are 5 passenger coaches and there are other cars for carrying freight.
  • This service is only for residents of the zone. If there are extra spaces, Peruvian tourists can purchase tickets.
  • A Peruvian DNI is needed to buy your ticket and to board the train.
  • It is not very comfortable as there are standing room passengers and cargo in the aísles.
  • It is operated only by PERURAIL.
  • This is the service with the most cancelations due to bad weather, the priority given to the tourist trains, and problems with the track.

How to buy your train tickets to Machu Picchu on Perurail?

Vía Internet:

  • Go to the web-page of Perurail.
  • Complete the required form: route, destination, dates, and number of passengers. Click on Busca tu tren.(Find your train)
  • Verify that there are tickets available and choose the train of your preference for both legs of the journey.
  • Complete your personal information.
  • Select your method of payment — credit card (Visa, MasterCard), PayPal or bank transfer
  • Accept the terms and conditions and make your payment.
  • Finally, print out you payment voucher. With this you can pick up your tickets at any PeruRail office. To pick up your tickets you will need to present the following information: voucher of payment, a copy of the card which you used to make the payment, and your personal ID.
  • If you are traveling with a child under 3 years of age, there will be no charge. Before boarding the train you should go to an PeruRail office and talk to an PeruRail official. He will enter your child´s data on your adult ticket. That way the child will be allowed to board with you. You can do this in the train station if you arrive an hour ahead of departure time.

In the railway line´s offices or where tickets are sold:

  • Centro Comercial Larcomar: Av. Malecón de la Reserva 610, Stand 214, Miraflores – Lima.
  • Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima: Av. Elmer Faucett. Between gates 13 and 14 in the concourse for national flights.
  • Centro Comercial Plaza Norte: Av. Alfredo Mendiola 1400, on the first floor of the Galería Sur in Lima.
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport: Av. Velasco Astete in Cusco.
  • Plaza de Armas: Portal de Carnes 214, Cusco.
  • Plaza Regocijo 202, Cusco.
  • Av. El Sol 409, Cusco.
  • Wanchaq: station Av. Pachacutec Cusco.
  • Poroy station : Calle Roldan Poroy, Cusco.
  • Urubamba station: Av. Ferrocarril Urubamba, Sacred Valley – Cusco.
  • Ollantaytambo train station: Av. Ferrocarril Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley – Cusco.
  • Aguas Calientes station: Barrio Las Orquídeas, Machu Picchu

How to go about buying your train ticket to Machu Picchu on Inca Rail?

Vía Internet:

  • Enter the oficial website of Inca Rail on the internet.
  • Fill out the requested information: the dates you will be traveling, number of passengers, currency to be used. . Click on ¨ Buy tickets¨
  • Choose your route and the level of service desired.
  • Complete the information required dealing with your personal information.
  • Choose you method of payment and make the payment.
  • Finally, print out your voucher stating that you have paid. With this you can pick up your train tickets at the Inca rail office. To pick up your tickets you will need to present the following: voucher of payment, a copy of the card which you used to make the payment, and your personal ID.
  • If you are traveling with a child under 3 years of age, there will be no charge. Before boarding the train you should go to an Inca Rail office and talk to an Inca Rail official. He will enter your child´s data on your adult ticket. That way the child will be allowed to board with you. (if you don´t do this, the child will not be allowed to board.) You can do this in the train station if you arrive an hour ahead of your departure time.

In the offices of the Inca Rail lines or where inca Rail tickets are sold:

  • Portal de Panes 105 on the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
  • Ollantaytambo station : Av. Ferrocarril in the town of Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes station : in the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo

What are the stations between Cusco and Machu Picchu?

Stations where trains leave for Machu Picchu:

  • Poroy station. Located on Roldan Street in the town of Poroy, 20 minutes from downtown Cusco. .
  • Urubamba station. Located on Ferrocarril Ave. In the town of Urubamba, 80 minutes from Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo station. Located in the town of Ollantaytambo, 2 hours from Cusco

Return station from Machu Picchu to Cusco:

  • Aguas Calientes station. Located in the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, 4 hours from Cusco

What is the distance and the duration of the train ride to Machu Picchu?

That depends on which station you choose to board your train. The approximate travel time from the following stations is:

  • 3 hours and 30 minutes from the Poroy station (Cusco).
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes from the Urubamba station.
  • Less than 2 hours from the Ollantaytambo station.

Recommendations for buying your train ticket to Machu Picchu

  • Reserve your ticket at least 20 days before you plan to travel.
  • When reserving your ticket, you must use the exact data as printed in your passport.
  • You must present your passport or your identity document when you board the train. If you do not, you will not be allowed to board.
  • If you need to change or cancel your ticket for any reason, you should go directly to the offices of your train line at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure. You should bring with you your identity documents and the printed out train tickets.
  • Make sure that you arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before your train´s scheduled departure.
  • In case you have been affected by a cancelation or re-scheduling of service by Perurail or Inca Rail, you must contact the carrier within 7 days.
  • Before you buy your ticket, it is good to be aware when the rainy season occurs. The height of the rainy season is during the months of January and February. This is when there are the most train cancelations, re-scheduling problems and delays. These are usually due to overflowing rivers and unfavorable climatic conditions.