Cusco – Machu Picchu by train
The train from Cusco is the easiest and fastest way to arrive in Aguas Calientes. Peru Rail and Inca Rail currently offer two different services to Machu Picchu (Vistadome or Expedition) that can depart from either Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
Once you finish your 2-hours walking tour of Machu Picchu, you may climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain starting at 10:00 a.m.
We highly recommend that you book your tour far in advance because during the peak season (May to September) train tickets can be sold out several weeks in advance.
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco early at 5:00 a.m. and drive you in our private van for 1 and a half hours to Ollantaytambo train station where you will board the 7:10 a.m. train. The 7:10 a.m. train will arrive in Aguas Calientes train station at 8:40 a.m. where you will be picked up by your guide outside of the train station. The guide will be holding a sign with your name on it to avoid confusion. If you do not see the guideinitially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the guide has picked you up, they will take you to the bus station where you will catch a 20-minutes bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a 2-hours guided tour of the ancient city. After this tour, you will have free time to continue your own exploration of the ancient city or the climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
RETURNING TRAIN: The most common departure time that we suggest for our tourists is the 6:20 p.m. train. This departure time will allow you to spend more time in Machu Picchu and do more activities like hiking to the Sun Gate while still having time to enjoy the hot springs or some beers in Aguas Calientes after your tour.
The 6:20.p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 8:00 p.m., where you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it to avoid confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 and a half hours in a van before you arrive back at your accommodation. Your arrival time in Cusco will be approximately 10:00 p.m.
However we can also book an afternoon train departure time of 2:55 or 4:12.p.m. for you if you prefer, at an extra cost of US $25. The train we will book depends on availability and will be confirmed at your briefing. There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train for an extra US $65 per person.
Please let us know your time preference for the train at the time of booking your tour with us!
USD $300 per person
Total Group Size: 2-8 people
We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment of the deposit in order to qualify for the international discount.
We also offer a private guided tour of Machu Picchu for a flat rate of (USD $150). This will give you the opportunity to ask more questions in a more intimate tour.
Private Group Size: 1-12
Included / Not Included
What is included :
- Tour guide who is fluent in English
- Transfer from your accommodation
- Bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train Station
- Round-trip Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
- Machu Picchu entrance fees
- Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
- Bus transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Tips for the guide
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes
What you need to take:
- Original passport (needed to enter Machu Picchu)
- For students: (ISIC card)
- Warm Jacket
- Rain Gear
- Insect repellent
- Extra money for lunch and shopping
- Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
What time does the tour start?
The tour begins when we pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco at 5 a.m.
How many hours will I have to explore Machu Picchu after the guided tour?
You will have at least six hours of free time for you to explore the site.
Will I have enough time to visit the Sun Gate and the Inca Bridge?
Yes, it will take about 40 minutes to get to the top of the Sun Gate and 20 minutes to get back down. The hike to the Inca Bridge will take about 30 minutes each way.
Can I cross the Inca Bridge?
Unfortunately no, it is blocked.
Will I have enough time to go to the hot springs?
Yes, you will have time after you explore Machu Picchu to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
What time does the train return to Ollantaytambo?
The train will depart at 6.20 p.m.
What time will we get back to Cusco?
You will arrive back to Cusco at approximately 10:00 p.m.