After the inclusion of Machu Picchu to the list of UNESCO as Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Humanity, the region Machu Picchu, saw the best way to share the legacy of the Incas, with thousands of visitors who each year come to this destination. It became necessary to have infrastructure that facilitates the transport of visitors to the inaccessible area that houses the Sacred City.
The first, fastest and most common way to get to Machu Picchu is the journey by train, the route between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, is certainly the easiest option to go to the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
The railway line is operated by two companies Peru Rail and Inca Rail, which provide services to thousands of travelers. This makes possible the arrival of visitors to Machu Picchu, the journey begins in the towns of Poroy or Ollantaytambo and ends in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) about 110 km from the City of Cusco. Are offered daily departures at different times, at the Poroy and Ollantaytambo stations; the attractiveness of the route by train, lies in the spectacular views obtained from the valleys formed around the side of the Urubamba River.
The trip ends on arrival at the station of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). There are different rates for visitors, depending on the characteristics and conditions of the trip:
- Hiram Bingham (Perú Rail): Will give you a journey full of amenities, with live entertainment and first class services, is listed as one of the most luxurious trains in the world. The train has four cars, two cars – dining room, a wagon – bar with observatory and a kitchen car. It features open bar, live music, hostesses and other services. Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The train leaves from the Poroy station, located 30 minutes from downtown Cusco. The trip takes about four hours.
- Vistadome (Perú Rail): It is the most spectacular because of its design, with a roof covered with windows that offer a panoramic view, besides being the fastest and most comfortable dome. The train of Poroy to Machu Picchu, leaves once a day from Monday to Sunday, the trip takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. The train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu departs 6 times a day from Monday to Sunday and the trip lasts 1 hour and a half.
- Expedition (Perú Rail): It designed almost exclusively for those travelers looking for a little more adventure on your trip. Depart once a day, from Monday through Sunday, from Poroy to Machu Picchu and the trip takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. Out 6 times a day, seven days a week, from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and lasts 2 hours and 15 minute trip.
- Tourist Service and Executive (Inca Rail): In the tourist service, Inca Rail offers large panoramic windows, comfortable seating plus drinks and snacks. The price depends on the date of your visit. The executive service offers comfortable seating and panoramic windows with tables with seating for 50 passengers. You will enjoy organic snacks, no preservatives, also varied natural drinks. Daily frequency from the station of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
- First Class (Inca Rail): This service is more comfortable. Designed for travelers looking for a more relaxed trip, enjoying the scenery. Space for 30 passengers with spacious and comfortable seating, has a library that could to take advantage of in the path. Gourmet food is served, the car is finely decorated and has a spectacular service. The train departs 3 times a day from Monday to Sunday. Part of Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and the trip lasts 1 hour and a half.
- Inca Princess (Inca Rail): It allows you to enjoy a comfortable, luxurious and private travel. Designed for exclusive travelers, the cars are characterized by their colorful, panoramic windows and onboard service with tasting of the most representative dishes of the area. It operates according to demand every day of the year.
- Local Train (Peru Rail): Strictly reserved for Peruvians, conveyance for the inhabitants of the region. So the use of this, is forbidden for foreign tourists.
For details about trains, you can review the our section of Train to Machu Picchu.
The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will transfer you from the train station, Puente Ruinas to the checkpoint of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham’s route from 05:30 hrs. to 17:00 hrs.
Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, is the starting point of the buses to Machu Picchu. They belong to the company Consettur Machupicchu S.A.C. They are modern buses with an ecological design, that will take you in a comfortable journey during the 30 minutes it takes the ascent to the Sanctuary. Buses ascend a zigzag road in the middle of a cloud forest. The buses have outlets at all times, so you will not have to stand in long queues for a long time. Learn more about the bus to Machu Picchu.
No need to say that we are at your disposal and we will be happy to help you plan your trip to Machu Picchu, the other possibility for travelers is to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the best choice for nature lovers and one of the best hiking trails in South America and the world.
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 09-11-2015