The Adventure of going to Machu Picchu By Train
Traveling by train to Machu Picchu is a grateful experience. You will enjoy a comfortable time during the journey.
On the trip to Machu Picchu, you will appreciate a great variety of flora and fauna that can be found only in the Sacred Valley. You will also learn from local traditions and customs.
How to get to Machu Picchu by train?
It is not complicated at all. What you need to do first is to buy the train tickets in advance. You can book the train tickets online or you can book it once you arrive in Cusco, in the main office.
How to buy train tickets online?
Getting the tickets to Machu Picchu is very simple. Note that there are only 2 train companies that take you to Aguas Calientes: Peru Rail or Inca Rail.
Follow these steps:
- Access the website online: it can be Peru Rail or Inca Rail.
- Select the type of train, day and time of your departure.
- Fill in the reservation form with your personal information.
- Make the payment and Finally, you have to print your tickets.
Note that you should buy the tickets in advance, especially if the holidays are close because tickets are sold out quickly.
How much are the train tickets to Machu Picchu?
In the case of Peru Rail, the rates vary from $140USD to $950USD. Only for Peruvian people, it is $6.
On the other hand, Inca Rail company rates vary from $140USD to $398USD.
For more information, you can visit their official website or their main offices.
- 214 Portal de Carnes, Plaza de Armas del Cusco.
- 202 Plaza Regocijo, Cusco.
- Ferrocarril Av., Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of Cusco.
- 105 Portal de Panes St, Plaza de Armas Cusco.
- 843 El Sol Av, Cusco
- Train station in Ollantaytambo: Ferrocarril Av., Sacred Valley of Cusco.
Where will you take the train to Machu Picchu?
If you have already bought your train tickets and finally the time to travel to Machu Picchu has arrived, you have to go from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo.
It will take about 2 hours to get to Ollantaytambo and you have to be at least 30 minutes before it departs.
How long does the train ride take?
The train ride takes 2 hours approximately. This journey is considered one of the shortest ways to get to Machu Picchu. The nicest thing on this journey is that you go through the Sacred Valley. The only thing left for you to do is to enjoy the moment and the place. You will love it!
Machu Picchu entrance fee:
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for foreigners is $47USD per person and $18USD for students. The cost for Peruvians and Members of the Andean Community is $20USD and $10USD for students.
How to get to Aguas Calientes?
You have two options to get to Aguas Calientes, also known Machu Picchu town:
- By train from Ollantaytambo (or Cusco) to the train station in Aguas Calientes.
- By bus and then by train (or foot) taking the alternative route Hidroelectrica to Machu Picchu town.
Inkayni Tips to visit Machu Picchu:
To have a nice visit to Machu Picchu we recommend the following:
- Bring You must carry your entry ticket and your official identity document (passport in case of foreigners) and be accompanied by a tour guide.
- In the case of being a student, you must present your ISIC card (foreigners), or university card if you are Peruvian.
- You can’t enter Machu Picchu with hiking poles or walking sticks. Walking sticks are allowed only for the elderly or people with disabilities, the walking stick must have a rubber tip.
- The maximum time to visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is 4 hours.
- Tour circuit is established in force and must be followed and respected by all the people inside the National Park of Machu Picchu, visitors and tourist guides.
- Firearms and flammable substances or similar objects are not allowed into the Sanctuary.
- It is prohibited to enter Machu Picchu under the effects of drugs or alcohol.
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“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no other place in the weld which can compare with it.” – Hiram Bingham