A Thorough Guide for the Trains to Machu Picchu

The ride that goes through the Sacred Valley offers unique Andean landscapes.

As one may wonder which could be the best way to reach Macchu Picchu, one element may be unavoidable for the most tours that end in the lost Inca citadel if you don't feel like hiking your way through by the Inca Trail or one of the alternative treks (Salkantay or Lares).

If you want to get to Machu Picchu without much of a hassle, you can board one of the many trains that are constantly going and returning from Cusco or one of the alternative train stations that go through the tracks to Machu Picchu.

Kenko Adventures will share with you the daily schedules that the only two allowed train operators (Peru Rail and Inca Rail) with a detailed breakdown to check the times of departing/arriving.

Which train should I choose to travel to Machu Picchu?

First, we'll go with the oldest operating company that provides this services, PERU RAIL. This company has 5 different service types to board one of its trains Machu Picchu:

Local Train: This is the social service offered for domestic (Peruvian) tourists. Tickets must be purchased in person at Peru Rail offices, with a valid ID.
Expedition Train: This is the standard tourist service with panoramic windows.
Vistadome Train: These trains have panoramic windows on the walls and ceilings, allowing you to observe and photograph the Sacred Valley in a special way.
Sacred Valley: This train departs from Urubamba, providing a luxury service with an observation and dining car. Includes lunch.
Belmond Hiram Bingham Train: One of the most luxurious trains in the world, with all-inclusive on-board service. It has 4 cars: a dining car, a bar car, and offers a gourmet dinner. The ticket also includes transportation and entrance to the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu.

From Ollantaytambo- One Way

 

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
EXPEDITION71*Ollantaytambo05:05Aguas Calientes06:35
EXPEDITION81Ollantaytambo06:10Aguas Calientes07:40
VISTADOME301Ollantaytambo07:05Aguas Calientes08:27
EXPEDITION83Ollantaytambo07:45Aguas Calientes09:15
VISTADOME601Ollantaytambo08:00Aguas Calientes09:25
EXPEDITION33Ollantaytambo08:29Aguas Calientes09:54
VISTADOME501Ollantaytambo08:53Aguas Calientes10:29
VISTADOME31Ollantaytambo09:15Aguas Calientes10:52
VISTADOME203Ollantaytambo10:32Aguas Calientes12:11
EXPEDITION91Ollantaytambo11:52Aguas Calientes13:34
EXPEDITION73Ollantaytambo12:55Aguas Calientes14:25
VISTADOME303Ollantaytambo13:27Aguas Calientes14:50
VISTADOME603Ollantaytambo15:37Aguas Calientes17:02
EXPEDITION75*Ollantaytambo19:04Aguas Calientes20:45
EXPEDITION51*Ollantaytambo21:00Aguas Calientes22:45

Return

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
EXPEDITION50Aguas Calientes05:35Ollantaytambo07:44
EXPEDITION72Aguas Calientes08:53Ollantaytambo10:52
VISTADOME302Aguas Calientes10:55Ollantaytambo12:32
VISTADOME204Aguas Calientes13:37Ollantaytambo15:04
EXPEDITION74Aguas Calientes14:55Ollantaytambo16:31
EXPEDITION34Aguas Calientes15:20Ollantaytambo17:08
VISTADOME304Aguas Calientes15:48Ollantaytambo17:29
VISTADOME504Aguas Calientes16:22Ollantaytambo18:10
EXPEDITION504Aguas Calientes16:22Ollantaytambo18:10
VISTADOME32Aguas Calientes16:43Ollantaytambo18:31
VISTADOME604Aguas Calientes17:23Ollantaytambo19:02
VISTADOME606Aguas Calientes18:10Ollantaytambo19:51
EXPEDITION84Aguas Calientes18:20Ollantaytambo20:05
EXPEDITION86Aguas Calientes20:50Ollantaytambo22:20
EXPEDITION76Aguas Calientes21:50Ollantaytambo23:35


From Cusco - One Way

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
VISTADOME31San Pedro06:40Aguas Calientes10:52
VISTADOME203San Pedro07:30Aguas Calientes12:11

Return

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
VISTADOME32Aguas Calientes16:43San Pedro21:23
VISTADOME604Aguas Calientes17:23San Pedro21:52

From Poroy - One Way

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
EXPEDITION33Poroy06:40Aguas Calientes09:54
VISTADOME31Poroy07:35Aguas Calientes10:52
VISTADOME203Poroy08:25Aguas Calientes12:11
HIRAM BINGHAM11Poroy09:05Aguas Calientes12:24

Return

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
EXPEDITION34Aguas Calientes15:20Poroy19:05
VISTADOME32Aguas Calientes16:43Poroy20:23
VISTADOME604Aguas Calientes17:23Poroy20:52
HIRAM BINGHAM12Aguas Calientes17:50Poroy21:16

From Urubamba - One Way

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
VISTADOME601Urubamba06:50Aguas Calientes09:25
SACRED VALLEY91Urubamba10:30Aguas Calientes13:34

Return

SERVICETRAINBOARDING STATIONDEPARTURE TIMEARRIVAL STATIONARRIVAL TIME
VISTADOME304Aguas Calientes15:48Urubamba18:43
SACRED VALLEY92Aguas Calientes19:30Urubamba22:37

INCA RAIL, on the other hand, is a Peruvian company that offers 4 different service types to Machu Picchu:

Inca Rail Voyager: Features folding tables, panoramic windows, Latin American music ambiance, and on-board service.
The 360 Train: Tourist Service - Includes panoramic windows, Latin American music ambiance, on-board service, and Andean beverages.
First Class - VIP Service: Offers Latin American music ambiance, covered tables, fresh flowers, a welcome cocktail, and gourmet lunch and dinner. However, this train only operates during high season (April to October).
Private Class - Private VIP Service:  A presidential service. The car is known as the "Inca Princess". It features special decor, an open bar, and on-board meals. Available only on request.

Inca Rail Train Departure Schedule

SERVICETRAINAV SOLSAN PEDROPOROYOLLANTAMAPI
VOYAGER BIMODAL4104:1006:4008:01
360 BIMODAL6510:1612:3614:00
VOYAGER BIMODAL6716:1519:2721:09
VOYAGER4106:4008:01
360615:0005:5507:2208:48
FIRST CLASS438:2809:2811:1512:41
VOYAGER438:2809:2811:1512:41
360638:4309:4311:3013:06
3606512:3614:00
VOYAGER4516:3618:09
VOYAGER6719:2721:09

Inca Rail Train Return Schedule

SERVICETRAINMAPIOLLANTAPOROYSAN PEDROAV SOL
360 BIMODAL6210:3212:1214:32
VOYAGER BIMODAL4414:3015:5618:30
VOYAGER BIMODAL6821:3022:5401:15
VOYAGER4208:3010:10
3606210:3212:12
VOYAGER4414:3015:56
3606416:1217:5019:3920:35
FIRST CLASS4619:0020:4122:3523:35
VOYAGER4619:0020:4122:3523:35
VOYAGER6620:2021:59
VOYAGER6821:3022:54

Location of Train Stations in Cusco, Poroy, and Machu Picchu

Cusco: Cascaparo 154, Cusco 08002

Ollantaytambo: Av. Ferrocarril s/n, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley (Cusco).

Poroy: Roldan Street s/n, Poroy District, Cusco.

Urubamba: Av. Ferrocarril s/n, Urubamba, Sacred Valley (Cusco).

Aguas Calientes: Their office is located at the train station, since the town is really small, you won't have to much of a hassle to find it.

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