Train Tickets to Machu Picchu (Perú Rail & Inca Rail)
Machu Picchu Train Tickets
If you are going to visit Machu Picchu and want to do it your way, it is necessary to have as much information as possible in order to avoid mistakes and make your visit the best experience of your lifetime.
For this we made this article about how to buy your train tickets to Machu Picchu, and the most useful information to help you.
The Train Journey to Machu Picchu
The train ride is very scenic and enjoyable, the views of the Sacred Valley are incredible, and the train service is excellent. There are a variety of items to buy in addition to light food on the train. On the way back from Machu Picchu, the staff does a fashion show and dance routine. Honestly, you will find better prices in both Cusco, do the trip during day light otherwise you’ll miss amazing views.
One thing you should know about train travel is that the experience depends a lot on the type of train you choose to travel on.
So here we will help you with all the options that train companies offer for you.
Route & Train Type Choices
Peru has multiple train services of interest to visitors, including the famous train to Machu Picchu where a number of trains run by several different operators compete to take you to Machu Picchu ruins from several different departure stations in or out of Cusco.
if you start your journey from Cusco, then it turns out to be a bi-modal service where a private bus departs from Cusco Center and takes you to Ollantaytambo train station.
There are two competing train companies, Peru Rail is the bigger one, Inca Rail is the smaller one. Both operate a wide range of different trains and classes to suit different budgets.
Peru Rail offers 3 different types of trains
Expeditions train service (the backpacker train)
The PeruRail Expedition gives you the opportunity to contemplate the incredible landscapes and take amazing panoramic pictures of a journey like no other. Departures are scheduled every day, with a variety of times and frequencies.
Vistadome train service
The PeruRail Vistadome train offers a unique and different way to travel to Machu Picchu. Each of the carriages has panoramic windows, allowing you to feel part of your surroundings. PeruRail Vistadome brings you closer to the incredible landscapes and nature en route to the Inca citadel, creating a true connection.
Hiram Bingham luxury train
Travel on the exclusive and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train and enjoy the elegant dining car, the bar car and the observatory, where you can contemplate the unparalleled outdoor scenery while sipping a traditional Peruvian cocktail and listening to live local music.
Inca Trail assures a safe and memorable travel experience in all its trains. Its service and attention to every detail guarantee the best option for train travel to Machu Picchu. Inca Rail offers 3 levels of service:
- The First Class: This exclusive service offers top comfort and space on board. With only 30 passengers per carriage, this service has spacious and comfortable seats, you will be warmly received with a delicious welcome drink and a fine hand towel scented with natural essences to refresh yourself before starting the trip.
- The 360: The only train in Peru with an onboard entertainment application that will allow you to learn more about train travel and Inca civilization. Enjoy our healthy lunch box made with organic ingredients from the Sacred Valley and Andean herbs.
- The Voyager: Start your trip enjoying comfortable seats and excellent service. Enjoy the incredible scenery along the route to Machu Picchu.