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MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS

MACHU PICCHU TRAIN TICKETS: Train fares, time tables and departures to and fro end station Aguas Calientes, Departure stations, Cusco-Puno train, different luxury classes, etc.

Machu Picchu Train Options

The only way to get to Machu Picchu is through the little town of Aguas Calientes, a little tourist town at the foot of the mountain where the World Heritage site is located. However, there is no road connecting the town with the outside world, and the only other way than walking in by ways of the Inca Trail, is by taking the train.

 

The trains leave either from Poroy, 13km from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, about 89km from Cusco in the Sacred Valley, the highlight of the Inca Empire.

 

There are three competing train companies, PeruRail being the main one, but there are two smaller companies, Inca Rail and Machu Picchu Train, the latter two, only departing from Ollantaytambo. The mid-range prices don't seem to differ all that much, but they may vary per day.

 

PeruRail operates four train classes to suit different budgets :

  1. The Hiram Bingham train. This luxurious first-class train includes a luxurious lunch on the outbound trip from Poroy and dinner on the way back, a selection of Peruvian wine, cocktails, entertainment, bus connections, Machu Picchu entrance fee and a guided tour. The one-way price is around $500.

  2. The Vistadome train. This is the second class service, for about $90 including a snacks & non-alcoholic drink served at your seat. This is the service we use on our Cultural Highlights Module.

  3. The Expedition train. The third-class service has buffet car where you can buy non-alcoholic drinks and snacks; it is not that much different from the Vistadome though.

  4. The Local train. A subsidised train service only for local Peruvian communities and Peruvian nationals leaves from Poroy. Foreigners aren't allowed on this train.

PeruRail operates its trains between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo  throughout the day. Some of these shuttle trains are 'Vistadome' and some are 'Expedition'.

 

Three times a week, PeruRail also runs a luxury tourist train, the "Andean Explorer" between Cusco and Puno on Lake Titicaca. The 385 km - about $220 - ride takes about 10 hours and takes you across the Altiplano through stunning sceneries. A three-course lunch and afternoon tea are included. This luxurious train has a dining-car, lounge and open-air observation car at the rear.

 

MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: The Explorer train at Ollantaytambo railway station. MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: Boarding the train at Ollantaytambo train station.

The Explorer train at Ollantaytambo railway station.

Boarding the train at Ollantaytambo train station.

 

MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: The Vistadrome train interior.MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: A complimentary snack and drink is served at your seat on the Vistadrome train.

The Vistadrome train interior.

A complimentary snack and drink is served at your seat on the Vistadrome train.

 

lkjdasfMACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: The train station at Aguas Calientes.

The Vistadrome train riding through the Urubamba Valley.

The train station at Aguas Calientes.

 

MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: The Luxurious Hiram Bingham train has an observation coach with an outside observation desk. MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: Dining car of the Hiram Bingham train for lunch (outbound trip) or diner (inbound trip).

The Luxurious Hiram Bingham train has an observation coach with an outside observation desk.

Dining car of the Hiram Bingham train for lunch (outbound trip) or diner (inbound trip).

 

MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: The Hiram Bingham train has polished wood and brass with sofas and deluxe seats.MACHU PICCHU TRAIN OPTIONS: bar in the Hiram Bingham train.

Designed after the 1920s Pullman cars, each car on the Hiram Bingham train has been furnished in polished wood and brass with sofas and deluxe seats.

The bar in the Hiram Bingham train.

 

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