Train to Machu Picchu
In this post, we’ll explain how to get by train to Machu Picchu. Also, we’ll tell you about the Hiram Bingham train, and ticket prices.
We’re sure that this will help you have a better understanding of the different options to get to Machu Picchu by train.
In this post:
- Train stations to go to Machu Picchu
- Train prices to Machu Picchu
Train stations to go to Machu Picchu
If you read our post on the Best Ways to Get to Machu Picchu, you’ll remember that we wrote that a “highly recommended way to get to Machu Picchu is to hop in a train.”
Aguas Calientes Train Station
Before we begin, its important to know that Machu Picchu is on a mountain top. All trains lead to Aguas Calientes Town train station. From there one can take a bus or walk uphill to Machu Picchu.
All of the following train stations to Machu Picchu will take you here.
Ollantaytambo Train Station
The closes train station to Aguas Calientes is the Ollantaytambo Train Station. This station is located in the lower part of the Urubamba Sacred Valley. It is, basically, where the road ends and to continue, we must board a train.
If you take the train to Machu Picchu from here, the ride lasts about 1.5 hours to Aguas Calientes Station.
Urubamba Sacred Valley Train Station
If you’re going to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, you’ll probably catch your train to Machu Picchu here.
Poroy (Cusco) Train Station
A few years ago one could take the train to Machu Picchu, from a station located downtown Cusco City. Now, the only station available in Cusco is the Poroy Station. Poroy is a town located a few minuets (about 20) from Cusco City.
If you take this train to Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to enjoy a 4 hours ride to Aguas Calientes Town. On the way, you’ll stop at the Urubamba and Ollantaytambo train stations.
Train prices to Machu Picchu
Prices to go by train to Machu Picchu are diverse. It depends on what train category one chooses and what station the ride begins in.
For example, the price for a one way ticket from Cusco (Poroy Station) to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) starts at $85 and goes up to $500. This price range includes the cheapest train category to the most luxurious train category.
From Ollantaytambo Train Station to Machu Picchu, prices start at $70.
Urubamba Train Station, on the other hand, has a higher price. This is due to the fact that most travelers board in Cusco or in Ollantaytambo stations. The price starts at $90.
Return train tickets from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, Urubamba and Cusco start at $50, $100, and $90, respectively.
If your considering on hiking the Inca Trail, only return tickets from Machu Picchu to one of the stations is required.
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