Taking The Train For Machu Picchu Tours From Cusco

If you are not staying there, but plan to take one of the Machu Picchu tours from Cusco, chances are you plan to take the train to get there. In fact, this is one of the most convenient and reliable means of reaching the town and then the famous Sacred City of the Incas. For many of the tourists with mobility issues or time restrictions, the train is the only mode of transportation.

From Cusco to Machu Picchu by Train: The Options

Two railroad companies operate routes to Machu Picchu that originate in Cusco. These are the aptly named:

  1. PeruRail
  2. Inca Rail

Both leave Cusco and drop their travelers off at Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes. However, they are not identical in terms of the four important items of cost, schedule and departure points.

PeruRail: This railway offers travelers the choice of several points of departure. These are

  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Urubamba

All drop you off at Machu Picchu station in Aguas Calientes.

You can arrive in style on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, opt for the budget expedition class or travel on the slightly more expensive Vistadome.

Inca Rail: This rail option runs the same route as PeruRail but with one main departure point Ollantaytambo. It too offers different classes for travelers. These are the more than basic Machu Picchu train, First Class, Executive and Presidential Car. Presidential requires a special booking.

These two options are the major ones available to those who take trip to Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco– although it is possible, the tour agency may provide you with a bus instead.

Machu Picchu tours from Cusco

If you like trains, you should enjoy your trip to Machu Picchu. Tours from Cusco usually involve a train to Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes. For exact details on what class of train is available, talk to your tour agency. You may have a choice in the matter.

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