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Acquiring train tickets to Machu Picchu
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How to get train tickets to Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is so popular that to get some types of tickets Machu Picchu, must be booked with much time in advance, as well as the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. The images that circulate on the Internet of people at the top of Huayna Picchu or climbing the “terrifying” stairs of death to see the Temple of the Moon, have made millions of people around the world want this experience. However, it is not the only thing that has to be booked in advance. Whether you want to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or simply wander around the Inca City, securing tickets to enter Machu Picchu is the first part of the trip to Machu Picchu. The next step is to “get train tickets”.

Train to Machu Picchu
Going by train to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trip

How to get train tickets to Machu Picchu?

There are two things more important than the others in the trip to Machu Picchu; One is to get the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and the other is to know how to get to Machu Picchu, since if you do not reserve the train tickets, will be of no use whatsoever the Machu Picchu tickets. You can book train tickets online on any of the companies’ pages, Peru Rail or Inca Rail.

Types of service

Both companies Peru Rail and Inca Rail have several services; From economy class to exclusive services; In one of the most luxurious trains in the world belonging to Peru Rail, such as Hiram Bingham, or Princess Inca, the presidential service of Inca Rail. If you want to know about the train service to Machu Picchu, enter here.


If you are not coming on an organized tour to Machu Picchu, planning the trip has to follow the following strict order, especially if you plan to come between May and September (high season).

  1. Check availability and book tickets Machu Picchu
  2. Book train tickets
  3. Book plane tickets
  4. Book guides, hotels, other tours

How far in advance do I need to book train tickets to Machu Picchu?

You can book train tickets to Machu Picchu up to 3 weeks in advance; But if it is going to come in high season, it will have to be necessary some months in advance, due to the high demand of a destination like Machu Picchu.

How is the train route to Machu Picchu?

The train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu lasts about 2 hours, and unless you are going to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, it is the only way to reach the Inca city. The route is incredibly beautiful, it crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes; The train tracks go alongside the Urubamba River all the way between the huge mountains that surround the Valley, belonging to the Vilcabamba chain in the Andes Mountains.

More recommendations for buying your train tickets to Machu Picchu

Keep in mind the following recommendations before buying your train tickets to Machu Picchu; Start by choosing the date you want to enter Machu Picchu.

  • As you must know Machu Picchu was chosen in 2016 as the best destination in the world, so you will have to book train tickets, only after booking the tickets Machu Picchu, thus ensuring your entry to Machu Picchu.

  • If you have a disability, special medical or physical condition, inform the company; This for safety, since there are cases in which the staff of one of these companies will prevent you from boarding the train if they consider that the trip is risky for you.

  • Your “Passport” is extremely important, since you will not be allowed to board the car if you do not present this valid ID, and remember that train tickets are not refundable.

  • If for some “strange reason” you have to cancel your trip to Machu Picchu; Try to cancel your train tickets 30 days earlier, since less time between cancellation and the date of travel will increase the penalty. If you do not arrive or simply do not show up at the station on time, you will miss the train tickets.

  • Remember that geographic, climatic and other conditions beyond the control of train companies can cause delays, rescheduling or even cancellation of itineraries.

  • You can cancel your train ticket up to 24 hours before with the highest penalty rate, after this time you will have no option to exchange or refund of any kind. Remember that changes can only be made in person at the Cusco offices; It is impossible to change in any other way.

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By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 05-23-2017



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