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Cost of the trip to Machu Picchu in 2018
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How much it costs the trip to Machu Picchu in 2018, tickets, trains, etc.

How much does the trip to Machu Picchu cost in 2018? The trip to the Wonder of the World in Cusco, Peru; Begins with the reservation of the tickets. Then you have to buy train and bus tickets as well as hotels, guides and additional tours.



Tourist in Machu Picchu
Tourist in Machu Picchu

Is the trip to Machu Picchu expensive?

The amount of money that the trip to Machu Picchu costs depends on the experiences that the visitor is looking for. It is true that there are hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes where you would have to pay $ 800 or more for one night.

However, know that a trip to the Wonder of the World does not have to be expensive. Moreover, it is known that Cusco, in Peru, is one of the most accessible destinations in the Americas.

The price of the trip will depend on the style of travel you want to have. There are many options to choose from. From backpacker routes to total luxury.


How much does the trip to Machu Picchu cost?

For a trip to Machu Picchu it is essential:

  • Air tickets to Lima (Peru) and then to Cusco.
  • Tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo (Cusco) to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Approximate prices of plane from Lima to Cusco:

  • Estimated price for flights from Lima (Peru) to Cusco:

    Airlines (Lima-Cusco-Lima)Round trip price)
    Peruvian Airlines299 S/. (93 U$D)
    LATAM291 S/. (90 U$D)
    Avianca389 S/. (121 U$D)
    Star Peru480 S/. (150 U$D)
    LC Perú487 S/. (152 U$D)

    * Reference prices.

Official Machu Picchu ticket prices:

  • Entrance price Machu Picchu Only

    ForeignPriceNational (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador).Price
    Adult152 S/Adult64 S/.
    Student77 S/Student32 S/.
    Child (8 to 17 years old)77 S/.Child (8 to 17 years old)32 S/.
  • Entrance price Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

    ForeignPriceNational (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador).Price
    Adult200 S/Adult112 S/.
    Student125 S/Student80 S/.
    Child (8 to 17 years old)125 S/.Child (8 to 17 years old)80 S/.
  • Entrance price Machu Picchu + Mountain

    ForeignPriceNational (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador).Price
    Adult200 S/Adult112 S/.
    Student125 S/Student80 S/.
    Child (8 to 17 years old)125 S/.Child (8 to 17 years old)80 S/.
  • Entrance price Machu Picchu + Museum

    ForeignPriceNational (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador).Price
    Adult174 S/Adult86 S/.
    Student88 S/Student43 S/.
    Child (8 to 17 years old)77 S/.Child (8 to 17 years old)32 S/.

Price of trains to Machu Picchu

  • Price of trains Peru Rail route Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu (roundtrip)

    Train servicePrice in dollarsPrice in soles
    Train ‘Expedition’$ 140S/. 459
    Train ‘Vistadome’$ 190S/. 623
    Luxury train ‘Hiram Bingham’ *$ 950S/. 3115
    Local train (only for Peruvians)$ 6S/. 20

    *The Hiram Bingham luxury train departs directly from Cusco.

  • Price of trains Inca Rail route Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu (roundtrip)

    Train servicePrice in dollarsPrice in soles
    Economy class$ 140S/. 459
    Executive class$ 150S/. 491
    First class$ 398S/. 1305

Price of buses to Machu Picchu

  • Price of buses from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)

    Bus service (round trip)Price in dollarsPrice in soles
    Foreign adult$ 24S/. 78
    Peruvian adult$ 15S/. 49
    Foreign child (5 to 11 years old)$ 12S/. 39
    Peruvian child (5 to 11 years old)$ 8S/. 26

How much is spent in total?

Below we present an approximate budget for people who wish to travel without a tour and considering standard services.

  • Average budget for a trip to Machu Picchu:

    Average budget for a foreign adultPrice in dollars
    Lima-Cusco-Lima plane ticket$ 125
    Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)$ 140
    Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)$ 24
    Entrance to Machu Picchu152 S/. ($ 47)
    Total cost:$ 336
  • *The budget does not include hotel services, meals, additional tours and flights from abroad to Lima (Peru).


Budget for the alternative Santa Teresa route

The train is not the only way to reach the Wonder of the World. In addition there are other alternative routes such as the Inca Trail or the route through Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu.

The route mixes a trip by bus and hike along the Santa Teresa route, through Santa María, also known as the route through Hidroeléctrica. This is the budget:

  • Getting to Santa Teresa will cost around $ 30.
  • The stretch in minivans, from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica will cost between $ 1.5 and $ 3. Note the return price (to take the same route).
  • From here you can walk along the train tracks to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. We recommend you bring water $ 0.65.
  • One night in Aguas Calientes with a basic service can cost you around $ 25.
  • The next day; You can go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu walking, but if you do not do so, remember; The round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will cost you $ 24.
  • Average budget for a trip to Machu Picchu by the route of Santa Teresa
    Average budget for a foreign adultPrice in dollars
    Lima-Cusco-Lima plane ticket$ 125
    Trip to Machu Picchu on the route of Santa Teresa$ 30
    Go up and down to Machu Picchu walking$ 0
    Entrance to Machu Picchu152 S/. ($ 47)
    Total cost:$ 202

Getting to Machu Picchu through the 4-day, 3-night trekking route known as the ‘Inca Trail’ costs approximately $ 1000 per person.


Useful data to calculate your travel budget

You should have your Machu Picchu entrance purchased before you get to Aguas Calientes. We also recommend having available change (in soles and dollars). Nobody will change a $ 100 bill for a bottle of water and snacks. In case of food, we recommend you spare no expense, remember that Peru is the best culinary destination in the world.

These data have been collected from people who recently traveled with us.

  • Hotels in Cusco

    In Cusco there are hotels for all budgets. You can find cheap hotels (between $ 15 and $ 60). Transportation in Cusco is economical. Getting to the center will only take a few minutes by taxi and is very cheap (between $ 1.5 and $ 2).

  • Feeding

    There are highly recommended restaurants in Cusco and Machu Picchu (from $ 20 the plate). However, you can also enjoy Peruvian food in the markets. In Cusco, there is the San Pedro market (only a few blocks from the city center), a lunch will cost you there between $ 2 and $ 4.

  • Transport

    • Taxis within the city: $ 1.5.
    • Taxis from the airport to the city center: between $ 5 and $ 3.
    • From Cusco to Ollantaytambo in minivans: from $ 4 per person (one way)
  • Tickets to other tourist attractions in Cusco

    The Cusco Tourist Ticket includes 16 places in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas (includes Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, Qenko, Puca Pucara, Tipon, Moray, Pikillacta). Everything will cost around $ 45. Students pay 50% discount.

  • Guides in Machu Picchu

    Guided service in Machu Picchu is mandatory. You can reserve one in advance online. You can also hire a guide at the entrance door. It will cost around $ 10.

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, December 6, 2018