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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.

One of the questions that every person asks himself when he is thinking about making a great trip is, how much does the trip to Machu Picchu cost in 2018? Well as you should know, every trip to Machu Picchu, in Cusco, Peru, begins with the reservation of Machu Picchu tickets. After knowing the dates of these, you will have to book hotels, guides and of course, additional tours, because on the way to Machu Picchu is Cusco and it is the best destination in South America.

Price of the cost of the trip to Machu Picchu in 2018
Know how much the trip to Machu Picchu costs in 2018

How much does the trip to Machu Picchu cost?

It is true that there are hotels in Aguas Calientes where you would have to disburse $800 or more for one night in your facilities, and although it is worth it. You should know that a trip to Machu Picchu, in Cusco, does not have to be expensive; it is more, it is known that Cusco, in Peru, is one of the most accessible destinations in the American continent.

Well, everything will depend on the style of travel you want to have, but as you should know, the more exclusive the service, the higher the price. But you have many options to choose from, from backpacker routes to total luxury.

We recommend you book airline tickets, once you have booked your tickets to Machu Picchu.

How much is spent in total?

This is a fairly approximate budget for people who want to travel without a tour, considering standard services; so consider that you can find trips for higher and lower budgets. Check the exchange rate, as it may vary from one day to the next. The Machu Picchu entrances, the buses and trains to Machu Picchu are sold in dollars. So you will have to change your money to this currency. Remember that the exchange commissions at the airport are very high, so look for a house of change, you will find many close to the Main Square of Cusco.

Estimated budget for the trip to Machu Picchu by train

Remember that the Peruvian currency is the sol (S/), and yes already reviewed the price of the entrance Machu Picchu you want, you must add the following.

  • The transportation from Cusco to the city of Ollantaytambo will cost around S / 40 (US $ 12.5). Round trip.

  • The train ticket will depend on the schedule and the service. These are the average prices.

    • Train Expedition / “Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo”, will cost around US $ 150 (S / 500).

    • Train Vistadome / “Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo” will cost you around US $ 180 (S / 580).

    • Hiram Bingham train (luxury service) / “Poroy – Aguas Calientes – Poroy” will cost you around US $ 850 (S / 2800).

  • The roundtrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will cost US $24 (S/80)

Remember that you can get the discount on your tickets to Machu Picchu if you have a university id card (pre-degree), or if you belong to the Andean Community of Nations (CAN)

Budget for the alternative route of Santa Teresa

If you decide to mix bus and walk along the Santa Teresa route, through Santa María, also known as the hydroelectric route, this is the budget.

  • Arriving in Santa Teresa will cost you about 100 S/ 100 (US$30).

  • The stretch in minivans, from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica will cost between S / 5 (US $ 1.5) and 10 soles (US $ 3.00).

  • From here you can walk along the train tracks to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. We recommend you bring water (S / 2 / UD $ 0.65).

  • One night in Aguas Calientes with a basic service can cost around S /. 80.00 (US $ 25).

  • The next day; You can go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu walking, but if you do not do so, remember; The return bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will cost US $ 24 (S / 80).

Useful data to calculate your travel budget

You should have your Machu Picchu entrance purchased before reaching Aguas Calientes; We also recommend that you have change available in soles and dollars. No one will exchange a $100 bill for a bottle of water and snacks. In case of food, we recommend you do not skimp on expenses, remember that Peru is the best culinary destination in the world.

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

1. Hotels in Cusco

In Cusco there are hotels for all budgets. Near the oval of Pachacútec you can find cheap hotels (between US $ 15 and US $ 60), and it is not far from the center. It is also close to the land terminal, in case you later plan to visit Lake Titicaca. Getting to the center will only take a few minutes by taxi and is very cheap (between US $ 1.5 and US $ 2). If you decide to take a bus, it will take around 10 minutes and the price is less than one sun (US $ 0.32).

2. Food

You can enjoy Peruvian food in the markets; there is one just a few blocks from the city center, the San Pedro market; Here you will eat delicious and cheap. For example, a breakfast will cost between S / 4 and S / 8 (between US $ 1.5 and US $ 2.5). The fruit juices are great. A restaurant for lunch near the center, can cost you between S / 10 and S / 30 (US $ 3.5 and US $ 10).


  • Taxis within the city: S / 5 (US $ 1.5)

  • Taxis from the airport to the city. From within it can cost S / 15 (US $ 5); outside you can get it at S / 10 soles (US $ 3)

  • Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Minivans from S / 15 (US $ 5) per person (one way or return).

4. Tickets to other tourist attractions in Cusco

  • The Cusco Tourist Ticket includes 16 places in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas; Among the archaeological sites included are Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, Qenko, Puca Pucara, Tipon, Moray, Pikillacta. Everything will cost you around S/130 ((US $45). Students pay 50%. They have a validity of 10 days. But if you do not have much time, there are tickets per circuit, which will allow you to choose between certain groups of places.

5. Guides at Machu Picchu

Hiring a guide at the Machu Picchu gate will cost you around S / 30 (US $ 10). Although we recommend you book your guide with us; You can do it through

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Juana ABy: Juana A


“The Inca city is an adventure, the train, the bus ride, even the queue when entering; Just to the left of that entrance is a person stamping travelers' passports. Even the seal of Machu Picchu is beautiful. When you cross the entrance, you run into the wonder, in the middle of a magical place.“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, February 9, 2018



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