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Schedules in Machu Picchu: entrance, trains, buses and more

I knew that now the entrance to Machu Picchu is in 9 shifts: from 6 a.m. is entered by spaces of 1 hour until 2 p.m.

In the case of tickets that include the mountains (Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu), the entry times are only in the mornings.

Keep in mind that reserving your entrance tickets in advance will allow you to choose the type of ticket and the time you prefer.

The hours will depend on the entry ticket you have chosen. In total, there are 4 types of tickets that offer different experiences and schedules.



Opening hours to Machu Picchu

  1. Machu Picchu Only

    With this entry you can choose to enter Machu Picchu in 9 different schedules. The shifts and schedules are the following:

    • Entry from six in the morning.
    • Entry from seven in the morning.
    • Entry from eight in the morning.
    • Entry from nine in the morning.
    • Entry from ten in the morning.
    • Entry starting at eleven o’clock in the morning.
    • Entry from twelve in the morning.
    • Entry from one o’clock in the afternoon.
    • Entry from two in the afternoon.

    More information about the Machu Picchu Solo ticket:

    • There are approximately 2,500 tickets available in each of the shifts.
    • You can stay for 4 hours from your time of entry.
  2. Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

    This ticket has a daily availability of 400 people. There are 3 groups or schedules of entry to Machu Picchu and Waynapicchu mountain.

    • Group 1 – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. The entrance to Waynapicchu mountain is 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
    • Group 2 – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. The entrance to Waynapicchu mountain is 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
    • Group 3 – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 8 a.m. The entrance to the Waynapicchu mountain is 10.30 a.m. at 11.30 a.m.

    More information about the Huayna Picchu ticket:

    • It is a good idea to book this ticket 4 months before. It is the fastest one that runs out.
    • Only those over 12 years old can access the Waynapicchu.
    • It is not suitable for people who fear height.
  3. Machu Picchu + Mountain

    The entrance to the Machu Picchu mountain is similar to the Waynapicchu. This hike is difficult, however they offer spectacular views 600 meters above the Inca City.

    • Group 1 – Entrance to Machupicchu from 6 a.m. Access to the mountain is open from 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
    • Group 2 – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. Access to the mountain is open from 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
    • Group 3 – Entrance to Machupicchu from 8 a.m. Access to the mountain is open from 9 a.m. at 10 a.m.

    More information about the Mountain Machu Picchu ticket

    • In total there are 800 tickets available for each day.
    • You can travel this mountain in the company of family and friends. There is no age limit.
  4. Machu Picchu + Museum:

    The museum of Machu Picchu will give you a wide panorama about the history of the Inca City. The entrance includes the visit for the Wonder of the World.

    • Machu Picchu – can enter the Inca City in any of the 9 shifts: from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. (enter a group every hour).
    • Site Museum – you can enter the museum at the following times:
      • The museum attends from 9 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.

    More information about the ticket Machu Picchu + Museum:

    • If you book this entry, you will receive two tickets in your inbox. One is to enter the Site Museum. The other to access the Inca City.
    • You can enter Machu Picchu first and then the museum. Or if you prefer to do it the other way around. Everything will depend on the shift you choose to visit the Inca City.

How to manage the schedules and not miss anything in Machu Picchu?

Many people think that the schedules in Machu Picchu are very tight. However, if handled with punctuality, the time is enough to fully enjoy the Wonder of the World.

How to manage the schedules in the Inca City?

If you enter early in the morning (from 6 a.m.)

  • 6 am to 7 am – Enter Machu Picchu and appreciate the sunrise
  • 7 am to 9 am – Tour the Inca City accompanied by a guide
  • 9 am to 10 am – Tour the Inca site on your own and enjoy the scenery

If they enter in the afternoon (from 1 pm)

  • 1 pm to 3 pm – Enter Machu Picchu and take the tour accompanied by a guide.
  • 3 pm to 5 pm – Visit the Inca site on your own and appreciate the sunset.

How to manage the schedules in Huayna Picchu?

If they enter from 6 a.m.

  • 6 am to 7 am – Enter Machu Picchu and appreciate the sunrise.
  • 7 am to 10 am – Tour Huayna Picchu.
  • 10 am to 12 am – Tour the Inca City accompanied by a guide.
  • 12 am to 1 pm – Walk and enjoy the Inca site on your own.

If they enter from 8 a.m.

  • 8 am to 10 am – Tour the Inca site accompanied by a guide.
  • 10 am to 1 pm – Tour Huayna Picchu.
  • 1 pm to 2 pm – Enjoy the landscape of the Wonder of the World.

How to manage the schedules in the Mountain Machu Picchu?

If they enter from 6 a.m.

  • 6 am to 7 am – Enter Machu Picchu and appreciate the sunrise.
  • 7 am to 11 am – Walk the mountain..
  • 11 am to 1 pm – Tour the Inca City accompanied by a guide.

If they enter from 8 a.m.

  • 8 am to 9 am – Enter Machu Picchu and head to the mountain..
  • 9 am to 12 pm – Walk the Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • 12 pm to 2 pm – Visit Machu Picchu in the company of a tour guide.

How to manage the schedules in the Museum of Machu Picchu?

If you visit Machu Picchu in the morning (from 6 a.m.)

  • 6 am to 12 am – Visit Machu Picchu.
  • 12 am to 1 pm – Have lunch and rest in Aguas Calientes.
  • 2 pm to 4 pm – Visit the Site Museum.

If you visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon (from 1 p.m.)

  • 10 am to 12 am – Visit the Site Museum.
  • 12 am to 1 pm – Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • 1 pm to 5 pm – Visit Machu Picchu

Visit to Machu Picchu for 1 day – How to manage the schedules?

The 1 day trip to Machu Picchu is very tight however it is not impossible. To achieve this the visitor must choose the ticket Machu Picchu Only (from 11 a.m.).

Schedules visit to Machu Picchu for 1 day:

  • 6 am to 7.30 am – Travel by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  • 7.45 am to 9.15 am – Travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 10 am to 11 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 11 am to 3 pm – Visit to Machu Picchu.
  • 3 pm to 3.30 pm – Travel by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • 4.20 pm to 6.10 pm – Train trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • 6.10 pm to 7.40 pm – Travel by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Visit to Machu Picchu for 2 days – How to manage the schedules?

The 2-day trip to Machu Picchu is the ideal. To make the most of it, the visitor must choose the ticket Machu Picchu Only Morning shift (from 6 a.m.).

Schedules visit to Machu Picchu for 2 days:

Day 1:

  • 8 am to 9.30 am – Travel by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  • 10.30 am to 12.10 pm – Travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 12.30 am to 2 pm – Rest in hotel and lunch in Aguas Calientes..
  • 2 pm to 5 pm – Free afternoon to visit the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • 5 pm to 8 pm – Visit to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2:

  • 5 am to 6 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 6 am to 7 am – Appreciate the natural dawn in the Inca City.
  • 7 am to 9 am – Visit to Machu Picchu with tour guide.
  • 9 am to 10 pm – Visit to Machu Picchu on your own.
  • 10 pm to 11 pm – Travel by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • 12 pm to 2 pm – Lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • 3.20 pm to 5.10 pm – Travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • 5.10 pm to 6.40 pm – Travel by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Visit to Huayna Picchu for 1 day – How to manage the schedules?

The 1 day trip to Huayna Picchu is very exhausting. To achieve this, the visitor must choose the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 3 (From 8 a.m. / Waynapicchu entrance from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.).

  • 4 am to 5.30 am – Travel by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  • 6.10 am to 7.40 am – Travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 8 am to 8.30 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 8.30 am to 10.30 am – Visit to the Inca City with tourist guide.
  • 10.30 am to 1.30 pm – Visit to the Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • 1.30 pm to 2 pm – Visit the Inca site on your own.
  • 2 pm to 2.30 pm – Travel by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • 3.20 pm to 5.10 pm – Travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • 5.10 pm to 6.40 pm – Travel by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Visit to Huayna Picchu for 2 days – How to manage the schedules?

The 2-day trip to Huayna Picchu is ideal for a pleasant visit. To enjoy it in the best way, the tourist must choose the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 1 (from 6 a.m. / entrance to Waynapicchu from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.).

Schedule visit to Machu Picchu for 2 days:

Day 1:

  • 8 am to 9.30 am – Travel by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
  • 10.30 am to 12.10 pm – Travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 12.30 am to 2 pm – Rest in hotel and lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • 2 pm to 5 pm – Free afternoon to visit the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • 5 pm to 8 pm – Visit to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2:

  • 5 am to 6 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 6 am to 7 am – Appreciate the natural dawn in the Inca City.
  • 7 am to 8 am – Join the Waynapicchu mountain.
  • 8 am 10 am – Visit the mountain Huayna Picchu.
  • 10 am to 12 pm – Visit with tour guide through the Inca City of Machu Picchu..
  • 12 pm to 1 pm – Visit to the Inca site on your own.
  • 1 pm to 1.30 pm – Travel by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • 1.30 pm to 3 pm – Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • 4.20 pm to 6.10 pm – Train trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • 6.10 pm to 7.40 pm – Travel by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Train schedule

Currently, there are two train companies to Machu Picchu: Peru Rail and Inca Rail. Both have different train services that depart at different times.

Train timetable ‘Vistadome’ service of Peru Rail (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes):

Departure timeTime of arrival
07.05 am08.27 a.m.
08.00 am09.25 a.m.
08.53 a.m.10.29 a.m.
09.15 a.m.10.52 am
10.32 am12.11 pm
01.27 pm02.50 pm
03.37 pm05.02 pm

Train timetable ‘Expedition’ service of Peru Rail (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes):

Departure timeTime of arrival
06.10 am07.40 a.m.
07.45 am09.15 a.m.
08.29 a.m.09.54 a.m.
12.55 pm02.25 pm
07.00 pm08.45 pm
09.00 pm10.45 pm

Inca Rail ‘Voyager’ service timetable (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes):

Departure timeTime of arrival
06.40 a.m.08.01 a.m.
11.15 a.m.12.45 pm
11.30 am01.06 pm
04.36 pm06.09 pm
07.27 pm09.09 pm

Train timetable ‘Private’ service of Inca Rail (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes):

Departure timeTime of arrival
06.40 a.m.08.01 a.m.
11.15 a.m.12.45 pm
04.36 pm06.09 pm

Bus schedules

The buses depart from the town of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu approximately every 10 minutes. The first bus leaves at 5.30 am The last one, at 3.30 pm

The bus trip takes 30 minutes on average. The Inca City opens its doors from 6 am The departure time is at 5 pm

Bus tickets can be purchased in the city of Cusco: av. Childhood 433 or in the same town of Aguas Calientes: Avenida Hermanos Ayar S / N.


Why visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon?

Machu Picchu concentrates a greater number of visitors in the mornings. However, the afternoon schedule offers a similar experience with less tourist traffic.

In 2014, due to the large flow of visitors to the Inca City of Machu Picchu, the Directorate of the Ministry of Culture of Cusco established a promotional rate in the afternoon.

The main objective of this measure was to promote a better balance of visitor concentrations. 80% of visits are recorded in the morning schedule.

The promotional schedule managed to improve the management and conservation of the Inca City of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu in the afternoon offers the following advantages:

  • Less concentration of tourists. The visitor can have Machu Picchu alone for him.
  • Better environment to take photos. According to specialists, Machu Picchu looks more radiant with the sun’s rays of sunset.
  • Best time to meditate in Machu Picchu in silence.

Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu timetables

  1. Is Machu Picchu open every day of the year?

    Yes, the Inca Citadel remains open every day of the year, except in emergency situations. The hours of operation are from Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 5.30 pm

  2. Can I stay in Machu Picchu all day?

    There are 9 schedules of entry to the Inca City. To stay all day you need to buy two tickets on the same day.

  3. How long can I stay in Machu Picchu with the ticket to Huayna Picchu?

    The Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket allows you to stay up to 6 hours after entering the Inca City.

  4. How long can I be in the Inca City with the ticket to the Machu Picchu mountain?

    The Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket allows you to stay up to 8 hours after entering the Inca City.

  5. Is there a nighttime schedule in Machu Picchu?

    No, currently the Inca City is not able to accommodate tourists during the night.

  6. Is it possible to visit Machu Picchu in a single day?

    Yes. To visit the Wonder of the World in a single day, the tourist must depart at dawn from the city of Cusco. The itinerary is tight and difficult but it is possible.

  7. Is it possible to visit the Huayna Picchu in a single day?

    Yes. To visit the Waynapicchu mountain in a single day, the visitor has to leave Cusco very early. The tourist must book the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket in Group 3 (entrance to the mountain from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.).

  8. Are the trains to Machu Picchu punctual?

    Yes. The trains depart and arrive at the exact time except in cases of emergency.

  9. Are the buses from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu punctual?

    Yes. The buses depart every 5 or 10 minutes towards the entrance door of the Inca City. However, during the mornings (5 a.m. to 7 a.m.), long lines are formed to take the bus. This is because many tourists want to be among the first to enter. The only recommendation is to have patience and good humor.

  10. Can I enter Machu Picchu at a different time than the one established on the ticket?

    No. The visit to the Inca City is only on the day, time or group chosen. It is not possible to enter in the afternoon with a ticket scheduled for the morning.


Recommendations for managing schedules in Machu Picchu

  • Train tickets are as important as the entrances to Machu Picchu. We recommend you book them immediately after knowing on what date you will enter the Inca City.
  • The tourist high season runs from May to August. For those months you must book in advance tickets, plane, trains, hotels, guides and additional tours.
  • To visit the Inca City in the mornings, the best option is to spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • In the afternoon, there is less crowding of people in Machu Picchu. If you want a more peaceful and quiet visit, it is best to choose this time.
  • If you have free time in Aguas Calientes, take advantage of the thermal waters, the artisanal market or the Mándor waterfalls.

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, February 20, 2019