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Vistadome or Expedition?
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Vistadome or Expedition? – Comparison of trains to Machu Picchu

There are different routes to get to Machu Picchu, one of them is by train. If this was the option you chose, there are different types of train from which to choose, here we present the differences between the most popular trains to reach Machu Picchu, the Vistadome and the Expedition.

Train Vistadome

For travelers who love nature who seek to be in contact with the environment“, This is the phrase that describes the “Vistadome”. The Vistadome train has three possible departure stations heading to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo station (90 minutes from Cusco), Poroy station (30 minutes from Cusco), and Urubamba station (70 minutes from Cusco). All with the same destination, the station of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Train Vistadome
Inside the train Vistadome
    • What are the departure times of Vistadome?


      • Ollantaytambo Station: This train has 6 hours available for the trip to Machu Picchu, being 7:00 am the first exit to Machu Picchu, and 5 return schedules, being at 10:50 am the first return of the train.

      • Poroy Station: In this station there are two schedules available to board the train. The first Poroy train departs at 6:40 a.m. and the second leaves at 8:25 am; While the first return train leaves the city of Machu Picchu, at 3:20 pm, and the second leaves at 5:23 pm.

      • Urubamba Station: There is also the option of taking the train in Urubamba, being 7:00 am the only available time to Machu Picchu and 6:20 pm for the return trip. The journey from this station lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes. This stop is only available to guests of Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado located in Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Service aboard the Vistadome


    • How is the layout of the seats?

      The seats are leather and quite comfortable, with more space for feet and arms than the Expedition. They are arranged in rows for two people. The seats of the trains that depart of the station of Poroy, are in groups of four (face to face) and they have a table in the middle. They are equipped with air conditioning, heating and a sound system of high quality.

    • Panoramic view

      The Vistadome has fully panoramic windows and includes windows in the ceiling, allowing you an unsurpassable view of the landscape. The windows are much larger than in the Expedition. In addition, it will provide a constant guide to all the places that the train is going through.

    • Snacks

      In the Vistadome the snacks are served in crockery. Includes bagels, seasonal fruit and a cold or hot drink of your choice. All appetizers are prepared with Andean ingredients. To all of the aforementioned, we can add that on the return to Cusco, the Vistadome offers its passengers live show with dances typical of Peru, and a parade with fine alpaca garments.

Expedition Train

For all adventurous travelers looking to discover every destination at their own pace“, this is the phrase that describes the “Expedition”. It will be able to embark of two stations, the one of Poroy (to 35 minutes of Cusco), and the one of Ollantaytambo (to 90 minutes of Cusco), in the sacred valley. In any case, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes station (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Tren Expedition
Service on the Expedition Train to Machu Picchu
    • What are the departure times of the Expedition?


      • Ollantaytambo Station: Ollantaytambo Station. There are 6 round trips, the first train to Machu Picchu leaves at 5:10 am and the last at 9:00 pm. The first return train departs at 5:30 a.m. and the last at 9:50 p.m. The tour only lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

      • Poroy Station: At this station there is only one available schedule, at 7:40 am (going) and 4:40 pm (return), and lasts 3 hours.

  • Service aboard the Expedition


    • How is the layout of the seats?

      The Expedition is equipped with quite comfortable leather seats and regular foot space. Distributed in rows of two by two. The seats are arranged in rows for two people in case of trains departing from Ollantaytambo. While those departing from Poroy, they have seats grouped in 4 (face to face) and a coffee table. They are equipped with air conditioning and heating, also have high quality sound system.

    • Panoramic view

      The Expedition offers ample windows that will provide you with a quite nice view, however, they are smaller in comparison to the Vistadome.

    • Snacks

      The Expedition onboard service provides each passenger with a snack as part of the package, including a hot or cold drink and a biscuit; Is served in basic packaging.


In our opinion the main difference between the Vistadome and the Expedition, lies in the service on board and in the comfort offered in each train. It can be said that the Vistadome has a more complete service than the Expedition, providing more comfort, better snacks, a live dance show, and a fashion show with alpaca garments. However the price of the Expedition is less than that of the Vistadome.

If you have decided to travel, contact us ( and book a ticket immediately to Machu Picchu; This is undoubtedly the important part, and live the adventure of Machu Picchu aboard one of these magnificent trains.


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



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