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How to Get to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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How to Get to Machu Picchu from Cusco
Few places on earth conjure images of adventure and discovery like Machu Picchu. From stunning scenery to indigenous history, this ancient Inca ruin has it all. Whether by trek or by train, here are your options for reaching Machu Picchu from Cusco.

By Train and Bus
Because there’s no formal road to the site, the majority of visitors start their trip with a scenic 3.5–hour train journey that winds alongside the roaring Urubamba River from the town of Poroy near Cusco or Ollantaytambo. You have a number of train options ranging from the simply comfortable to the fabulously luxurious. When the train arrives in the city of Aguas Calientes, the closest access point to the ruins, you can then take a short 20-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Buses run every 15 minutes while the site is open.

On Foot
A visit to Machu Picchu is truly a stunning experience, no matter how you get there. But for those looking to extend their time in and deepen their knowledge of this magical Inca site, a single- or multi-day hike on the Inca Trail is a great option. All Inca Trail hikes to Machu Picchu must be taken with a guide, and a variety of trip itineraries and hike lengths are available. Travelers planning to complete the trek should be in good physical shape and prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.

Guided Tours
The benefit of taking a guided tour to Machu Picchu is that all your transport logistics will be arranged for you in advance. Nearly all guided tours include round-trip train and bus transport to the site, saving you from the hassle of having to confirm your own tickets and the risk of them selling out. For the more adventurous, guided tour options featuring single- or multi-day hikes to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail are also available.
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from CuscoDay Trips

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families, and solo travelers alike, and features three different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus), and the site entrance fee.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by TrainOvernight Tours

2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

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Discover the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on this 2-day tour. Visit key sites such as Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo and discover their individual archaeological sites with your guide. Spend the night at Aguas Calientes, the village at the base of Machu Picchu, and rest up before catching the sunrise at the famous Inca citadel the next day.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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7-Day Lima, Cusco and Sunrise at Machu PicchuMulti-day Tours

7-Day Lima, Cusco and Sunrise at Machu Picchu

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Experience the top highlights of Lima, Cusco, and world-famous Machu Picchu during this 7-day, 6-night excursion. Spend your first two days in cosmopolitan Lima, discovering its landmarks, shopping, and top-notch cuisine. Then head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to explore its fascinating mix of indigenous and colonial architecture, and then it's on to the iconic mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. This week-long, budget-friendly Peru trip, including plenty of free time for independent exploration, also includes all transport, admission fees (including at Machu Picchu), six nights of accommodation and daily breakfast.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Full DayFull-day Tours

Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Full Day

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Spend a full day exploring Peru’s star attraction, the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, on a guided tour from Cusco. Climb up into the mountains on a dramatic train journey to Agua Calientes and continue by bus to the mountaintop citadel. Then, explore the fascinating ruins of the Lost City of the Incas or join a guided trek to the Sun Gate for an unforgettable view over Machu Picchu.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu PicchuDay Trips

Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

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Travel back in time aboard the elegant Belmond Hiram Bingham train, enjoying the ultimate in luxury train transportation on a day trip to the world-famous Machu Picchu. Climb aboard the train’s richly appointed 1920s Pullman cars to enjoy fabulous views of the Andes, white tablecloth dining, and high-end wine. Then explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide, followed by afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. This VIP Machu Picchu experience also includes welcome drink at the station, appetizers, lunch and dinner, full drink service, entrance fees at the site, live on-board entertainment, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca TrailHiking

4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail

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Trace the path of the original Inca Trail during an unforgettable 4-day, 3-night trip along this classic road to Machu Picchu. Follow the footsteps of this ancient people as you cross mountain terrain and lush jungles and explore fascinating Inca ruins like Wiñay Wayna, hiking toward the ‘Lost City of the Incas.’ On your final day, wake up early to reach Machu Picchu's iconic Sun Gate at sunrise, watching the first rays of light creep across the landscape. Then spend the morning exploring this incredible mountaintop archaeological site with your guide. This classic Inca Trail trek also features hotel pickup, camping accommodations, bus and train transfers, entrance fees, three days of meals and snacks and porters to carry shared equipment.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

2-Day Private Tour to Machu Picchu from CuscoOvernight Tours

2-Day Private Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Enjoy a relaxed overnight visit to the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu from Cusco, allowing you early access to this iconic archaeological site. Journey by train through the beautiful river valley to the city of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have time relax and explore town before settling in for the evening. Then wake up early for a sunrise visit at Machu Picchu, including a 2-hour guided tour plus time to explore this amazing ancient marvel on your own. Your trip also includes round-trip train tickets and bus transfer to Machu Picchu, one night of accommodations at a three-star hotel, breakfast and site entrance fee.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Machu Picchu Full-Day Tour by Vistadome TrainFull-day Tours

Machu Picchu Full-Day Tour by Vistadome Train

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Experience the drama and history of Machu Picchu on a full-day tour from Cusco by Vistadome train. You’ll have panoramic views of the mountain landscape through the train’s wraparound windows, arriving at Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the spectacular site. Visiting Machu Picchu by Vistadome means traveling in a comfortable, well-appointed modern train that lets you see more with limited time, and the tour is limited to 8 people for more personal service.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu PicchuMulti-day Tours

The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

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Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Inca people on this 4-day hike to Machu Picchu along the sacred pilgrimage route of the Inca Trail. During the challenging trek to this world-famous citadel and UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll explore ancient ruins, admire majestic mountain views and see diverse plant and animal life. This tour includes transfers to and from the start of the trail, entrance fees, experienced guide and porters, camping equipment and meals during the hike.
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  • 4 days
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