Train to Machu Picchu 1D

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Duration: 1 day
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Cusco
Destination: Machu Picchu
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

About the Train to Machu Picchu 1D

Take the train to Machu Picchu! Machu Picchu, that famous Inca citadel located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, is one of the world’s most well known archaeological sites. “Machu Picchu” is a compound Quechua word that means “old peak” or “old mountain”. The famous mountain that faces Machu Picchu, the one that appears in most of the classic views of the site, is Huayna Picchu, which means “young peak”. 

>> Read more about how to plan a trip to Machu Picchu you won’t forget 


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Discover this enigmatic site on a one-day excursion that sees you travel by train to Machu Picchu and back, with a guided tour of the ruins and lunch at the site. This is a long day, but if you only have one day in Cusco, this train to Machu Picchu tour is worth it for the chance to visit the incredible site.


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Verified sustainability practices

Important Details About the Train to Machu Picchu 1D

What is Included?


  • Transfers as required
  • Train to Machu Picchu and back (train travel is between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes)
  • Private ground transport between Cusco and Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu

Additional inclusions

  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • Pre-trek briefing


  • Lunch

Trekking Team

  • English/Spanish speaking guide service for 2.5 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.


Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your train to Machu Picchu trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience!


    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

On this trip, you will need to bring very little other than what your personal preferences dictate. For our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack during an Andean trek, see What To Bring. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

    • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
    • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
    • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
    • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • This tour includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on the Expedition service (Tourist Class), followed by bus transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. If you’d like more flexibility in your return travel to Cusco, consider upgrading your train (Executive Class) for an extra $35 per person. This upgrade must be requested at time of booking.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Train to Machu Picchu 1D Itinerary

Travel by train to Machu Picchu! We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you will travel by either the Expedition or Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu where we will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

Your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel. After the tour, we return to Aguas Calientes by bus to have lunch and later in the evening you will catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where we will transfer you back to Cusco, leaving you at your hotel.

The Expedition service is cheaper than Vistadome, but the advantage to the Vistadome is that it is faster, has a snack service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience.

Note that this tour does not include a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain. Due to the timing of the trains on this one day train to Machu Picchu tour, it is actually not possible to arrive in time in order to complete these hikes. 

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Group Traveller

This trip exceeded my expectations in every way! Arturo was an excellent guide and I cannot say enough about how much he did to make our trip great!

30 September, 2020


Family Traveller

I just felt so good to be going with a company that values sustainable travel, especially seeing how many people go through Machu Picchu every day! Thank you – it was the trip of a lifetime. It was really thoroughly planned to meet all of our needs!

10 March, 2020

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