Machu Picchu tour full day by train is an unforgettable and convenient experience for those wishing to explore one of the world’s wonders in a limited time. Here’s an overview of what this adventure to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, entails, visiting from the city of Cusco and returning in a combined journey of car and train, and enjoying our door-to-door hotel service in your Machu Picchu tour:

This Machu Picchu tour is ideal for those with limited time but who don’t want to miss out on the magical experience of visiting Machu Picchu. It’s important to book in advance, especially during the high season, as both train tickets and Machu Picchu entries are in high demand.

The ticket to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is included in the package price, which we purchase in your name. Typically, we include circuits 1, 2, or 3 for the guided tour at Machu Picchu. To secure a spot on these popular circuits, it is essential to book your tour at least three months in advance. If these circuits are unavailable, the alternatives would be circuits 4 or 5.

The main difference between the circuits is their access points to Machu Picchu. Circuits 1, 2, and 3 provide access from the upper part of the site, offering panoramic views and opportunities for classic photos of Machu Picchu. In contrast, circuits 4 and 5 grant access from the lower part, which does not offer the classic view of Machu Picchu.

It is important to note that no circuit covers the entire Inca citadel. However, all circuits include a guided tour lasting between 2 to 2.5 hours with an expert guide, ensuring a comprehensive and educational experience at Machu Picchu.

  • Initial Transportation: Your Machu Picchu tour begins early with a transfer from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, which may be from Pisac, Calca, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo, to the train station. The primary station used is Ollantaytambo, which is 1.45 hours by car from the city of Cusco.
  • Train Journey: You’ll board a comfortable and panoramic train departing from Ollantaytambo, usually at 6:10 or 6:40 am. During the approximately 1.5-hour journey, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Andean landscapes and the Urubamba River that you can see in your Machu Picchu tour.
  • Aguas Calientes: Upon arrival in the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, you’ll be greeted by a guide from Machu Picchu Reservations before boarding the bus to the Inca city of Machu Picchu tour.
  • Ascent to Machu Picchu: From Aguas Calientes, you’ll take a short, winding bus ride of about 30 minutes to the main entrance of Machu Picchu, offering breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
  • Guided Tour in Machu Picchu: Once at the citadel, an expert guide will lead you through the main points of interest, explaining the history, architecture, and theories about this enigmatic place. The tour generally lasts about 2.5 hours and is conducted on the circuit included in your Machu Picchu ticket, usually circuit 02.  -More Info Here- 
  • Free Time: Free time in Machu Picchu is quite limited to about 30 minutes as the maximum allowed time is 3 hours including the 2.5-hour tour. You’ll then have an additional 30 minutes to explore a bit more of Machu Picchu and take photographs at your leisure.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes: After visiting the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, you’ll descend back to Aguas Calientes by bus, which takes about 25 minutes. There, you can explore the town of Aguas Calientes, enjoy a meal, and perhaps explore a bit more before your return journey.
  • Return Train Journey: You’ll board the return train to Ollantaytambo scheduled for 2:30 or 3:20 pm, which will take you back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in approximately 1.5 hours. Once there, transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
  • Arrival in Cusco/Sacred Valley: You’ll arrive at your hotel, either in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. The service includes drop-off at your hotel upon completing the full-day Machu Picchu tour by train.




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Max: 10 People

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Tour location:

Cusco - Peru

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-1 B, 0 D, 0 L


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Itinerary with Comprehensive Details: A Day’s Expedition from Cusco to Machu Picchu tour via Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes

  • Early Morning Start: Embark on your adventure with an early morning pickup between 4:00 and 4:15 AM from your respective hotel in Cusco. If you are in the Sacred Valley, please inform us at the following WhatsApp number +51974217700 for the scheduling of your pickup. For both cases, a designated vehicle from Machu Picchu Reservations will arrive to collect you. Be prepared and waiting promptly at your hotel or Airbnb’s reception. A cozy vehicle will transport you through the enchanting Andean vistas, journeying for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to the Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Train to Aguas Calientes: Upon arrival, our driver will aid you in embarking on the train, leaving at either 6:10 AM or 6:40 AM towards the charming town of Aguas Calientes. This 1.5-hour train ride presents breathtaking sceneries of the Urubamba River and the encompassing rugged terrain.
  • Welcoming at Aguas Calientes: As you arrive in Aguas Calientes, the threshold to Machu Picchu, our guide will be awaiting with a sign reading “MACHU PICCHU RESERVATIONS” or your specific names. After an introductory meeting and receiving key instructions, enjoy 20 to 30 minutes of personal time to savor a coffee, pick some snacks, or visit the restroom.
  • Ascent to Machu Picchu by Bus: Subsequently, queue for the bus embarking on a serpentine, 30-minute climb to Machu Picchu’s main entrance, estimated arrival between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM.
  • Guided Exploration of Machu Picchu: Included in your journey is a Machu Picchu ticket, typically granting access via circuit 02 or 01, subject to availability. In the event of unavailability, circuits 04 or 03 serve as substitutes. Advance booking is advised for securing your preferred route. Upon reaching, our guide will conduct a 2.5-hour enlightening excursion through the Inca citadel, spotlighting key monuments, sharing narratives, and providing moments for you to absorb the vistas and capture memories.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes: After visiting the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, you’ll descend back to Aguas Calientes by bus, which takes about 25 minutes. There, you can explore the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • Leisure Time in Aguas Calientes: Post-tour, return to Aguas Calientes by bus where you’ll have downtime to relish a meal and meander around the town prior to proceeding to the train station.
  • Return Voyage to Cusco: The homeward train departs Aguas Calientes around 2:30 PM or 3:20 PM, delivering you back to Ollantaytambo station in 1.5 hours. Here, our transfer will be ready to guide you back to Cusco by car, an approximate 1.45-hour drive, concluding your day with a hotel drop-off around 6:30 to 7:00 PM.
      • Snapshot of Your Day:
      • Cusco Pickup: 4:00 AM
      • Train to Aguas Calientes: 6:10 AM or 6:40 AM
      • Ticket for Machu Picchu tour Entry: 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM
      • Return Train to Ollantaytambo: 2:30 PM or 3:20 PM
      • Estimated Cusco Return: 6:30 to 7:00 PM

This carefully curated itinerary is crafted to provide a smooth, enjoyable, and profound experience from Cusco to the legendary Machu Picchu tour within a single day. Each element is thoughtfully arranged for your utmost comfort and satisfaction, allowing for a deep dive into the splendor and history of this ancient marvel.


Inclusions for Your Journey to Machu Picchu tour

  • Private Transportation: We will provide you with private transportation to pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. This journey is a scenic 1 hour and 45-minute trip.
  • Train Ticket: Board one of the trains, either the 6:10 AM EXPEDITION or the 6:40 AM VOYAGER, from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo, commonly known as Aguas Calientes. This ride will be a picturesque journey lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu: From Aguas Calientes, a swift 30-minute bus ride will ascend to the gates of Machu Picchu tour.
  • Machu Picchu Entrance and Guided Tour: Enjoy entry to Machu Picchu at either 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM for circuit 02 followed by an in-depth 2.5-hour guided tour. Explore the mysteries and marvels of this historical site. CIRCUIT 2
  • Professional Bilingual Guide: An expert English-Spanish-speaking guide will lead you on a 2.5-hour exploration of Machu Picchu, providing detailed insights into its history and significance.
  • Bus Ticket to Aguas Calientes: After your tour, a 30-minute bus ride will take you back down to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo.
  • Return Train Ticket: Depart from Aguas Calientes on either the 14:30 VOYAGER  or the 15:30 EXPEDITIONto Ollantaytambo. This return journey is also 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Private Transportation Back to Cusco: Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo train station, we will pick you up and provide a comfortable 1 hour and 45-minute drive back to your hotel in Cusco. If you prefer to be dropped off in the Sacred Valley, please let us know to accommodate your desired location, ensuring a smooth conclusion to your Machu Picchu tour.

Not Included

Full-Day Machu Picchu Tour by Train: Meal Information

  • Meals Not Included: Please be aware that meals are not provided as part of the tour package.
  • Breakfast Recommendations: For breakfast, consider bringing portable snacks like fruits and sandwiches, and you’ll also have the chance to buy coffee or sandwiches at the train station before your journey.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes: After your tour of Machu Picchu, you will have plenty of time to explore the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch at one of its many dining establishments.




When packing for a full day trip to Machu Picchu by train, it is important to consider the variable weather conditions and the activities you will be doing throughout the day. Here is a list of essentials to pack for your Machu Picchu adventure:

  • Passport: You will need to present your passport at the entrance of Machu Picchu, so make sure to bring it with you.
  • Student Card: Original physical student ID card if you booked with as student
  • Tickets: Ensure you have your train and entrance tickets printed or downloaded to your mobile device.
  • Daypack: Bring a lightweight and comfortable daypack to carry all your essentials.
  • Comfortable clothing: Dress in comfortable layers that are suitable for changing weather conditions. It’s essential to bring a waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Sturdy walking shoes: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes with good traction to walk around Machu Picchu’s steep and uneven terrain.
  • Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays at high altitudes.
  • Insect repellent: Bring insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Water bottle: It’s essential to stay hydrated at high altitudes. Bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Snacks: Bring light snacks like energy bars or fruit to keep yourself fueled throughout the day.
  • Camera: Capture the unforgettable views of Machu Picchu and your memories.
  • Cash: Bring cash in local currency in case you need to buy anything or tip your guides.

Remember to pack lightly and leave any unnecessary items behind. Enjoy your Machu Picchu tour!


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$250.00 Per person (Group service)
Amazing trek with the best guide I did the Inca trail to Machupicchu for 4 days and 3 nights, with Salkantay Trekkers Peru. Our organization was excellent I joined a group of 6 people. We had the briefing one night before our departure where our guide Jose gave us full information and some suggestions. The service was very good, with all the staff that we went from the first day between them it is worth mentioning the service of our Cheff and our porters who were the people who took our travel luggage. The whole group saw the desire to work as a team, and in a professional manner. Our Guide Jose very kind and attentive with all the group of tourists and the staff of the Agency. I had the best travel experience with this group and very organized, I congratulate the whole group for making me part of this unforgettable experience. I recommend this travel agency in Cusco, for those people who are interested in traveling to Machu Picchu.
Belen F
Belen F
El mejor!! Machu Picchu mi Excursión con ellos. Organizaros perfectamente. Salimos a tiempo y la guía fue informativo y servicial. Disfrutamos cada momento de la excursión y nos sentimos en manos seguras. Lo recomiendo para cualquier excursión en Cusco y alrededor de la ciudad.
Sreeram Hariharan
Sreeram Hariharan
Servicio impresionante Fui a Salkantay Trek con la agencia. Estaba bien organizado y las guías son conocedores e informativos.

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