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Train Travel in Peru


There are very few railway lines in Peru, but there is a railway line cutting across main tourist-visited areas: Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley Region, but also the Lake Titicaca (Puno and Juliaca) are connected.

You will find few other railway lines elsewhere.


Peru Rail is the company operates daily train services between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes (the town from which tourists can access the archaeological site of Machu Picchu).

It is common for tourists to get off at Ollantaytambo while on their way to Machu Picchu.

Peru Rail also operates trains between Puno, Juliaca and Cuzco.




Train Routes, Stations, Schedules


Here below you will find detailed info about how to get from one place to another.

Timetables, routes, stations, durations and distances are presented below. (Of course, these are subject to change at any time and, therefore you will have to check PeruRail for the latest schedules, prices etc.).


Please note that Aguas Calientes is also called Machu Picchu Pueblo. It is the same thing.

The ruins of Machu Picchu are located in and archaeological park, 112 km (70 mi)......


Here below you will see details about the routes, the stations in details:



Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes


Take this route to travel to Machu Picchu either from Cuzco or from Ollantaytambo


Departure station: Poroy (approx. 20 km from Cuzco)

Last station: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)

Stations along the route: Poroy, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes

Total route length: 112 km (70 mi)

Travelling time from Poroy to Aguas Calientes: approx. 3 hours

Train Types (Classes)


PeruRail operates 3 types of trains on this route, each being a separate class. Lower classes cost less, higher ones are luxury trains with more windows to admire the landscape.



"Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. PeruRail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience." -


Hiram Bingham

"The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive luxury Orient Express service operated by PeruRail, all service included where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences.
It is ranked as one of the best journeys in 2008 by the ItalianClass Magazine.
Hiram Bingham wagons are distinguished by their blue and gold colors for its warm and cozy interiors that feature elegant upholstery. This service has four wagons, two dining wagon, an observation wagon with bar and a car, kitchen, besides being able to carry up to 84 passengers." -



"For all the adventurous travelers who seek to discover all the journey details and arrange the trip itinerary according to their needs. The Expedition is the best alternative to go to Machu Picchu.
The Expedition is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere. "




Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes


Take this route to travel to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo, located on the western edge of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Some travelers visit the Sacred Valley thoroughly and then continue from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.


Departure station: Ollantaytambo

Last station: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)

Stations along the route: -

Total route length: 47 km (29 mi)

Travelling tome from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes: approx. 2 hours

Train Type (Class)



"The Backpacker is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats." -




Cuzco - Puno


Travel on this route to get to the Lake Titicaca area.


Departure station: Huanchac/Wanchaq (in Cuzco)

Last station: Puno

Stations along the route: -

Total route length: 388 km (241 mi)

Travelling tome from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes: approx. 10 hours.

Train Type (Class)


Andean Explorer

"Riding the Andean Explorer is a unique experience, a journey between mountains and clouds, and between mountains and highlands. Ten hour train journey, which ends at the majestic Lake Titicaca and in whose path, the traveler will see the changing landscapes among mountains, rolling plains, and the various weather of the area.

The Andean Explorer involves you in an exquisitely area decorated with subtle, delicate style of the great Pullman trains of the twenties. It includes dining cars and a car-bar outdoor observatory. The Andean Explorer is one the most of luxurious and different way of travel between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.
The Andean Explorer has been mentioned among the 25 great railway journeys of the world one of the first two South American at the International Society for passenger rail. In 2005 Peru was awarded the Business Creativity Video."



For complete information, including the train schedules, we recommend you to check out Peru Rail.


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