Inca Rail: Aboard the Famous Train From Cusco to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of The World, and with its stunning views, breathtaking architecture and rich cultural history it's easy to see why. But the most unique way to visit this incredible monument is through a two hour rail journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu through Inca rail. The journey allows you to travel through the mystical Sacred Valley of the Incas, and leaning out of the open air viewing carriage will let you glimpse breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, towering mountains and lush greenery.

Where does the train journey start?

You will board the Inca Rail train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu. Inca Rail offers a bimodal service, and will transfer guests staying in Cusco to Ollantaytambo station via a private bus service, that takes roughly two hours. Once at the station passengers can rest in the waiting room, and upon arrival to Machu Picchu Pueblo passengers will board the Consettur bus, which will take guests to the base of Machu Picchu where they can begin their ascent.

Which class of train is best for me?

There are currently four different classes of trains run by Inca Rail. The Voyager, 360, First Class and a Private Train.

The Voyager Train

The Voyager has wagons with comfortable seats, folding tables and panoramic windows, allowing you to see out to the Peruvian countryside. There is service on board and a selection of drinks made with Andean fruits and herbs.


  • Sandwiches.
  • Hot and cold drinks.
  • Ambient music.
The 360 Train

The 360 train features large panoramic windows that reach from the top to bottom of the train, for uninterrupted views of Machu Picchu peeking through the clouds. There is an onboard service, a selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as the sale of handmade products on board.


  • Andean sandwiches.
  • Hot and cold drinks.
  • On-board entertainment system.
  • Sale of handcrafted products on board.
First Class Train

The First Class train offers ambient music, natural flowers and lined tables. You will be served a welcome cocktail, a gourmet lunch and/or dinner. It is only available in high tourism season (April to October) and on special dates. One of its most notable features is the addition of an outdoor observatory car which allows passengers to view the landscape without the confines of any windows and feel the air get colder as the train ascends through the valley.


  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Gourmet lunch and dinner.
  • Outdoor observatory car.
  • Gastronomic menu
  • Free bar and drinks
  • Live music show
  • Bus to Machu Picchu.
The Private Carriage

This private carriage, known as the “Inca Princess”, is of the presidential class and is available on request.


  • A private car to enjoy luxury and exclusivity.
  • Outside balcony.
  • Gourmet menu.
  • Bar and free drinks.
  • Live music show.
  • Private bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

It's important to note that during the rainy season, travel routes may be disrupted or even cancelled if the weather is deemed too hazardous. The rainy season runs from November to April and the high tourism season runs from April to October.

The elevation of Machu Picchu can result in altitude sickness and its recommended that those wanting to hike Machu Picchu stay in Cusco for a few days to acclimatise. Cusco is at a higher elevation than Machu Picchu so once you have acclimatised you can begin your hike as soon as you depart from the train.

Starting from Skratch? Here are some helpful resources for you to plan your trip!

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Machu Picchu Website

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Journey Time

Roughly four hours from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu.

Do I Need To Prebook Tickets?

Yes, tickets should be booked at least three months in advance and need to be picked up in person before you board. Tickets also need to be prebooked for entry into Machu Picchu, and proof of your Machu Picchu tickets are required in order for you to board an Inca Rail train.

What Should I Bring With Me?

- Travel documents

- Machu Picchu tickets

- Comfortable shoes

- Camera

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Ellie Ring
August 30, 2023
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