How to Travel Machu Picchu

How to Travel Machu Picchu

How to travel Machu picchu is the most importand question if you are planning to visit it. There are many alternatives to get to Aguas Calientes and later to Machu Picchu because the area is not connected to any road, the most used types of access are:

  1. By Train, from Poroy or from Ollantaytambo
  2. By Inca Trail , the tradicional 4 days 3 nights or the short trek 2 days 1 night
  3. By Salkantay Trekking,
  4. By Bus from Cusco to Hidroelectrica and from there a 10km walk along the train lines.

How to travel Machu Picchu by train

The most traditional route to visit it is Machu Picchu by train since you can visit it in a single day, but if you want to add adventure to your tour you can also add other alternative routes such as sacred valley tour or super valley for which it will be necessary to do the tour in 2 days and 1 night and if you plan to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain, we also suggest making your visit in 2 days and 1 night so that you can rest the night before and the next day enjoy your visit to the Inka citadel of Machu picchu following that of Huaynapicchu Mountain.

We would like to clarify that there are two train stations, the first being Poroy, which is very close to the city of Cusco, which is aimed at those people who do not like to spend a lot of time in a car.
We also have the Ollantaytambo Train Station which is located 1 hour and 30 minutes from the city of Cusco and is the closest train station to Machu Picchu. This train station is also chosen by those tourists who prefer to spend their days in the hotels of the Sacred Valley.

  • The Poroy train station: located 30 minutes from the city of Cusco by car and then train journey from this area to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to arrive while you will enjoy the views of the landscape of the sacred valley .


  • The Ollantaytambo train Station: Located 1 hour and 20 minutes from the city of Cusco and the train journey from here to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to arrive. After arriving, they board a bus that takes them from the area of ​​Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town to the llaqta of Machu Picchu. This bus travels a distance of 9 km and a time of 25 min. The train is the most comfortable, safe and fast option to get to Aguas Calientes but also the most expensive.

How to Travel Machu picchu by Inka trail

By hiking the Inca Trail, you’re immersing yourself in the world of the Incas that much more by traversing the same path they did hundreds during the 13th-16th centuries. You’ll visit numerous other ruins along the way like Q’entimarka, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca and Winaywayna,  making the information your guides give you more visual. And the sense of pride you will feel once you reach Machu Picchu on foot will be well worth any of the harder sections of the trek.

If you didn’t book the Classic Inca Trail early enough to reserve a spot but still want to hike to Machu Pichu, some worthwhile alternatives are The Short Inca Trail 2 Days 1 Night, the Salkantay Trek 5 or 4 days and Lares Trek  These hikes will take you past Inca ruins and beautiful scenery, while also allowing you the sense of accomplishment when you reach Machu Picchu on the final day.

How to Travel Machu picchu By Bus

This option is the cheapest to get to Machu Picchu but before choosing this option you must take into account the following information:

  • Many agencies in the city of Cusco offer this service since it is very cheap and you can even do it for 120 dollars.
  • This tour takes 2 days and 1 night now we explain why, the departure of passengers from Cusco is given at 6:30 am by bus to Hydroelectric, which takes 7 hours to get there, the road is paved until a certain area after this follow the road that is a trail or dirt with some dangerous part in the rainy season it is even more dangerous.
  • After arriving at Hydroelectric, the bus will leave you on this area and with your guide you must travel (train lines for a time of 2 hours and 30 min) until you reach Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo where they will spend the night and the next day. You will start a walk of 1 hour and 30 minutes to go up to the llaqta of Machu Picchu where you will enter and make their journey of 3 hours maximum.
  • Then you must return to hydroelectric walk of approximately 2 hours where the transport awaits you to bring you back to Cusco with an approximate arrival time of 10 pm.

So now you know how to travel Machu picchu and you can decide the best option?