There are three rail companies: Peru Rail, Inca Rail and Andina Railways. For Peru Rail, trains leave from the Poroy station (a 20-minute trip from Cusco) and from the Ollantaytambo station, located in the Sacred Valley, the three companies depart and arrive in different shifts.
For Peru Rail servicesAll tickets can be purchased online before your trip: three types of services are offered, the Hiram Bingham, the Vistadome and the Expedition). A local train also makes the route, but it must be Peruvian to be able to buy these tickets. The trip from Cusco lasts approximately 4.00 hours and from Ollantaytambo approximately 1:45 hours. For schedules and ticket prices, visit the Peru Rail website: www.perurail.com. You can also contact Peru Rail firstname.lastname@example.org
Inca Rail, offers two types of services: executive (panoramic views + refreshments) and first class (more comfortable + reading books, according to the website). For ticket prices and schedules, go to their website www.incarail.com. Your departures and arrivals are in Ollantaytambo.
Andean railway, its trains leave the Ollantaytambo station, offer a service type twice a day. Your email is email@example.com
It is recommended to buy your train tickets before making plans to visit MP, then you can reserve the rest of your trip schedule; You must be careful, especially during the high season from June to August. They can buy the tickets through their different web pages.
Do not risk going to Cusco with the idea of getting tickets in a couple of days before going to MP, you could be disappointed and miss the opportunity to visit MP completely.
There are two options when you walk the Inca Trail. For both options, you must do so through a travel agency with official permission, since people can not walk on the trail on their own and must travel as part of a group. There is a road of four days / three nights. And there is a shorter walk of two days / one night that you can perform. Both trails are located along the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway; kilometer 82, for the 4-day and 3-night trek, and 104-kilometer trek for the 2-day trek.
Regardless of the route you choose, take enough time to acclimate to the altitude, to help you avoid altitude sickness. Do not press and bring plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Some travelers can get to MP by the so-called secondary road. You will have to get to Ollantaytambo first and take a bus to Santa Teresa. Or, you can take, at the Santiago terminal in Cusco, a minivan to Santa María. The trip lasts 4 hours / 5 hours.
After arriving in Santa María, you must take a taxi to a place called “Hidroeléctrica”. The trip lasts 1 hour. From there you have PeruRail trains that take you to Aguas Calientes, the final station near Machu Picchu. If you wish, you can walk from “Hidroeléctrica” near the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. This walk should take 2 hours; It is a very beautiful landscape.