Ultimate guide to the Machu Picchu train

Peru has developed in all aspects; large hotel chains, world famous restaurants for the wonderful food that the country has.  Likewise, each destination has had its own development. And, speaking of Cusco, it is one of the regions that has grown a lot in every level of services.

One of the products that has had great developments are the trains that take you to the lost city of Machu Picchu and another route, the one that takes you from Cusco to Puno and vice versa.

Train services to Machu Picchu

In order for passengers to have different alternatives to get to Machu Picchu with different costs and services, there are two companies that offer these services

Belmond Co.

It Is a hospitality and leisure company that operates luxury hotels, train services and river cruises worldwide.

Belmond Trains

There are three categories of services offered by Belmond at different rates according to your budget

Expedition service (Tourist class). –

If you are looking for an adventure on your way to Machu Picchu at an unbeatable price, on a train with all the onboard comforts you could ask for, the Belmond Expedition train has just what you need

The train cars of the Belmond Expedition train are steeped in the designs of Incan culture, making them the perfect way to start your trip to the Machu Picchu citadel. The Belmond Expedition gives you the chance to take in the unbelievable scenery and take incredible panoramic pictures of a journey unlike any other.


Vistadome Service (First class). –

The Belmond Vistadome train offers a unique and different way to travel to Machu Picchu. Each of the cars features panoramic windows, enabling you to feel part of your surroundings.  Also, on the return trip you can enjoy fashion shows in your carriage featuring authentic baby alpaca wool collection with the exclusive trends in alpaca apparel, all available for sale. Belmond Vistadome approaches you to the amazing landscapes and nature on-route to the Inca Citadel, creating a real connection.

All passengers are able to enjoy a delicious snack during the trip to or from the wonder of Machu Picchu as they travel through the beautiful landscapes of the route. In addition, passengers will be able to enjoy hot herbal teas or water on board our trains.

Hiram Bingham service (Luxury). –

Heading towards Machu Picchu, your experience begins with a delicious welcome cocktail. Then savor a brunch and gourmet lunch as you admire the ever-changing scenery in the early light. The return journey can feel like a different world. See the Sacred Valley from a new perspective as the day draws to a close, and anticipate a true fine dining experience.

On both trips, dining includes non-premium beverages and a superb wine selection. You’ll also have the chance to dance to the beat of the Peruvian cajón and tambourines with traditional live music.

The fare includes besides de train, a bus ticket from the station to Machu Picchu and the ticket to enter the citadel with a tour guide for no more than 14 people (in English or Spanish). It also includes an afternoon tea at Sanctuary Lodge, the return bus journey to the station and access to the station’s VIP Lounge.

Ruta Cusco / Puno – Andean Explorer

Travel along one of the highest train routes in the world.

Step aboard this luxury Peru train and explore the breathtaking country in unrivalled style. Experience vibrant cities and spellbinding natural wonders.

Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper service, offers a choice of one- or two-night journeys. From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, traverse the highest plains of the Andes before arriving at the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca.


Ferrocarril Inca

It is a 100% Peruvian company that offers luxury train travel. It is part of the Crosland business group, which employs more than 300 people and has a presence that goes back more than 50 years in the Peruvian market as a representative of Electromotive, the railroad division of General Motors, the largest locomotive manufacturer in the world.


Trenes Inca Rail

The Private, the First Class, the 360°, the Voyager Premium

Lo privado

The only private service to Machu Picchu. An exclusive car where you and your companions will enjoy a lounge decorated with ample seating, bar, premium beverages, gourmet menu and live music. You will enjoy the delightful scenery on an open balcony. All the colors and flavors of the Andean culture in a wagon that will transform your trip into an unforgettable experience. This service includes a private bus to the Citadel.

The First Class

The First Class offers you maximum comfort and space on board. Enjoy a unique landscape in the Observatory-Lounge, gourmet menu, bar and an open-air balcony where all the beauty of nature and Andean culture are revealed before your eyes. Travel, enjoying a different experience that will make your dreams come true. In this luxury service, you will enjoy a finely decorated carriage with large windows and comfortable seats

The 360°

The best panoramic train in Peru. Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with panoramic windows and an open-air observatory car where you can enjoy all the beauty of the landscape. Enjoy our complimentary snacks and beverage service on the way to Machu Picchu. Get a taste of the Inca Empire aboard Inca Rail!

The Voyager Premium

The services of this train are ideal for a pleasant and comfortable trip. It will not be on par with the private or First-Class service; however, it is ideal to promote an extraordinary trip. Like the other cars, it will be possible to find near the folding tables a USB port, ideal for charging the battery of phones or cameras that will serve both to capture moments inside the train and during the tour to Machu Picchu.

You can enjoy a delicious lunch in Aguas Calientes, which has a great variety of restaurants. After this you will be ready to enter Machu Picchu and make the tour with few people.


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