The main objective of the trip to Cusco is to visit the world wonder Machu Picchu, but how do we get there? Clear! We have to take a train. In order to visit this wonder of the world, it is necessary to know the train stations in Cusco from where we can start our journey.
|Stations||Disance from Cusco||Services|
|Wanchaq||10 minutes from Cusco centre||trains to Puno and Arequipa: Peru Rail Titicaca and Belmond Andean Explorer.|
|San Pedro||5 minutes from Cusco centre||Expedition, Vistadome, Hiram Bingham and local train.|
|Poroy||30 minutes from Cusco centre||Expedition, Vistadome and Hiram Bingham.|
|Ollantaytambo||1 hour and 15 minutes from Cusco centre||more than 30 services between luxury and local trains|
Peru Rail and Inca Rail are the two train companies to Machu Picchu that take travelers daily from Cusco to Machu Picchu and vice versa. These companies are located in the city of Cusco and are the main access route to Aguas Calientes, the town where Machu Picchu is located and the place from which you can start your adventure through the world wonder.
With train stations in the main points of the city, we present a little more about these options to be able to decide from where you will start your journey.
Train stations: Wanchaq
The Wanchaq train station to Machu Picchu is located in the city of Cusco, about 1.6 kilometers from the city’s Plaza de Armas. This station offers comfortable facilities, including a ticket office. A few services depart from there a day and the trains that depart to Puno and Arequipa stand out: the Peru Rail Titicaca and the Belmond Andean Explorer.
The departure of trains is all year except for the rainiest months: from January 1 to April 30.
Likewise, the buses of the Bimodal service (bus and train) leave in the direction of the Ollantaytambo station where the trains are boarded. It is worth mentioning that the travel time is almost 4 hours to Aguas Calientes.
St. Peter’s Station
One of the most famous train stations to Machu Picchu, located in the heart of the city of Cusco, next to the church of San Pedro and in front of the market of the same name, about 800 meters from the Plaza de Armas.
It has a comfortable ticket office and it is from here that almost 5 trains a day depart, which include: Expedition, Vistadome, Hiram Bingham (luxury train) and even the local train for Peruvians.
During the rainiest days of the year, from January 1 to April 30, this station is closed to the public and, like the Wanchaq station, the trip takes almost 4 hours.
A little further from the city, Poroy is located 30 minutes by car from the center of Cusco, almost 11 kilometers away. To get here you can choose a taxi or public transport.
Poroy station operates almost 5 trains a day which include the services of: Expedition, Vistadome and the Hiram Bingham luxury train.
The trip from the Poroy station to the final station in Aguas Calientes takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
In the heart of the Sacred Valley in the town of Ollantaytambo, almost 61 km from the city of Cusco. This station is undoubtedly the most used in the city as it offers a greater number of daily departures. In order to get to this station, you must take a bus and the route takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
The Ollantaytambo station has a comfortable infrastructure that includes ticket offices, a cafeteria and a departure lounge. More than thirty trains depart from there every day, including all types of Peru Rail and Inca Rail services, including luxury services and the local train for Peruvians. The Ollantaytambo station is available all year round and the travel time to Aguas Calientes from there is almost 2 hours.