The trip to Machu Picchu can be cheap or expensive, depending on the standards of the traveler. If you travel with a tour the services are already included. If you travel on your own, you must buy at least: the entrance and the train ticket. Additionally you can purchase the transfer to the train station, the final bus ticket and the tour guide service in Machupicchu.
The ticket to Machu Picchu
The entrance to Machu Picchu has discounts for university students, those under 18 years of age and citizens of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.
The trip from Cusco to the train station
In Cusco there are 4 train stations: San Pedro, Poroy, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Hidroeléctrica. They will all drop you off in the town of Aguas Calientes.
The price of the train to Machu Picchu
There are two companies that offer the train trip to Machu Picchu: Peru Rail and Inca Rail. Their prices are similar. There are prices for foreigners and for Peruvians.
The price of the bus ticket to Machu Picchu
The bus ticket to Machu Picchu can be purchased in Aguas Calientes or Cusco. There are discounts for children, Peruvians, university students and more.
The tour guide service in Machu Picchu
The tour guide service in Machu Picchu is not mandatory. Prices vary depending on whether you choose a shared or private guide. The tour lasts more than 2 hours.
Tours to Machu Picchu
Do you plan to visit Machu Picchu with a tour? Know the price of the tour of 1, 2 days or more. Also the tour that includes the Huayna Picchu as well as the Inca Trail.
More information about the cost of the trip to Machu Picchu
- How much does the basic entrance fee to visit Machu Picchu cost?
The entrance to Machu Picchu costs 152 Peruvian soles (approximately 43 US dollars). This ticket is the one that most tourists choose to visit the ‘Inca city’. It allows to visit the main temples and constructions of the Inca archaeological site. It also allows you to take the classic photo with the landscape of Machu Picchu in the background.
- Is there an official site to buy tickets to Machu Picchu?
The purchase can be made through the official website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru (www.machupicchu.gob.pe) or at its authorized offices in the city of Cusco.
- How much does it cost to travel by public transport to the Ollantaytambo train station?
The transfer by public transport minivan from the city of Cusco to the Ollantaytambo station costs 10 Peruvian soles (approximately 3 US dollars).
- Is the local train really cheap?
Peruvian visitors have the option of purchasing the non-tourist ‘local train’ service for a cost of 12 Peruvian soles (approximately US$4). These tickets do not offer the special services of the luxurious trains but it takes you to Machu Picchu. Tickets must be purchased in advance in person in the city of Cusco.
- Does the final bus ticket to Machu Picchu offer discounts?
The bus ticket offers discounts for Peruvian university students, those under 18 years of age and citizens of Cusco. Children under 5 years old can travel for free if they do so in the same seat as their father or mother.
- Is it mandatory to walk around Machu Picchu with a tour guide?
At the entrance gate to Machu Picchu you can hire the tour guide service for the Inca archaeological site. Prices range from 5 dollars per person in shared service and 30 dollars per group in private service.
- How much does the tour guide service cost (on average)?
As its name indicates, this bridge was the access point to Machu Picchu from the west. The access point is through a wooden bridge placed on a mound of rustic stones. In case of enemy invasions, the Incas could remove the bridge. To get there you must walk about 30 minutes from the House of the Guardian through narrow paths.
- How much does a tour of Machu Picchu cost (on average)?
The price of tours to Machu Picchu varies depending on the tourism agency you choose. In general, the 1-day tour costs from 200 to 300 dollars per foreign visitor. For Peruvian citizens there are discounts for the less cost of the ‘local train’ and the ‘entrance to Machu Picchu’ included in the service.