PeruRail Vistadome Train: Why choose this train?

If you are looking for exclusivity of services and a pleasant comfortable trip with a live show, this tourist train service is ideal. The Vistadome Train is one of the most complete trains to make a trip to Machu Picchu. Like other transportation services to Machu Picchu, it has a bimodal service that is ideal for those who wish to return or leave Cusco. In addition, it has schedules that perfectly accommodate more pleasant itineraries and that do not require getting up early or making trips at night. Let’s get to know more details about one of the best trains offered by PeruRail.

Ride inside the Vistadome train

Why choose the Vistadome train?

The Vistadome train is one of the best options for those who wish to have a comfortable trip with adequate attention. This train belongs to the train services of the company dedicated to tourism. PeruRail has more than 20 years of providing transportation services for those who want to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Currently, this transportation company has many services, and the owner Lorenzo Sousa is part of the Belmont Ltd hotel chain. Both companies are part of an exclusive trip for the most demanding clients.

It is advisable to choose this service because it offers a variety of schedules and also exclusive service on board the wagons. They also have a lot of experience because of the exclusivity they maintained to make this route quite crowded since Machu Picchu was proclaimed a World Heritage Site and it was further increased when Machu Picchu was proclaimed as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Since then, visits to Cusco and Peru have increased exponentially. Converting Peru as one of the most exclusive destinations for tourism, first for its historical-cultural legacy and then for its exquisite gastronomy. Although, an important fact is that, in recent years, Peruvian coffee has been gaining a lot of recognition.

Thanks to more than 20 years of experience in this route, the Vistadome Train became a different option from conventional trains. Vistadome presents a service with better seats and a better seating arrangement. It also has other types of services that we will see below.

Vistadome Train of PeruRail

Vista desde el interior del tren
Family traveling inside the Vistadome train services

The PeruRail Vistadome train is one of the transportation options offered by the PerúRail company to transport tourists to Machu Picchu. The cost of this service is higher than the Expedition Train, but it has a series of improvements that are necessary to make the travel experience more pleasant and also to enjoy not only the beautiful landscapes of the Cusco region but also some live shows.

The main attraction of this train is that it has panoramic windows. These windows are located on the walls of the wagons and a part on the roof. This generates a new travel experience since it allows us to appreciate nature in a better way and allows us to observe the change of geography as we get closer to Aguas Calientes. Throughout the trip, we will be able to see the flow of the river that will accompany us.

The wagons that make up this train are spacious and have adequate decoration that allows you to enjoy the landscapes. The same is with background music. These wagons have 48 comfortable reclining seats. The seats are distributed around 12 small wooden tables that can be assembled or disassembled as needed. The prices of this train can vary according to day and time. If you want to take a trip on this train, we recommend you make a reservation online.

Vistadome Train Services

This train is one of the most complete. Along with its comfortable seats and spacious wagons, it has services such as cultural representations on board that can be dances, fashion shows with designs typical of Cusco, and also the presence of snacks and drinks. Next, we tell you everything you can find if one day you are encouraged to travel under this service.

  • You can enjoy snacks made with ingredients typical of the area such as quinoa, coca, chocolate, muña, and lemon.
  • It has hot drinks or cold drinks in a glass bottle.
  • Leaf of coke candies.
  • Sanitary facilities.
  • Emergency or first aid kit.
  • An ideal space for luggage or hiking equipment for travelers.
  • Information about the route with explanatory audio.
  • Live show: dance choreography, fashion show, or cultural performances.
  • You can take the train at the stations of Ollantaytambo, San Pedro (Cusco), Poroy, Urubamba, and Machu Picchu Pueblo or Aguas Calientes.
  • The Vistadome Train can include the bimodal service (bus + train).
  • The most common travel time is from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • The travel time from Cusco to Aguas Calientes is more than 3 hours.
  • The travel time from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is more than 3 hours.

Vistadome Train Schedule

The schedules are not many, but the exclusive service is guaranteed. All wagons will have a qualified staff. They will be in charge of solving or answering any questions.

Departure of trains to Aguas Calientes

Departure from the Station of:Departure timeArrival time
Cusco – Wanchaq (Bimodal) 5:10 am.9:15 am.
Cusco – Wanchaq (Bimodal)6:40 am.9:54 am.
Poroy 5:50 am.9:54 am.
Poroy8:25 am.12:11 pm.
Ollantaytambo7:45 am.9:15 am.
Ollantaytambo10:32 am.12:11 pm.
Ollantaytambo12:55 pm.2:25 pm.
Ollantaytambo1:27 pm.2:50 pm.
Ollantaytambo3:37 pm.5:02 pm.
Ollantaytambo7:04 pm.8:45 pm.

Return of trains from Aguas Calientes to:

Arrive at the Station of:Departure timeArrival time
Ollantaytambo 10:55 am.12:32 pm.
Ollantaytambo2:55 pm.4:31 pm.
Ollantaytambo 3:20 pm.5:08 pm.
Ollantaytambo4:22 pm.6:10 pm.
Ollantaytambo4:43 pm.6:31 pm.
Ollantaytambo6:20 pm.8:05 pm.
Poroy4:43 pm.8:23 pm.
Poroy3:20 pm.7:05 pm.
San Pedro (Cusco)4:43 pm.9:23 pm.
How is the bimodal service?
The bimodal service consists of reserving two different transports to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo. When a bimodal service is reserved, the bus and train travel ticket is reserved. In this sense, you can leave from Cusco or get to Cusco without worrying about transportation to get to the train station or to return to Cusco from Ollantaytambo. This service is ideal to avoid setbacks or delays that can ruin your arrival at Machu Picchu.

When to travel on the PeruRail Vistadome train?

Pasajeros en el tren Expedition
Live show during the return of the Vistadome train

PeruRail Vistadome train is a train designed for comfortable travel. Not only that but also to contemplate the entire landscape from the starting point to Aguas Calientes, which is very beautiful. If you have the option of traveling to Machu Picchu for one day and the rest of the days you plan to visit more places, the Vistadome train is an excellent option. In the sense that it allows you, during the tour, to travel peacefully, where you can rest both physically and mentally. Mental rest is achieved by the discovery of a new geographical space and the very desire to know Machu Picchu.

In this sense, the best schedule can be any. The Vistadome train alone already presents an attraction of its own. To make a more accurate decision about the travel time on this train, you have to take into account the time of entry to Machu Picchu and the time you want to be in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo

Vistadome train ticket is to make the outbound trip in the morning and return in the afternoon. That is, do it in two days. For this, you would have to travel one day before the date indicated on your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. On the first day when you arrive at Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will be able to walk through this ecological town and also explore the streets that are decorated with carvings alluding to the Andean culture. Before dinner, an excellent option is to visit the thermal baths of the place. The next day you can visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco after enjoying an exquisite lunch. You can also make the trip to Machu Picchu in a single day. In any case, you can always enjoy the live show that takes place on the return trains. And at the same time appreciate the incredible landscapes. You can purchase a train reservation at: Reserve – Trains to Machu Picchu (

What do I need to travel to Machu Picchu on the PerúRail Vistadome Train?

Train tickets for the Vistadome Train can be purchased virtually. As we mentioned above. The availability of this train is easier to get since it is not in high demand. However, you will have to take into account the following:

  • Valid passport or ID.
  • The reservation can be made virtually or through a tourism agency.
  • To board the train you must show the train ticket digitally or physically and also the identity document.
  • You have to be present at the train station 30 minutes before the departure or departure time.
  • During your visit to Machu Picchu, wear light clothing and a hat.
  • You will need to use mosquito repellent and sunscreen to avoid further discomfort.
  • You can bring fruit, snacks, and drinks. Remember to take your waste to the indicated places for waste.


By Imachupicchu – Last updated, May 6, 2023

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