Ways to acces
The fastest and most recommended way to get to the town of Machu Picchu (or Aguas Calientes) is by train from the stations of Poroy and Ollantaytambo. If you are in Cusco, it is best to take a taxi to Poroy (30 minutes from the city). The cost is about S/ 30. From here, Peru Rail trains take about three and a half hours to Aguas Calientes.
It should be noted that this company offers three services: the ultra-luxurious Hiram Bingham, the Vistadome (mid-range) and the Expedition (economic). For itineraries and prices visit: www.perurail.com or call: 51-84-581414.
If you decide to take the train from Ollantaytambo (two hours from Cusco and one and a half from Machu Picchu Pueblo) you have the option of choosing services from Inca Rail call: 613-5272.
Peru Rail also offers a wagon that departs from Urubamba towards Machu Picchu.
Once you have arrived in Aguas Calientes, you have two options to get to the citadel: one is to walk the 8 km to the entrance or take a bus (leaving every 15 minutes) from 5:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The prices for going up and down to the sanctuary are $17.00 USD for foreign adults and $12.00 USD for national adults. Please note that you must present ID or passport when you buy your ticket.
To enter the sanctuary of Machu Picchu we recommend buying the entrance ticket in advance, since the quotas are limited.
Once the reservation is made, you have six hours to pay in the offices of the Bank of the Nation or the Regional Directorate of Culture of Cusco (cash only).