The Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu

As the name implies, PeruRail’s Vistadome train features spectacular panoramic windows with incredible scenic views, offering you ample opportunities to capture incredible photographs of your scenic journey to and from Machu Picchu by train.

The Experience

Enjoy snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments as you traverse the picturesque landscape before your arrival into Aguas Calientes. This service has a total of five cars and is a midrange option for traveling to Machu Picchu by train, providing comfort and quality. Traditional Andean dances and ‘fashion shows’ are held on the return journey from Machu Picchu.

The Vistadome train operates daily, with a range of scheduled train times to choose from. You have the option to board the Vistadome train just outside of Cusco in Poroy, or alternatively embark later on in the Sacred Valley in the town of Ollantaytambo. In addition, there are limited scheduled departures from Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado exclusively for guests of the hotel. From the Sacred Valley, the journey time to Machu Picchu is around one and a half hours.

Alternative trains to Machu Picchu

There are two train companies offering services to Machu Picchu – PeruRail and Inca Rail. Inca Rail offers a comparable service on their newer train, the 360 Machu Picchu train. One factor to choose between the train services is the train schedules, to best suit your plans. Our locally-based travel advisors are on hand to offer expert advice to make the most of your time at Machu Picchu and in Cusco. There are also wonderful trains you can upgrade to, including the Sacred Valley Train or Belmond Hiram Bingham. Keep in mind it is possible to experience two different trains – one on your outward leg and one on the return journey – making it possible to travel on the Vistadome to Machu Picchu, and splurge on the Belmond Hiram Bingham on your return.