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Vistadome or Expedition Train?

Please note that PeruRail does not allow us to request specific seats ahead of time. You can make requests the day of travel, if you prefer.


The Vistadome service is the ideal train for those who want to feel like they are part of the nature and the countryside as you pass by on your way to Machu Picchu.  The Vistadome train is exactly what you’re looking for! 

Surrounded entirely by glass and cars with large panoramic windows, offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. Vistadome travellers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. PeruRail provides travellers on board personalised and first class service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome train has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy – Located 25 minutes away from Cusco ) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo – Located 2 hours away from Cusco).

The Vistadome Train also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

The Vistadome Train provides a different class of service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food which is carefully prepared with local ingredients.

Three options:

Vistadome Train 32 departs Aguas Calientes at 16:43 and arrives at Ollentaytambo at 18:31. The price is $57 USD which includes the transfer in our private van from Ollentaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.

Vistadome Train 204 departs Aguas Calientes at 13:37 and arrives at Ollentaytambo at 16:31. The price is $30 USD which includes the transfer in our private van from Ollentaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.

Vistadome Train 32 departs Aguas Calientes at 16.43 and arrives at Cusco/Poroy at 20:23. The price is $57 USD which includes the transfer in our private car from the Poroy train station back to your hotel in Cusco.



The Expedition service is a train designed for traveller’s comfort, with four passenger seats located facing each other, so you can share your experience with each other. For faithful backpackers, they offer racks placed above the seats for your backpacks. This train has panoramic windows, air conditioning, heating, snacks, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere. 

Expedition service departs from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located 2 hours away from Cusco.  You take our private van from Cusco to meet the train in Ollantaytambo and when you return from Aguas Calientes you meet your private van to return to Cusco and your hotel.

Our standard tours and treks includes the EXPEDITION TRAIN which runs from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calienets and back to Ollantaytambo.

This is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits of PeruRail at a lower cost for the traveler than the Vistadome Train.


Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. UNESCO has been concerned with the increase of visitors to Machu Picchu within the last few years and worries that these crowds are causing damage. They have established new regulations for 2019 to reduce visitor traffic within this archaeological complex.

These new regulations will take effect on January 1, 2019. All visitors will now be limited to 4 hour visiting sessions. Tickets to Machu Picchu will be divided into three daily sessions: early morning (6AM – 9AM), late morning (9AM – 12PM) and early afternoon (12PM – 3PM). Within these sessions, visitors must choose a specific hour to visit. This is to regulate and reduce visitor traffic within the citadel– each hour will be limited to 600 visitors.

The new regulations will have a direct impact on: Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (not to be confused with the citadel itself). In order to enjoy your tour of the citadel and hike the additional mountains, you will need to purchase an extra entrance ticket to the ruins extending your time allowed inside. This means that Huayna Picchu tickets will go up from $35 per person to $75 per person

All tours include the entrance to Machu Picchu but, in order, to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will need to purchase an additional Machu Picchu entrance ticket with the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu permit, which will cost a total of $75 per person. These new regulations will come into effect starting January 1, 2019 and will apply towards all tours. If you have booked Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain with us and do not want to pay the higher fee, please contact us at:

These are new regulations that will take effect starting January of 2019, keep visiting our page and social sites for more information or updates on these regulations.

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