If you are Peruvian or a permanent resident with an immigration card in Peru and you want to travel to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, this information will be useful, especially if you want to travel by train to Machu Picchu. The PeruRail company offers among its services the local train to Machu Picchu and I will tell you how to get the local train tickets and save the most on your trip to Machu Picchu.
What is the local train to Machu Picchu?
PeruRail offers a special local train service on the Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Hidroelectrica route and vice versa. However, you should know that this train is not suitable for foreign tourists who must pay for another type of train service. The local train operates due to the large number of people who live in the vicinity of Machu Picchu for which the train is the only way they can be transported. Despite this, many Peruvian tourists use the local train because the cost of the service is really cheap.
Local Train Price?
The train fare to Machu Picchu, Peru is 24.00 Soles for a round trip. It should be noted that the local train tickets to Machu Picchu must be purchased by the travelers themselves. To do this, the person must show their current ID.
Can you buy the local train ticket online?
Currently, it is not possible to buy local train tickets to Machu Picchu online; therefore, you must go to the point of sale at the address below.
San Pedro Station: Opening hours: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm Address: Case Caparo (Cercado del Cusco). Telephone: (+51) 84 235201
Wanchaq Station: Opening hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Address: Av Pachacútec s/n District of Wanchaq, Cusco. Phone: (+51) 84221931 / (+51) 84238722
Ollantaytambo Station: Hours: 4:00 am and 9:00 pm Address: Av.Ferrocarril s/n Valle Sagrado, Cusco. Telephone: (+51) 84 581414.
NOTE: No matter where you buy your Machu Picchu train ticket, you must board the train at the Ollantaytambo station. Remember to show up at the station 30 minutes before boarding time. If you arrive late, you will lose the ticket without any refund from the company.
Local Train Schedules
|Local train schedules (route Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu)
|Local train schedules (route Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo)
Recommendations against Covid-19 before boarding the local train
In the face of Covid-19, passengers and company personnel who board the local train must abide by the health regulations for railway operations on and off the train, these regulations are determined by both the national government and the concessionaire. Among these regulations we have the following:
Local train service only operates at 50% of the seats.
Standing passengers are not allowed.
Passengers must enter the cars with their respective masks and chinstraps.
The safety distance of 1 meter between passengers will be maintained whenever possible
The temperature of all passengers will be taken and admission will be denied to people with a temperature above 37 degrees.
Frequently asked questions about the local train to Machu Picchu
How long before booking the local train to Machu Picchu?
Peruvian tourists can reserve the local train service 3 to 5 days in advance. But they have to do it in person.
How is the local train service for Peruvians?
You must take into account that the local train is a service for the inhabitants who live on the route to Machu Picchu Pueblo – hydroelectric and vice versa, therefore there is no additional service.
How many cars carry the local train service?
The local train has daily 5 cars between cars between passenger and freight cars.