Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Cusco, Peru
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  • 14 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families, and solo travelers alike, and features three different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus), and the site entrance fee.
  • Day trip to Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World, from Cusco
  • Enjoy a scenic rail tour that reveals great views of the landscapes
  • Learn the history behind the sacred city on a guided tour
  • Relax with all entrance fees, train and bus tickets, and hotel transportation included
  • Choose from three train options to suit different budgets

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour takes the stress out of booking multiple bus and train tickets between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

What's Included

  • VIPAC Special Cancellation Policy (20 day before tour departure 80% refund)
  • Local Expert English- or Spanish-speaking top guide
  • Pick up and drop-off from your lodging in Cusco.
  • Admission ticket to Machu Picchu Citadel.
  • Selected round trip train ticket or bimodal bus&train service from Cusco.
  • Round trip shuttle bus ticket to go up & down to the citadel from Machu Picchu town.
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or your house.

What To Expect

Depart from Cusco in the morning, with pickup from your hotel and a transfer from the city center to your train station. Your departure location and travel experience depend on the seating option you’ve selected. Guests can choose from the Expedition train—the Vistadome, with glass on all sides for better viewing—or the Executive Class with comfortable seats.

Then enjoy a scenic train ride, offering stunning views of the mountainous terrain that makes up the area near Machu Picchu.

Arrive in Aguas Calientes, the small village located at the base of this famous Inca site, and board a bus for the short ride to this sacred citadel. Completed around 1450, when the Inca Empire was at the peak of its power and influence, the site was left vacant within 100 years of its creation, thanks to the conquest of the Inca people by the Spanish. Though the site today remains abandoned, many believe Machu Picchu to be a key center of spiritual energy.

Follow your guide through the main streets of this marvel of ancient engineering. Learn about the site’s history and design as you meander through its town square, key religious sites, an elaborate network of agricultural terraces, and intricately-designed stone staircases.

After spending a few hours at the site, return by bus to the train station in Aguas Calientes and then to your chosen train for the trip back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT: Your passport details are needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport details in the additional request box, otherwise the tour is notconfirmed.

Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

13 hours Admission Ticket Included

Aguas Calientes

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • MANDATORY: The Authority of Machu Picchu asks full name, passport number, date of birth, nationality details to issue the admission ticket.
  • VIPAC Special Cancellation Policy: if you cancel your booking before 20 days of the tour departure, we will refund 80% of the total amount. Cancellations with less than 20 days prior of the tour departure are non refundable in 100%.
  • The admission ticket of Machu Picchu is not refundable and travel date amendments are not accepted.
  • The guided tour inside Machu Picchu takes around 2h 30m following a delimited route.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Machu Picchu Admission ticket and train tickets are included in this tour. Our representatives will give you at the pick up tour.
  • Shifts entry by hours from 6 am to 2 pm. Our shared tour considers 9 am, 10 am and 11 am shifts. If the shifts are not available, we will open a new shared tour in the next hour available. Our staff will inform you for acceptance.
  • Machu Picchu has two seasons. Rainy season from December to March. Dry season, the rest of the year.
  • What to bring: sunglasses, comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, repelent, sunscreen, water bottle, energy power bank, coat, small backpack, raincoat on rainy season from December to March.
  • Passengers must arrive in Cusco one day before the tour since the day of the tour the pick-up is provided early in the morning.
  • This service is confirmed in shared, so arriving at the Aguas Calientes station, there could be a waiting time of up to 40 minutes to start the tour to Machu Picchu.
  • A notification reconfirming the meeting or pick up time will be sent through viator or tripadvisor experiences extranet a day before the service.
  • From January to March, for weather reasons, all excursions departs on bimodal service bus&train. Bus Cusco/Ollantaytambo & train departs from Ollantaytambo.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

      Q:Where is the meeting point?

      A:The meeting point for this tour is our Cusco Head Office located at Av. El Sol 817.

      Jul. 2019

      Q:What is the pick up location?

      A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.

      Jul. 2019

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      Traveller Tips

      our visit was also very sunny and very hot we visited in late Sept 2018 so pack a hat that covers your neck or your umbrella because you will get sunburned!
      This was on Peru Rail, not sure if situation is different with Inca Train, but be prepared by bringing a breathing mask or something to cover you nose and mouth especially if you have asthma.
      The site is very accessible although there are a lot of steep stairs to navigate.


      1,126 reviews
      Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
      Reviews by Viator travellers.
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      Excellent tour not overwhelming
      Mayra_T, June 2023
      Awesome experience! With all the connections and moving parts on this tour I’m very pleased that everything turned out great! The train ride was smooth and comfortable. The actual hike up to Machu Picchu was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. We’re dropped off at the base and did a short hike up and then walk all throughout Machu Picchu. Looking back, I do wish I would have done a longer hike, but there’s always next time.
      Amazing Machu Picchu
      Kijai_H, May 2023
      The most incredible experience to one of the seven wonders of the world. The 360 train experience was incredible with snacks, tea, and live entertainment. My tour guide was very informative and I would highly recommend this tour.
      Great all around package
      Bhavesh_P, May 2023
      Great service and tour guide. The transportation/transfers were seamless. The cost was very fair. Highly recommend!
      Amazing experience
      Chang_L, May 2023
      This tour is well organized. Our tour guy hector is super friendly and took a lot of amazing photos . We had a great time !
      This is a well planned...
      Sruthi_K, May 2023
      This is a well planned day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco. From clear communication from the tour guides to great crew on the train, it makes for a really good experience. Vista Dome is definitely worth it to see the scenic beauty that this route has to offer!
      YUKA_D, May 2023
      I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to visit Machu Picchu. Our tour guides were really knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to make our experience more memorable one. They showed me lots of great photo spots and photo-taking techniques. Most of the time was spent on train ride (3.5h×2), but it was surprisingly comfortable. We've enjoyed amazing scenery from windows (upper/side), snacks/drinks, entertainment and chat with other participants throughout the ride. This was my first visit to Peru (or, Latin America) and with great helps of supportive guides, I made a precious memory once-in-a-lifetime.
      Amazing Machu Picchu experience
      Regimon_C, May 2023
      Amazing Machu Picchu experience - very professionally done and we enjoyed every moment of the tour .. highly recommended
      An Unforgettable Experience
      Roberto_M, May 2023
      Great communication from the tour agency. We were able to depart from Cusco and arrive at Machu Picchu with no problems. Once we arrived at Aguas Calientes, we met with our tour guide Marco. Marco was very friendly and knowledgable. I strongly recommend this tour.
      Excellent trip, the guide...
      Malcolm_R, Apr 2023
      Excellent trip, the guide (Victor) was excellent, very knowledgeable about the site and the pace was just right. Logistics went well and all connections were smooth. It was a long day but this was because the trains aren't running from Cusco yet. Perfect westher for this dramatic destination
      Amazing experience! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
      Jordan_R, Apr 2023
      Had the most incredible day at Machu Picchu. From 4am hotel pickup, the staff were extremely helpful and settled my worries that the multi-stop/transport would be overwhelming for a non-spanish speaker. Once we got to macchu picchu we met our guide Franklin! Wow! What a service he provided. So informative and encourages us to take photos and videos at every view point! So grateful for the memories!! Highly recommend! Also note, it was freezing in the morning leaving from Cusco in the morning but hot at machu picchu so definitely wear layers you can offload!
      Paige_C, Apr 2023
      Brilliant day out - our guide was fantastic, one of the highlights from our trip, we highly recommend!
      Bucket now shorter
      Patrick_S, Mar 2023
      Machu Pich has been on my bucket list for many years. Arranging everything through Viator made the trip workable. . From pickup to dropoff . The best part was our guide at Machu Pichu, Marko. Marko, worked with our age, 73, and dissabilities, knee replacements. He made our trip very doable and entertaining. His knowledge of Machu pichu and Incan history was beyond what we were expecting. He is a gem in the Gray line guide business.
      A day out of a lifetime!
      Andrew, Mar 2023
      It is of course, a breathtaking site which should need nothing else to make a day out of a lifetime. That said, Paul, our guide was able to provide so much fascinating information that made it not just enjoyable but also educational. Just brilliant!
      Great and safe choice
      Candace_T, Feb 2023
      Safe and reliable your staff. Great choice for such a long journey! Just eat breakfast before pickup.
      Nigel_H, Jan 2023
      Very well organised trip and the sights and view when we got there were amazing. Considering how difficult and remote Machu Picchu is, minibus, train and then another bus, it all worked relly well.
      Who knows Machu Picchu???
      Soll_M, Dec 2022
      Jaime was knowledgeable and communicative at every turn. On top of that, his network among the guide community and years of experience allowed us to experience a true cultural experience. We would love to “trek” with Jaime again!
      An experience to Remember
      Michael_S, Dec 2022
      An experience to remember. The trip is long but worth it. 4 hour train ride each way and a 15 minute bus ride to the top of the mountain. 100% worth it for the experience.
      well organozed and we had...
      Goose_E, Dec 2022
      well organozed and we had no problems with the itinerary. Pick up is at 5:30 am A few people were left behind for sleeping in. dont party the night before. and drink water cusco might affect you.
      If you want no hassle; This package is highly recommended.
      Allan_P, Dec 2022
      This trip is very organized. I got helpful reminders via WhatsApp from the operator days before the travel to the day before the activity. Everything was on time from pick up to train transfers. Our guide Edgar is very knowledgeable and patient (we took pictures almost every stop :). He also took us at Apu restaurant for our early dinner (not included in the package). Food is amazing. Our Machu picchu experience is truly wonderful. Truly worth the price. Check it for yourself.
      A great experience at a beautiful place
      Anuket_B, Nov 2022
      We had an absolutely amazing time on this trip. It's a long ways away, but totally worth it. We did the 360 train option and were met at Aguas Calientes by our guide Justo. He was great and very knowledgeable. We fully recommend this tour.

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