I took the train from Puno to Cusco like my guide book recommended - also as a change from all the busses, escecially night busses I had before. and it was great. the landscape it very nice and it was really worth the few more hours.
One tip - sit on the right for the better view - is from my guide book also :)
2.Klasse 17euro - backpacker - but that is really ok
Transportation from El Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Pichu) Three trains departs every day at 6 am, 6:15 am and 6:30 am.
You have different prices for differents services.
The Pullman service (most expensive)
The Standard Service (normal)
And the Backpacker service, cheap.
Time travel to arrive is the same for the three services, four hours. Back to El Cusco departing from Aguas Calientes at 5 pm, 5:15 pm and 5:30 pm. May be they changed timetable, but in essence this is the core.
Estación de San Pedro, (trains station), Cusco.
Calle Cascaparo s/n.
ESTACION DEL SUR:to juliaca,puno and arequipa...normal gauge
ESTACION DE SAN PEDRO:to aguas calientes (and machu picchu)and,former,to quillabamba...narrow gauge
between both stations:no train...because market place?...but possibility of transit between both gauges:3 rails,as seen on pic.
TIMETABLES TO MACHUPICCHU:see AGUAS CALIENTES page!
TO MACHUPICCHU:see my AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHUPICCHU page!
TO JULIACA (puno/arequipa) see my SICUANI page!
No importa cuanto me diga la gente q es muy caro. Nada q ver. Para mi, un fanatico de los trenes, cada vez q hay una opcion hay q usarla. Si, cuesta casi tres veces lo q te cuesta un bus, pero las vistas son increibles. Y para q viajar sino es por las vistas, verdad? Sale los martes, jueves, y sabado, pero vale chequear pues a veces sale los viernes tambien. Lo mejor es q es un viaje super comodo, y no devastador como lo es el bus, asi q puedes llegar a Cuzco sabado por la tarde y empezar a juerguear de inmediato. Definitivamente vale la pena.
Our travel agency (PFL) highly recommended train ride from Cuzco to Puno, of course, the first class. The agency even provided a very nice picture of the inside of the train..."You will love it" For $159.00 I better do, I told my self.
The first class train ride is overrated – the couch had little to do with the picture the agency sent me. It was a very long ride, 10 HOURS! I would skip the ride altogether and use the plane (less than 1 hour and half the price). The food on the train was so-so comparing with my other cross-country train rides. Luch and snack are included in the price package, but if you want anything else - you better have your wallet ready: coffee - $3.00, beer- $5.00.... For me this trip was a waste of time and money.
If you want to get on the train in Peru - ride from Machu Picchu to Cuzco: 3-4 hours, nice views, music, dance, some light food and....only 1/3 of the $159.00.
Tickets for the train to Machu Picchu are sold at the train station you do not leave from instead they are sold at the one across town. The tickets are not sold until after the days trains have left so in order to get train tickets you will need to count on spending the night in Cuzco unless you get the tickets online.
Depending on your itinerary and time limits, PeruRail links most of the tourist highlights of the Andes in Peru and is undoubtedly the most spectacular way to discover the ancient land of the Incas, taking you through scenery of outstanding beauty and to places almost inaccessible by any other means!
A choice of main routes are offered - between either historic Cusco or the Sacred Valley and the legendary Machu Picchu and between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.
We took the latter route, when leaving Cusco and can highly recommend it. Extraordinarily scenic, the experience lets you re-visit some of the Incan Trail sites you have presumably just seen up close, as well as transports you to the famous Lake Titicaca -- the highest lake in the world!
One of the most beautiful and entertaining train rides we have ever taken is the 3:30 Machu Picchu to Cusco train. The four hour ride lumbered up the Urubamba and Santa Ana Valleys and gave us stunning sunset views. The summer lighting was the envy of artists as the sun slipped behind the Andes. We passed farmers plowing their fields with oxen, kids playing soccer/football, women herding sheep and a market town. This was in addition to the entertainment on board, which consisted of a traditional Inca dance (in costume) and an alpaca fashion show put on by the attractive crew. All this with fabulous mountain views too!
The coup de grace, though, was the descent into Cusco. By the time we arrived, it was completely dark, so we had a great view of the illuminated Plaza de Armas as we descended into the city. For the whole trip, our eyes were riveted to the view. This definitely was NOT the train ride on which to get some reading done!
I felt in love with Cusco, but unfortunately I had to leave it. So I took a train from Cusco to Juliaca (near Titicaca Lake). It was a first- class train, clean and nice; the railway went through deep Peru: little villages with adobe houses, cholas (local women) washing clothes in a creek, worked fields, sheeps... and the beautiful mountains behind.
But the trip lasted almost 10 hours, and it was a torture... Ten hours jumping!!! It was like breaking a wild horse!!!
Me enamoré de Cusco, pero lamentablemente me tuve que ir. Entonces tomé un tren desde Cusco a Juliaca (cerca del lago Titicaca). Era un tren de primera clase, limpio y lindo; la vía llevaba a través del Perú profundo: aldeas con casitas de adobe, cholas lavando ropa en los arroyos, campos cultivados, ovejas... y las hermosas montañas detrás.
Pero el viaje duró por lo menos 10 horas, y fue una tortura... Diez horas slatando!!!! ¡¡¡Fue como domar un caballo salvaje!!!
There is a periodic train between Cusco and Puno via Julianca. Some trains go to Arequipa as well. Unless you're a train aficionado, your best bet will be the bus since it's cheaper. however, for those heading to Machu Picchu, the only option is to take the train so make sure you inquire ahead of time (I recommend taking the more affordable "backpacker's special," which is just the same as the more expensive seats in the same train). Inquire in the train station for prices and times.
Machu Pichu (4 hours by train from Cusco to Aguascalientes, then under one hour by bus to the ruins; same timeing in reverse)
Puno (8 to 10 hours)