Regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the sacred city of Machu Picchu is a magical place you are never going to forget in your life.

Aguas Calientes is situated 110 km northwest of Cusco. The town has grown over the past few years, thanks to thousands of tourist who visit Machu Picchu every year. The city’s economic development is mainly due to tourism. Hence, tourists can easily find accommodation and choose affordable traveling options from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

The city of Aguas Calientes is more like an island separated by stone cliffs and stunning cloud forest. Thanks to its enviable location, thousands of tourists hailing from all corners of the globe visit the wonder every year. Once you are in Aguas Calientes, you ought to spend the night in the city and wake up very early to reach Machu Picchu at dawn, so you have enough time to return to Cusco the same day.

Here are a few ways you get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

By Walking

Adventurers have a great time traveling from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by walking, except if you do not want or like to walk and hike the mountain between Aguas Calientes and the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Depending on your speed, the trip to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes takes one and a half to two hours.

By Bus

Travelers can purchase bus tickets in Aguas Calientes or online and must present their ID or passports. Keep in mind that if buy your tickets in Aguas Calientes you should queuing twice, one to buy the bus tickets and a second time to get on the bus. It is recommended to buy the tickets in advance in order not to waste time. Queues are quite long especially during the high season.

You can buy your Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu bus tickets online on the following link: 

If you opt to buy the tickets in Aguas Calientes go to the Bus tickets office.


One of the best adventures for any traveler through South America is to climb up to the mighty Machu Picchu. However, the experience of exploring the iconic Inca civilization dramatically varies with how you reach there.

The journey to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo is just 50 miles from Cusco. However, the absence of direct roads and the natural mountainous landscape makes it difficult for tourists to reach the spot.

You might have limited options. Although booking a train ticket offers an easy way to travel by train, the ride is anything but cheap. If you opt for the four-day Inca Trail hike along with the camping adventure, the whole deal is going to cost you somewhere around $600.

Travelers who do not want to spend a fortune on train fares can opt for local van services from Cusco to the Machu Picchu hydroelectric plant and then take a local train from there or walk. With this option you cut down commuting costs.

However, this is not the safest or the most reliable method to reach your destination because local vans does not meet safety requirements, they drive dangerously, you need to change a lot of time of transport and the journey can be very long. Instead, travelers can benefit from a efficient mini-bus services that travelers companies offer to help tourists make the most out of their trip.

With this service provided by traveler companies such as Peruways, all passengers are safely taken from Cusco to Machu Picchu Hidroelectrica directly without change of vehicle, from where they can walk for 2-3 hours to Aguas Calientes or take a 35 minutes train. Mini-buses stop in Santa Theresa where a buffet lunch can be offer. If travelers opt for walking from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, they will be able to see amazing landscapes and even Machu Picchu from another angle that train travelers do not see.

The cost of a single ticket is less thans 30 USD and much affordable than the 150 USD train tickets + extra transport method of reaching the train station.

Tickets can be booked here.