One of the most intriguing and famous sites on the entire planet. Peru’s Macchu Picchu is near the top of everyone’s bucket list, and for good reason. A city perfectly constructed from stone hundreds of years, 3000 meters above sea level, is enough to leave even the most historically uninterested among us fascinated.
However, like all bucket list destinations, visiting Macchu Picchu comes at a price. But how much does it costs to visit Macchu Picchu exactly? Let’s break down everything you need to know to see this mystical wonder.
How Much Does It Cost To Get To Machu Picchu?
First, head to Cusco. It’s located a few hours from Machu Picchu and where most people base their adventures in the area. If you’re in Peru, you can fly here directly from any major city. For example, Lima, or Trujillo, whereas from overseas, you’ll have to connect through Lima first.
I flew to Cusco from Lima with Latam Airways, which cost $100usd one way and took only 1 hour. Not bad, considering the alternative was a 22-hour bus ride for $40.
You then need to get from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, which you can do with IncaRail, via bus, then train station through Ollytantambo, to Aguas Calientes. The journey took 4 hours and cost $143usd.
From Aguas Calientes, you’ll need to take another bus up a steep but beautiful mountain road to the entrance. It is $25usd, and you don’t need to book in advance as buses go between town and Macchu Picchu all day. Inca Rail offers a range of packages to get you to Aguas Calientes.
If I were to make the trip again, I would take a train to Aguas Calientes and then the bus to Machu Picchu from there. I had to leave Cusco at 3 am and didn’t get back until 6.30 pm. It was a colossal day mission from Cusco!
Costs of Visiting Machu Pichhu
To visit Machu Picchu, you need to book well in advance. Typically one month before, the number of tourists who can visit daily is limited. My ticket costs $55, and you can book yours here. Note – This is only for the entrance to the site and doesn’t include anything else.
Staying Close To Machu Picchu Costs
Staying in Cusco, you have a wide range of options for accommodation, from cheap budget backpacker hostels, mid-range hostels to luxury ones. I stayed at a mid-range hotel in Cusco, which cost $37usd for two nights.
Staying closer, you have fewer options but eliminate the huge train journey and can visit the wonder with fewer crowds. Check out the range of accommodation options in Aguas Calientes and Cusco here. Prices range and you’ll need to book in advance.
Summary - Total Costs
So, how much does it cost to visit Machu Picchu? Here’s the breakdown:
Accommodation: 2 x nights Cusco – $40
Entrance Ticket – $55
Retrun Train Ticket (Cusco – Aguas calientes) $144
Return Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu $25
Flight: Lima – Cusco (One-way) $100
Total = $365
I hope that has shed some light on what it costs to visit Machu Picchu. Here’s a list of super handy resources to make your Machu Picchu trip happen: