How to get to Machu Picchu from Lima Peru, how do you get the best way

Lima – Cusco: Machu Picchu is an ancient city located Peru about 795 miles southeast from the capital Lima. The Incas began their construction about 1450, and most of the researchers who studied Machupicchu believe that it was abandoned less than 100 years later. It is located on the top of the mountain with the same name, this wonder composed approximately 200 buildings succumbed to the excessive growth of the forest, but remained intact with the passing of the years. Today, a train journey of 70 miles or 110 kms connects visitors to Machu Picchu from Cusco, located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. At 7,546 feet (3399 masl).

For your travel to Machu Picchu from Lima, you have to get to Cusco

The alternatives to get to Cusco from Lima are by plane, private vehicle or by bus. There are no train companies that connect these two cities. Flying is the fastest option with a duration of 1:15 hours (one hour and 15 minutes) is more comfortable and the most recommended. There is a vast amount of flights departing from Lima to Cusco throughout the day, from early morning to late night. There are last minute flights in the afternoon or at night but they do not go at all at night because the landing in Cusco is allowed until 10 pm, one of the reasons is the location of the Cusco airport where there are strong winds that make landing difficult during the night. There are four airlines with permanent flights from Lima to Cusco and vice versa. They are Peruvian Airlines, LATAM, Taca, Star Peru.

how to go to machu picchu from lima By bus – By land

In terms of ground transportation, there are many options to choose from, here we recommend 3 companies so you have a general idea, the buses have daily departures that connect Lima and Cusco. The bus companies are Cruz del Sur, Caruamayo and Tepsa. Buses leave for their destination at 2 pm, 5 pm and 5:30 pm. It’s a long 22 hours trip which includes a night on the bus with a light meal. Therefore this option is the longest, least comfortable, somewhat heavy and not very efficient compared to the flights; but it’s cheaper.

We recommend is to fly since it is faster, comfortable and safe because the bus will not stop for anything and the flights to Cusco only take one hour and fifteen minutes.

Bus companies:

Cruz del Sur

They have their departure from Lima to Cusco, Arequipa to Cusco and Puno to Cusco, they have daily departures, a good service on board, with comfortable seats.


departure from Lima to Cusco and Arequipa to Cusco, have several daily departures, They have good service on the route, with comfortable seats.


Departure from Lima to Cusco, route that takes around 20 hours – with a distance of 1500 kilometers

Getting to Machu picchu from lima By plane – Flights

The flights usually arrive during the day and part of the night from Lima, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, Juliaca, La Paz – Bolivia and other international cities, so it offers regular national and international flights.

The airport from Cusco “Velasco Astete International Airport” inside, has taxi services that will take you to your hotel for a cost of 10 dollars, if you go to the courtyard you can find taxi services that will bring you to your hotel by the price of 10 soles, you can also find public buses in the outskirts of the airport that pass every 10 or 15 minutes and take them to a point near the square for 80 cents but this last service is not recommended.

You must have in mind within the city the vehicles or taxi that have a sign and telephone number on its roof are safer, cleaner and focused on good service to the visitor, it is advisable to take these and avoid having an unpleasant moment, on average the cost of taxi service within the city is 4 soles.

How to go or get from Lima to Cusco:

Airline Route Daily flights Departure from Lima to Cusco Departures from Cusco to Lima Flight duration
LATAM Lima – Cusco – Lima 14 Between 5:25 AM to 3:50 PM Between 7:10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 1 hour and 25 minutes
TACA Lima – Cusco – Lima 5 Between 5:40 AM to 8:35 AM Between 7:35 hours and 12:10 hours 1 hour and 10 minutes
Peruvian Airlines Lima – Cusco – Lima 4 Between 6:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Between 7:40 hours and 13:10 hours 1 hour and 10 minutes
Star Peru Lima – Cusco – Lima 4 Between 6:55 AM to 9:05 PM Between 8:45 hours and 13:15 hours 1 hour and 20 minutes

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