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Hiram Bingham Train Information

April 2, 2024
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Taking the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu is one of the most luxurious and iconic trips in Peru. Depending on the time of year, the train can set off from either Poroy, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo, here we have the best information about the Hiram Bingham Train Information.

The Urubamba station is usually for the exclusive use of travelers staying in the Belmond Rio Sagrado, one of the best hotels in the entire valley. The exclusive use of the train station here is because the Belmond Rio Sagrado houses something that no other luxury hotel in Peru can offer: the train station right next to the hotel, and the waiting room a part of the hotel itself.

With just one departure and arrival per day and an intelligent building plan and execution, you won’t hear the train from your room. You also won’t be disturbed by it in any other part of the building.

Until April 2024, all departures of the Hiram Bingham will depart from this station. Later in the year the other train stations will open back up.

Hiram Bingham From the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Because of its key location within the Belmond Hotel, getting to the station is extremely easy. If you are not traveling from the Belmond but from another hotel within the area you can walk or drive.

If you choose to walk it would take around 30 minutes to an hour if you are staying in Urubamba. This is of course dependent on where you are staying in Urubamba so be sure to check the distance in advance if you prefer to walk.

Driving should take around 5 to 10 minutes, again, depending on where you are staying within Urubamba. Be sure to arrange the transfer through your hotel so that you know you are getting a reputable driver and a comfortable car.

If you are staying in another area of the Sacred Valley it will most likely be either Pisac or Ollantaytambo. Both of these villages are too far to walk from so you will need to get a driver for the journey. From Pisac to the Hiram Bingham Train station is an hour by car.

From Ollantaytambo to the Hiram Bingham Train station it takes around 25 minutes by car. Please remember that the train can’t wait for you, and you should aim to be at the station at the very least 30 minutes to 1 hour before your train departs.

Hiram Bingham Train Information From Cusco to Machu Picchu

Unfortunately, the train does not depart from Cusco city. This is because of the steep hills that surround the city, making it impossible for trains to pass over them. However, there is a private bus transfer available for those who begin their journey in Cusco.

From May 2024, you will be able to take the train from Poroy, a small town just outside of Cusco. Until then, the train will depart from Urubamba.

This bus departs from Wanchaq station in Cusco, which is just 5 to 10 minutes drive away from the vast majority of hotels in Cusco city center. Your hotel should be more than happy to help arrange a taxi to pick you up with plenty of time to arrive for your transfer.

You do not have to take the Bimodal service. If you prefer to take a private car and follow your own time schedule you can arrange this through your hotel. Please remember to arrive with plenty of time before the train departs.

Train Times

As mentioned earlier in the article, there is only one Hiram Bingham train traveling from Urubamba to Machu Picchu per day. Likewise, there is only one returning train. This train departs every day except for the last sunday of each month. This timing will not change when the other stations reopen.

These times are currently accurate, but get in contact with us to confirm stations and timings, as from April 2024 the Poroy Station will open for Hiram Bingham passengers.



Who was Hiram Bingham?

Hiram Bingham was the first white man to discover Machu Picchu, which he did with the help of a young local boy, Juanito. Juanito was the first ever guide to Machu Picchu back in 1911, and the ruins themselves were no secret to the local families.

Hiram Bingham III

What is the Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu Like?

Take a step back into 1920’s style luxury travel, and make the most of all the space available to you. The luxury dining cart is made up of tables fit for two and four people and decorated with an elegant historic feel.

The bar carriage is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable sofa with a cocktail and some traditional snacks. Finally, the observatory carriage is where you will probably spend most of your time.

With a comfortable sofa stretching down the center, everybody in here can enjoy the incredible views of the Andes as they fly past. Perhaps the best part is the open balcony at the back of the train, where you relax with a cocktail.

What is included in the price?

Upon arrival to the train you will be treated to a welcome show consisting of typical dances in the Andean region, as well as a welcome cocktail typical to Peru. Once you are aboard and the train begins to move, lunch will be served.

Lunch is a decadent, gourmet 3-course experience. Accompanied by all the drinks you care to indulge in (excluding premium beverages), take your time and really fall in love with this more elegant side of Peru as the Andes fly by your window.

After lunch stretch your legs a little and explore the train. The bar car offers a variety of drinks and several traditional snacks just in case you fancy indulging in a few more nibbles. There is a live band playing traditional Peruvian music for you to enjoy as you stroll around enjoying the view.

Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will be transported to the entrance in a private bus. Your entrance ticket is also included in the price (please book 30 days in advance to guarantee your ticket, especially during the high season).

You will then enjoy a guided tour of the citadel in groups of no more than 10. After the tour we visit the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge where you can enjoy a cocktail with a view of Machu Picchu. If you only purchased the outbound ticket (Cusco to Machu Picchu) this is where the service ends.

If you have purchased only the inbound service, this is where your Hiram Bingham expedition will begin, with a cocktail at the Belmond Sanctuary lodge right outside Machu Picchu. Before long, the private bus will pick you and the rest of the group up and you will be transported back to the train station.

At the Aguas Calientes train station you will be privy to the exclusive VIP lounge as you await your train. Before you know it, you will be in the luxury dining cart enjoying a decadent three course dinner and moseying your way into the bar car for a sundowner. All of this, to the sound of traditional music played live in the background.

Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, or Poroy, whichever your preferred station is, if you have chosen the bimodal service you can enjoy the bus back to Cusco before arriving back to your hotel after a wonderful day.

The round-trip service covers both the outbound and the inbound direction.

The Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu is the most luxurious way for travelers to get to Machu Picchu. The attention to detail on this train service is next to none, and it’s the perfect way for travelers to immerse themselves in both history and comfort.