Why are there Shuttle Buses?

The Inca’s never built things in boring places and Machu Picchu is no exception. Perched on the top of a high mountain ridge, visitors must first ascend the side of the  Urubamba Valley to reach the famous citadel. If you are feeling fit and adventurous then there is a path you can hike (1 hour), however, if you prefer the more relaxed approach you need to take the shuttle bus!

The Route

The shuttle bus operates from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and the ride takes about 35 – 40 minutes. The main bus stop in Aguas Calientes is located on Avenida Hermoas Ayer (see map at the bottom of this page), close to the train station and within a 5 minutes’ walk of any tourist hotel in the village. Leaving Aguas Calientes the bus follows the main Urubamba River for about 1 mile before crossing the river and ascending the mountain to Machu Picchu. The shuttle bus terminates outside of the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, just a few meters from the entrance of Machu Picchu.

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Operating Hours

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu: 05.30 – 15.30 hrs
Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes: 06.00 – 18.00 hrs

There are no set departure times throughout the day, the shuttle buses simply depart they are full. During peak times (mornings) shuttle buses will depart every 10 minutes. During afternoons waiting times are longer and departures occur every 15 – 20 minutes.

Prices (2014)

Foreign Adult (return): US$ 19.00
Foreign Adult (single): US$ 10.00
Foreign Child (return): US$ 10.00
Foreign Child (single): US$ 5.00

Click here to see the official price list from the operator Consettur Macuhpicchu S.A.C.

Ticket Sales

There is no official ticket sales website and tickets can only be purchased at one of four official ticket sales locations in Cusco or Aguas Calientes. We recommend that the best place to buy your tickets is in Aguas Calientes, before you get on the bus.

Cusco Office
Av. Infancia 433, Wanchaq, Cusco
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 08.00 – 12.45 hrs & 15.00 – 18.00 hrs
Opening Hours: Sunday, 08.00 – 12.45 hrs
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Inter Bank
Av. El Sol 380, Cusco
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 13.00 hrs & 14.00 – 18.00 hrs
Opening Hours: Saturday, 09.00 – 13.00 hrs
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Aguas Calientes Office (Bus Stop)
Av. Hermanos Ayar S/N
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 05.00 – 21.00 hrs
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At Machu Picchu
Bus Stop
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 07.30 – 17.30 hrs

Some Important Points

  • Tickets can be purchase up to 7 days in advance, and are valid for 3 days but for 1 use only.
  • Children under 5 travel for free.
  • A child’s ticket is applicable from 5 – 11 years old, 12 and over is considered an adult.
  • You need to present your original valid passport to purchase tickets.
  • You can buy one way tickets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • There are discounts for foreign students (only nationals).
  • Tickets must be purchased in cash.

The Bus Stop in Aguas Calientes

Map: Location of bus stop in Aguas Calientes