As to end of 2012, Machupicchu train merged to Incarail.
You have a third option regarding train tickets to Machu Picchu. Today August 20 (2010), Machu Picchu Train (MPT) starts its service, and it joins the other two companies: Inca Rail and Peru Rail.
It has two remarkable features: booking is possible, and there is information about children´s rates and conditions. This company has two prices (one way): US$60 in Executive Service, and US$110 in First Class both with panoramic windows and much more in the expensive one. You can also click www.machupicchutrain.com
Even though you will find Book On Line in almost every page, you would need patience to surf Peru Rail´s site in case you want further info, so I would like to make it easier for you.
You better check routes, prices, and timetables as rates vary according to schedule and service (the most popular are Backpacker and Vistadome).
Last but not least, you should also know how to buy tickets.
It also offers a service that includes the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Children 3 to 11 years old get a 50% discount.
We Share Common Things After All:
- All trains depart from Ollantaytambo station (1h30´ to 2h from Cusco). Peru Rail also depart from Poroy station (20-minute drive from Cusco). The San Pedro station no longer works as such.
- Snacks on board.
- All three web sites are in english and spanish only.
For independent travellers and backpackers like me it is just wonderful to have more choices to choose from. Our budget is key!
Below you have a Google Map with the train company offices in the city of Cusco. Inca Rail and Peru Rail have recently opened offices at the very main square.