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Bus & Taxi

Frequent combis and colectivos shuttle between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo (S1.50 and S3 respectively, 30 minutes) from 6am to 5pm. To Cuzco, it’s easiest to change in Urubamba, though occasional departures leave direct from the Ollantaytambo train station to Cuzco’s Puente Grau (combis S15, two hours, colectivos S15, 1½ hours).

Even though Ollantaytambo is closer to Santa María (for those traveling on to Santa Teresa) and Quillabamba, buses pass through here already full. Backtrack to Urubamba’s bus terminal to get a seat.

Train

Ollantaytambo is a transport hub between Cuzco and Machu Picchu: the cheapest and quickest way to travel between Cuzco and Machu Picchu is to catch a combi between Cuzco and Ollantaytambo (two hours), then the train between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (two hours). Two companies currently offer the service. Rates change according to peak times.

Inca Rail Three departures daily from Ollantaytambo and four classes (one-way S191 to S423). Children get significant discounts.

Peru Rail Service to Aguas Calientes with multiple departures daily. With three classes of service, though some trips feature extras. One-way fares: Expedition (from S197), Vistadome (from S58) and the luxurious Hiram Bingham (from S1153).