PeruRail is a railway company operating tourist, freight and chartered rail routes in Peru. The company operates services along the route formely known as the Ferrocarril del Sur (Peru Southern Railway). The company's routes are divided into sections either side of Cusco.
There are currently four passenger routes operated by PeruRail:
- Poroy (Cusco) - Machu Picchu;
- Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu;
- Urubamba - Machu Picchu; and
- Cusco - Puno (Lake Titicaca).
Rather than having different levels of service within each train, the company operates using a number of different train types, catering for different budgets and levels of luxury.
The Vistadome offers passengers unrivalled views of the surrounding landscape as the train travels through the Peruvian countryside. The carriages' panoramic windows offer plenty of opportunities for photographs, and the on-board service is an unforgettable experience.
Each carriage is air conditioned and heated, with leather seats for comfort.
A video demonstrating the Vistadome experience can be viewed here.
The Expedition trains offer passengers a similar experience, with panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating. Carriages are comfortable, and Peruvian music is played in the backgrund.
A video demonstrating the Expedition experience can be viewed here.
The Hiram Bingham
The Hiram Bingham is the most luxurious of PeruRail's fleet. The train offers the legendary Orient Express level of service (it is a joint venture between PeruRail and Orient Express), known as one of the finest rail journeys in the world.
The train's carriages are warm and cozy, and the train offers passengers separate dining and observation carriages.
The Hiram Bingham experience includes:
- Complimentary welcome drinks;
- Lunch with wine;
- On-board musical entertainment;
- Tourist guide;
- Tickets and transport to/from Machu Picchu;
- Tea in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge; and
- Gourmet dinner on the return journey.
Pictures of the Hiram Bingham experience can be viewed here.
The Autovagon is a small train that departs from PeruRail's new station at Urubamba. The train offers panoramic windows, as well as on-board brunch, entertainment, leather seats and air conditioning/heating.
Pictures of the Autovagon experience can be viewed here.
The Andean Explorer service offers passengers a comfortable journey through mountains and highlands. The train is decorated in the style of a 1920s Pullman carriage, and includes a separate dining car, cafe/bar, and outdoor observatory. A gourmet lunch is served to passengers, as well as on-board entertainment and afternoon tea.
A video of the Andean Explorer in action can be viewed here.
Luggage & Facilities
Food & Drink
Vistadome services offer passengers a snack and breakfast prepared with Andean ingredients. Expedition passengers are served a small snack. Hiram Bingham passengers receive a full lunch service (with wine) as well as tea at Machu Picchu, and a gourmet dinner on the return journey. Autovagon passengers receive brunch, prepared with Andean ingredients. The Andean Explorer offers passengers a gourmet lunch and afternoon tea.
If you have particular dietry requirements, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the time of booking to ensure your needs are catered for.
Passengers are recommended not to bring too much luggage with them, as space is limited. If a passenger needs to bring more than one piece of luggage with them, they may be charged an additional fee. Passengers travelling on the Andean Explorer are permitted to travel with more than one item of luggage, as the train has a dedicated luggage carriage. However, passengers should arrive at the station at least one hour before the train's departure to ensure all luggage is safely stored.
If you have any special requirements, please arrive at your departure station at least one hour before departure to ensure that passenger service agents are on hand to provide assistance.
Unfortunately, only guide dogs are permitted to travel on PeruRail services.