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Machu Picchu tickets online

Machu Picchu entrance tickets can not be purchased at the entrance of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You must purchase your Machu Picchu entrance tickets online from an authorized Ministry of Culture ticket agency or directly from the Ministry of Culture official website machupicchu.gob.pe.

Step 1: Choose the type of Machu Picchu entrance ticket

Your first step is to decide what type of Machu Picchu entrance ticket you want. Visit the Machu Pichu ticket price list and decide what type of ticket you would like. Unlike years past where you could freely move around Machu Picchu with a single entrance ticket, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture has 4 circuits of Machu Picchu totaling 11 routes. Additionally, some of these routes include hikes to climb to the summit of 3 mountains that surround the Incan citadel: Huayna Picchu mountain, Machu Picchu mountain and Huchuy Picchu mountain. The table below shows all 11 circuits established as of June 1st, 2024:

List of Machu Picchu entrance ticket options
Time Ticket Type Price Access
6am - 3pm Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 2 Classic
This entrance ticket is the most popular as it will give you access to the middle terraces where you can take the classic photo of Machu Picchu. You will then enter through the main Inca gate to marvel at all of the Inca temples, fountains, the agrarian and urban areas, the sundial and sacred rock and other attractions. Circuit 2 is the most complete circuit of Machu Picchu and it takes about 2 hours to complete. You will NOT however take the panoramic photos on the upper most high terraces located in Circuit 1.
$62 USD Machu Picchu citadel, the main Inca ruins, Circuits 2 Classic
6am - 3pm Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 2 Lower Terrace
This entrance ticket is exactly as Circuit 2 classic with 1 small difference of about 10 feet in one of the viewing platforms. You will also enter through the main Inca gate to marvel at all of the Inca temples, fountains, the agrarian and urban areas, the sundial and sacred rock and other attractions. Circuit 2 is the most complete circuit of Machu Picchu and it takes about 2 hours to complete.
$62 USD Machu Picchu citadel, the main Inca ruins, Circuits 2 Lower Terrace
8am - 11am Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 1 Upper Terraces + Inca bridge
This ticket is the best option for those who just want to take the best panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. You may also enter the trail to the Inca bridge which is one of the best examples of the ingenious Inca architecture and where you can also take some of the best photos of the Urubamba Valley. However, you will not be able to visit any of the ruins of Circuits 2 and 3.
$62 USD Machu Picchu upper terraces for panoramic photos and option to enter the Inca bridge trail.
6am - 3pm Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 1 Upper Terraces
This ticket is the best option for those who just want to take the best panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. This circuit is specially popular among photo enthusiasts and those who love spectacular views of the most iconic views of Machu Picchu. The downside of the ticket is that you will not be able to visit any of the ruins of Circuits 2 and 3.
$62 USD Machu Picchu upper terraces for panoramic photos.
6am - 3pm Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 1 Upper Terraces and Sun gate (Intipunku)
This ticket is the best option for those who want to take the best panoramic photos of Machu Picchu and also hike to the Sun gate (Intipunku), the way the Incas intended for you to enter Machu Picchu. The downside of this ticket is that you will not be able to visit any of the ruins located in Circuits 2 and 3.
$62 USD Machu Picchu upper terraces for panoramic photos.
6am - 3pm Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 3 Royalty Designed
This ticket is the best option for those who want to visit the majority of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu which are located in the lower sector of Machu Picchu. The downside of this ticket is that you will not be able to take any of the panoramic or classic postal photos.
$62 USD Machu Picchu circuit 3 where most of the Inca ruins are
7am or 9am Machu Picchu entrance ticket: Circuit 3 Grand Cavern
This ticket is the best option for those who want to visit the majority of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu which are located in the lower sector of Machu Picchu and in addition you will walk to the Grand Cavern also known as the Temple of the Moon. The downside of this ticket is that you will not be able to take any of the panoramic or classic postal photos.
$62 USD Machu Picchu circuit 3 where most of the Inca ruins are and in addition walk to the Grand Cave (Temple of the Moon)
Huayna Picchu mountain entrance ticket
Time Ticket Type Price Access
7am or 9am Huayna Picchu entrance ticket $78 USD Circuit 3 Royalty Designed route + walk to the summit of Huayna Picchu
Machu Picchu mountain ticket price
Time Ticket Type Price Access
7am or 9am Machu Picchu mountain entrance ticket $78 USD Circuit 1 upper terrace + walk to the summit of Machu Picchu mountain
Huchuy Picchu mountain entrance ticket
Time Ticket Type Price Access
10am or 12pm Huchuy Picchu mountain $62 USD Circuit 3 Royalty Designed route + walk to the summit of Huchuy Picchu mountain

Step 2: Machu Picchu ticket availability

Machu Picchu entrance tickets sell out in advance, specially tickets to Circuit 2 classic or Circuit 2 Lower Terrance as these are the most popular circuits. Additionally, entrance tickets to climb Huayna Picchu also sell out months in advance. So please make sure you check the availability of Machu Picchu tickets prior to making your purchase.

Step 3: Hire a Guide for Machu Picchu

Hiring a guide to visit Machu Picchu is now mandatory for the Citadel portion of your visit. However, this is not being enforced at the moment. Hiking Huaynapicchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain can be done on your own without a guide. However, if you have Circuit 2 ticket, you can join a guided tour group or you can also hire a private guide. It is best to hire a guide in advance specially if you are hiking Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain because these require the guide to coordinate meeting you typically after your hike to these mountains.

Official Machu Picchu ticket office in Cusco

In Cusco, tickets can be bought at the Ministerio de Cultura which is open Mon-Sat, 7AM-8PM. The address is Casa Garcilaso on Calle Garcilaso S/N, just before the Plaza Regocijo and near the Chocolate museum. You must bring your passport and either a credit card or cash in Peruvian Soles to purchase tickets. There are long lines to purchase tickets specially during peak season months. Buying machu picchu tickets online is recommended so you don't waste your precious vacation time. There are no refunds allowed for any reason. You cannot change your entrance ticket date, or the entrance ticket time. So there is absolutely no reason to go the Ministry of Culture unless you want to purchase tickets in person.
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Official Machu Picchu ticket office in Aguas Calientes

In Aguas Calientes, tickets can not be purchased for the same day. They can be bought at least one day prior. You can purchase tickets in the afternoon starting at 3pm for tickets the following day. The Ministry of Culture in Macchu Picchu village is located in Av. Pachacutec (just off the main square), and hours are Mon-Sun, 6:30am - 9:00pm. You must bring your passport and cash to purchase tickets. Paying with a credit card may or may not work depending on internet reception. The ATMs in Aguas Calientes charge higher fees, so try to withdraw extra cash beforehand if you're able. The office is small and there is usually long lines.
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Machu Picchu bus tickets to the entrance

The best way to get to the entrance of Machu Picchu is by bus. It is recommended that you purchase your bus tickets in advance so you get electronic tickets and you can board any bus. If you wait to buy your bus ticket at the Machu Picchu village, expect long lines. For information on the Machu Picchu bus tickets, please click the button below.