Between trying to translate the official government’s website to deep-diving into travel forums for hours on end, figuring out how to buy tickets to Machu Picchu can be as exhausting as the trek up. Let’s make life a little easier for you…




  1.    How Can I Buy Machu Picchu Tickets?

You can get your Machu Picchu tickets online (#3), at the ticket offices in Cusco & Aguas Calientes (#4 & #5), or you can ask your hotel in Lima or Cusco to purchase them for you (they will sometimes charge you a couple dollars more). If you are planning on trekking, most treks include a Machu Picchu entrance ticket, which they will purchase for you.


  1.     How much do Machu Picchu Tickets cost?

Tickets for foreigners are 152.00 Peruvian Soles (about $45USD), and 64.00 for Peruvians. If you buy in person (#4 & #5), then you can get student discounts but you will need a valid ISIC card.


  1.     How do I buy Machu Picchu tickets online?

You can buy Macchu Picchu tickets online through the official Government site:


  1.     Where can I buy Machu Picchu tickets in Cusco?

You can buy Machu Picchu tickets in Cusco at the official DRC office on Avenida La Cultura 238, Condominio Huáscar. Most hotels will also get them for you if you ask.


  1.      Where can I buy Machu Picchu Tickets in Aguas Calientes?

There is a ticket office at the Machu Picchu Cultural Centre right off the main square on Av. Pachacutec where you can buy your tickets. You cannot buy tickets at the entrance to Machu Picchu.


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  1.     How do I get tickets for Huaynapicchu?

When you purchase your general Machu Picchu admission, tickets to Huaynapicchu are offered as an “add-on”. Keep in mind that you must book in advance (see #8) because tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited.


  1.     What does my Machu Picchu ticket include?

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu includes admission to the main site and ruins, which hosts several hikes on top. It does not include transportation up the mountain from Aguas Calientes (this cannot be booked online, and must be booked the day of if you want to take the bus up; It can also be hiked for free). It does not include access to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, which must be purchased as add-ons when you buy your ticket. Food and water is available on the mountain for purchase.


  1.     When do I need to buy my Machu Picchu ticket?

As popular as Machu Picchu is, there is no need to buy your tickets far in advance. If you are traveling on a tight and fixed schedule, we recommend buying it just a couple days before. Many travelers buy their ticket no more than two days in advance. If you want to see additional sights on or around Machu Picchu that are not included in the general admission ticket (such as Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain), then you will want to book those with your ticket at least two weeks in advance.


  1.     My name is spelled incorrectly on my ticket- is that a problem?

Many people receive their tickets and notice their names are spelled incorrectly. For whatever reason, this is incredibly common, but not a problem at all! Even though you must show your ID with your ticket upon entrance, you will not be denied entrance or have any issues if the spelling of your name on your Machu Picchu entrance ticket isn’t exactly the same as the correct spelling in your passport. There is no need to buy a new ticket.


  1. When I try to buy my ticket online, it says “Operation Denied”- what do I do?

This is very common when foreigners try to book Machu Picchu tickets online. First, make sure you are using a Visa credit card: Only Visas will work. When you try to book your ticket and receive the “Operation Denied” message, you will need to email the call center at They will ask for your name and booking code, and possibly the first/last 4 digits of the denied credit card. Once you have spoken with them and given the request, they can change something on their end to allow the booking to go through. If you get denied again, it is probably your credit card issuer. At this point, you will need to call your credit card issuer and have them on the phone while to try to book your tickets again to see if they are blocking it.

If you don’t have the time or patience for this, you are probably best off buying your tickets to Machu Picchu in person in Peru or asking your hotel in Peru for help.


***11. What’s the deal with morning and afternoon passes?

As of 2017, there are no longer full day passes to Machu Picchu. When buying Machu Picchu tickets, you can either buy a morning pass, or an afternoon pass, or both. Buying both means you simply pay double the price; there is no discount for buying both.


Spend less time trying to buy Machu Picchu tickets, and spend more time crossing it off your bucket list.