Arriving by Train to Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca by Train



Journey Time


Cusco – Puno




Cusco – Puno



(+ an overnight stay onboard)


(double cabin)

The train from Cusco to Puno doesn’t immediately jump out at you as the most practical option. It takes over 10 hours and costs a pretty hefty fee. However, the breathtaking views along the way make up for the inconvenience.

The route through the valley of the Huatanay River and the Andean mountains is said to be one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world! You have two options for train travel between Cusco and Puno: PeruRail Titicaca Train or Belmond Andean Explorer.

PeruRail is cheaper than Belmond but still very extravagant. The train is decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman coaches and features a panoramic observation car to soak up all the views. You’ll board in Cusco accompanied by live music at the train station, and you’ll be welcomed with a hot drink.

During your journey, you can enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as well as a three-course gourmet lunch. And if that’s not enough to satisfy your cravings, there’s also an afternoon tea shortly before arriving at Puno.
Perurail train trip Cusco to PunoPeruRail Train Interior

You can book your ticket only by clicking here.

The Belmond Andean Explorer, your second option, is an experience in itself. It’s not simply about getting from point A to B but mainly about luxury dining and lounging on board. The ticket price includes lunch and dinner on the day of departure and breakfast the following day.

You’ll be traveling in style in your cabin (from the most spartan bunk bed cabin to a deluxe double room), where you can stay overnight after arrival in Puno. And if you’re worried that a 12.5-hour journey will be a drag, there’s sightseeing to break it up. The train stops at Raqchi (Incan archeological site) and La Raya (mountain range).
Belmond Andean Explorer Lake Titicaca PanoramaBelmond Andean Explorer Observation CarBelmond Lake Titicaca Train Luxurious Cabin Interior

Note that the Andean Explorer only runs from May to November (with limited availability in April). On the other hand, PeruRail Titicaca Lake runs all year round.

Are you looking for a more affordable option? Then check out how to arrive by bus.