Arriving by Air
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport – CUZ (or Cusco Airport to the rest of us) is a small airport located within the city of Cusco. Although it is called an international airport, the only international flight it actually receives is from La Paz in Bolivia, the rest of the flights are domestic flights arriving from other parts of Peru. LAN, Avianca, Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines and Amaszonas Airlines are the principle carriers operating at Cusco Airport. Cusco´s main hotels are located 10 minutes away by taxi and a journey will cost anywhere from 10 -30 Soles (depending on how good your bargaining skills are). For more information about Cusco Airport and its facilities Click Here.
Arriving by Bus
Peru has a whole host of bus companies that operate services to Cusco. The main bus routes to Cusco originate in the cities of Arequipa, Lima and Puno. Due to Cusco´s remote location high up in the Andes journey times into the city can be long and arduous. Cruz del Sur, Civa, Oltursa, Ormeño and TEPSA are the main bus operators offering services to Cusco. Additionally there are several tourist bus companies operating the route Puno – Cusco (or vice versa). These services are intended purely for tourists connecting between Lake Titicaca and Cusco, and typically include tourist stops at points of interest along the way and also lunch. First Class, Wonder Peru Expeditions and Inka Express are the three most popular operators. Most services arrive into the central bus station called Terminal Terrestre, located 10 minutes from the historic centre of Cusco, but other operators like Cruz del Sur and First Class have their own stations.
Arriving by Train
Other than the trains which take you to Machu Picchu, Cusco is only connected to one other major city by rail. The luxury Andean Explorer Train operated by Peru Rail runs the route Puno to Cusco (and vice versa) on certain days of the week. The journey takes 10 hours, including 1 stop at the mid-way point in La Raya. The Andean Explorer Train terminates in the centre of Cusco at Peru Rail´s Wanchaq Station, 6-7 minutes by taxi from Cusco´s historic centre. For more information on the Andean Explorer Train Click Here
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