Cusco Prices & Travel Costs

Last Updated: Jan 2024

Considering most people only find out about Cuzco when they learn that it’s the staging area for virtually every Machu Picchu trip, it’s a bit surprising to learn how delightful, gorgeous, and fun the place is all on its own. Some parts of your Cusco/Machu Picchu adventure will seem outrageously priced, so it’s good that many parts of the whole thing are quite cheap as well.

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Travel Costs to Cusco

Population 350,000
Area 350,000
Timezone UTC-5
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol
Airports Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$33.89
1 USD = 3.7300 PEN
133 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2024

Accommodation Costs in Cusco

Cusco Hotel Seasons

Cusco Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar17.00 - 24.00
starstarstarstarstar23.00 - 68.00
starstarstarstarstar28.00 - 99.00
starstarstarstarstar83.00 - 162.00
starstarstarstarstar272.00 - 404.00

Cusco Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed6.00 - 15.00

Cusco Attractions Prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Train Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (round-trip)The train itself from Cusco to Agua Calientes is slow and expensive. For about US$60 more you can buy a complete tour package from one of the hundreds of travel agencies in Cusco.
cheapest
deluxe
5-star
43.43
111.80
588.47
9-hour Sacred Valley bus tourThese all-day tours to see the surrounding valley are very popular and the price range you'll be quoted is wide even though tours are mostly the same.
high-end
low-end
24.40
8.04
Motorcycle rentalRent a motorcycle for the day. This is a great way to see the city without having to wait for a tour. Included in the price is a helmet, gloves and jacket.
adults
35.12
Machu PicchuMachu Picchu is either a bus and train ride away. This is what it costs to get inside once you arrive. Prices range a bit.
foreigners
34.32

Cusco Food and Drink Prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastIf your hotel doesn't include breakfast then go where locals go for great budget breakfasts.1.88 - 2.95
Budget lunchMany restaurants in the city center advertise combo places all in this price range.2.14 - 3.75
Budget dinnerFinding cheap dinner options in tourist restaurants is not difficult in Cusco if you look at signs and menus.3.75 - 5.90
Beer (.5l bottle)The local lager is advertised on special deals in many places. Night clubs will charge more, of course.1.07 - 2.14

Cusco Transport Prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center2.14 - 3.49
3km taxi ride in Cusco0.80 - 1.34

Getting around Cusco

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When to visit Cusco

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)
January66464.3
February66463.1
March67453.1
April68430.9
May69380.1
June67340.1
July67330.1
August68360.2
September69400.4
October69431.1
November69451.8
December68453.0

Cusco Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar5:52am5:58pm
21 Jun6:10am5:29pm
21 Sep5:38am5:44pm
21 Dec5:18am6:14pm

Where to go before and after