Reading some of the negative reviews here, we were really in two minds as to whether to take the bus or train. Luckily, we opted for the train - it was a fabulous day. The scenery is great; perfect leisurely speed; and a real luxury feel to the carriage - which was not full so we could shift seats. Staff were lovely, and the fashion shows, Andean band, bar demonstrations, etc are all held in the observation car, so you are not disturbed by them unless you want to be. The train and service ran a bit late but if you're a stickler for absolute punctuality, then you're on the wrong train and the wrong continent. Holidays are for relaxing and this was perfection - reading, taking photos, playing cards, staring at mountains, and continuous at-table service. Our travelling companions took the bus. They got to Cusco 30 minutes before us, and missed out on one of the best rail journeys in the world.