Toledo is one of the most beautiful, most historic and cultural cities in Spain. If you travel to Madrid and you can make a day trip to somewhere near, undoubtedly, Toledo is one of the best options.
The connections from Madrid to Toledo are very good and direct.
1st OPTION: By bus
You must take the bus in “el Intercambiador de Plaza Elíptica”, the bus terminal is well-connected to every place in Madrid because it is easy to arrive there by metro (Plaza Elíptica, Line 6 and 11), you should not even go outside!
- If you go by metro, you will only have to follow the signs of “Bus station”, once there, you must go up two escalators in the dock (“la dársena”) number 7 direction where you will take the DIRECT bus from Madrid to Toledo.
- If you go to the station by another means of transport and you arrive at the door on the street, you must go down one escalators and look for the dock number 7. It is so easy; you will not get lost!
This bus runs every half an hour, on the dot and at half-past. The first one from Madrid, from Monday to Saturday is at 6 o’clock am and on Sundays at 8 o’clock am and the last one from Toledo is at half past 10 pm, except on Sundays when the last one is at half past 11 pm. It takes approximately between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the traffic and it costs around 5-6 €. You can buy the ticket in the dock (there are some machines) or online on this link (here you could check also the timetable, in case you got lost!).
- If you have bought by any chance monthly pass of transport, this bus is free and you should only show your card of the transport of the Community of Madrid in the bus.
The place of arrival is the Bus Station of Toledo.
If you want to know how to get to the historical city centre from the Bus Station of Toledo, you could check it in this post.
2nd OPTION: By train
You must take the train in Atocha Renfe, this station is in the heart of Madrid and it has its own Metro stop (Atocha Renfe, Line 1) and for this reason it is so accessible. The trains are AVANT, that means that these ones are so fast and comfortable and these ones take around 33 minutes and it costs 12,90€. There are trains from Madrid to Toledo on working days and on holidays, this train runs every hour. The first one to go to Toledo is at ten to 6 am and the last one to back to Madrid is at half past 9 pm, in any case you can check the timetable on this link to choose which you prefer. You can purchase the tickets on the last link or directly at the train station.
The place of arrival is the Train Station of Toledo.
If you want to know how to get the historical city centre from the Train Station of Toledo, you could check it in this post.
3rd OPTION: By car
The last option we purpose you is going by car. It is around 72 kilometres in total far away from Madrid, in other words, it takes approximately one hour. This would be the journey to get to Toledo from Madrid by car. You could park in a free parking located near the Bus Station of Toledo called “Parking de Safont”. To get the historical city centre by car is practically impossible because of the narrowness of it streets and the difficulty to park if you are not a resident.
If you want to know how to get the historical city centre from the “Parking de Safont”, you could check it in this post.
These are the main ways to get Toledo from Madrid. The fastest and most comfortable way, as it can be supposed, it is by car, but not everybody has this possibility so if we should choose between train or bus, we would recommend you the bus, since you would have more possibilities of timetable and the price is lower, although it takes more time to arrive there, the bus has an advantage that we really appreciate and it is the way from the Bus Station to the historical city centre. This way is not only more comfortable and shorter but also you can go on foot, that means that the time saved going by train then it will be spent going up on foot to the city centre, if you decide to go on foot. If you go by train, you can also decide to take the city bus to get the city centre (Bus lines 5, 5D, 6, 22, 61, 62 and 94 will leave you in the main square, Zocodover) and you should add 1,40 € per person to your budget.
If you want to know how to get the historical city centre from different places of arrival, you could check it in this post.
It does not matter the option you choose, the only thing we can say to you it is that Toledo is a jewel that you must not miss.