The aim of this post is to help you to make your trips from Madrid much easier when you have to decide the transport. We invite you to visit the most beautiful cities near Madrid!
1.How to get to Toledo from Madrid
These are the 3 options you can choose to go to Toledo:
- By car: The road from Madrid is a-42 and it is about 1 hour away. If you go by car, we recommend you to park outside the old town in a free parking called “Parking de Safont”.
- By bus: You must take the bus in “el Intercambiador de Plaza Elíptica”, the bus terminal is well-connected to every places in Madrid since it is easy to arrive there by metro (Plaza Elíptica, Line 6 and 11), you should not even go outside! In the dock (“la dársena”) number 7 is where you will take the DIRECT bus from Madrid to Toledo. It is approximately between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the traffic and it costs around 5-6 €. The place of arrival is the Bus Terminal of Toledo.
- By train: You could take the train in “Atocha Renfe”, the station is in the city centre of Madrid and the station is pretty accessible since this one has its own metro stop (Atocha Renfe, Line 1). The trains are AVANT, in other words, these are fast and comfortable trains. It takes about 33 minutes and it costs 12,90€. The place of arrival is the Train Station of Toledo.
If you want to know more about how to go from Madrid to Toledo, you can see it in this post. The information is much broder.
2.How to get to Segovia from Madrid
The city of the known aqueduct is perfect to make a trip since the transport is really accessible in terms of time and price, you have 3 options:
- By car: The road to Segovia is A-6 and it is about an hour and 20 minutes away. There are no problems to park in Segovia, although it is better to park outside the city centre and walk around the city because it is small that you can visit easily and quickly.
- By bus: Buses to Segovia leaves from “el Intercambiador de Transportes de Moncloa”, you can arrive there by metro (Line 3 and 6). The main advantage of buses is the price, it also depends on the timetable and the company of buses, but you can find it for 4 € per journey. You can check the prices and the timetable on this link. The journey is about 55 minutes. The place of arrival is the Bus Station of Segovia, located just 6 minutes’ walk to the aqueduct so it is not necessary the urban transport.
- By train: You must take the train to Segovia in “ la Estación de Chamartín” (Metro Line 1 and 10). The trains are AVANT, in other words, these are fast and comfortable trains. The journey is only about 27 minutes. The price could change depending on the timetable but the maximum price is 24,90€. You could check the timetable on this link. The place of arrival is the Train Station of Segovia Av. Once you arrive, it is recommended to take a bus to arrive to the city centre because this station is far away, approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes on foot. With line 11, you can get to the aqueduct in 15 minutes. The price of this city bus is 2€.
3.How to get to Ávila from Madrid
The best options to get to Ávila from Madrid are the following ones:
- By car: The road to Ávila is A-6 and the journey is about an hour and 20 minutes.
- By bus: The buses to Ávila leave from “La Estación Sur de Madrid” (Méndez Álvaro), you can arrive there by metro (Line 6). This bus costs 7,66€ and it takes about an hour and 40 minutes to arrive in Ávila, depending on the timetable of the journey. You can check the timetable and prices on this link. The place of arrival is the Bus Station of Ávila, located 15 minutes’ walk to the wall so we recommend you to go on foot to warm up.
- By train: You must take the train to Ávila in “la Estación de Chamartín” (Metro Line 1 and 10). These ones are middle-distance trains and the journey is about an hour and 30 minutes. The price per journey is 12,70€. You can check the timetable and the price on this link. The place of arrival is the Train Station of Ávila. The station is located 15 minutes’ walk to the city centre so we recommend you to go on foot to enjoy the beauty of this city.
4.How to get to San Lorenzo de El Escorial from Madrid
El Escorial is a perfect place to make a day trip. The best options to arrive are the following ones:
- By car: The fastest and most comfortable option is the road A-6 and then you must take the road M-505. It is about an hour. Near the Monastery, there is a fee-paying car park but if you look for a free option, you should park in the town and go up to the Monastery on foot (around 15 minutes’ walk).
- By bus: There is an intercity bus which you can take in “el Intercambiador de Transportes de Moncloa”, located in the Metro Station of Moncloa (Line 3 and 6). Bus lines most recommended to go to El Escorial are 661 and 664. Both lines take around 55 minutes and there is a bus each 15-20 minutes. The place of arrival is the Bus Station of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The station is just 10 minutes’ walk away to the Monastery. This bus costs 4,20€.
- By train: The train to El Escorial is a commuter train (called “cercanías” in Spanish). You can take it in the station of Atocha or Chamartin, these are the most popular but there are more stops, you can check them on this link. This train takes approximately an hour and 10 minutes, there are a lot of possibilities about the timetable but if you want to know more before, you can check it on this link. You could buy the ticket at the station. The prices depend on areas so you will be informed at the station, in any case you can see how the commuter trains work on this link. You could get to El Escorial with lines C8 and C3, always “going to El Escorial”. The place of arrival is the Commuter Trains Station of El Escorial, located around 15 minutes’ walk away but you can also take a city bus which connects the town with San Lorenzo del Escorial.
We hope this post will be useful for you and you can decide easily your next destination, although all of these places are, without doubt, worth seeing. Bon Voyage! On the following post, you can see the second part of this post, in which it will be explained with details how get to the others 4 destinations of our selection of the best trips to make from Madrid.
If you want to know a brief description of these destinations because you don’t know which one to choose, you can see it in this post.