How to get to Salamanca from Madrid (train or bus)


This guide on how to get to Salamanca from Madrid It will help you prepare this transfer by public transport to get to know one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
The vast majority of travelers choose to visit this city from Madrid, which although it is more than 200 kilometers away, can be covered in a short time, thanks to high-speed trains.
If you have more time and a tighter budget you can choose to take the bus or rent a car to make a route through the province of Castilla y León.

Based on the experience of our visit to this city, in which we write this list of places to visit in Salamanca, we show you the fastest and most comfortable options on how to get from Madrid to Salamanca, so you can choose the one that suits you best. We start!

How to get to Salamanca from Madrid by train

The fastest way to get to Salamanca is to get on the high-speed train ALVIA that leaves from Chamartín Station and leaves you, via Segovia, at the Salamanca train station in an hour and a half for about 25 euros.
If you are not staying near Chamartín Station, you can easily get there by subway with line 1, which crosses the entire center, or line 10.
Another faster alternative to get to Chamartín is to take the C3 and C4 commuter train lines that leave from the Puerta del Sol and Atocha station, and have very few stops between both points.
The ALVIA trains begin to leave the Chamartín Station, direction Salamanca, from 8: 55h and have a frequency of about 3 hours being the last high-speed train back to Madrid at 20: 40h.
A good option to secure the place, especially on holidays and weekends, is to book tickets in advance on this page.
There are other train lines that leave from Chamartín and the Principe Pío station that take more than 3 hours to reach Salamanca and although they are cheaper, if you have only one day, we believe that for the price difference it is not worth it.
The Salamanca train station is about 15 minutes walk from the old town or 5 minutes with the urban bus lines 1 and 11, which cost one euro each way.

Bus from Madrid to Salamanca

Another slightly cheaper way to get to Salamanca from Madrid is to take a bus from the Avanza company that leaves from the Méndez Alvaro South Bus Station.
To get to this bus station you have to take the metro line 6 or circular, which connects with line 1 at the Pacific stop.
Once at the South Station you must get on one of the buses that leave every hour and leave you at the Salamanca Bus Station in about two and a half hours for 22 euros. There are other cheaper lines that cost 15 euros and take another hour to complete the journey.
Upon arriving at Salamanca station you can walk to the center in less than 15 minutes or take line 4 of the city bus.

Another more comfortable and interesting alternative, to know the history of the city and its curiosities, is to book this excursion to Salamanca by bus with a guide in Spanish and that includes the visit to Ávila, another of the wonders to see in Spain.


Where to stay in Salamanca

Once you have decided how to get to Salamanca from Madrid, we advise you to look for a hotel to spend the night in the city and thus enjoy quiet walks at sunset through the old town, without many tourists.
An excellent option to stay is the Hotel Melibea, located 200 meters from the University and 600 meters from Salamanca's Plaza Mayor.
In addition to its fantastic location, this 4-star hotel has a garden, a good breakfast, parking and one of the best value for money in the city.

To help you plan the route through the city you can follow this Salamanca guide in one day.