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


This guide on how to get from Madrid to Toledo It will help you prepare this transfer in the fastest and most comfortable way, to one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
The first thing you should keep in mind to get to Toledo is that the nearest airport is Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez, located about 80 kilometers north, so the vast majority of travelers take advantage of the trip to the capital of Spain To visit in one or two days this impressive medieval city, taking advantage of the good connection by train or bus.
We recommend if you have time, spend the night in Toledo to see the city illuminated and thus be able to take a lovely night walk.

Based on the experience of the two times we have made this visit, in the last we wrote this list of places to visit in Toledo essential, we show you how to get from Madrid to Toledo by train and bus, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. We start!

How to get to Toledo from Madrid by train

The faster and more comfortable way to go from Toledo to Madrid is to take the high-speed train AVE that leaves from the Atocha Station, the main one of the capital that is also very well connected by metro with line 1 (blue color), which crosses the entire city center.
To get to Toledo you will have to take an AVANT train that will take you to the train station, located near the historic center, in just over 30 minutes, for about 14 euros.
Although trains leave every hour, it is advisable, especially on weekends and parties, to buy tickets at most the day before, so as not to run out of seats and to choose the schedule that suits you.
Once you arrive at the Toledo station you can walk, in about 20 minutes to the old town, first crossing the beautiful Alcantara Bridge and going up some escalators to the Plaza de Zocodover.

Another option is to take from the station an urban bus that leaves you in this square or a taxi that costs around 5 euros.

If you are only going to be one day in the city, you do not want to complicate yourself with transportation and meet it with a guide, it may be interesting to book this excursion for free that includes the transfer, the Toledo Card and several guided tours around the city.

Train schedule: Monday to Friday from 6: 50h to 21: 50h. Weekends and holidays from 8: 50h to 21: 50h.

Bus from Madrid to Toledo

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Toledo is to take a bus from the ALSA company that leaves from the Elliptical Plaza station.
To get to this station you have line 6 (gray color) and line 11 (green color) subway.

These buses will leave you on the Avenida de Castilla-La Mancha de Toledo, located near the escalators that take you to the Plaza de Zocodover, in the heart of the city, in 50 minutes for 5.5 euros or 10 euros, if round trip shopping.
The frequency of passage of the buses is half an hour and they are operating from 6 in the morning until 11 at night. You can check the schedules here.

Another more comfortable option to go by bus from Madrid to Toledo and with which you will know the interesting history of the city is to book this excursion with a guide in Spanish that leaves from the Plaza de Oriente or this one that also includes the visit to the essential Segovia.


Where to sleep in Toledo

Once you are clear how to get to Toledo from MadridWe recommend you find a hotel located in the historic center of the city.
A good option is the Sercotel Alfonso VI Hotel or La Posada de Manolo, both located near the Plaza de Zocodover and the main tourist attractions of the city.
In addition to their excellent location, these two hotels have one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.
If you are going to visit the main points of interest in the city, it will be profitable to book the Toledo Card, which includes skip-the-line entry to the main monuments and a walking tour with a guide in Spanish.
Remember that this card must be picked up at the Todo Toledo Office located inside the AVE station, which is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To plan the route through the city you can follow this Toledo guide in one day.