Toledo’s close proximity to Madrid gives visitors several options for traveling to Toledo.
In short, you can get from Madrid to Toledo by train, by bus, or by car.
Let’s look into each of those ways and the pros and/or cons of each.
Travel to Toledo by Train
If you are adventurous and prefer more freedom than an organized tour bus can traditionally offer, then taking the AVANT high-speed train to Toledo might be a good option for you.
How Long Does It Take?
It only takes 33 minutes to arrive in Toledo once the train leaves Madrid.
How much does it cost?
- One way € 13.90
- Round trip: € 22.20
Be to check out the Renfe website to see updated prices or restrictions.
Children between 4 and 13 years old have a 40% discount on the basic fare on all trains.
Children under 4 years of age travel free without taking a seat.
What is the address of the Toledo Spain train station?
The train station is located at
Estación del AVE
Dirección Paseo de la Rosa, s/n. – 45006 Toledo
I am a big advocate of traveling by train in any country because for me, I like to be able to stretch out more and I find the trains typically have more legroom. Plus you can get up and walk around and most important go to the bathroom! Just something to think about if you have any kind of medical or health problems.
The train station in Madrid where the trains depart from is Estacion de Atocha (Atocha Station)
Pros: The fastest option to travel to Toledo, comfortable, bathrooms, trains leave every 30 minutes
Cons: These trains fill up quickly so it’s best to purchase your tickets in advance, you are on your own when you arrive unlike traveling on an organized tour bus
See my Guide to using public transportation for more information on ways to get from the train station to the historic city center of Toledo.
Taking an organized tour to Toledo
Because Toledo has so many things to see and do and is so close to Madrid, it is a popular day trip destination. In fact, I see dozens of these buses arrive daily, each bus full of wonderful people from all over the world.
The organized tour option is a very popular option, and for most day trippers this is also the best and most convenient choice.
Choosing the right tour for you
Some tour operators will offer you flexible scheduling options, for example, they might offer morning, afternoon or even an all-day tour.
And they can all offer different things to see after you arrive in Toledo.
So this is where you need to decide what things in Toledo are most important for you to see because you will want to choose the right tour for you.
The tours often have an option to include lunch, or you can choose to venture out and eat at a restaurant or bar on your own, which is for me the best option. It gives you the freedom to research the local foods and read the restaurant reviews.
Try something new while you are here…Toledo was Spain’s capital of gastronomy for 2016 after all!
Here in Toledo, you can find everything from Michelin starred restaurants to the typical foods of Toledo.
Pros: Everything is organized and planned for you, you are free to choose a tour company based on what they offer, you can have a bilingual tour guide
Cons: It isn’t necessarily a con, but you will need to research each tour company and read the reviews for each one. Each company offers different options and the one you choose really boils down to what is important for you to see and experience.
Travel by Bus
Taking the ALSA bus from Madrid to Toledo is also an available option.
The bus is less expensive (5.39 € for a one-way ticket), but takes longer than the high-speed train.
You can catch the ALSA bus at Plaza Eliptica in Madrid, but one thing to keep in mind is they offer two different bus options from Madrid to Toledo, the Madrid-Toledo (Directo) and the Madrid-Toledo (Pueblos)
The nonstop direct bus from Madrid to Toledo is the faster of the 2 buses and takes around 50 minutes.
The “Pueblos” bus takes longer, about 75 minutes, as it travels thru several towns and it makes multiple stops to pick up passengers along the route to Toledo.
When you purchase your tickets, be sure to specify that you would like a “Directo” ticket if travel time is a concern.
If you have some extra time and would like to see a few small Spanish towns located between Madrid and Toledo, then think about purchasing a Madrid-Toledo (Pueblos) ticket.
Even though you will not be getting off the bus when it stops in the towns, it will still give you the opportunity to look out the window and see different things, and maybe get a new perspective into life in a Spanish town.
Pros: the lowest cost travel option, the bus runs every 30 minutes
Cons: the slowest travel option, no bathrooms.
DIRECT SERVICES schedule
Monday to Friday
The Madrid to Toledo direct service bus runs every 30 minutes Monday to Friday.
Buses leaving at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17: 00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 22:00
See my Guide to using public transportation for more information on ways to get from the bus station to the historic city center of Toledo.
Duration: about 33 minutes