Toledo Spain has a very good public transportation system to help you travel around the city, as well as to and from the towns and cities outside of Toledo.
Your first step is probably taking public transportation to Toledo from Madrid, which is about 45 miles northeast of Toledo.
Spain has a very robust public transport system, and Toledo is no exception.
Everything from city buses, trains, taxis, and even escalators and elevators are designed to help you travel around this historic city and make your journey easier.
Toledo has many things to see and do, both inside the historic city center as well as outside the city walls. If you are short on time, I wrote an article about the 10 things to see in Toledo Spain in one day that you can use to get some ideas of things to visit.
Let’s take a closer look at the public transportation system that is available for you to use during your trip and to enjoy everything Toledo has to offer.
How to Get Around Toledo Spain
Use the Bus
The city bus is the cheapest way to get around Toledo Spain.
The buses are new and they are powered by natural gas, and they are the preferred method of public transportation for the local citizens of Toledo.
There are many excellent restaurants, hotels, and things to see that are located outside the historic city walls, and the bus is the best way to experience them.
How often does the bus run?
7AM – 8PM, the bus will arrive every 15 minutes.
8PM-10PM, the bus will arrive every 20 minutes.
10PM-1130PM, the bus will arrive every 30 minutes.
How much does the bus cost?
A single bus ticket in Toledo Spain will cost you 1.40€. You can purchase the ticket directly from the bus driver. Keep in mind if you get off the bus, or have to transfer to another bus line, you will have to purchase a new ticket.
A prepaid bus pass can also be purchased. With a prepaid bus pass, each trip on the bus will cost 0.64€. The prepaid bus pass requires that you load it with a minimum of 5€. With a 5€ prepaid bus pass, you will be able to ride the bus 7 times before you have to reload it with more money. Prepaid bus passes can only be reloaded in amounts of 5.00€, 10.00€, and 20.00€.
Prepaid bus passes can’t be purchased from the bus driver, they must be purchased at the UNAUTO office located near Zocodover Plaza.
To reload your prepaid bus pass, you can reload it at the UNAUTO office, you can reload it with the bus driver, or you can reload it online using the UNAUTO website.
Note: To reload your prepaid bus pass online, you will need to use your bus pass caed number that is located on the top of your receipt provided when you loaded your card – See image below)
The minimum amount to purchase a prepaid bus pass is 5.00€, and
It’s also important to note that you can not cash out the remaining balance on your prepaid bus pass once you are done using it.
How to get a prepaid bus pass
You can only purchase prepaid bus pass from the UNAUTO office located about a 30-second walk from Plaza de Zocodover.
Once you enter the office, walk to the counter and ask for a Tarjeta Bono Bus
Single bus ticket (1.40€ for every trip made)
How do I buy a ticket for the bus?
You can buy a single ticket “un billete ordinario” directly from the driver, and the cost is 1.40€.
Just get on the bus and hand the bus driver the money. He will also give you change if necessary.
Taking the bus from the Toledo train station to the historic city center (Plaza de Zocodover)
You can catch the bus in front (to the right) of the train station after you arrive.
The bus stop is located on Paseo de la Rosa, outside the train station.
There are several buses that will take you to Plaza de Zocodover (5, 5D, 11, 62 and 94)
Use a Taxi
If you prefer more private, direct transportation, then a taxi is a good option for you.
The main taxi stands are located:
- Outside of the train station
- Plaza de Zocodover
- The hill next to the Alcazar
- Outside of the Puerta de Bisagra, next to the Parque de la Vega.
- Outside the lower level of the bus station.
The maze-like streets of Toledo can be a little daunting and confusing, especially if you are staying at a hotel inside the walls of the historic city center.
A taxi is a good way to get to your hotel.
The driver will even take care of loading and unloading your luggage for you.
How Much Does a Taxi Cost?
Taxis in Toledo are regulated, which means each taxi will charge the same fare. Of course the total cost of your taxi trip can vary, depending on where you get dropped off in the historic city.
Current Taxi Fares
|Distance charge per km||1.05€||*1.30€|
|An hour of waiting||13.50€||*18.85€|
(*) Special rate: a special rate will apply during the following times/conditions
Weekends: from 10:00 p.m. on Friday to 6:00 p.m. on Monday.
On public holidays: from 10:00 p.m. the previous day until 6:00 p.m. the next day.
On working days: from 10pm on the previous day until 6am on each working day.
January 5 and Friday of Corpus Christi from 12:00h.
Christmas supplement: 2 euros on December 24 and 31, from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the next day.
You can pay the driver directly, using either cash or by card.
You can also ask the taxi driver to drive you around the outside of the city before you go to Plaza de Zocodover, and then stop at the Mirador del Valle, the most popular place to take a photograph of the city.
The cost of this trip is usually around 15€.
To arrange taxi service
You can arrange taxi service by calling 925 25 50 50.
You can also request a taxi driver who speaks English as well.
Is There Uber in Toledo Spain?
In short, no the ride hailing service Uber does not operate in Toledo Spain.
Is there a train from Madrid to Toledo?
The train to Toledo is owned by Renfre, the state owned company that operates all passenger and freight trains in Spain.
It is part of the AVANT (high speed mid-distance) service.
To reach Toledo from Madrid, you need to travel from the Atocha train station to Toledo.
How much is the train from Madrid to Toledo?
The high speed train from Madrid to Toledo costs 12.90€ (2018 price)
They do offer discounted rates for children. Children 4 and under can travel for free, and children aged 4 to 14 can get a 40% discount on their tickets.
How long does it take to travel from Madrid to Toledo on the train?
It takes 33 minutes to travel between Madrid and Toledo on the high speed Renfre train.
How far is the Toledo train station from the historic city center?
The train station in Toledo is located about 1 mile downhill (1.5 km) from Plaza de Zocodover.
And it generally takes about 20-30 minutes to walk uphill to the historic city center.
Toledo Public Escalators
There are also 2 public escalators to help people easily access the attractions and monuments located in the city center.
The escalators are also used by local residents who both work and live within the ancient walled city.
The public escalator on the east side of the city (the side closet to the train station and the bus station) is often referred to as the “new escalator” and the other public escalator is located on the west side of the city is often referred to as the “old escalator” as it was the original escalator into the city.
Located on the west side of Puerta de Bisagra and furthest from the train and bus station, are the other public escalators.
They are located off the Paseo de Recaredo, beside the Hacienda del Cardenal.
It leads to Subida Granja at the top, beside the Diputación Provincial de Toledo building.
The escalators are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
If you choose to drive to Toledo you might be interested in reading the guide to parking
Plan your trip with a map of Toledo
Having a city map of Toledo Spain comes in handy while you are planning your trip, and it is even better to have while you are visiting the historic city.
Download a map of Toledo Spain
Click here to visit my map page where you can download a PDF map of Toledo. It is an awesome reference that everyone visiting Toledo Spain should have.