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Train  •  55 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cuenca Fernando Zobel Ave / ...

€15 - €50

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Rideshare  •  2h 10m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Cuenca 166.5 km

€9

2 alternative options

Bus  •  2h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Cuenca Auto Res

€14 - €17

Drive  •  1h 43m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Cuenca 166.6 km

€16 - €24

Madrid to Cuenca by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Cuenca is around 57 min and covers a distance of around 188 km. The fastest train normally takes 54 min. Operated by Renfe AVE and Renfe Viajeros, the Madrid to Cuenca train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Cuenca Fernando Zobel. Typically 107 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
57 min
Fastest train time:
54 min
Train distance:
188 km
Trains per week:
107
Cheapest price:
€15
Carbon emissions:
9 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:55
Last train departs at:
21:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Cuenca train schedules

Madrid → Cuenca
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cuenca is 112.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Cuenca is to rideshare which costs €9 and takes 2h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Cuenca is to train which costs €15 - €50 and takes 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Cuenca. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Cuenca Fernando Zobel. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 55 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Cuenca is 139 km. The road distance is 166.6 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Cuenca without a car is to train which takes 55 min and costs €15 - €50.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cuenca Fernando Zobel takes 55 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Madrid to Cuenca bus services, operated by Avanza Grupo, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Cuenca train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Cuenca is to train which takes 55 min and costs €15 - €50. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €14 - €17 and takes 2h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Cuenca.
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  • Distance: 138.8 km
  • Duration: 55 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Cuenca, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cuenca Fernando Zobel every 2 hours. Tickets cost €19 - €50 and the journey takes 55 min. Renfe Viajeros also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, Avanza Grupo operates a bus from Madrid to Cuenca 3 times a day. Tickets cost €14 - €17 and the journey takes 2h 10m.

Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cuenca Fernando Zobel
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€19 - €50
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€19 - €25
Promo+
€24 - €27
Flexible
€35 - €50
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cuenca Fernando Zobel
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
Other operators
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Cuenca
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€9
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blablacar.es

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Madrid to Cuenca bus services, operated by Avanza Grupo, arrive at Cuenca station.

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Madrid to Cuenca train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Cuenca Fernando Zobel station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Cuenca is 167 km. It takes approximately 1h 43m to drive from Madrid to Cuenca.

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There are 59+ hotels available in Cuenca. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and Cuenca. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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