There are 4 ways to get from Madrid to Cuenca by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  59 min

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

$30 - $50

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Rideshare  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Cuenca 104.2 miles

$10

2 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Cuenca Auto Res

$14 - $21

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Cuenca 104.3 miles

$19 - $29

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

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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 59 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Cuenca is 139 km. The road distance is 166.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Cuenca without a car is to train which takes 59 min and costs .

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The train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Cuenca Fernando Zobel takes 59 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 Spanish Railways 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 59 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 10 min.

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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 Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Cuenca Fernando Zobel station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Cuenca.
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  • Distance: 86.7 miles
  • Duration: 59 min

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

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Madrid to Cuenca hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 59 min. Spanish Railways (RENFE) also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, Avanza Grupo operates a bus from Madrid to Cuenca every 4 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $21 and the journey takes 2 h 10 min.

Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid Puerta del Sol to Cuenca
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
renfe.com
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Cuenca
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10
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blablacar.es

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Cuenca is 167 km. It takes approximately 1 h 44 min to drive from Madrid to Cuenca.

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There are 206+ hotels available in Cuenca. Prices start at $46 USD 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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