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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to El Escorial by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid Sol to El Escorial C8

$4 - $7

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  59 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to El Escorial 28.5 miles

$3

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Moncloa to Collado Villalba 687 / ...
  2. Take the train from Villalba de Guadarrama to El Escorial Ir / ...

$6 - $16

Taxi  •  41 min

  1. Take a taxi from Madrid to El Escorial 29.9 miles

$75 - $90

Drive  •  41 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to El Escorial 29.9 miles

$5 - $9

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to El Escorial is to rideshare which costs 3€ and takes 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to El Escorial is to taxi which costs 65€ - 80€ and takes 41 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid Sol and arriving at El Escorial. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 2 min.

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The distance between Madrid and El Escorial is 42 km. The road distance is 47.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to El Escorial without a car is to train which takes 1 h 2 min and costs 4€ - 6€.

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The train from Madrid Sol to El Escorial takes 1 h 2 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Madrid to El Escorial train services, operated by Madrid Cercanías (RENFE), depart from Madrid Sol station.

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Madrid to El Escorial train services, operated by Madrid Cercanías (RENFE), arrive at El Escorial station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to El Escorial is 48 km. It takes approximately 41 min to drive from Madrid to El Escorial.

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There are 144+ hotels available in El Escorial. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to El Escorial.
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  • Distance: 26.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 2 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and El Escorial, Madrid, Spain?

Madrid Cercanías (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid to El Escorial hourly. Tickets cost $4 - $7 and the journey takes 1 h 2 min.

Train operators
Madrid Cercanías (RENFE)
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid Sol to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
renfe.com
Train from Villalba to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
renfe.com
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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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Villalba de Guadarrama to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $11
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Larrea S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 91 851 55 92
Email
atencionalcliente@autobuseslarrea.com
Website
autobuseslarrea.com
Bus from Madrid Moncloa to Collado Villalba
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
autobuseslarrea.com
La Sepulvedana
Phone
+34 902 11 96 99
Email
sepulvedana@gruposepulvedana.com
Website
lasepulvedana.es
Bus from Madrid Moncloa to Villalba
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
lasepulvedana.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.es
Taxi from Madrid to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
41 min
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Taxi Airport Madrid
Phone
+34 685 31 42 67
Website
taxiairportmadrid.com
Eco Taxi Madrid
Phone
+34 911 25 16 02
Website
eco-taxi.es
Madrid Taxi
Phone
+34 608 40 96 59
Website
madridtaxi.es
Taxi Aeropuerto Madrid
Phone
+34 665 25 07 40
Website
taxi-online-madrid.es

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

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