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

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Train  •  1h 3m

  1. Take the train from Sol to Escorial El C3 / ...

8€ - 10€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  59 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to El Escorial 45.7 km

3€

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  1h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Moncloa to Collado Villalba 687
  2. Take the train from Villalba to Escorial El C3 / ...

9€ - 11€

Taxi  •  42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Madrid to El Escorial 56.9 km

75€ - 95€

Drive  •  42 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to El Escorial 56.9 km

6€ - 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 75€ - 95€ and takes 42 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Sol and arriving at Escorial El. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 3m.

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The distance between Madrid and El Escorial is 42 km. The road distance is 56.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to El Escorial without a car is to train which takes 1h 3m and costs 8€ - 10€.

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The train from Sol to Escorial El takes 1h 3m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Madrid to El Escorial train services, operated by Renfe Cercanias, depart from Sol station.

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Madrid to El Escorial train services, operated by Renfe Cercanias, arrive at Escorial El station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to El Escorial is 57 km. It takes approximately 42 min to drive from Madrid to El Escorial.

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  • Distance: 42.3 km
  • Duration: 1h 3m

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

Renfe Cercanias operates a train from Sol to Escorial El hourly, and the journey takes 1h 3m. Renfe Viajeros also services this route every 2 hours.

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Renfe Cercanias

This regional commuter train system (also known as Cercanías) connects Barcelona with Catalonia and the Barcelona metropolitan area, including popular destinations like Sitges and the Costa Brava. The network of routes mostly runs overground and connects to many Barcelona metro and bus stations. Trains run frequently, and tickets can be bought at station ticket machines on the day of travel. Two children per adult (up to 6 years) can travel for free. If you’re arriving or departing Barcelona on a domestic AVE or long-distance train, check your ticket for a 5-digit Combinado Cercanias code, which is redeemable for a free local ticket from the ticket machines.

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Phone
+34 (0) 902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Sol to Escorial El
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Renfe Cercanias
Train from Villalba to Escorial El
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Renfe Cercanias
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-Principe Pio to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Villalba De Guadarrama to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
5€ - 7€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
Larrea S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 91 851 55 92
Email
atencionalcliente@autobuseslarrea.com
Website
larrea.avanzagrupo.com
Bus from Madrid Moncloa to Collado Villalba
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
4€
Schedules at
Larrea S.A.
Consorcio de Transportes de Madrid
Phone
012
Email
tarjetatransportepublico@madrid.org
Website
crtm.es
Bus from Intercambiador De Moncloa to Estación De Autobuses Collado Villalba
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid
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€
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Taxi from Madrid to El Escorial
Ave. Duration
42 min
Estimated price
75€ - 95€
Taxi Reserva
Phone
+34 910 85 54 44
Website
taxireserva.es
Taxi Airport Madrid
Phone
+34 685 31 42 67
Website
taxiairportmadrid.com
Radio Taxi Madrid Aeropuerto
Phone
+34 911 76 00 81
Website
taxiaeropuertobarajas.com
Eco Taxi Madrid
Phone
+34 911 25 16 02
Website
ecotaximadrid.com

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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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