a VirtualTourist member asked on Nov 18, 2014
We will be in Madrid in May and would like to do a day trip to Cuenca using public transportation. What would be our options?
The best way to get to Cuenca is by train. Train takes you in an hour, while bus is slow it takes longer. Poster above has the links of train and bus
I checked the Renfe link. It says that the train takes 3 hours. There are only 3 trains a day.
We stayed quite near Cuenca in October. I can reassure you that you will find it worthwhile. Having a car we were able to drive right up through the old City and park at the car park right at the top.
If you are on foot from the station I might suggest it could be worth a cab up to the Top car park/gates as it is a fair old hike, depending on how much time you have, the heat, how energetic you feel etc. Then you can make just one long stroll down. I dont think there's a huge amount to see outside the old City, except maybe a walk along the Jucar river to the west side.
Golpe - the AVE definitely goes to Cuenca from Puerta de Atocha. I dont find the Renfe website particularly easy so I'd have to research a bit, but there is one of those chat help boxes on it (in English too if needed) so I would ask her!
I'm still only finding the regional trains. Tried everything to get the AVE trains but no luck.
Hi [VT member 18093b],
You can also buy your ticket at the train station the day you depart to Cuenca. There are two trains, slow and fast. As Gwened mentioned above, the fast train it'll take you in an hour to Cuenca. We took the fast train 2 years ago. Go to the station and once you are at the ticket office ask the fast train, because if you don't say anything, they will give you a ticket for the slow train
Got it. The stations must be entered with the asterisks to get all the options.
I suppose that for such a short trip I should buy the cheapest ticket.