Fastest journey3hr 38m
The journey by train from Madrid to Cáceres is a reminder that not all Spanish rail journeys are on high-speed lines. This is a classic old-style route, served by trains that are less modern but still perfectly comfortable. Sit back and enjoy the passing scenery on this run through rural Spain which takes 3 hrs 30 mins.
The trains that ply the route are classed as either Intercity or Regional Express services (and there's also a once-weekly Media Distancia service). In terms of travel time, price and quality of the train, there's not much difference between these train types. To find the full range of trains serving this route, specify 'Madrid Atocha Cercanías' as your starting station in the Spanish capital.
Bookings for this route normally open two months prior to travel, though the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches - sometimes as early as 120 days in advance. However, this is a route on which you won't find cheap tickets in advance since the fare on any given train is fixed.
Madrid to Cáceres
Take an Intercity or Regional Express train from Madrid Atocha Cercanías station to the historic city of Cáceres. There are generally four services daily. The fastest train will get you to Cáceres in 3hrs 30 mins, while slower services take a little over four hours. Intercity services between the two cities make seven to eight stops along the way while Regional Express services stop about a dozen times.
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