Fastest journey1hr 36m
It is an easy journey by train from Madrid to Salamanca. And there is no other short journey from the Spanish capital that matches the ride to Salamanca for sheer beauty. Trains take about 2 hrs 40 mins for the ride. The first half of the journey is the best, as the train climbs up past El Escorial (with its famous monastery) over the wild Sierra de Guadarrama. Once beyond the walled town of Ávila, the pace quickens as the train speeds over the plains to reach the Tormes Valley and Salamanca.
Bookings for this route open two months in advance. Madrid to Salamanca tickets are offered at a fixed fare, which does not vary in the run-up to the departure date. Therefore, you won't find cheaper tickets by booking in advance.
Madrid to Salamanca
The Media Distancia trains to Salamanca all depart from Chamartín station in Madrid. This is a one-class service with up to nine departures daily. All trains make three stops along the way. In Salamanca, your train stops twice. The first station is called 'Salamanca'. While this is the best bet if you are connecting to other trains or local buses, travellers bound for the centre of town should stay on the train for an extra 3 mins and alight at 'Salamanca-La Alamedilla'. This second station is much closer to the Plaza Mayor and the Old Town.
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Image credits: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca © Demachy