Cáceres is one of the most beautiful small cities in Spain, and it’s easy to reach by train. The celebrated walled Old Town (the Ciudad Monumental) is a fine place to linger for a few days. Roman, Moorish and Renaissance styles meld in Cáceres to give an extraordinary cityscape, which has gained recognition through its inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The rail routes to the region are among the finest in the country, but travel times are on the slow side. Your patience will be rewarded by glimpses of a Spain bypassed by many travellers.
Regular Intercity services from Madrid take about four hours for the run to Cáceres. Onward connections are good, but do check timings carefully as some routes run only infrequently. Mérida, with its fine Roman ruins, is less than an hour away to the south. There is a once-daily early morning train direct from Cáceres to Seville, a journey of almost five hours that crosses a remote area of Extremadura to reach Andalucía. But change is in the offing for rail travel to Cáceres. A new rail route (middle-speed rather than real high-speed!) is being built which will improve connectivity to Cáceres and other communities in the Extremadura region. The first section is due for completion in 2018.
Travel to Cáceres by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe
Avg 1 change 8hr 1m
Avg 0 changes 3hr 38m
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