I am going to Spain for 11 days. How can I maximize visiting most places around Madrid...
Here is the list:
"Alcala de Henares"
I am looking for tour or train pass suggestions.
you have to take into account that not all theses places are very close to madrid...
trains in spain are not exactly the best way to move around because they are very slow, the ideal thing would be to rent a car but it is obviously not the same price!
have a look at these websites:
http://www.renfe.es/ national train company information
www.centraldereservas.com for cheap accomodation around spain
Recently, I went to Spain and I spent more time in Barcelona and Madrid... I will stay 3 days in BCn , then go to Madrid (spend there like 3 days also) (it takes 8 hours in train and bus, the 1rst one cost the double..but you have more space.)..
I didn't go to the rest cities..
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The best way to get those places is by train. I dont understand why it is said they are slow. Probably the Express ones running between big towns are not that fast, but the CERCANIAS ones (you can find this in RENFE webpage, the logo is a white C inside a red circle) are new and fast trains used for thousands of people everyday to get Madrid. You can get any of this town with these trains.
Chinchon has no train station and Cuenca is a bit far from Madrid, so there is no 'Cercanias' trains, just the normal ones. I think remember Toledo has no Cercanias either. In this case, the best way to get there is by coach. The company that runs this route is the Continental, and you can find it at the ESTACION DEL SUR, which is the main coach station in Madrid. Also, you could get most of the towns you said from there.
You can have information about the transport around Madrid, and in most of the important Tube stations there are a kiosks to plan you trip.
If you need some more information, just send me a message to my email, as I dont check this webpage too often.