How to arrive

How to arrive

The best option to arrive to Ciudad Real for foreign visitors is by train. The city has a stop on the high speed rail line (AVE) that connects it with Madrid in 55 minutes, Seville in 1 hour and 44 minutes, Valencia in 2 hours and 9 minutes or Barcelona in 3 hours and 44 minutes. For this reason, the easiest way to arrive is by taking an airplane to one of those cities and then to take the high speed train.

Arriving from Madrid

If you choose travelling to Madrid, which is the nearest city, this is what you have to do in order to get to Ciudad Real. Once you have landed on the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, you have to decide between arriving by car or by train to Ciudad Real:

By car

You can rent a car in the airport to get to Ciudad Real by road. It's 215km in aproximately 2 hours. You can check the route by clicking here.

By train

For arriving to Ciudad Real by train, you need to find a mean to transport you to the Atocha train station. These are your options:

    • Taxi. It costs 30 € and takes 30 minutes.
    • Underground. It costs about 5€ and takes between 45 and 60 minutes. However, it’s not a recommended option because you have to transfer twice before reaching Atocha.
    • Airport bus. It costs 5€ and takes 40 minutes. This is the cheapest option. More information available on this link.

After arriving to the train station, you have to buy the tickets for the train to Ciudad Real. In the station, look for the customer office that is located on the ground floor. There, on the queue for next departures wait for your turn. There are two kind of trains going to Ciudad Real, AVANT and AVE. Both take the same time but AVANT is cheaper (about 22€). Depending on the day, these trains departure every one or two hours. For more information about tickets or schedules, this page can be visited. Finally, once you are in Ciudad Real, you can order a taxi in the street in front of the train station entrance, where the cabstand is.