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Train Information between Madrid and Cuenca

distanceDistance86 miles (138 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 1 min
priceAverage train ticket price$19 (€15)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Madrid to Cuenca cover the 86 miles (138 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 1 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $17 (€14), but the average price of train tickets is $19 (€15). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Cuenca Fernando Zóbel.

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Travel with Renfe and AVE from Madrid to Cuenca

Buy your official Renfe and AVE train tickets between Madrid and Cuenca from $17 (€14) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable journey.

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Travel between Madrid and Cuenca with ease and comfort with Renfe, Spain’s main provider of train services covering around 9, 300 miles (15, 000 km) of domestic and international routes. When taking a Renfe train from Madrid to Cuenca, you can expect to travel 86 miles (138 km) and pay as low as $17 (€14). Check Renfe’s train schedules on Omio and score cheap tickets from Madrid to Cuenca!

Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like Promo, Promo+ and Flexible. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travelers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your trip.

Renfe offers a wide range of train types with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. AVE trains run at high-speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Renfe when booking your train tickets between Madrid and Cuenca due to the coronavirus:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
  • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
  • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

Trains from Madrid to Cuenca

Travelers planning a visit to the spectacular clifftop town of Cuenca in Castile-La Mancha have a choice of train services from Madrid. There are frequent daily trains from Madrid to Cuenca Fernando Zobel station on the high-speed AVE network, taking under one hour. More leisurely journeys are available to Cuenca station on the Cercanias suburban line from the capital, taking just over three hours. Daily schedules include include morning, afternoon and evening services.  

Madrid to Cuenca train times: daily departures

Monday to Saturday schedules offer frequent direct trains from Madrid to Cuenca from early morning to late evening. There are 6 morning departures to Cuenca at roughly hourly intervals, 7 afternoon connections, and 4 evening options. The Sunday timetable offers a slightly less frequent service from Madrid.    

How long is the journey by train from Madrid to Cuenca?

The quickest AVE high-speed trains from  Madrid to Cuenca take 54 minutes to complete the 104-mile route east from Atocha station. Other AVE and Alvia high-speed trains take up to 12 minutes longer. Cercanias regional services to Cuenca take between 3 hours and 8 minutes and 3 hours and 14 minutes to complete the trip from Madrid, although Sunday journeys are a little quicker, at just under 3 hours.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Madrid to Cuenca?

Departure station: Madrid Atocha AVE and Cercanias station is located on the southeast side of Madrid city center, with subway and bus connections taking around ten minutes. The station concourse is on several levels, with shopping malls, food courts, luggage storage facilities, ATMs, tapas bars and coffee shops.   

Arrival station: Cuenca Fernando Zobel AVE station is located three miles south of the city, with local buses taking about 20 minutes to make the trip downtown. Cercanias trains from Madrid arrive at the old station in central Cuenca. Both stations have cafe-bars, luggage storage facilities, ATMs and taxi stands. 

Which train companies travel from Madrid to Cuenca?

Renfe, the Spanish state rail operator, provides daily direct trains from Madrid to Cuenca. Passengers can travel on high-speed AVE express services or the slower Cercanias connections stopping at most stations via Aranjuez.

Renfe Madrid to Cuenca

The majority of direct daily Renfe trains from Madrid to Cuenca are AVE connections on the high-speed line towards Valencia, taking under an hour to complete the trip to Cuenca. There are also 3 daily Cercanias connections taking just over 3 hours for the journey east through La Mancha.  

Madrid to Cuenca trains: services on board

Renfe AVE trains from Madrid to Cuenca offer passengers two classes of seat, Preferente and Turista, with a cafe-bar on board. Carriages on AVE and Cercanias trains have dedicated spaces for wheelchair users, and staff offer assistance if required with boarding and alighting. Cyclists can take their bikes on board, or check them in as luggage, for a small fee, subject to available space. Travelers make take a pet on the journey, in a carrier, on payment of a 25% fare. Passengers are allowed three items of luggage, with a maximum total weight of 25 kg. 

How to find cheap train tickets from Madrid to Cuenca

AVE tickets for high-speed trains from Madrid to Cuenca are popular and it is worth booking in advance on the Omio site to secure the best fares. Early morning and late evening AVE journeys tend to offer the most economical tickets on this route. For passengers who don't mind a scenic 3 hour journey through La Mancha, Renfe's Cercanias tickets are roughly half the price of most AVE services. 

Train tickets from Madrid to Cuenca: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 19 €
2 weeks earlier 16 €19%
3 weeks earlier 15 €27%
1 month before 15 €27%
2 months earlier 16 €19%
3 months earlier 17 €12%


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The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Madrid - Cuenca 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 27% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Madrid - Cuenca with 2 months in advance you save up to about 19% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 12%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Travel Tips

Trains from Madrid to Cuenca
Travel by train to Cuenca easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Madrid to Cuenca.
FAQs
How much do cheap trains from Madrid to Cuenca cost?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Cuenca from Madrid for as low as $17 (€14)  for the next 7 days.
What is the price of a train ticket from Madrid to Cuenca?
If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Madrid to Cuenca train price to come in at an average of $19 (€15)  one way.
How far is Cuenca from Madrid by train?
The Madrid to Cuenca train distance is approximately 86 miles (138 km).
How long is the train to Cuenca from Madrid?
On average the Madrid to Cuenca train travel time is 1 h 1 min  for the 86 miles (138 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
What train station in Madrid goes to Cuenca? What train station do I come into Cuenca from Madrid?

When departing from Madrid, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. When arriving in Cuenca, you can end your journey in train stations like Cuenca Fernando Zóbel and Cuenca.

Omio customers book a train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   to Cuenca Fernando Zóbel   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Madrid? Where is the train station in Cuenca?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Cuenca Fernando Zóbel and need to travel approximately 2 mile (s) / 3 km from the train station to the city center in Cuenca.

Which train providers should I travel with from Madrid to Cuenca?
For the best Madrid to Cuenca train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Renfe AVE or Renfe. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Madrid and Cuenca to compare what amenities they may offer.
Are there any direct trains from Madrid to Cuenca?
Yes, you can search for direct trains from Madrid to Cuenca on Omio with Renfe or Renfe AVE, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
What are the first and last departure train times from Madrid to Cuenca?
You can take the earliest train from Madrid to Cuenca at 5: 30 AM   or take the last train from Madrid to Cuenca leaving at 2: 12 PM. Look for the latest Madrid to Cuenca train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this trip.
How early should I buy train tickets from Madrid to Cuenca to score the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this journey and save money. If you buy train tickets to Cuenca from Madrid within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $19 (€15) one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Madrid to Cuenca a few months in advance.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Madrid
Cuenca
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Madrid Puerta De Atocha
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines 1<br>Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C