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Overview: Train from Madrid to Cuenca

distanceDistance86 miles (138 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 4 min
priceAverage train ticket price$18 (€15)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Madrid to Cuenca cover the 86 miles (138 km) long route taking on average 3 h 4 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 $18 (€15), but the average price of train tickets is $18 (€15). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Cuenca Fernando Zóbel.

Train companies: Renfe and AVE from Madrid to Cuenca trains

Find the best trains between Madrid and Cuenca with Omio's travel partners Renfe and AVE from $18 (€15). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Renfe
AVE

Renfe is Spain’s national train company offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travelers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

  • Average Price: $18

Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Renfe train ticket from Madrid to Cuenca:

  • 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%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Madrid - Cuenca. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

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 does a cheap train from Madrid to Cuenca cost?

Train tickets between Madrid and Cuenca for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $18 (€15)  one way in the next 7 days.

How much is the train to Cuenca from Madrid on average?

The train price to Cuenca from Madrid is on average $18 (€15)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this route in the next 7 days.

How many miles is it from Madrid to Cuenca by train?

The train distance from Madrid to Cuenca is around 86 miles (138 km).

How many hours is the train time to Cuenca from Madrid?

While the time it takes to travel 86 miles (138 km) from Madrid to Cuenca can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Madrid to Cuenca train journey time is on average 3 h 4 min.

Which train station from Madrid to Cuenca do I depart from? Which Cuenca train station from Madrid do I arrive in?

When taking the train to Cuenca from Madrid, you can choose to depart from train stations like Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. Your route can end in train stations such as Cuenca Fernando Zóbel and Cuenca.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   and arrive in Cuenca Fernando Zóbel.

Where do I find the Madrid train station to Cuenca? Where is the Cuenca train station?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, is located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center of Madrid.

The most popular arrival train station, Cuenca Fernando Zóbel, is located 2.2 miles (3.6 km) away from the city center of Cuenca.

Which train companies can take me from Madrid to Cuenca?

When taking a train from Madrid to Cuenca, you can count on Renfe AVE or Renfe for the best way to get you to Cuenca. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Cuenca from Madrid and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

What are the first and last departure train times from Madrid to Cuenca?

The earliest train for this route departs from Madrid at 5: 08 AM. The last train leaves from Madrid at 8: 15 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Madrid to Cuenca and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

How early should I book train tickets to Cuenca from Madrid to score the best deals?

You can find trains between Madrid and Cuenca to cost on average $18 (€15) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Madrid to Cuenca train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Madrid
Cuenca
Madrid-Puerta de Atocha is the most popular Madrid railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Madrid for your trip to Cuenca.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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Public transit options for Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Metro lines: 1
Bus lines: 10, 14, 24, 26, 32, 37, 54, 57, 59, 85, 86, 102, 121, 203
Train lines: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7, C8, C10