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|Distance||86 miles (138 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 4 min|
|Average train ticket price||$18 (€15)|
|Train companies||Renfe 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.
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 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.
Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Renfe train ticket 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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