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Feb 15th, 2015, 07:47 PM
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Transportation logistics: Segovia, Avila, El Escorial, Salamenca

Hi Fodor travel experts,
We fly into Madrid but do not desire to stay in the noisy city so am hoping to stay inthese areas but find little to no bus or train connections between El Escorial and the others. We plan on staying two nights in both Segovia and Salamenca and was hoping to do a daytrip to Escorial from there. Maybe not. Any other suggestions or options?
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Feb 15th, 2015, 08:38 PM
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FWIW, a stay in Madrid doesn't have to be noisy.

It is easy to find a half-day tour of El Escorial from Madrid.

And also, FWIW, 2 rights in Segovia would have been a night too much for me. Just saying' ....
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Feb 15th, 2015, 10:09 PM
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As noted, staying in Madrid does not equate to it being noisy. Yes, it is the largest city in Spain, but it's comprised of a dozen or more smaller neighborhoods. If you stay in the Salamanca barrio, you will find it very quiet after midnight, unless you happen to be staying above a night club that doesn't close it's doors until 6:00 am.

The following is from Maribel's Guide to Segovia:
HIGH-SPEED TRAIN - Since the high-speed rail line from Madrid to Segovia was inaugurated December 2007, it now makes this very quick rail journey of less then 30 minutes; it’s the very best and easiest way to reach the city. These trains depart from the Chamartín rail station, in the northern section of Madrid rather than from Atocha station where one catches the high-speed lines to Barcelona, Valencia, Córdoba, Sevilla and Málaga.

And from the Madrid Guide:
EL ESCORIAL
By bus or by train…
The Cercanías train C8A (not C8), a double-decker, leaves from CHAMARTIN station (30 trains daily), for the 51-minute trip. See www.renfe.com, click on Cercanías, then Madrid. Fare runs €3.25 one-way. I take the 8:47 am run, arriving at El Escorial at 9:38 am, to arrive before the Monastery opens at 10:00 am and before the tour groups descend. Upon exiting the train station in the lower town (town has two parts, the train station below and the Monastery is in upper village), immediately get on the awaiting Herranz city bus (fare: €1,10) which will take you up the two kilometer long hill to the upper town, where you’ll get off at the bus station, which is at the end of Florida Blanca street, and you'll see the Monastery looming ahead of you on the left. Closed Mondays.
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Feb 16th, 2015, 03:19 AM
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Madrid - El Escorial: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercan...rid/index.html
Madrid - El Escorial - Avila - Valladolid: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/index.html
Madrid - Segovia: http://www.lasepulvedana.es/
http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/index.html
Madrid - Avila - Salamanca: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/index.html
Segovia - Valladolid - Salamanca: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/index.html
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Feb 16th, 2015, 05:30 AM
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It it MUCH easier to do this from Madrid...

The bus gets closer to the Palace. I think #661 and #664 go there from Moncloa station in Madrid

The system map. Does not show El Escorial: http://www.crtm.es/media/295168/seri...d_plano_es.pdf

Bus #661: pdf schedule for going and returning
http://www.crtm.es/tu-transporte-pub...8__661___.aspx

Bus #664: pdf schedules for going and returning
http://www.crtm.es/tu-transporte-pub...8__664___.aspx

Trains are Cercania commuter trains. C3 and C8 (to El Escorial, not to Cercedilla) connect to the El Escorial station. For there, it is a more than one mile walk uphill. Take a bus (synced to train) or taxi to San Lorenzo de El Escorial where the Palace is located.
http://www.crtm.es/tu-transporte-pub...fe/lineas.aspx

By train, I think from Segovia, you would have to backtrack to Madrid Chamartin.
From Salamanca, you would either change train at Avila or Villalba de Guadarrama. From Avila, there are infrequent trains running every several hours that get to El Escorial without change.
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