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How to go by train or bus to El Escorial to visit the Monastery

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Escorial Monastery in the Sierra de Madrid

In a tourist trip to Madrid, one of the most recommended excursions is Visit the Monastery of El Escorial.

Surely you know that this is an impressive monument that is located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the Sierra de Madrid, 53 kilometers northwest of the capital.

Now, if you don't have a car and you want make the visit on your own you will have to use the options of public transport available, train or bus.


Escorial Monastery in the Sierra de Madrid

How to go to El Escorial by train

In the case of trains, in the Chamartín Station you have to take the C8A Commuter line, with an hourly frequency, and in which it will take you about 50 minutes to reach El Escorial.

If you get on the train in the Atocha station It takes an hour and five minutes.

He train ticket price from Madrid to El Escorial (2018) is 4.05 euros in each direction (zone C1).

The train leaves you at the town station of El Escorial, so for get to the monastery you must walk about 15 minutes or take the urban bus that joins the town with San Lorenzo de El Escorial.


Escorial Monastery in the Sierra de Madrid

How to go by bus to El Escorial

If you prefer go by bus to El Escorial, you will have a higher frequency of service.

To do this you must take the company's buses Herranz buses, which leave for El Escorial from the Moncloa exchanger, which is located at the station Moncloa Metro.

You have two bus lines that take you to El Escorial.

On the one hand, the 661, which in Las Rozas takes the road to El Escorial and passes through Galapagar; and meanwhile the 664 runs through the La Coruña motorway, passing through Villalba and Guadarrama.

Both lines take about 55 minutes to reach the San Lorenzo de El Escorial Bus Station, located in the urban center, very close to the monastery.

But in this respect, the most advisable thing would be to take line 661, which has a greater frequency of between 15 and 20 minutes.


Basilica in the Patio de Reyes of the Monastery of El Escorial

He bus ticket price from Madrid to El Escorial (2018) is 4.20 euros in each direction (zone C1).

Tour to El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen

Now, if you want to disregard public transport and instead of going on your own, you have the option to sign up for a tour to visit the monastery of El Escorial in a group organized by agency.

These excursions to the monastery are completed with thevisit of the Valley of the Fallen.

These Spanish tour to El Escorial they leave Madrid every day of the week (San Nicolas street 15, next to the Opera) at 8.45 hours, and with a duration of five hours, the entrance will take you to the monastery.

After visiting this monument, you will approach the aforementioned Valley of the Fallen then be back in Madrid about 2 pm.

Here you have all the information and how to hire the Tour to El Escorial.

Public transport from Madrid to El Escorial

Madrid Transport Consortium website

Check commuter train schedules in Madrid

Bus schedules 661 from Moncloa in Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial

664 bus schedule from Moncloa in Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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