Holy Toledo, is this one of the best Spanish train routes around? We think so! Travel from the capital to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo in a mere 30 minutes, sounds muy bueno if you ask us! Renfe’s Ave trains will get you speeding your way between destinations, and you’ll get to choose from Second or First Class to make your trip perfectly divine.
From the 13th-century Santa Iglesia to the 16th-century Alcázar de Toledo, the walled old city is a time capsule rich in history and culture, with something new to explore on every corner. Go from present to past with this fabulous route, see our journey information below for more info if you’re not yet convinced!
Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).
Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Madrid to Toledo by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Madrid and Toledo is 33 minutes, with around 6 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Toledo is 33 minutes.
Train tickets from Madrid to Toledo can start from as little as $17.48 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Toledo without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Madrid to Toledo each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Madrid to Toledo leaves at 05:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Madrid to Toledo leaves at 08:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Madrid to Toledo cover a distance of around 36 miles (59 km) during the journey.