Transport from Madrid and Valencia
The city is well connected with Madrid by rail (RENFE), by Bus (2h or 2:30h) and by highway, taking the A-3 highway and changing at Tarancón junction to A-40 (166 km).
Also from Valencia there are good connections by rail, by bus and by highway: A-3 till Minglanilla, then CM-211 till Almodóvar del Pinar and N-320 (200 km).
A new high-speed rail under construction (AVE) will link Cuenca and Madrid in only 45 minutes.
Just walk and walk ... the day I went to Cuenca it was something holiday in Spain ... everything was closed and I was blank! I tried to ask somebody at the bus station and I got nothing. I found a hotel and ask for a city map ( thank you so much! ) then I started to walk and walk.
Auto Res is the company which has very comfortable buses and the trip from Madrid to Cuenca takes only 2 hours ( it stops at Tarancon for a few minute ) The price for return ticket was 17.5 euro.
You can take a bus in Madrid at C/Fernandez Shaw,1 by Metro Linea 6 Cande de Casal
Bring your car
Cuenca is located in Central Spain, mid way between Madrid and the Mediterranean coast. If you only want to visit the city and you do not have a car, the best option is the bus that can be taken in any of the nearby cities or, eventually, with a connexion in Madrid or Valencia.
The train between Madrid and Valencia also stops in Cuenca, but it takes much longer than the bus. (unless until the construction works of the high speed train are completed).
Anyway, Cuenca is the capital of a large province and all of it is very scenic, so the first option should always be to bring your own car in order to discover the many secrets of the province.
More scenic roads
If you are fit enough, a bicycle is ideal to discover the landscapes of the region, which are a real pleasure for the senses. Roads are generally in good condition, very scenic and, what is best, with very few traffic.
Additionally, a number of unpaved tracks allow to reach hidden areas where hardly ever a soul passes by.
Take a walk on the quiet side
When I arrivated in Cuenca, I asked at the bus station how to go to the ancient city; one employee told me to take a bus (I do not remeber the number... maybe 1 or 3), because it was a long and steep way. I went to the bus stop, and waited... As the bus delayed, I began to walk... The employee was right: it was a looong and steeeep way to the top, but I can asure you that the landscapes and great architecture I enjoyed along the way, deserved the effort.
Cuando llegué a Cuenca, pregunté en la estación de autobuses cómo llegar hasta la ciudad antigua; un empleado me dijo que tomara un bus (no recuerdo el número... puede que fuera el 1 ó el 3), porque era un camino largo y empinado. Fui a la parada del bus y esperé... Como el bus tardaba, comencé a caminar... El empleado tenía razón: era un camino laaaargo y empinaaaado hasta la cima, pero les puedo asegurar que los paisajes y la arquitectura fantástica que disfruté a lo largo del camino, valían la pena el esfuerzo.
From Madrid by bus
There is a regular bus service from Madrid to Cuenca; Auto Res is the company, which has very comfortable buses, and the trip takes 2 hours.
Hay un servicio regular de buses desde Madrid a Cuenca; Auto Res es la empresa, que cuenta con buses cómodos, y el viaje lleva 2 horas.
The bus(# 1 and 2) is commuting regularly from the Plaza Mayor to El Castillo=the Panorama point of Cuenca.