Bus #11 from the train station to the aqueduct worked great. One euro, each way (September 2013). The photo shows the traffic circle on one side of the aqueduct and there are several bus lines that stop there. On that side of the aqueduct the bus coming from the station will circle around and stop facing away from the aqueduct. The #11 bus going back to the train station would be at the far left of the photo just next to the building with the red roof and facing the aqueduct. When you get to Segovia and take the bus to the aqueduct stop, you can get off the bus, walk under the aqueduct, and the tourist information place with the maps is on your right just after the aqueduct. They have a pay bathroom that is 20p and is fairly crowded after each bus but not in between busses.
Bus to AVE station leave from near Aqueduct in Pza Artilleria at regular intervals. Times are on number 11 bus stop. Shadow is from Aqueduct so you see how near the stop is. Actually the stop is the white board next to street light.
I had arrived from Irun by AVE fast train at Segovia AVE station, the first thing i saw were cows grasing in a field, then the bus arrived that meets the train. Number 11 bus goes to the Aqueduct, and number 12 to bus station. This station is way out of town so you need the bus. The train i had left was going to Madrid Chamartin. The timetable i saw said trains to Madrid from this station Segovis Guiomar were 7-52,8-22,10-22,14-02,15-14, etc. Journey time to Madrid half an hour. There is a station in town for slow trains to Madrid these take 2 hours.
There are some ways to go to Segovia, and the most beautiful one is by car across the mountains.
Take road A-6 to Collado Villalba (or just Villalba). Then, leave the motorway taking M-601 and go up to Puerto de Navacerrada (Navacerrada passs), at 1.880 mters above sea level, then, La Granaja and Segovia. It is a very scenic road.
Between Puerto de Navacerrada and La Granja (de San Ildefonso), on your left, there is a place called La Boca del Asno, good place for picnic.
Winter can be a problem, sometimes there is snow and due to it, in that area (Puerto de Navacerada), there are some winter resorts, it's very busy on the weeknds. But you can try.
The pics were taken, obviously, in winter.
Road distances from Segovia to:
- Madrid: 93 kms.
- Lisbon (Portugal): 647 kms.
- Paris (France): 1.220 kms.
- Berlin (Germany): 2.272 kms.
Checking the web, you can find out some other distances together with driving times and the best routes.
There is only one bus company going directly Madrid - La Granja, LINECAR, once daily (at 15:30 on weekdays, at 18:30 on saturdays) so this is not very convenient if you wanna make a daytrip. The buses leave from Estacion Sur (Metro: Mendez Alvaro) of Madrid.
The best option is to take a bus to Segovia from the same Estacion Sur in Madrid (buses each 30 minutes, take about 1h) and from Segovia take a bus to La Granja (Paseo Ezequiel Gonzalez,12. Bus station EMPRESA LA SEPULVEDANA).
I thought that traveling by bus was the most convenient way to get to Segovia from Madrid. It costs more or less the same as going by train, but it's faster and the schedules are more flexible with buses leaving/returning every 30 minutes. You can travel to Segovia by bus with La Sepulvedana. Buses depart from the Principe Pio metro station (Lines 6 & 10) in Madrid and drop you off just a short walk away from the Aqueduct in Segovia. It costs about 12 Euros for a round-trip ticket, and you don't have to specify your return time when you buy your ticket, which is pretty convenient - all you have to do is to get it validated in Segovia before you leave. Keep your camera handy: there are some beautiful landscapes on the way over!
Fast trains (AVE) from Madrid or from the North of Spain arrive at Guiomar station - and not to central Segovia station - that is for Cercanias and other normal trains.
Guiomar station is situated some 7 km. out of the city, but it's excellent connected with city centrum by bus line number 11, which will take you to "Plaza de la Artilleria", that is, just by the side of the aqueduct.
Bus runs every 20 minutes, and the trip takes about 15 minutes.
More info at the web page of Segovian buses (only in Spanish):
Guiomar train station is modern and well equiped. There is also a cafeteria and a tourist office where the nice staff offers very good information about the city.
In Madrid, the station is Chamartin.
How to Get to Segovia from Madrid:
1. By Bus. There are regular buses throughout the day(from 6am till 21:30 every 30’) with La Sepulvedana company. The ticket costs 6.42euro and the ride takes 75’. The bus departs from Madrid at the Principe Pio station (just one level under the metro station)
You can also visit Segovia as a day trip with buses from Salamanca, Avila or Valladolid.
2.By Train. There are some trains that takes you to Segovia from Madrid and one of them is very fast (30’ ride) but the ticket costs 20euros. The normal train costs 9euros but takes more time than the bus (115'). There are train from 6:15 till 20:15 almost 1 train every hour. The trains depart from the Chamrtin or Atocha Train Stations Website: www.renfe.es/ingles/index.html
3.By Car. If you have a car you can take the M30 highway and then the A6 (direction A Coruña) until Segovia is signposted.
Segovia is a small town that you can walk easily around. There are some local buses that can take you to some monasteries but the town centre is walkable and all basic sights are there.
From Segovia bus station you just have to walk for 5’ till the Aqueduct on avenida de Fernandez Ladreda, where you will find the INFO office that will provide you with all the directions.
If you have a bag that you don’t want to carry around the city you can leave it at the bus station’s lockers. They are right there before the exit door and very easy to use: You buy a token and then use a locker with the key on (it means is free) and open the door to place your luggage. Then insert the token into the slot, push the door and close the locker by turning the key leftwise. Release the key and keep it with you if you want to recover your luggage! :)
Bus is faster and cheaper than the train option, and besides they stop closer to the city center.
You can take a bus run by La Sepulvedana from Madrid. The return ticket will cost about E13. They depart every 30 min and take about 1hr15min to reach Segovia. You may see timetables and purchase tickets online at www.lasepulvedana.es. the buses are comfortable and clean. On the way you will see beautiful mountain scenery as you approach Segovia.
The bus station in Segovia is close to the old town. You will need to cross Paseo de Ezequiel and take Ave Fernandez Ladreda to the aqueduct.
To find the station in Madrid is tricky. It is almost unmarked, save for a barely discernible sign. To find it, you need to take metro to the Principio Pio station, exit to Paseo de la Florida, cross the street, turn right and pass a couple of buildings. Right after the hotel Florida, there will be a high-rise building, and the bus company is located inside. You may purchase tickets inside, or if you did it online just pick them up at the window. Be sure to ask in which "Anden" the bus will be because it is not noted on the tickets.
On public transport you have a couple options for getting to Segovia from Madrid. Bus or Train. From Madrid you will be crossing a small mountain range called the Sierra de Guadarrama so if its not summer you may see some snow! Segovia may be a little colder than Madrid so be prepared. If its summer Segovia may be a little more refreshing.
BUS: is the fastest, About 1 hour 15 or 20 minutes. Round trip/return ticket is about 9,40€uros. The bus company you want to take is "La Sepulvedana", phone 915 59 8955, which leaves from its station next to the Metro stop of Principe Pio. The station is on the right of the Hotel Florida Norte and you go downstairs to buy the tickets, its not very well marked and its not the green buses that you see outside the metro stop and hotel area. The bus station in Segovia is centrally located (don't get off the first stop in Segovia) and once you arrive just cross the street and head down the walking street which leads you directly to the aquaduct.
TRAIN: I have never taken the train all the way to Segovia, just into the mountains from Madrid. But I have gone most of the way and its a nice ride but it takes about 2 hours. The train leaves from Atocha Station(Metro stop: Atocha Renfe) and leaves from the "Cercanias" section of the station. (Regional commuter trains) Look for the backwards orange "C".
If you were in the Police force, and this was your official vehicle, then you might assume that you would have a bit of a chip on your shoulder, and that you may be trying to get one up on people!
Well in a way, you might well be right. This deluxe scooter was parked in the central square when I first saw it. It turned out to belong to the local traffic warden, who was busy trying to get any car he could see (I later saw him down at the Alcazar doing the same thing there).
I wonder if the wonderful company transport compensates for the job of being a traffic warden???
Taxis suffer from the same problem that other motor vehicles face in that large parts of the old town is now pedestrianised. They do benefit in that you don't need to worry about finding a parking space.
You can of course use one to take you out to the vantage points that give great views of the city. However I can imagine that this would not be cheap.
Spanish taxi drivers also have a bit of a reputation about short changing foreigners who are not always familiar with the coins (the Euro may help to stop this!). Try and make sure you pay with the right money and not with a large denomination note.
A car really is the best way to go to Segovia. The main reason for this is that there are some great lookout points a little bit away from the city, and it is not easy to get to these using public transport.
Parking can be a bit of a problem, and it can be quite awkward to find a space. There is a pay car park that is quite central and is quite well sign posted.
Be careful where you park as the Police seem quite judicious when it comes to issuing tickets, I have seen them in action quite a few times. They don't mess about.
Spain used to issue car number plates based on the province that the car was registered in. This car has the SG prefix indicating Segovia.
It's possible to get to Segovia and to an extent around Segovia by bus. Quite a bit of Segovia is pedestrianised these days, so it is easier to walk a lot of the time as it can involve quite a long roundabout journey to go to some places by a vehicle.
This picture was taken just in front of the Aquaduct, you can even see the reflection of the Aquaduct in the bus window.
A good place to get of to explore the town is just in front of the Aquaduct. This is good for a few reasosn, one it is a very obvious landmark to get off at if you don't know the town, and two it is a good starting point to explore from.