Atocha Railway Station, Madrid
There are several ways of getting to Toledo from Madrid (bus, suburban train - check elsewhere for details), but the fastest is by Renfe Avant out of Atocha. 30 minutes.
Trains leave at 9:20, 10:20 and 12:20, but be careful; you might need to book.
When I tried, the 10:20 was full, so I made a reservation for the following day.
Bare this in mind, when deciding on your mode of transport, cos booking takes time.
(Get your hotel to do it?)
But Toledo is a terrific place to go!
Cost €15 return.
I came into Madrid from Cordoba from the AVE Train that goes through, and that just worked slick. Atocha Station is really a great station, even if your not going anywhere, you should just take a walk through it to see. There are a bunch of awesome trees, and cool walkways.
Good luck when trying to buy train tickets in Atocha Station. Unfortuneatly I didn't speak Spanish while I was there so I realize that I myself can be blamed. I tried to do three day trips out of Madrid to Segovia, Cordoba and Toledo. Each of these trip uses a different railway system so we had to buy our tickets at three different locations in the station and I don't think a single person in the station spoke english. It was really difficult trying to sort this all out. And make sure you save your ticket because you need the ticket to exit out of the station. don't be like me and trow it out after they have checked it on the train. I agrued with the gaurd for 15 minutes before he would let me out of the station. Well, more like he yelled at me in spanish and I looked dumb because I didn't understand.
Madrid has two stations for long distance journeys. Atocha and Chamartin. Trains from the north (Nord spain and France) arrive at Chamartin; trains from the south and west (Portugal) arrive at Attocha. spanish national trains are called RENFE. At Attoche the AVE high speed trains from Seveille and Cardoba arrive. Some trains stop at both stations. TALGO trains ride at the routes of AVE and European routes.
Another nice way to come from the airport or nearby suburbian towns is the Cercanias or suburbian train service. Upon arrival at barajas airport most go to nuevos ministerios metro ljne 8 than there is a hub of cercanias that can take you to Atocha RENFE main train line or to nearby cities such as Aranjuez, Alcala de Henares etc.
the link in English in contact will tell you more. Sometimes the run from airport to Atocha is faster and easier taken the cercanias from barajas T4 terminal straight to Atocha in Madrid. The site will give you schedules and prices explained here
Atocha is Madrid's biggest train station (there is also Chamartin, but it's smaller). I took a train to/from Seville at that station in 2014. The station is huge and has a lot of shops and restaurants. It is also connected to the airport through the metro and Cercanias train, so if you need to get to/from the airport, there is no need to pay a taxi.
Built in the 19th century, Estación de Atocha was Madrid's first cast iron building. The elegant red façade is crowned with two winged mythical creatures (half lion, half dragon). The interior is home to an impressive indoor tropical garden. Trains depart from Atocha to destinations south of Madrid, such as Sevilla and Córdoba, in addition to Toledo. It is worth stopping by to admire the architecture and the tropical garden even if a trip is not contemplated.
The Atocha train station is one of the two mayor stations of Madrid. From here you can go everywhere. Even if you dont want to take a train it is recommended to visit the station. Especially for its spectacular tropical garden.
This is a clasic and an important point of reference of the city, a blend of old and new.
What impressed me most in my first visit was the indoor tropical garden.
Built in 1889-91 by Alberto de Palacio Elissagne and the help of Gustave Eiffel. It got a face lift in the early ninety'swhit the construction of AVE (Te fast speed train that serves the Region of Catalunya).
Atocha Railway Station is situated just in the centre of historical part of Madrid. Only 5 minutes walk to Prado Museum.
After events in March 2005 this station Is wellknow all over the world.
Atocha Train Station is ideal for travelling to Portugal and Madrid suburbs. From Here we took a return train ticket to go to Toledo.
This photo is of the old section of the station....now turned botanical garden!
A lovely thing to find in this very large and very busy train station!