These webs will give you all the information you need to know if you want to go to San Lorenzo by train. However, from the station you need to take a bus to the centre of the town (it takes just a few minutes). Don't forget that the railway station is called just El Escorial.
- www.renfe.es (Spanish railway company)
From San Lorenzo de El Escorial there is a bus 660 which leaves every half hour from the Plaza de la Virgen de Gracia to the gates entrance of the Valle de Los Caidos. There seems to be only one bus though a day (3.15pm) which goes all the way to the monument. From Madrid, bus 661 departs from Moncloa interchange between 7.00am and 10.30pm on average about every 15 to 30 mins. The one way trip takes around 1 hour.
Trains run from Chamartin and Atocha stations in Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial between around 6.00am and 10.15pm every day. The trip takes around 1 hour. The station is located around 2 kms outside of the town and there are shuttle buses which run every 20 mins between the train and bus station in town.
If you are driving yourself to San Lorenzo de El Escorial from Madrid, you need to take the N-IV highway otherwise known as the A-6 which travels northwest. Then via C-505 directly towards San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The whole drive should take you around an hour (50kms).
There are buses (bus line 61) that depart from Moncloa Metro station in Madrid running to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The trip takes around 1 hour. Buses run very regularly throughout the day starting at 6.00am and run through to around 10.00pm. On Sundays the are a reduced numbers of trips.
There are many buses that link Madrid and San Lorenzo, just check:
Buses leave Madrid from Intercambiador de Moncloa; metro: Moncloa (lines 3 and 6). And there are two routes: Via Galapagar (number 661 and more scenic) or Via Guadarrama (number 664).
San Lorenzo de El Escorial is just 50 kms. away from Madrid, and you have to take road A-6 to Las Rozas, then M-505, and after a nice drive of about 1 hour, you will be there. From the pic you can see how beautiful the surroundings are.
You can also check the following sites:
El Escorial is found 50 Km northwest of Madrid (don’t worry it is very easy to get there whether by train or bus. A three part fortress/monument (a palace, a monastery and one of the best stocked libraries in the world and it).
The highway from Madrid to El Escorial winds among the hills; the landscape is enjoyable (especially if you are not the driver!)
There also are buses and trains from Madrid.
La carretera que va desde Madrid a El Escorial serpentea entre colinas; el paisaje es sumamente disfrutable, especialmente si no te toca conducir!
También hay buses y trenes desde Madrid.
The funicular at the Valley of the Fallen takes you to the top of the mountain and the base of the 500 foot cross that tops the basilica, but on the day we visited, it wasn't operating (perhaps because of the snow?). We never really got a good look at the cross, so I guess I'll have to return some day!!
When coming from Madrid you can leave from either of the two main train stations. We left from Atocha. Just look for the trains marked "cercancias" and you'll be on the right track (pun intended- :-) ).
When you arrive at the train station at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, just purchase a ticket on the bus that will pick you up outside and take you into town (it's about .95 Euros). From the bus station you can walk to the monastery in less than 5 minutes. Combined tickets for the bus ride and the admission to the Valley of the Fallen can be purchased at the bus station in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
The C8A train from Madrid departs every hour to Valle de los Caidos from 5.45am. During peak times the service is half hourly. The last departure from the valley is at 10.15pm.
Travelling to Valley of the Fallen by road from Madrid will take you around 40 mins. Take the N-IV or A-6 north east from Madrid and then exit onto M-600, turning left to Valle de Los Caidos.