What is the best way to get from Madrid airport to Segovia. We would like to use public transportation if possible..We arrive early am.
Norm knows the options better than I, but I’ll suggest the bus to be a good alternative for your consideration. You can take a twenty-minute, easy AeroCity shuttle van (23€ for 2-4 people) or taxi from Barajas to Principe Pio station and catch a Sepulvedana bus to Segovia from there. We just did the roundtrip to Segovia in late November. The fare was around 7€ each one-way per person…a little over 1 hour drive time. Buy tickets at the window at the station. The buses are fairly nice…more like a tour bus (sans toilet) and nothing like a Greyhound. The station in Segovia (second stop) is a 5-10 minute walk from the aqueduct.
Take Metro line 8 from the airport (the only one there) to the end of the line at Nuevos Minsterios station. Then take line 10 north (destination Hospital Infanta Sofia) to the Chamartin train station. That's where the trains to Segovia leave from. The Metro trip should take you 35-40 minutes. To check departure times for the train, consult www.renfe.es. The train trip takes about half an hour, and will deposit you at the new Segovia AVE train station just outside of town. A city bus will drop you off right at the foot of the acqueduct downtown, and return you to the train station from the same place....or, if you have luggage, cab it in...taxis are not terribly expensive. Aim for one of the AVE shuttle trains....far cheaper, at 9.90 Euro, than the Talgo and Alvia trains that pass through Segovia.
The only problems I have with the bus from Principe Pio are that it will take them a lot longer than 20 minutes to get there by taxi or shuttle in the AM rush hour...and it'll be a lot more expensive.
That's a good point, and it reminded me to mention that, although heading out was a breeze and on-time, coming back into Madrid during evening rush hour was stop & go as soon as we hit the city. So, I suppose rush hour can affect a bus trip both morning and evening. Aside from getting back to the station later than anticipated, I found the bus to be a very good way to go and would do it again.
BTW, I did want to mention that Norm’s advice on several items prior to my last trip proved most helpful. Thanks, Norm!
Thanks, Michael...any time.