Any advice on how best to travel from Madrid to Cuenca and back? Train or bus?? Thanks.
Bus would probably be best....more trips, and slightly cheaper than the train. Bus service Auto Res makes the run in 2 1/2 hours on its regular service. There is an express at 10 am, but it won't get you in until noon...the 6:45 bus arrives at 9:15. Coming back, the last bus leaves at 8 pm, into Madrid at 1030. As of 18 September, they're centralizing their services out of Madrid's Estacion Sur bus depot, ticket windows 53-62. Cost is 18 Euro r/t...check http://www.auto-res.net, where you can book in advance if you wish. Remember, you get assigned seats on Spanish buses. By train, there are only 4 runs a day...2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours, with the first not getting in until 11:15 and the last leaving Cuenca at 7:40 pm.