We are trying to decide whether to take a train or a Car rental (which Ive already reserved just in case) from Barcelona to Toledo (staying there two nights) and then going back to Madrid for three nights. I suspect the car rental might be cheaper since there are six senior adult travelers but of course it takes twice as long. Ive already got our hotel rooms set up. Opinions? What is the scenery like between Barcelona and Madrid area? Ive looked and I can't find anything in Rick Steve's Spain book about whether the terrain is pretty between the two areas and I don't know if there is anything to see between these areas? That and the cost will probably determine how we travel. Opinions?
And if we go with car rental, we are dropping it off at the Madrid Atocha train station, because I think it is the closest to our hotel which is near Prado, and across from royal botanical gardens. We don't want to drive in big cities (we've dropped off at the Lyon train station in Paris and don't want to get into a similar situation if we don't have to). so how bad is the traffic, etc. for us to drop off the car at Atocha? Opinions? Any better place for us to be dropping it off near our hotel?