Madrid has been a beautiful time these past three days exploring the capital. Today I am headed to Toledo on the advice of my new Spanish friends. As a backpacker and full time traveler, I am always on a budget so after doing my research last night I found a bus that takes one hour but it leaves from Plaza Eliptica a little on the outskirts of Madrid central.
The Greco house is a must see when traveling to Toledo, Spain!
Checked out of the Hat Hostel which is in a great location and right in the heart of Madrid tourist attractions and close to Plaza Mayor a major tourist spot. More on my experience at Hat Hostel in another post. First step walk to Porto del Sol plaza around a half mile and find the metro station. After figuring out the machines which wasn’t easy, walking to the wrong area and having to buy a metro card which adds 2€ to the total. I had my ticket 1.70€ for a one way metro ticket and a total of 4€.
From Sol take line 3 to Legazpi station/line 6. Get off after five stops at Legazpi and locate the signs heading to Plaza Eliptica which is down stairs and get on platform 2. All metro trains run about every six minutes so don’t rush. Get on and exit after two stops where you’ll be at Plaza Eliptica or station 11. After exiting the gates look to the left and locate the Alsa Bus ticket office and purchase a ticket to Toledo for about 5.50€ or about $6. Then head up two floors to where the buses head out and locate the Toledo direct bus. I actually didn’t notice that we had a express bus which is faster but another one was leaving that said Toledo (Pueblo) so instead of waiting an hour I jumped on this one as it’s only 30 minutes slower going through the villages first. Better to be on the road heading to Toledo then wait an hour in a bus station for the next express bus.
On the bus heading to Toledo is a nice cheap way to see a beautiful city!
The bus is fine, seats recline and power and air conditioning is working. It does make a few stops along the way so be patient, kick back, put some headphones on and enjoy because you’re in Spain. Enjoy the ride and enjoy the journey. If you want to get there quicker you can pay extra and take the train which gets there in 30 minutes for about 15€. Since I’m not on a short holiday I opted for the more local way and the more inexpensive trip.
I’m excited to see the gothic buildings and the famous bridge that over looks the city. All and all spain is pretty easy to get around but don’t expect everyone to speak English as a lot do not. Luckily for me I speak a little Spanish and can understand more than I speak. So now I sit on the bus and take in the countryside. They will make one stop where you can get off about half way there and grab a snack or as most do, a coffee con leche. My Review of Toledo post will be upcoming so stay tuned for that. Also I put daily posts on Instagram and Facebook @globaltravelgypsy so please follow along my journey living a life of a digital nomad and working out on the road.
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On the Metro heading to Plaza Eliptica.
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