If you’re coming to Toledo from outside Europe , your first step is probably getting to Madrid, which is about 45 miles northeast of Toledo. Madrid Barajas Airport receives daily flights from the United States, London, and several European capitals. You can also catch local flights on Iberia, Air Europa, or Spanair.

From there you can take a 30-minute RENFE train ride to Toledo. Schedule and fare information is available online; click on TIKNET to buy tickets from 7am until 11:30pm Spanish time. Board the train at Madrid’s Atocha Railway Station several times each day, from about 7am until 10pm.

Buses are slower and less popular. You have a few companies to choose from, including Galiano and Continental. Board the bus at Madrid’s South Bus Station on Calle Mendez Alvaro every half hour from 6:30am until 10pm. Depending on the time of day, the ride takes anywhere from 1 hour to 90 minutes. In Toledo you will arrive at the Estacion de Autobuses, located near the river. You can walk to the three-quarters of a mile to the center of town, but it is a steep, uphill walk, so consider hopping on local bus 5 or 6, especially if you have a lot of baggage.