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Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

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Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

I'm taking the AVE on a day trip from Madrid to Toledo and trying to determine what time to book the return trip. If I leave relatively early (let's say 9:00), any ideas as to what time I should come back? I'd like to have enough time to see most of the tourists sites and have some time to walk around too and not have to rush.

Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

There is so much to see that you will need to decide in advance how ambitious you want to be. Toledo is hilly so walking can be tiring.

Start at the Plaza Mayor, which is brilliant, and you will be in very close proximity to the Cathedral which is a must, and the Alcahazar.

Walk down to Plaza Zoncover and pick up the little tourist train which is absolutely brilliant for the overview if your time is limited. El Greco and the Synagogue as well as the Mosque are all worth seeing but you are unlikely to pack all that in, as well as the tapas bars, in a day.

Can't you stay over? Hotel Santa Isabel is very inexpensive and central to everything. We enjoyed Toledo more than Madrid!

Have fun.

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2. Re: Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

Saying over is a good idea...especially since most tourists don't so you will get another point of view AND time to really absorb the atmosphere.

If you don't do that, stay as late as you can and take taxi to hotel from Atocha (or Metro) in Madrid

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3. Re: Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

My suggestion would be to do any museums you want to see first and then walking around and lunch. The museums close for lunch between 2 and 4. I made the mistake of walking around, doing the Cathedral and then found the museums closed for lunch. That is why I am going back and see what missed the first time.

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4. Re: Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

Chrix...is the Plaza Major a walking distance from the train station? I'm planning to do the same thing...a one day tour from Madrid.

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5. Re: Day trip to Toledo - how much time needed?

the train station is within walking distance, but i would recommend taking a bus going to Zocodover to both save time and energy (the hills are decent size)

Right off of Zocodover there is a little Turistica shop where you can purchase the tickets for the ZocoTren which will give you decent views of the city.

With regards to the original question, I'd personally spend as much time in Toledo as possible. I was there for 4 months, and still don't think I saw everything.

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