Madrid to Albacete
You can travel by train from Madrid to Albacete from Madrid Atocha Station. It’s on the high-speed AVE service from Madrid to Alicante but not all the trains stop at Albacete. AVE has 8 daily direct services from Madrid to Albacete Station. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. ALVIA also runs a couple of daily direct train services between the two cities. It takes slightly longer at around 1 hour and 45 minutes. When arriving by train, the city centre is just a short walk away.
For more information on taking the high-speed AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Albacete with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain. Although there is usually a surcharge, it’s worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Albacete Travel
Albacete is the biggest city in Spain’s Castile-La Mancha region. It’s also an important travel hub connecting central Spain to the Mediterranean coast. As a result, Albacete makes a convenient base for exploring the surrounding area. The city itself is lively and has a good dining and drinking scene as well as some great shopping. Highlights in the city include the Gothic Cathedral, Bull Ring and the leafy Abelardo Sanchez Park. It’s also a good city to pick up souvenirs from the region. In particular, you won’t want to go home without buying some Manchego cheese, which the region is famous for.
Best beyond Albacete
You’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking to enjoy the region’s natural landscapes. Just over 100kms away, the Calares del Mundo y de la Sima Nature Reserve is one of the best places to enjoy the great outdoors. The reserve boasts spectacular waterfalls, freshwater pools and caves surrounded by verdant forests. Access to the park is via the village of Riopar. Other fab places to visit include Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve and Sierra de Alcaraz.
Alcala de Jucar (pictured at the top) is another standout attraction of the Albacete province. It lies by the Jucar River and gorge about 50kms northeast of Albacete. A highlight is the hilltop castle. Chinchilla de Monte Aragon is much closer to Albacete (just 17kms away) and is worth a visit too. In addition to having a 15th century castle, the historic quarter is also very pretty to wander around.
The nearest airport to Albacete is Alicante Airport. Like Albacete’s train station, the airport is a good place to return a car hire if you have one and ending your trip here.