Madrid to Aranjuez
It’s easy to travel from Madrid to Aranjuez by train from Madrid Atocha Station. The two cities are connected by the Cercanias (local) trains that cover the wider Madrid region. You can see the full route of the C3 Aranjuez – Atocha – Escorial trains on our C3 Cercanias page. When you arrive at Aranjuez Station, it’s just a short walk to the city centre and main attractions.
But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Aranjuez 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 Aranjuez Travel
Located by the River Tagus, Aranjuez is a small city in the Community of Madrid region of Spain. It’s a leafy oasis around 50kms south of the Spanish capital. Aranjuez is also home to the rather fabulous Royal Palace of Aranjuez, a seasonal retreat built by the eighteenth-century Bourbon rulers. They wanted it to rival the Palace of Versailles, which is located just outside of Paris. And the ornate and spectacularly decorated rooms are certainly reminiscent of it! Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace and vast gardens are definitely worth making the trip from Madrid.
The stunning gardens also inspired the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’. In terms of the best times to visit, the palace can be enjoyed all year round. But for the full impact of the gardens, it’s best to go in Spring or Autumn when they’re at their most colourful.
Best beyond Aranjuez
If you’re driving, Aranjuez is a popular stop en-route to Toledo, which is also located on the River Tagus. And if you’ve gone straight from Madrid to Toledo, Aranjuez makes a fantastic day trip. There’s just 45 kms between them.
From Aranjuez, popular destinations like Consuegra in the Castile-La Mancha region are also accessible. One of the top highlights of the region are the traditional windmills the dot the countryside around Ciudad Real.
And if Aranjuez is where you’re ending your trip, it’s likely that you’ll need to head back to Madrid to fly out of Madrid Airport. Other direct train services from Aranjuez Station include Cuenca Station and Alcazar de San Juan Station.