Madrid to Valladolid
Travel from Madrid to Valladolid by train is easy from Madrid Atocha Station. Mainline train services connect Madrid to Valladolid Station with around four trains a day from Madrid Atocha. The average journey time is roughly 2 hours. And because Valladolid Station is located close to the city centre, you’ll be in the heart of the city in no time!
If you’d rather reach Valladolid 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, which is worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location. There is also car hire available at Madrid Airport.
Best in Valladolid Travel
Valladolid is the de facto capital and of the Castile and Leon region in Spain. As it’s located in the heart of the region, Valladolid is a convenient place to stay and explore the surrounding area from. The city’s old town is where many of the best sites are and include a Gothic Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, San Pablo Church and Pimentel Palace. The beautiful Colegio de San Gregorio is also in the old town and now houses the National Museum of Sculpture. It’s one of the best museums in the city and possibly has one of the best sculpture collections in all of Spain. Another fantastic museum is the Patio Herreriano. It houses the contemporary art collection and features work by Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies.
One of the biggest cities in Castile and Leon, Valladolid is also one of its most vibrant and has a great a good dining and drinking scene. For the liveliest bars, head to those around the Cathedral in the evenings.
Best beyond Valladolid
A big plus for Valladolid – at least for wine lovers – is that it’s located within several winegrowing regions. Here, you’ll find fantastic local wines from Ribera del Duero, Toro, Ruedo and Tierra de Leon. And there are some beautiful villages around Valladolid with fantastic wineries. They include Peñafiel, Cigales, Tordesillas and Medina del Campo. Peñafiel and Medina del Campo also have great castles.
The region is also a top place for foodies. A very popular dish from Castile and Leon is suckling pig. Tordesillas and Segovia are two of the best cities to try it. Segovia is further away from Valladolid but it’s absolutely worth the drive down. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Segovia is one of Spain’s prettiest historic cities. Highlights include the Roman aqueduct and Alcazaba that is reminiscent of a fairytale castle. It’s also conveniently located on one of the main motorways going from Madrid to Valladolid. So if you are planning to drive, it’s a good place to stop.
11kms northwest of the city, Valladolid Airport is the nearest airport. It operates a number of domestic routes including Seville and Barcelona. The airport also has a good selection of car hire and may be a good place to return a car hire if you’re ending your trip in here.