We are about 190 Km from Barajas airport in Madrid. The very best way to get here is to arrive on a Sunday and let us pick you up in our minibus at no extra cost.
We don't normally collect people with flights that land later that 17:00 unless the whole group arrives at the same time and it is specially requested. It is a 2 hour trip from the airport to Piedrahita, so leaving Madrid after 17:30 means missing the evening flight and also a long wait for the pilots who may have arrived hours earlier. See the sidebar for more details
If you can't choose any other time, you can take the bus to Piedrahita. On Sundays this leaves at 20:25. See buses section.
You can get to Piedrahita by coach, which leaves the Estacion Sur de Autobuses in Madrid and brings you to Piedrahita in approximately two hours at the cost of €12.66. The bus company is called Cevesa.
To get to the bus station you can get a taxi from the airport, but careful not to be overcharged. The ride shouldn't cost more than €30. If you are charged more, ask for a receipt and take the details of the taxi driver, license number, etc.
You can also take the metro or subway. The metro in Madrid is cheap (€3 from the airport) and efficient, and it takes you pretty much everywhere. There is a subway station inside the bus station and it's name is Mendez Alvaro. From the Airport to Mendez Alvaro will take you about 45 minutes. First take line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios. Once there take line 6 to Mendez Alvaro.
At the bus station, go upstairs to get your ticket. The ticket office for Cevesa is at the far end of the hall lookng from the cafe area.
While you are waiting for the bus keep a close eye on your bags, this is a very popular place for thieves.
The buses run from Madrid at the following times:
Madrid-Piedrahita: Morning: 8:30am every day. Afternoon: 16:10 every day except Sundays, when it leaves in the evening at 20:30 There is an extra one on Fridays at 20:30
The return trip can be made at these times: Piedrahita-Madrid: 8:25, 10:45, 16:25 every day except Sundays when they leave at 17:15 and 20:25
Cevesa have a website: www.cevesa.es (only in Spanish).
The closest train station to Piedrahita is Avila. It is still 58 km away, and the only buses are the same as those coming from Madrid, which are better caught there.
A taxi from Avila to Piedrahita costs around €50. There regular trains from Madrid to Avila, almost every hour in the peak times, and prices vary from €6.25 to €16 depending on the speed of the train. There are several stations in Madrid, but the one that links with Avila is Chamartín. Again, there is a metro stop inside the station (also called Chamartín) we have highlighted it on the metro map above.
For trains information see: Renfe - Timetables and Prices
There are several hire car companies at the airport: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Atesa. A cheaper option is a company called Pepecar.com.
If you arrange your flight to arrive on Friday night or early on Saturday morning you may be able to take advantage of a cheaper flight and add a visit to Madrid to your holiday.
Madrid has a very cheap an efficient metro service, so travel into the centre of Madrid is easy. It is possible to leave your main luggage at the airport to be picked up when you return to take our airport shuttle to Piedrahita on Sunday. See more information on left luggage.
See our section on Hotels in Madrid for more information.