One of the most visited attractions in El Escorial is the monastery, or 'Monastario'. It has been crowned as the eighth wonder of the world and has some wonderfully preserved renaissance architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries.
To get to San Lorenzo de El Escorial by suburban bus, you can take either 661, or 664 from the Moncloa station interchange. To reach Moncloa from the airport.
Metro: Nuevos Ministerios (Pink Line, L8)
Metro: Moncloa (Grey Line, L6)
Take metro line 8 until Nuevos Ministerios, and then change onto metro line 6; getting off at Moncloa. The 661 takes around 55 minutes and stops at 10 other stations before arriving at San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It has reduced hours at weekends. Official train timetable San Lorenzo el Escorial.
Operating hours: 06:55 - 23:30
The prices for bus tickets from Moncloa are currently being updated. To check with the bus company, which is called Herranz; call on the following number.
Tel: +34 91 890 4122
Bus to Moncloa Station
Single ticket: €1.50
The 664 bus also leaves from Moncloa, and makes 6 stops before reaching El Escorial. This journey is also around 55 minutes, and this service too, is operated by the company Herranz.
Travel to San Lorenzo de El Escorial By Train
The C8a train departs from Atocha, and stops also at Chamartin station before heading to El Escorial. The journey takes just over an hour. I recommend that you always consult the official timetable before planning your journey.
Train from Atocha station to El Escorial
Operating hours: 5:58 - 23:27
Return ticket: €10.00
Madrid Airport Transfer Useful Contact Details
Here is some contact information for the official bus and train transport companies:
Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, 27
28012 Madrid, España.
Tel: +34 91 578 7810
Tel: +34 90 243 2343
Estacion Sur de Autobuses Tel: +34 91 468 4200