Trains travel between Madrid's Atocha or Chamartín station and Alcalá de Henares every day and evening. Service is every 15 minutes (trip time: 23 min.) and round-trip fare from Madrid costs 5.50€ to 5.80€. The train station (tel. 90-224-02-02) in Alcalá is at Paseo Estación.
Commuter trains (cercanías) run every 15 minutes or so from Madrid’s Atocha station to Alcalá de Henares (lines C2, C7, and C8). A one-way fare costs 3.40€ and the trip takes 40 minutes. The train station in Alcalá is at Paseo Estación (don’t get out at the Alcala de Henares–Universidad stop, which is for the campus on the outskirts of town.) For schedule information, visit www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias.
Buses from Madrid depart from Av. América 18 (Metro: América) every 15 minutes. A fare is 1.95€ one-way, 3.30€ round-trip. Bus service is provided by Continental-Auto, and the Alcalá bus station is on Av. Guadalajara 36 (tel. 91-888-16-22), 2 blocks past Calle Libreros.
Alcalá lies adjacent to the main national highway (N-11), connecting Madrid with eastern Spain. As you leave central Madrid, follow signs for Barajas Airport and Barcelona.
The tourist information office, Callejón de Santa María 1 (tel. 91-889-26-94; www.turismoalcala.com), provides a map showing all the local attractions. It is open daily from 10am to 2pm and 4 to 6:30pm (until 7:30pm July-Sept).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.