Trains depart about every 20 minutes from Madrid's Atocha Railway Station to make the 40-minute trip to Aranjuez. It costs 3.15€ one-way and 5.70€ round-trip. Twice a day you can take an express train from Madrid to Toledo, which makes a brief stopover at Aranjuez. This trip takes only 30 minutes. Trains run less often along the east-west route to and from Toledo (a 40-min. ride). Spring highlight is the Tren de la Fresa (Strawberry Express; tel. 90-222-88-22) trip, taking 50 minutes (the train is wooden and steam powered). Travel on this and you get to sample local strawberries handed out by hostesses in traditional costumes. The Aranjuez station lies about 1.6km (1 mile) outside town. For information and schedules, call tel. 90-224-02-02. You can walk to the center in about 15 minutes, but taxis and buses line up on Calle Stuart (2 blocks from the city tourist office). The bus that makes the run from the center of Aranjuez to the railway station is marked "N-Z."
Buses for Aranjuez depart every 30 minutes, from 7:30am to 10pm, from Madrid's Estación Sur de Autobuses, Calle Méndez Álvaro. The hour-long journey costs 4.25€ one-way. In Madrid, call tel. 91-530-46-05 for information. Buses arrive in Aranjuez at the city bus terminal, Calle Infantas 8 (tel. 91-891-01-83).
Driving is easy; it takes about 30 minutes once you reach the southern city limits of Madrid. To reach Aranjuez, follow the signs to Aranjuez and Granada, taking highway N-IV.
The tourist information office is at Plaza de San Antonio 9 (tel. 91-891-04-27), open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm and 4 to 6pm.
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