Cáceres has the best rail connections in the province, with five trains per day from Madrid (trip time: 4-5 hr.). A one-way ticket costs 25€ to 41€. There is also one train per day from Lisbon (4 1/2 hr.); the fare ranges from 50€ to 123€.
The station in Cáceres is on Avenida Alemania (tel. 90-224-02-02), near the main highway heading south (Carretera de Sevilla). A green-and-white bus shuttles passengers about once an hour from the railway and bus stations (across the street from one another; board the shuttle outside the bus station) to the busiest traffic junction in the new city, the Plaza de América. From there it's a 10-minute walk to the edge of the Old Town.
Bus connections to Cáceres are more frequent than railway connections. From the city bus station (tel. 92-723-25-50) on busy Carretera de Sevilla, about .8km (1/2 mile) south of the city center, buses arrive and depart for Madrid (trip time: 5 hr.) and Seville (4 1/2 hr.) every 2 to 3 hours. There's also bus transport to Guadalupe (one per day); Trujillo (six or seven a day); Mérida (four a day); Valladolid (two a day); and Córdoba (two a day). Many travelers opt to walk the short distance from the Cáceres bus station to the city center.
Driving time from Madrid is about 4 hours. Most people approach Cáceres from eastern Spain via the N-V superhighway until they reach Trujillo. Here they exit onto the N-521, driving another 45km (28 miles) west to Cáceres.
The tourist office, Plaza Mayor s/n (tel. 92-701-08-34; www.turismoextremadura.com), is open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm and 4 to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9:45am to 2pm. Don't expect efficiency. Things around here are slow.
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