Trains depart from and arrive at the RENFE station on Calle Cardero (tel. 90-224-02-02), about .8km (1/2 mile) north of the Plaza de España. Each day there are six trains to and from Cáceres (trip time: 1 hr.), five trains to and from Madrid (5-6 hr.), one to and from Seville (3 hr.), and seven to and from Badajoz (1 hr.). The fare from Madrid to Mérida is 30€ to 46€, depending on the type of train (local, morning, or night express train).
The bus station is on Avenida de la Libertad (tel. 92-437-14-04), near the train station. Every day there are 7 buses to and from Madrid (5 1/2 hr.), 6 to 12 buses to and from Seville (3 hr.), 3 buses to and from Cáceres (1 hr.), and 5 to 10 buses to and from Badajoz (1 hr.). From Mérida to Madrid, the fare is 23€ local to 33€ express; Mérida to Seville, 13€; Mérida to Cáceres, 10€; and Mérida to Badajoz, 9€.
To drive, take the N-V superhighway from Madrid or Lisbon. Driving time from Madrid is approximately 5 hours; from Lisbon, about 4 1/2 hours. Park in front of the Roman theater and explore the town on foot.
The tourist office, at Santa Eulalia 64 (tel. 92-433-07-22; www.turismoextremadura.com), is open April to September Monday to Friday 9:30am to 1:45pm and 5 to 7pm, and Saturday 9:30am to 2pm. Off-season hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am to 2pm and 4 to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2pm. These are the official hours, but don't expect the staff to interpret them too literally.
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.