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Easily accessible by high-speed train, A day trip to Segovia from Madrid Segovia is one of my favorite days out, and easy to do yourself.

With one of the finest Roman aqueducts in Spain, imposing Cathedral, impenetrable castle and wonderful food and drink culture, there are so many things to do in a Segovia day trip, it never disappoints.

So with that said, here is my guide packed with information about how to get to Segovia, a suggested Segovia itinerary and memories of a day in Segovia with some friends who were visiting from the UK .

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How to get to Segovia

What to do in Segovia

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How to get to Segovia from Madrid

The easy option: an organized day tour to Segovia

Segovia is a little under 100 kilometers from Madrid, so easily reachable in a day trip. While there are a few options for getting there, the easiest of all is taking an organized Segovia day trip.

There are many options to choose from, some of which also include other cities, such as Avila, but I’d recommend spending a whole day in the city as there is plenty to keep you busy.

However, if you would rather have a bit more freedom and make a Segovia day trip under your own steam as opposed to a tour, there are plenty of other options. My recommendation would be getting the Madrid to Segovia train, an in-depth look at that coming up in a moment, but first, let’s see at a couple of other options.

Drive to Segovia

One option would be to hire a car and drive yourself. While this would be a little more expensive than most, it does give you the freedom to not be restricted by bus or train timetables.  Based on the below, I would recommend option two. Although the drive is 20-minutes longer, once you leave the motorway, the trip becomes a beautiful drive through the Segovia Mountains.

Madrid to Segovia bus

Another option is to get from Madrid to Segovia by bus. It certainly works out quite a bit cheaper, with a day return being around €10, however, the trip takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes, as opposed to a little under 30 minutes on the train.

Despite the extra time it would take, it is still a realistic option if you are on a tight budget. On weekdays there are around four buses a day the run from Moncloa bus station to Segovia. The first one leaves at 6:30am and the last return at 9:45pm.

On the weekends there are fewer buses available and start a little later, if you would like to check the timetable, you can do so on the Avanza website, who run the service.

One of the benefits to the bus is that it drops you off right in the city and a perfect place to start your day at the Segovia Aqueduct, as opposed the high-speed train to Segovia (there is also a slow one, don’t get that), which drops you in the middle of nowhere (more on that in a moment).

But to be honest, it takes a lot longer and isn’t all that much cheaper than the train, which is why I would highly recommend . . .

Train from Madrid to Segovia

Madrid to Segovia train

Tickets on the RENFE high-speed Madrid to Segovia train, which takes 28 minutes, cost a little over €20 for a day return. This makes it great value and by far the quickest way to get to Segovia.

The train to Segovia leaves regularly from Madrid ChamartĂ­n Station, which can be easily accessed from most of Madrid via the Metro Line 1. The first departure on weekdays is 6:40am, 8am on the weekends, and the last train back being a little before 11pm during the week and at 9:30pm on the weekends.

It’s pretty easy to buy a ticket on the day of travel. Find the ticket office which is well signposted and in the middle of the station, grab a number from the machine and wait to be called to purchase your ticket. The vendors will speak enough English to know what you need, but you should try ordering in Spanish first, out of politeness.

Do not be late, the Madrid to Segovia train leaves on time

Something to bear-in-mind is that there are often queues at the ticket desk and the Spanish rail system is very efficient. if you are buying tickets on the day. be there early, at least 30-minutes before departure to allow time for lining up and passing through the bag security checks that AVE trains have in place. The train doors officially lock two minutes before departure, which is pretty much always on time.

Tip –  Although Madrid’s Metro is simple to understand, some of the stations appear twice. If you look at the map, you’ll notice that there is ChamartĂ­n and Pinar de ChamartĂ­n, the train station is the first one. If you have people visiting and send them to the wrong one, well, that would just cause chaos, not that I would ever have done that (sorry Mum and Dad).

So, that said, it is probably a better idea to buy your tickets for the Madrid Segovia train online in advance. They can be purchased p to 60 days before departure and while you can buy them directly on the RENFE website, I find the site really crappy to use and hard to navigate so I would recommend a more simple option such as Trainline.

Both sites sell the tickets at face value, so it shouldn’t be any more expensive. I generally like the booking system of Trainline, and their app is helpful too, with live train information, but just feel free to price check between them.

Madrid Bull Horn towers
If you have some spare time, take a wander outside of the station to see some of Madrid’s iconic buildings such as the ‘Bull Horns’

Segovia Guiomar train station to the aqueduct and city center

The high-speed train stops at the Segovia-Guiomar station which, rather inconveniently, is located about 8 kms away from the city centre. However, it’s super easy to get to the city, so have no fear.

There are two buses that will be waiting, numbers 11 and 12, which both cost €2 per person. Both will take you to the city centre, the only difference is that the 11 drops you right at the Segovia Aqueduct (but takes longer) whereas the 12 drops you about 5 minutes walk away.

Don’t worry about where you should get off either, just follow the herd.

Getting the bus to Segovia from the train station
Buses are likely to be waiting but if there is more than one of you I’d recommend the taxi option

Or relax and get a taxi

If you don’t fancy a bus ride, there is also the option of getting a cab. There are normally plenty lined up, waiting for the train drop-offs and expect to pay in the region of €7 to get to the centre. If there are 4 of you, or you find some people to share with, not only is this option cheaper, it is also a lot more comfortable and quicker.

Now I’m never one for encouraging fast disembarkment. I hate it when an aeroplane lands and so many people do weird yoga-style contortions to grab their luggage and then hang around crushed in the aisle while the crew fiddle with the door.

I really don’t understand it. Just sit and relax for a few more minutes in comfort – you won’t be trapped in your seat forever to be left to die and no-one is going to steal your luggage . . . Sorry, I got distracted.

So, I’m not a fan of rushing to get off a train, but here I’d recommend putting an extra bit of juice into your steps. The bus fills up quickly and there only a limited number of taxis that will be ready and waiting, so to make sure you can get on (and hopefully not have your nose in someone’s sweaty armpit) try to get out of the station quickly.

We didn’t exactly drag our heels and only just made it onto the bus, it was a squeeze. I can only assume they don’t have such a thing as maximum capacity for safety limits.

Even with everyone packed in like a tin of Malagan sardines, there were about 40 people left behind to wait for the next bus with no more taxis available.

What to do in a Segovia day trip from Madrid

OK, so now you know how to get to Segovia, it’s time to work out why and what to do. Well luckily there is a lot, below are some of the highlights from my most recent visit.

The Aqueduct of Segovia

The aqueduct is one of Segovia’s main attractions, what first put the city on my radar and unmissable. It is why I love the city and what gives it that little extra to make it stand out among many other options for day trips out of Madrid.

We could just about see the arches of the aqueduct, teasing us as they rose above the local houses and businesses as we walked up the helpfully named Avenue Aqueducto, leaving the sweaty armpit fest of the bus behind. The avenue led us directly to the Plaza Azoguejo, a large open space at the base of the aqueducts highest point in the city and also home to the local Tourist Information and numerous bars and restaurants.

Visiting the Aqueduct in Segovia
The aqueduct teases as it slowly comes into view

The bit you see is just a small part of a stunning construction built by the Romans around the 100AD mark. The original construction was some 17 km long dropping at a consistent 1-degree decline to bring water to the city from the Rio Frio. At its tallest, it is nearly 30 meters high and consists of 167 arches. Seriously, how did they do it so perfectly?

There is a great page about the legend of the Aqueduct of Segovia, how it was (possibly) built by Lucifer himself and many other great little factoids over on the Info Spain page.

On the far side of the arches, we found the little statue of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome, that you see on many of the postcards while you wander the city.

It was placed here in 1974 and the inscription reads “Roma a Segovia en el bimilenario de su acueducto MCMLXXIV”. Or in English – “Rome to Segovia in the bimillenary of its aqueduct 1974”.

Segovia wolf statue of Romulus and Remus
The suckling wolf statue of Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome, gifted to the town of Segovia in 1974, from Rome.

Eat Cochinillo Segovia

Being awe-inspired is hungry work, so was time to get some lunch.

Segovians are rather proud of their food and drink heritage (as are most places in Spain). They have a great little craft brewing scene, with many of the bars selling local beer and you can also find local wine usually from the Tempranillo grape.

But, the food Segovians are most proud of is their famous dish, roast suckling pig, known locally as conchinillo asado, and it should certainally be one of the food you try on a visit to Spain.

To officially be considered conchinillo there are very specific guidelines set out which include what it can be cooked in and even go as far to specify what the mother of the suckling pig may be fed.

Many restaurants throughout Segovia offer this dish, one of the oldest and most famous is MesĂłn De Cándido, found in Plaza Azoguejo, at the base of the Aqueduct.  I have been told it has fantastic cochinillo, and I’m sure it’s delicious . . . but for us it was too expensive so we explored further.

Mesón De Cándido sits at the bottom of the aqueduct

We wandered up the street to the side of the famous restaurant, Calle de San Francisco, for about 400 meters where we found a place called Alma Nostra. I’ll often head away from the main area to find restaurants, generally, they will be cheaper and often nicer as they rely on quality rather than location to get customers.

We ordered 2 beers, a coffee, three pieces of tortilla and a raciĂłn (larger than a single tapas portion) of croquettes to share. All lovely and total bill was just €13. If you’re not sold on the conchinillo and wanted something different, I’d recommend this place in a heartbeat – we even had very friendly service.

Walking from the aqueduct to the Segovia Alcázar

After eating we walked to the opposite side of Segovia’s historical center, heading towards the Alcázar of Segovia.

The route takes you up the steps behind the Segovia Tourist Office to the top of the aqueduct with some stunning views back along the way.

Stunning view of Segovia's Aqueduct
Looking back after climbing the steps behind the Segovia Tourist Office

As we walked through the backstreets, gaps in the tall, sand-colored buildings either side of us hinted glimpses of what was to come. Before long, narrow streets gave way to the wide open Plaza Mayor, home to lots more restaurants serving cochinillo and Segovia’s impressive 14th-century cathedral.

Segovia Cathedral

Our route towards the Alcázar took us past the huge Segovia Cathedral which took over 50 years to build, starting in 1525, after the city’s original one was destroyed by fire in 1520.

General entrance to the Catedral de Segovia costs €3 and tickets can either be purchased on the door or in advance via their website. They also operate a number of guided tower tours throughout the day. The tours run on a schedule so I would advise if you decide to do this, then check the times and book in advance.

Sadly we didn’t have time to go inside the cathedral during this visit, but I have heard good things about it.

Visiting Segovia Cathedral
The Cathedral of Segovia dominates the Plaza Mayor

From the Segovia Cathedral, it was about an 8-10 minute downhill stroll to the entrance of the Segovia Alcázar along Calle Marqués del Arco which became Calle Daioz as we reached the end.

On the way, we stopped for a minute or two in Plaza La Merced, a small park which offers nice views looking back to the Cathedral.

The Segovia Alcázar tour

From whichever way you look at it, Segovia Alcázar is a pretty impressive site. It’s one of the few castles in Spain that currently remain undefeated and has never been taken by enemy forces.

Looking at the city walls that need to be conquered before even reaching the moat, I’m not really surprised. It also has quite a fairytale look to it and claims to be one of the main inspirations for the Disney castle.

The Alcázar tour is definitely worth doing. Entry to the castle is €5.50 and an extra €3 for the audio guide which I’d recommend getting as there isn’t too much in the way of explanations or descriptions to read. The guide is full of interesting stories about the history of the castle as well as the local area while still being short enough to hold your attention.

For an additional €2.50, you can buy a ticket to climb the 153 tower steps for spectacular views – the cathedral towering over the city with the snow-capped mountains on the horizon is well worth the fee alone.

As I have done the whole tour twice before, I sent my friends into the castle, while I mooched around outside, before joining them to go up the tower. If you’d like more information about the Alcázar, check out the Segovia Alcázar website.

Climbing the Segovia Castle tower
Stunning views can be found from the top of Segovia’s castle.

While mooching, I found a small path that led me down below and around the outside of the walls. I walked for a while and was rewarded with some lovely views looking back to the castle. The path continued down to the river below in a circular walk but, conscious of time and growing a thirst, I headed back to the castle café to enjoy a beer while I waited. The views from the café garden are pretty impressive too.

Visiting Segovia Castle
Looking to the castle from below the walls

Wandering the back streets of Segovia

Once we were finished at the Alcázar, we headed back to the main plaza by walking around the walls and stopping off for various refreshment breaks. With so many bars and tapas places trying to tempt us in, it would have been rude not to. I also noticed many boutique food shops selling fantastic locally produced food, including hams and cheeses, as well as wine and beer.

Wandering the streets of Segovia
Tall buildings tower over the tiny streets

Our final stop of the day was back at the aqueduct, this time we did use one of the plaza cafés. Sitting down, admiring the ancient feat of engineering while sharing a large jug of sangría was a fitting end to a busy, but enjoyable day.

The aqueduct next to Mesón De Cándido
Parting shot, enjoying sangria while looking up and wondering just how?

Getting back to Madrid

Of course, as much as I’d have loved to have sat there all night enjoying sangría while watching the ever-evolving hues of the stone aqueduct change as the sun set, our Madrid to Segovia day trip had come to an end and we a train to catch.

Whether driven by laziness or not wanting my nose pushed in more sweaty armpits (even sweatier at the end of the day) we opted for a taxi back to Segovia-Guiomar train station. They can be found easily with the taxi rank being right next to the aqueduct, opposite the suckling wolf statue.

The taxi cost just €6.80 between us, so only 80 cents more than a bus would have been.

Our train departed at 6:22pm to get us back in Madrid before 7pm. We arrived a little early to the Segovia train station in the middle of nowhere, but just meant we had time to enjoy one last beer in the station bar.

Suggested Segovia Itinerary

One of the many things I love about Segovia is how dense the central core is. Having now visited multiple times, here is my recommended Segovia one day itinerary.

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  1. A walk along the aqueduct
  2. The suckling wolf statue of Romulus and Remus
  3. Segovia Aqueduct from above
  4. Refresh in Plaza Mayor
    The large, open Plaza Mayor overlooks the Cathedral and is a great place to grab a refreshing something. Beer would usually be my choice. Ask for “Una cerveza por favor.”
  5. Segovia Cathedral
  6. A tour of the Segovia Alcázar
  7. Climb the Alcázar Tower
  8. Refreshment break in the Alcázar cafe (next to the ticket office) a drink with fantastic views.
  9. A walk along the walls
    Heading back to the heart of the city with a fantastic view of the valley below.
  10. Casa del Sol – Museum of Segovia
    Home to over 1500 historical pieces relating to the history of the city including architecture, fine art, and ethnology.
  11. Puerta de San Andreas
    The entrance to the Jewish Quarter
  12. Walk through the Juderia (Jewish Quarter)
    Enjoy more fabulous views as you head back up to the heart of the city
  13. Postiga Del Sol to Postiga Del Luna
    A small open park area
  14. Iglesia de San MartĂ­n
    Another fine looking church
  15. A wander through the shops
    Now is your opportunity to buy some Segovia souvenirs. If you are traveling with checked luggage, then you can buy some nice local beer and wine. There are also some wonderful gourmet food shops and other Segovian trinkets.
  16. Conchinillo for dinner
  17. Back to the Aqueduct
    And back to where it all begun to enjoy one final drink before hopping in a taxi back to the train station

In total that will be about 2 and a half miles of walking. that doesn’t include any extra miles racked up by wandering though Alcázars or Cathedrals. I think the above is easily achievable in an 8 – 10 hour visit, depending on how many refreshments breaks you have!

The Segovia Cathedral and Plaza Mayor

In summary

Segovia is a wonderful town and I think you’ll be able to see enough of it to be satisfied in a day trip. If visiting for longer (and the place is worth it) there are plenty of cheap, or swanky, hotels in Segovia, whatever suits your budget. There are loads more churches to see, a couple of museums, easily enough to keep you occupied for a few days.

I’ve visited three times now and whenever I have people visit me in Madrid, I will always recommend it to them just as I am recommending to you now.

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26 Comments

  1. Thanks for this comprehensive list Matt! I plan to go literally next week and I feel really confident that we won’t get lost LOL – do you have suggestions on accessible vineyards from Segovia?

  2. An amazing blog – so detailed and all the information I was looking for. Thanks so much, going to follow this plan pretty precisely!

    1. Hey Kirstin, thanks for the lovely feedback, I’m stoked that you found it useful. You’ll have a great time Segovia is one of my favorite cities.

    1. Thanks Brent. I haven’t written about Toledo yet, but it is also a lovely place to visit, although personally, I prefer Segovia. The train for Toledo leaves from Atocha and takes a little over 30 mins. From what I remember it’s mainly churches. There is an Alcazr and be sure to get to the far side of the river to get a great view looking back at the city.

  3. That was a very interesting post for me, I have never been in Madrid but I hope to do that someday. It is helpful to see that I could escape one day from the big city to visit such a lovely place. I bookmarked your article, so I could come back and read again all these detailed instructions and descriptions.

    1. Thanks Perla, glad you enjoyed it and if you make it to Madrid it really is a fun and easy day trip out of the city. You are kind of swapping one big city for a smaller city, so it’s still busy with people, but less traffic which is lovely. Happy travels.

  4. I’ve visited Spain but spent time in Valencia for the flower festival. I must say that is one stunning photo of the aqueduct! If I make it to Madrid in the future I’ll certainly check out Segovia. Many thanks for the insightful tips.

    1. Spain has so many beautiful places and I’m only just starting to scratch the surface. I do recommend Madrid as a visit and especially the day in Segovia, the cities are beautiful and the people friendly 🙂

  5. What a beautiful day! I would love to visit someday, and see the aqueduct in person. That just always fascinates me, how advanced the Romans were for an ancient culture.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is a really cool place and one of the biggest, still standing, aqueducts from that era. It is mind boggling to sit there, look at it and just try to imagine what it was like back then. I could spend a whole day just lost in my thoughts doing that. Thanks for reading, hope you make it sometime.

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