How to arrive

El Escorial is located in the North-west part of the province of Madrid, at a distance of about 50 km from the capital. The Residencia San José is located in the town of El Escorial, the address is Avenida Reyes Católicos, 12 and it is in the intersection with Avenida Felipe II.

From the Airport (Madrid - Barajas)

You may arrive at any of the four terminals of the airport (T1, T2 T3 or T4).

We recommend you to take the metro (it is cheap, 2€ for the trip, and it goes directly to the train station)
metro This is the Metro sign and you should follow it.

There is metro line connecting the airport with downtown: Line 8. Nuevos Ministerios-Aeropuerto T4

  • Terminal T4: The station is on floor -1.
  • Terminals T1, T2, T3: The entrance to the underground can be found in the walkway connecting to car park P2 in the middle of the terminal 2.

Take the Metro, Line 8 (the pink one), from the airport to Nuevos Ministerios. The trip takes about 25 min. This is a map of the Metro network with the two Aeropuerto stations and Nuevos Ministerios marked with a red circle.

Follow the signs to Renfe Cercanías (without exiting to the street). Take the train to El Escorial (Cercanías, C8a). From here follow the instructions on getting to El Escorial by train.

You may find more useful information here:

Getting to the El Escorial by train.


The local trains (colored in white and red, marked by the symbols of "Cercanías") are modern, comfortable, and run on time. The entrance into each station is also marked by a pole which carries the same symbol. Take the train (Cercanías, C8a) from any of these train stations: Atocha, Recoletos, Nuevos Ministerios or Chamartín (see MAP ) to El Escorial (the stations Nuevos Ministerios and El Escorial are marked with a red circle). The trip takes approximately 1 hour. Here you can find the schedule for Sunday.

From the train station at El Escorial there is a 800-meter walk uphill to the Residencia San Jose (see MAP). On Sunday, June 15, a person from the organization will be at the train station of El Escorial from 12:00 till 8:30 pm. to give you directions.