How to Get to Aranjuez from Madrid
Aranjuez is an easy day trip from Madrid, with the local train from Puerta del Sol taking you directly to the town in an hour.
Getting There from Madrid
Take the C-3 Cercanias (local train) from Sol or Atocha train station to Aranjuez station. The journey takes just under an hour and cost me 8€ for a return ticket.
The Royal Palace in Aranjuez is 15 minutes' walk from the train station (there are signposts). And then it's a further 30- to 45-minute walk to the Casa del Labrador in the Jardín del Príncipe.
I'd suggest the Chiquitren (one of those tourist 'trains' that you see driving around cities that are popular with tourists) to explore Aranjuez. Tickets are available from the tourist booth in front of the Royal Palace.
Guided Tours of Aranjuez from Madrid
Getting to, and then around Aranjuez, is much easier
Luxury Wine Tour of Aranjuez
Visit Aranjuez, a traditional winery and the famous windmills of Don Quijote, as well as a grand gothic castle and an excellent meal, paired with good local wines. Check it out here: La Mancha and Don Quijote Windmills Tour
Things to Do in Aranjuez near Madrid
The most popular sights in Aranjuez are:
- The most famous sight in Aranjuez and an easy walk from the train station.
- Casa del Labrador A bit further from the center - best to take the chiquitren to get there, or go on a guided tour.
- Macaw Sanctuary Great for the kids.
- Royal Barges Museum Features vessels from the 17th to the 19th century.
- Aranjuez Bullring Dates from the 17th century.
Wine Bodegas Near Aranjuez
Aranjuez is also a wine producing area, the nearest wine region to Madrid. There are a couple of good bodegas near Aranjuez, but they all need private transport to get to.