The Philip II Train

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Embark on this wonderful 50-minute ride to one of the most stunning and historically valuable sites in the Region of Madrid: El Escorial Monastery and the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the site lies just 60km northwest of the city of Madrid, at the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. Located in a wonderful natural setting, the magnificent monastery built by King Philip II reflects both the king’s austere nature and the strength of his religious devotion.

You can get to El Escorial by car or public transport, but one of the most enjoyable ways of travelling there is on the Tren de Felipe II, a vintage train whose carriages and locomotive date back to the 1940s and 1960s, respectively, on board you'll be joined by conductors in period costumes who will make you feel like you're in ‘the empire on which the sun never sets’.

Once you get to El Escorial you can visit the Monastery – a masterpiece of Herrerian architecture – and other landmarks such as the Casas de Oficios (Trade Houses), the Casita del Príncipe (Residence of the Prince), the Casa de Infantes (Infants’ House) and the Coliseo de Carlos III Teatro Real. Take a stroll around the town and be dazzled by the architectural splendour of that era.

AUTUMN DATES 2022

  • October: 1, 2, 8, 9, 12, 15, 22, 29 and 30
  • November: 1, 5, 6, 12, 19 and 26
  • December: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10

TIMES

  • Departures from Príncipe Pío Station: 10:20am.
  • Return from El Escorial Train Station: 5.25pm, depending on the season.

*Check schedule for historical train

PRICES

Imperial Pack: Adults: €30 / Children (aged 4-12): €22.5 / Babies (0-3 years old) Free / See discounts

Includes:

  • Meeting at the Príncipe Pío train station in Madrid
  • Return 50-minute trip aboard the historical train from Príncipe Pío and El Escorial
  • Bus transfer from train station to San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • 40-minute guided tour of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial historical complex
  • 90-minute guided tour of the El Escorial Royal Monastery
  • Bus transfer from San Lorenzo de El Escorial to the train station

Legends Pack: Adults: €25 / Children (aged 4-12): €18.75 / Babies (0-3 years old) Free / See discounts

Includes:

  • Meeting at the Príncipe Pío Train Station in Madrid
  • Return 50-minute trip aboard the historical train from Príncipe Pío and El Escorial
  • Welcome and panoramic bus tour of the Felipe II Forest (La Herrería)
  • A tour of the Casita del Infante Gardens, Monastery panoramic view, Royal Site Gardens and Lonja, and the San Lorenzo de El Escorial historical complex.
  • Bus transfer from San Lorenzo de El Escorial to the train station

Journey Pack: Adults: €20 / Children (aged 4-12): €15 / Babies (0-3 years old) Free

Includes:

  • Meeting at the Príncipe Pío train station in Madrid
  • Return 50-minute trip aboard the historical train from Príncipe Pío and El Escorial
  • Bus transfer from Train Station to San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • A free visit to the Monastery
  • Bus transfer from San Lorenzo de El Escorial to the train station

Customised Trip

There is the option of organising customised trips for family or company events. This possibility is adapted to suit your needs, whereby it is possible to reserve a compartment, a carriage  or even the whole train, and the desired route.

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OFFICIAL PRODUCTS

An observation deck at 92 metres.

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