Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) is the ESA center
that specializes in astronomy and space science.
It is located in Villafranca del Castillo, Villanueva
de la Cañada, close to Madrid in Spain,
and hosts the science operation centers for all
ESA astronomy and planetary missions together
with their scientific archives.
Please, be aware that ESAC is not easily accessible
with public transportation. Refer to the ESAC
Bus transport (free of charge) will be provided
on the meeting days between San Lorenzo de El
Escorial and ESAC
in and departing from Madrid
Madrid can be reached by air through Barajas International
Airport. Useful references are:
Airport (Courtesy of AENA)
about transport to and from Madrid (Courtesy
of SoftGuide Madrid)
Information System of Madrid (Courtesy of
the Consejería de Transportes e infraestructuras)
Madrid Metro Map (Courtesy of the Metro de
is a Metro Station at the Barajas Airport that
will connect with the main train and bus stations
Airport to Train: (1) Metro line 8 from "Barajas
Aeropuerto" to "Nuevos Ministerios".
Airport to Bus: (1) Metro line 8 from "Barajas
Aeropuerto" to "Nuevos Ministerios"
- (2) Metro line 6 from "Nuevos Ministerios"
A taxi is always a good (but more expensive) alternative.
Getting to San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Lorenzo de El Escorial is situated at around
50 kilometers North-West of Madrid. (Note: El
Escorial and San Lorenzo de El Escorial are two
different towns 1.5 Km away).
the jet lagged, luggage bound, and tired traveller
-- we would recommend to take a taxi from Madrid
Barajas airport to Moncloa Metro/bus station,
and there to board the 661 bus (Madrid to San
Lorenzo de El Escorial). The bus will drop you
within 30m of the Hotels. The taxi from Barajas
to Moncloa should cost - about 20€ . The
bus fare is about 6€ , with the ticket being
purchased on the bus.
can take the train all the way to El Escorial
- but unlike the bus it does not go to San Lorenzo,
and leaves you at the train station 1.5 km short
of the hotel. A local bus from the train station
to the bus station (see map below) provides a
regular service, synchronized with train arrivals,
from 7:00 to 22:30 local time.
the third option is to take a taxi all the way
to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, with an estimated
price of 65 .
summary - We would advise the simple taxi + bus
option. It is fairly direct and not too expensive.
661 Timetable Select: Suburban Buses - Madrid
(Moncloa) - S.L. de El Escorial (via Galapagar)
(Cercanías) Timetable Select: Madrid
(Nuevos Ministerios) - El Escorial
Lorenzo del Escorial: 60€