Madrid

Madrid

The capital city with a thousand options

Madrid

Madrid, cheerful and vibrant at all hours, is famous for being an open city with all kinds of people from anywhere in the world.

In addition to its famous museums, busy streets dotted with all kinds of shops, restaurants with world cuisine or unbeatable nightlife, Madrid will surprise you with its charming, tranquil historic spots, with traditional and family-run century-old bars where friends meet up for a drink, all kinds of neighbourhoods, and cultural centres that offer an alternative type of tourism. Madrid has an authenticity that is hard to match. It is welcoming and diverse. Madrid is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s most interesting cities.

Culture and leisure at any time

Anyone in search of culture will find some of the most important museums in the world, such as the Prado, Reina Sofía or Thyssen. But we must not forget smaller options, full of charm, such as the Sorolla Museum or cultural centres like the Matadero or Conde Duque, which are continuously offering innovative exhibitions, concerts, guided tours, etc.Walking around Madrid means coming across iconic spots such as the stunning Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor with 400 years of history, the buzzing Puerta del Sol, the famous Gran Vía full of shops, or the four tallest towers in Spain. Each neighbourhood offers a different experience: La Latina is ideal for tapas, Las Letras has the perfect combination of literature and fine dining… But Madrid also means relaxing in enormous parks such as the Parque del Retiro, and other lesser-known but equally charming parks like El Capricho.

Capital of food, fashion and nightlife

When it comes time to eat Madrid has two facets, both equally delicious. On the one hand, traditional bars where you can discover the old-fashioned, unpretentious atmosphere known as ‘castizo’, and why tapas are so much fun. On the other hand, avant-garde restaurants such as DiverXO and traditional markets converted into new gourmet spaces like San Miguel, which have become true temples of gastronomy. In Madrid, any time is a good time to enjoy a lively, urban atmosphere. For example, the increasingly famous weekend brunches in enclosed glass terraces, courtyards, rooftops, etc.Fashionistas will find all options: luxury stores on the Golden Mile, vintage establishments in areas such as Fuencarral, new designer markets like the Mercado de Motores, and craft shops and bookshops over 100 years old. At dusk, some of the city’s viewpoints will surprise you with unique sunsets, at the Temple of Debod or the rooftop bar of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, for example. And at the end of the day... nightlife in Madrid is legendary with live music, all kinds of ambiences, music until the sun comes up...Madrid has its own beauty. Madrid stimulates and inspires. Madrid is an experience.

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How to get there - transport information


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How to get to aeroplane

  • Madrid Airport is 12 kilometres from the city centre, which can easily be reached by public transport.

  • Take Metro line 8. There is a 3-euro supplement to be added to the cost of any ticket, and the trip takes just over 30 minutes.

  • By train, take local lines C-1 or C-10, which get into the city centre in about half an hour.

  • By bus, you can get into town on the airport bus, Exprés Aeropuerto, in about half an hour for 5 euros, or take the regular city bus routes 200 or 101.

  • By taxi, there is a 30 euro flat rate from the airport to anywhere in the central zone of the city.

  • If travelling by night, take the airport express bus or a taxi.

  • By road, the usual route is via the M-40, about a 20-minute drive.

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How to get to train

  • If travelling to Madrid by train, you will probably arrive in one of the two main stations: Atocha or Chamartín.

  • Atocha railway station

    In the city centre.

    It’s easy to get around on public transport from the station, on the Metro (line 1), by train (all the Cercanías or local trains), on several bus routes (lines 6, 10, 14, 19, 24, 26, 27, 32, 34, 37, 45, 47, 54, 55, 57, 59, 85, 102, 141, C1, C2, N9, N10, N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N17, N25) and by taxi.

    International connections to Paris and Lisbon.

    High-speed trains to Barcelona, Seville, Valencia, Malaga, and more destinations.

     

  • Chamartín railway station:

    In the north of the city.

    On the Metro (lines 1 and 10), local trains (lines C-1, C-2, C-3, C3a, C-4, C-7, C-8 and C-10), buses (routes 5 and T62) and by taxi.

    International connections to Paris and Lisbon.

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How to get to bus

  • If you are coming to Madrid by coach, there are two bus and coach stations: Estación Sur de Autobuses and Estación de Avenida de América.

  • Estación Sur:

    In the south of the city of Madrid

    Public transport connections: Metro (line 6), local trains (lines C1, C5, C7, C10), city buses (routes 102, 152, 8, 156, 148) and taxis.

  • Estación de Avenida de América:

    In the north of the city.

    Public transport connections: Metro (lines 4, 6, 7 and 9), buses (12, 29, 52, 72, 73, 114, 115, 122, 200, C1, C2, N2, N4) and taxis.

How to get there by road

  • The main roads leading to Madrid are the A-1 (from the Basque Country), A-2 (Barcelona), A-3 (Valencia), A-4 (Seville), A-5 (Extremadura) and A-6 (Galicia).

  • Please note that large parts of the city centre are Low-Emissions Zones, where driving and parking are restricted. If you are coming to Madrid by car or motorbike, please check the restrictions on the City Council website. You can also get information before travelling through your accommodation in Madrid.

Practical information

  • Most points of interests can be found in the city centre and are easy to explore on foot.

  • Tourist card: for one person. Unlimited travel on the metro, bus and train network. There are five options: 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 calendar days.

  • Please note that large parts of the city centre are Low-Emissions Zones, where driving and parking are restricted. If you are coming to Madrid by car or motorbike, please check the restrictions on the City Council website. You can also get information before travelling through your accommodation in Madrid.

How to get around in metro/tram

  • The Metro network covers the whole city of Madrid and several neighbouring towns in the Community of Madrid.

  • It operates from 6 am to 1:30 am every day. 

  • You can buy single tickets, passes for 10 journeys, or special tickets to the airport.

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How to get around in train

  • Cercanías, the local train network, covers the whole city of Madrid and several neighbouring towns in the Community of Madrid.

  • It runs from 5.30 am to 11.30 pm.

  • You can buy single or return tickets, or a pass for 10 journeys.

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How to get around in bus

  • City routes usually run from 6 am to 11.30 pm.

  • Night buses, known as “búhos” (owls), run from 11.20 pm or 11.45 pm to 5.30 am or 6 am, and until 7 am on Saturday nights and before public holidays. Most lines start at Plaza de Cibeles. 

  • There are also intercity lines between the city of Madrid and other towns in the region.

  • Sightseeing bus around the most iconic spots with 1 or 2 day tickets.

How to get around in other means of transport

  • By taxi:

    Easily identifiable white vehicles with a red stripe.

    A green light on the roof shows they are available.

    Taxis can be found at special taxi ranks, hailed in the street (if they have the green light on) or requested through various mobile apps.

    Taxis from Madrid-Barajas airport to Madrid city centre have a set price of €30 each way.

  • An unusual, quick and environmentally friendly way to get around Madrid is by bicycle, either hiring one from the many bike rental companies, or from the municipal bike rental service Bicimad.

  • You can also cross the city in a cable car.