Getting to Madrid
Madrid is located right in the centre of Spain and enjoys efficient infrastructure to get there and excellent public transport within
the city once you have arrived.
- Air: Barajas Airport
T1 International Terminal: Inter-continental and some European flights.
If you plan to arrive at Barajas airport and then transfer to the downtown area, useful information can be found here.
T2 Terminal: Mostly European flights. Some intercontinental flights
T3 "Puente Aereo" Terminal: Shuttle flights between Madrid and Barcelona
T4 Terminal: Iberia and other OneWorld alliance airline flights
The airport is served by a fast-growing number of regular and charter airlines. All major US, European, low-cost & charter airlines
have a presence
This includes the excellent AeroCity Airport Shuttle service, which can be much cheaper than a taxi.
Madrid's Barajas Airport has Metro station in all terminals.
- Rail: Renfe
Renfe offers online booking in English here. Tickets can also be bought over the phone or from Madrid's 2 main train stations: "Atocha" and "Chamartin". Which station you use will depend on where you are arriving from (or going to), although sometimes a train leaving one of the stations will also pass through the other. Both stations are connected conveniently by nearby Metro stations.
"Estación Atocha" (Atocha Station):
- Address: Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V; Phone: +34 91 506 68 46
- "Atocha" is situated in the south of the city, very close to the centre. It mainly serves destinations in the south of Spain and on the eastern Mediterranean coast. If your origin or destination is Málaga, Seville, Córdoba or Valencia you will be using "Atocha". More info here.
- This is also the home base for the AVE , Spain's high speed train connecting Madrid with Ciudad Real, Córdoba, Seville and Barcelona (more info here). Madrid - Seville on the AVE can take as little as 2hours, 15mins and cost from 50 Euros on. The Madrid to Barcelona route takes 2 hours 40 minutes and an advance ticket purchased via Renfe's website can cost just 47 Euros.
- One of RENFE's surprising offers is a money-back guarantee if the AVE is delayed more than 5 minutes!.
"Estación de Chamartín" (Chamartín Station):
- Address: Agustín de Foxá; Phone: +34 91 315 99 76
- Metro Station: Chamartín
- Located in the north of the city, it mainly serves destinations in the north of Spain (the Basque Country, Barcelona, France). Connected to the rest of the city by Metro and local trains running to some of the other stations.
Another 3 train stations - "Príncipe Pío" (also known as "Estación del Norte"), "Recoletos" and "Nuevos Ministerios" - connect to suburban train lines to nearby destinations such as Segovia, Toledo and El Escorial.
Bus: "Estación Sur" (South Station)
Address: Méndez Alvaro; Phone: +34 91 468 42 00; Metro station: Méndez Alvaro
Local Trains ("Cercanías"): Méndez Alvaro (lines C-5, C-7b and C-10)
You can get to or from most cities in Spain by coach ("autocar" in Spanish). Madrid itself has several long distance bus stations, but by far the most important bus terminal in Madrid for long distance travel is this "South Station" from which you can get to almost any national or international destination.
Click here for detailed information
The other major bus station is the Moncloa Bus Station.
Some private bus companies also have their own terminals. Many are mentioned below.
Address: Alenza 20
Phone: +34 91 7456300
Metro station: Cuatro Caminos
Main destinations: San Sebastián, Irún, Vitoria, Burgos, Santander, Soria, Logroño and Pamplona.
Address: Fernández de los Rios
Phone: +34 91 543 36 45
Metro station: Moncloa
Main destinations: El Escorial, Las Rozas, Pozuelo, Majadahonda and Villalba.
Address: Estación Sur de Autobuses - Auto Res
Fernández Shaw, 1
Phone: +34 91 551 72 00
Metro station: Conde de Casal
To the East and South: Tarancón, Cuenca, Valencia, Cullera, Gandía, Tabernes, Castellón, Benicasim, Peñíscola, Oropesa and Vinaroz.
To the Northwest: Arévalo, Peñaranda, Salamanca, Medina del Campo, Tordesillas, Toro, Benavente and Zamora.
To the West: Extremadura - Navalmoral, Trujillo, Cáceres, Mérida, Badajoz, Montanchez, Plasencia and Coria.
Address: Paseo de la Florida, 11. Estación Sur de Autobuses - La Sepulvedana (Méndez Alvaro)
Phone: +34 91 530 48 00
Metro station: Méndez Alvaro
Local Trains: lines C-5, C-7b and C-10
Main destinations: Segovia, Avila, Talavera de la Reina, Jaén, Guadarrama, Cercedilla and Villalba
Address: Estación Sur de Autobuses - Alsa
Phone: 91 468 42 00
Metro station: Méndez Alvaro
Local Trains (Cercanías): Méndez Alvaro (lines C-5, C-7b and C-10)
Main destinations: León, Gijón and the north
Getting around Madrid
You can find full information on public transport in Madrid at: http://www.crtm.es (official website)
Madrid’s modern subway, called Metro, (http://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html) is a fast, efficient and safe way to navigate Madrid, and generally easier than getting to grips with bus routes. There are 11 colour-coded lines in central Madrid, in addition to the modern southern suburban MetroSur system as well as lines heading east to the major population centres of Pozuelo and Boadilla del Monte.
The metro operates from 6.05am to 1:30am., and takes you almost everywhere for just €1.5-€2 a ride (the metro ticket from/to
the airport has a supplement). There are several combined tickets that offer cheaper prices. Colour maps showing the main central Madrid metro system, as well as automatic ticket machines, are available from any metro station.
The metro covers 284km (with 282 stations), making it Europe’s second-largest metro system, after London. To give you an
idea of its scale and popularity, passengers make around 650 million metro rides in Madrid annually.
The short-range "cercanías" regional trains, operated by Renfe (www.renfe.es), are handy for making a quick, north–south
hop between "Chamartín" and "Atocha" train stations (with stops at "Nuevos Ministerios", "Recoletos" and "Puerta del Sol",
Buses operated by the Local Transport Company (www.emtmadrid.es) travel along most city routes regularly between about
6.30am and 11.30pm. Twenty-six night-buses, called "búhos" (owls), operate from midnight to 6am, with all routes originating
in "Plaza de la Cibeles" (Cibeles Square). Fares for day and night trips are the same: €1.5 for a single trip.
There are combined tickets for Metro and bus: "Metrobús" ticket - € 9,30 (a 10-journeys ticket valid for both bus and metro
(at Metro Stations, tobacco shops, and some press kiosks).
You can hail a taxi by just raising your arm. There is always a mandatory minimum fare of €2.10 from when the meter is switched
on. There are 2 rates of pay, depending on whether or not you are travelling during peak or off-peak times. Weekdays the metre
should indicate 'fare 1' from 06:00 - 21:00, and 'fare 2' from 21:00 - 06:00. During holidays the fare should be number 3.
If you pick up your taxi at Madrid Barajas airport, there is an automatic supplement to pay of €5.50. Also, any journey beginning
from a taxi rank at a bus station, railway station will incur a supplement of €2.95. You will have to pay this supplement if you get
your taxi from a taxi zone displaying the sign "suplemento autorizado".
There is no supplement for luggage, pets or wheelchairs.
If you want a taxi and you have limited mobility or have more than 4 bags, then you must call the larger taxi company, Eurotaxi's.
They are available 24 hrs a day on Tel: +34 91 547 8200 or +34 91 547 8500 / +34 91 547 8600