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Going from Atocha Station to Barajas Airport .

by Tarlach1

I will be arriving from Malaga at 9.40am at Atocha station , will I have enough time to transfer to the airport for an 11.35am International flight to Atlanta .
Gracias ,
Thomas

Re: Going from Atocha Station to Barajas Airport .

by HansDK

It will be tight, maybe too tight.

According to http://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html the trip from Atocha to Barajas takes 50 mins and you have to be checked in minimum 60 minutes before departure.

Re: Going from Atocha Station to Barajas Airport .

by Roadquill

Hi Tom, I don't think you give yourself enough time. When you arrive at Atocha Renfe, you will need at least 10 minutes to collect your bags and walk over to the metro station and you still need to buy tickets for the metro. The line 1 probably runs every 6 minutes so you could easily lose some time there. Then you have to change lines at Tribunal to get to Nuevos Ministerios, which means walking up and down stairs and timing the next train. It could take 45 minutes just to get to Nuevos Ministerios according to the metro website. Then another 35 minutes to Barajas (plus buying the extra surcharge ticket to the airport), Then you have to make sure which terminal you fly out of. For an international flight you really need to be at the airport at 9:40, not arriving at Atocha. Karl

Re: Going from Atocha Station to Barajas Airport .

by puerto_lover

My tip about this very subject using the Cercanias regular train running from Atocha stopping at Nuevos Ministerios is :
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/4ceb3/3ff84/9/
Allow one hour for this route which is fine.

Re: Going from Atocha Station to Barajas Airport .

by rodsdispatches

No problem. The trains and busses arrivals are spot on and the 2 metro train ride to the airport is less than 20 min. Only take a taxi if you cant carry your bags - lots of stairs in the metro. Put your wallet in your sock as the pickpockets on the airport run are doing well.

Travel Tips for Madrid

La Latina - a different Madrid is waiting for you

by WanderingFinn

La Latina is said to be the living neighbourhood of the Madrid working class people. It is a very fascinating area as it is so different from the areas nearby downtown. The streets are narrow, houses more colourful, less people on move.

There were small or tiny restaurants - not as many as in other areas but they were nice. You always got some extra when you bought something.

Especially nice were the old fashioned and still kept street signs which look like they would be made of porcelain. It is typical only for this area. One very interesting and very international small restaurant, which was Iraqi. The two very polite, funny and nice young guys working there were from Romania and the other one from Syria. We Finnish customers...

I know very well that it's a habit to give the customer something salty free of charge (peanuts, olives or other tapas or mezedes type of small things). But these guys brought us a such a big PORTION of many different kind of olives that we were totally full and had a difficulty in eating it all!

La Hora de Comer..... Time To Eat!!

by mollymoo0oo0

It would be irresponsible to not include a tip about eating times in Madrid.... after all, it may be different to your local customs, and could mean you miss out on some great food!

Firstly, el desayuno, breakfast is fairly non-existent as a meal here. Typically you will find:
- zumo de naranja, freshly squeezed orange juice (delicious!)
- cafe, coffee or
- chocolate caliente hot chocolate
with a tosta or churros/porras

These will be served no later than 12h00.

For lunch, things get interesting.... in fact, if you are on a budget or with an energetic trip planned, I most recommend you get to a good place to eat at this time.

Almost every eating establishment will offer a menu del día, ranging in price and quality. Basically this will be a set menu (usually with a selection) to include

- pan, bread
- vino o refresco, wine or soft drink
- 2 platos, courses
- postre, dessert and
- cafe, coffee

.....at a cost of around 80% the original price. This can be a great value and certainly a good way to eat lots when you need the energy for the day!

You will find this available from around 14h00-16h00 from Monday to Friday, and not usually at weekends. *Note that after this time you may not find a place to eat until the evening.*
Prices are around 8-12€ per person. Of course there are a few pricier restaurants, but these prices by far reflect the majority of places you will likely encounter.

Finally, para cenar, to dine in the evening.... Don´t even think about eating before 20h00..... in fact, los madrileños won´t emerge for their meal before 22h00 and arriving at a restaurant before this time may leave you feeling you´re in a ghost town! It´s certainly not a good time to judge the popularity of a place ;)
Many restaurants open from 21h00, and are often open until midnight or even later.

There is a growing list of food establishments in my tips if you are looking for ideas. I hope this guide is useful to you :)

Hawaiian Bar

by Lauritalamadrilena

Go to the Hawaiian Bar in Plaza Santa Ana (I'm sorry, I don't remember the name of it). They give you a Hawaiian lay, a flower, and one of those little umbrellas for your drinks. The drinks are like smoking volcanos and coconuts and scorpions and come with like 3 foot long straws. It's a lot of fun.

SHOPPING AREAS

by markeveleigh about Shopping Areas

Joy Eslava (Calle del Arenal, 33), with 6 bars distributed across 3 floors, is still the city’s most popular nightspot - on any night of the week it is a favourite queuing venue for both citizens and travellers alike.
Gabana 1800 (Velázquez, 6) is the flagship of the Madrid dulce vida and is a cocktail-sipping hangout for the city’s gorgeous people…and often a few Real Madrid futbolistas.
Ave Nox (Lagasca, 31) has a lively atmosphere and is another prime place-to-be-seen. Teatriz (Hermosilla, 15), set in a charming theatre, is a very popular venue that is worth visiting if only to check out the décor (by Philippe Starck y Mariscal).
Fortuny (Fortuny, 34) is an intriguing ‘disco-restaurant’ in a historic little mansion that has certainly seen the glittering footsteps of more than a few of the city’s brightest stars.

Cool bar

by vanessadb about Dekonya

The Dekonya is an essential nightlife spot. It's a dim litted bar with colorful walls and a long hallway that takes you to a 'backroom' with a dance floor. Trendy and cool.

Fun fact: its name means 'as a joke' ;-) None

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