This is a great way to get to see the sights and get your bearings in Madrid. It's the usual open top tourist bus (in red!) which circles the cities tourist sights. in this case there are two routes... red route (21 stops) for the old town and blue (15 stops) for the more modern side of Madrid. Each route takes about 75 minutes to complete, longer if the traffic is bad.
There are stops all over the city usually adjacent to all the tourist sights and you can hop on and hop off once you've bought your ticket. There is a main ticket kiosk near to the Museo del Prado, however tickets can bought on the bus and at various outlets throughout the city. Tickets can also be bought online too. Prices are about 15-18e a day per adult, 10e a child or 45e for a family. I bought a 2 day ticket for about 20e.
The Madrid Vision double decker tour is a great way to see Madrid especially if time constraints are an issue, you can get on, and off as many times as you wish and they are a real transportation bargain, the narration given through earphones provided for you to keep are very informative. I highly recommend this wonderful way of discovering the city.
You can purchase the tour tickets right on the bus.
Taking a trip on the Madriv Vision tour buses is maybe not the most "Madrilleñero" thing to do. It gives you though a beautiful overview of the central parts of the city and it's biggest attractions. Both the tour around the new and old Madrid is more than worth the time you spend on the bus.
Don't forget to brings your own earphones because the ones you get on the bus isn't very good.
Having said that the Madrid Card doesn't make sense to me, the opposite happens with Madrid Vision bus tours. It is a must. It gives tourists the opportunity to take a panoramic trip around the city of Madrid.
Tickets may be purchased inside the bus, at travel agencies and at some hotels.
As soon as you are ready to tour the city buy the 2-day ticket and make the historic (red) itinerary to orient yourself and learn the basics about Spain history. Later do the same with the modern (blue) itinerary. The third one named monumental (green) is covered by the other two. After that you're ready to board on and off as many times as you want while visiting the places you've chosen.
· Adults E10,60
· 7 to 16 years and over 65 E5,30
· Children under 7. FREE
· Adults 13,60
· 7 to 16 years and over 65 E6,80
· Children under 7. FREE
In Madrid, you can buy a day pass for the tour busses that go around the city. There are a few lines, and each line has a theme represented by a colour - historical (red), modern (blue), and monuments (green). If you buy a ticket for one line, you can use it for any of the other lines, but it's only for that day. If you want to go on these tours the next day, you have to buy a new ticket.
These are double-decker, open-air buses, and you can sit where you want. The best place in my opinion is on the top, where you can see everything and get the air blowing in your face. There are earphones at every seat, with a recording giving information on every stop. There are translations available in many languages. The only complaint I have about the translations is that the English one mispronounced Don Quixote. It's Kee-HO-tee, not QUICK-sit!
The buses run all day, and you can get on at any time, any stop, as long as you have a ticket. I think you buy the tickets on the bus when you hop on, but I'm not sure. When I was there, a ticket cost 9,62 Euros.
Madrid Vision gives visitors the opportunity to take a panoramic trip around the city of Madrid, and tickets may be purchased at travel agencies, in the vehicle itself, Madrid Vision information points and Hotels. And once you have your ticket, you may get on and off the three routes as often as you like, depending on whether you have chosen the 1- or 2-day option.
Buses have panoramic deck allowing you to take the best photographs of the city, anatomical seats, audio system with tourist information in 8 languages, low floor for handicapped access and ramp for those with reduced mobility, air conditioning and heating; and electronic suspension.
Price is €9.62 for one day pass and €12.02 for the two day ticket.
Madrid Vision: "The Easiest Way To Know Madrid"
You can choose from three routes:
- Historical Madrid
- Modern Madrid
- Monumental Madrid