Atocha Railway Station, Madrid
Atocha is Madrid's biggest train station (there is also Chamartin, but it's smaller). I took a train to/from Seville at that station in 2014. The station is huge and has a lot of shops and restaurants. It is also connected to the airport through the metro and Cercanias train, so if you need to get to/from the airport, there is no need to pay a taxi.
a view from driving to it, go places and easy now from Barajas with train cercanias C1and bus 203.
The first and biggest of Spain train stations, its a modern environment of eco and gardens, all making for a pleasant passing.
It connects to all of Spain from here on various lines and correspondances. the station of Puerta de Atocha which would welcome the new high speed line and located after the original station and the Atocha train station, who would welcome the lines that continue into the tunnel from the Castellana. The construction included an exchanger that combines Atocha commuter stations and the Metro of Madrid Atocha Renfe.
The original station was preserved and inside the lobby that gives access to other stations was built. In the lobby is a tropical garden which ranks who previously occupied roads and sidewalks. This greenhouse has some 7,200 plants of 260 species. On the front are ponds, which over the end of the 20th century, many people have been leaving exotic pets in place of aquatic plants, such as Florida, soft-shell turtles turtles (Apalone spinifera), plecostomus and goldfish, among others. Left in the lobby spaces for sale of tickets of long-distance, commuter service. You were placing, over time, fast food services, restaurants and thematic exhibitions.
Subsequently opened the high speed line Madrid-Zaragoza - Barcelona-French border ending at the station's Gate of Atocha.26 for connecting high speed lines arriving at Atocha and Chamartín, Madrid-Levante high speed line ends at the station of Chamartín to Atocha, uniting both stations .
metro train cercanias= suburbian
and from Madrid tourism bureau transportation
Another nice way to come from the airport or nearby suburbian towns is the Cercanias or suburbian train service. Upon arrival at barajas airport most go to nuevos ministerios metro ljne 8 than there is a hub of cercanias that can take you to Atocha RENFE main train line or to nearby cities such as Aranjuez, Alcala de Henares etc.
the link in English in contact will tell you more. Sometimes the run from airport to Atocha is faster and easier taken the cercanias from barajas T4 terminal straight to Atocha in Madrid. The site will give you schedules and prices explained here
A good piece of advice if you are planning to take the train from Atocha
this applies if:
a. you are planning to take the subway to Atocha
b. you have more than one piece of luggage
Just take a cab!!!
My personal experience-
I had an early morning train to Cordoba, so i ate breakfast quickly (the hotel was nice enough to get me something early), checked out of the hotel and headed off for the subway station (a few blocks away). I will tell you that trying to schlepp your crap on cobblestone streets (with not the greatest sidewalks) is a regal pain. Once you get to the subway, remember that the subway was not designed for international travellers and their luggage. You will be going down long hallways, tiny escalators, a bunch of stairs. etc. To save yourself a few euros, cmon!
It is far easier to take a cab to Atocha, roll your stuff right into the train station and find your platform and go.
I went from Barajas airport to ATOCHA in September, using the metro. Line 8 from Terminal 4. Then instead of changing two more times with the metro, I got off at Nuevos Ministerios and caught the Cercanis to ATOCHA. Much easier if you have a lot of luggage or don't want to change twice more on the metro.
Also you can get Line 8 from T1, T2, T3 at one stop only after the Barajas stop.
Got to ATOCHA a lot faster than I had expected to do so.
Had plenty of time for a nice sit down coffee and snack.
On the ground floor of the station there is an indoor tropical botanical garden, with a turtle pond.
Pleasant 'outdoor' coffee shop next to it.
I came into Madrid from Cordoba from the AVE Train that goes through, and that just worked slick. Atocha Station is really a great station, even if your not going anywhere, you should just take a walk through it to see. There are a bunch of awesome trees, and cool walkways.
It was the first railway station in Spain. The station was originally named Estacion de Mediodia but it is now known as Estacion de Atocha or Atocha Station. One of the most beautiful attractions of this railway station is tropical garden of 4000 m2. The Atocha is a modern facility. It has a large atrium with palm trees flanked by offices. On one end of the atrium (upper floor) is the entrance to the train bays. The new terminal making the station the largest in Madrid. The AVE, Spain high speed train connects the Atocha to Sevilla and Cordoba.
Plaza del Emperador Carlos V
Atocha Renfe (M1, RENFE)
Madrid’s two main railway stations are Camartin in northern Madrid and Atocha in the south of the city. So if you are going to transfer trains in Madrid check and see what station they arrive and leave from and if it isn't the same station, allow time for transfer.
In 1964, my hotel room looked out on the Carlos V fountain and the train station was right next to it. The original facade faces the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, a site at which a variety of streets converge, including the Calle de Atocha, Paseo del Prado, Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona, Calle de Méndez Álvaro, Paseo de las Delicias, Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza, and Ronda de Atocha. I took a lot of pictures of the fountain, and the train station is on at least this one of them. This was also the site of Madrid's first railway station dating from February 1851. That building was destroyed by fire, so it was rebuilt and reopened in 1892.
According to Wikipedia
The architect for the replacement, in a wrought iron renewal style was Alberto de Palacio Elissagne, who collaborated with Gustave Eiffel. Engineer Henry Saint James also took part in the project. The name Atocha has become attached to the station because of the nearby basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Atocha. The train platforms were partly covered by a roof in the form of inverted hull with a height of approximately 27 meters and length of 157 meters. The steel and glass roof spreads between two brick flanking buildings.
After our 1964 visit, the station was completely remodeled in 1985.
There are several ways of getting to Toledo from Madrid (bus, suburban train - check elsewhere for details), but the fastest is by Renfe Avant out of Atocha. 30 minutes.
Trains leave at 9:20, 10:20 and 12:20, but be careful; you might need to book.
When I tried, the 10:20 was full, so I made a reservation for the following day.
Bare this in mind, when deciding on your mode of transport, cos booking takes time.
(Get your hotel to do it?)
But Toledo is a terrific place to go!
Cost €15 return.
Málaga-Madrid in only 2 hours and 30 minutes, thank you AVE. Is the high speed train and service begun on december of last year. If you buy the tickets online in advance you can get a very good discount almost 50 %. Is a very good choice thinking of a day trip to Madrid.
Málaga-Madrid en solo 2 horas y media y gracias al AVE. Es el tren de alta velocidad y comenzó el servicio allá por diciembre del 2007. Si compras los billetes a traves de la web de renfe puedes conseguir buenos descuentos de casi el 50%.
Atocha is one of the most important train stations within Madrid. It's located very close to the Reina Sofia museum and El Prado. From this train station you can take 3 different types of trains: short distance (to places in the outskirts of Madrid, but still wothin the community of Madrid), medium distance (to cities outside of the community of Madrid, such as Toledo, Avila, Segovia...), and long distance (to Sevilla for example). To take short distance trains you don't need any type of reservation, to take a long distance train reservation is required, and for the medium distance, although it is possible to get a ticket straight away, it's safer to get a reservation so you won't get a surprise when you get there! It's also important to know that Atocha also has a Metro stop, which makes it easier to get there.
Madrid has two stations for long distance journeys. Atocha and Chamartin. Trains from the north (Nord spain and France) arrive at Chamartin; trains from the south and west (Portugal) arrive at Attocha. spanish national trains are called RENFE. At Attoche the AVE high speed trains from Seveille and Cardoba arrive. Some trains stop at both stations. TALGO trains ride at the routes of AVE and European routes.
Good luck when trying to buy train tickets in Atocha Station. Unfortuneatly I didn't speak Spanish while I was there so I realize that I myself can be blamed. I tried to do three day trips out of Madrid to Segovia, Cordoba and Toledo. Each of these trip uses a different railway system so we had to buy our tickets at three different locations in the station and I don't think a single person in the station spoke english. It was really difficult trying to sort this all out. And make sure you save your ticket because you need the ticket to exit out of the station. don't be like me and trow it out after they have checked it on the train. I agrued with the gaurd for 15 minutes before he would let me out of the station. Well, more like he yelled at me in spanish and I looked dumb because I didn't understand.
Atocha is the main station in Madrid. It is a large building built 100 years ago. Inside the original building was transformed into an amazing tropical forest. It has birds, even turtles, and the result is very nice. This is definitely the nicest train station I have been to.
To buy long-distance tickets, you need to arrive sometime early, or you might miss your preferred departure (especially if you are going to the very popular Toledo). You might order tickets online, but you still need to come early to claim them, and BE SURE to write down the LOCALIZADOR code, or they will not have your information. You can check departures and buy tickets at www.renfe.es.
Check the times of the train before you come, Our train to Toledo left @ 9:20am and only took 30 minutes to get there. The train station has a large display of plants along with some turtles in the station. We paid 8.60 euros.