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)
Atocha is not only the mayor train hub of southern Madrid, but also a delicious visit by itself. The station has three different sections: the commuting trains one, the long distance and the oldest and most beautiful: the tropical garden. Right now is under restoration, but when it works at "full capacity" the humidifiers create a REAL tropical atmosphere there. It’s an spectacular visit… but be aware that the human body tends to sweat copiously when facing such humid atmospheres ;-)
One of the two main train stations in Madrid (the other one is Chamartin). Located in front of the Reina Sofia Museum. Trains for the south (Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Malaga, Huelva...).
Come with enough time to admire the interior tropical garden (see photo) at the old station building. They've got many kinds of tropical plants as well as turtles and fishes.
If you are going somewhere to the south or east of Madrid, this is the station for you. The high speed AVE train which connects Madrid with Sevilla departs from here. I went to Toledo from Atocha, which also serves Cordoba, Malaga, Valencia and Castelon among others. For more information of train travel in Spain, go to: www.renfe.es/ingles/index.html
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.
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.
Getting through the subways was quite an adventure. Especially worrying about gypsies all the time! The Madrid subway system is designed really well, color coded, and easy to navigate. For us, it was a struggle though, we were exhausted after a looooong plane ride, and carrying around heavy bags, to boot!
Then at the Atocha train station it took forever to find where to buy tickets. The station is huge!
And listening to and understanding spoken Spanish is much harder than reading it! Most definitely a baptism by fire - bautizo por fuego - en la estación del tren en Madrid.
I am exhausted - haven't slept yet, hope to soon. The car is quiet except for a little 2 year old girl next to me who loves to talk. But she is so cute and has a sweet, innocent voice, so I don't mind.
I'm in a separate car than Dave and Pat. Note to first time travelers in Spain - you can't just sit wherever you want! They are really picky about assigned seats. Unfortunately I'm in a different car, or "coche." It's crazy here! And who would have thought that "plaza" means "seat"? I suppose it has the connotation of "place," as in, "place to sit."
The Spanish countryside is beautiful! We are passing olive groves and green fields. I'm going to stop writing and look out the window.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
Atocha, train station, close to the Reina Sofia and Del Prado musseums and El Retiro Park.
Special tips for sundays: in the morning go to the flea market: El Rastro, and before 2:30 (they close at that time) try to visit any of this two musseums that are free on this day.
Estacion de Atocha:Madrid's first railroad service,from Atocha to Aranjuez, was inaugurated in 1851.Fourty years later Atohca station was replaced by a new building that was given a modern extention in the 1980s.The older part of the station, bulit of glass and wrought iron, now houses a pleasant indoor palm garden. There is a restaurant also next to this palm garden .We had a lunch there,they have delicious deserts.(chocolate sufle!!!mmmm)
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