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    Cercanias

    by gmg61 Written Jun 8, 2008

    The RENFE service "Ferrocarril de Cercanìas" is a system of suburban trains connecting Madrid with the nearby villages and towns like Getafe, Alcalà de Henares, Aranjuez, El Escorial etc.
    There are 8 lines in the network and trains operates from 6 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.
    Cercanias can also be used to move inside Madrid city centre: there is no station in the historical centre, but plenty of them all around its perimeter, like Atocha RENFE, Embajadores, Principe Pio and Recoletos

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    Abono Transportes Turistico (Tourist Travel Pass)

    by gmg61 Written Jun 5, 2008

    The Tourist Travel Pass (Abono Transportes Turistico) is the new transport pass, valid for unlimited trips on the Madrid's public transport system.
    It can be purchased at the Transport Consortium Offices, Underground stations and some newsstands and the duration is 1,2,3,5 and 7 days. You can also choose between a pass valid only inside Madrid city limits (zona A) or a pass valid into the whola area, including El Escorial, Alcalà de Henares, Toledo, Guadalajara and Aranjuez (zona T)
    Zona A Travel passes can be used on all metro lines (including the airport), all buses (EMT), all RENFE suburban trains within the zone and the Light Rail ML1.
    Zona T travel passes are also valid on all lines of Public Transport, RENFE Suburban Train lines (but not Regional lines) and the Light Rail ML2 and ML3.
    For zone A the price is (May 2008): Euro 4 for 1 day, 7,20 for 2 days, 9,60 for 3 days, 15 for 5 days, 20,80 for 7 days.
    For zone T the price is Euro 8 for 1 day, 14,40 for 2 days, 19,20 for 3 days, 30 for 5 days, 41,60 for 7 days.

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    Trenes de Larga Distancia (Long Distance Trains)

    by Redang Updated May 13, 2008

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    There are two main stations in Madrid Chamartín and Atocha.
    Chamartín is in the north of Madrid and Atocha is south of Plaza de Cibeles and very close to the main museums such as Prado and Reina Sofía.

    When you check the schedules of the long distances trains, keep in mind that many times Atocha appears with the name of Puerta de Atocha.

    The Spanish High Speed train is called AVE, and it normally operates from Chamartín or Atocha-Puerta de Atocha.

    * How to get there:
    - Chamartín: Metro Chamartín (line 10).
    - Atocha: Metro Atocha-Renfe (line 1).

    Both stations also serve suburban trains too.

    Note: Regarding Atocha, the official address is Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, although everybody calls it just Atocha. This station houses a greenhouse inside (3rd pic).

    Atocha station (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain) Atocha station (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain) Atocha station (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain)

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    Trenes de Cercanías (Suburban/Commuter Trains)

    by Redang Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    There are a few stations where you can take these trains. The most important and therefore the biggest, are Chamartín and Atocha, but some others, called apeaderos, can be closer for you, just check the schedules and where the stations and you are, and some of them also serve long distance trains and buses.

    * How to get there:
    - Chamartín: Metro Chamartín (line 10).
    - Atocha: Metro Atocha-Renfe (line 1).
    - Recoletos: Metro Colón (line 4).
    - Nuevos Ministerios: Metro Nuevos Ministerios (lines 6, 8 and 10).
    - Méndez Alvaro: Metro Méndez Alvaro (line 6).
    - Príncipe Pío (or Estación del Norte): Metro Príncipe Pío (lines 6, 10 and Ramal Opera-Príncipe Pío).

    Note: Regarding Atocha, the official address is Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, although everybody calls it just Atocha.

    If you use this website www.ctm-madrid.es, look for Cercanías Renfe (Spanish version) or Suburban Rail (English version).

    Or check another website down below.

    Atocha Station (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain) Atocha Station (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain)

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    Taxis

    by Redang Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    I bring this tip just to give you the telephone numbers of some taxi companies in case you are very tired and want to go back to your accommodation and the local buses and metro have finished the service.

    - Radio-Taxi: 91 447 32 32
    - Radio-Taxi Independiente: 91 405 12 13
    - Radioteléfoo Taxi: 91 547 82 00
    - Tele-Taxi: 91 371 21 31 or 91 371 37 11

    Real Iglesia de San Andr��s (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain)

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    On Foot

    by Redang Written Feb 4, 2008

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    Madrid is a big city, no doubt about it, but if you happend to draw a circle on the map of the city, you will realize that the most important sights are quite close to each other.

    When I go to a new city, I walk and walk a lot because, from my point of view, that's the best way to know the destination.

    I don't mean that you shoudn't use the other means of transportation, not at all, I just give you my opinion about my own city.

    Either you walk or not, I bet you will enjoy Madrid, for sure!

    Plaza Mayor (Madrid, Espa��a/Spain)

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    Transportation in Madrid

    by Redang Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    Consorcio de Transportes de Madrid: If you want to have all the infomation about transportation in Madrid: Metro, local buses, suburban buses and suburban trains.

    There is also the Madridcard which you can save money with: Museums, transportation, etc., and on some occasions, free entry!, not only in Madrid itself but in some surrounding towns.

    - www.madridcard.com (different languages).

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    AUTOEUROPE

    by Jawnuta Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    This summer we used www.autoeurope.com to book Volkswagen Golf Disel for our trip around Spain and Portugal.
    Autoeurope is a consolidating agency.
    Looking at my confirmation our car will be delivered by AVIS.
    The price is too good to be true, so we will see once we get there (where is the trick).
    Our review this fall.
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    Here it is .....

    to our surprise the Avis was just exchanging their fleet, and we got brand new Alfa Romeo 159. The car had only 13 km on the meter....
    ALFA ROMEO 159 !!! BRAND NEW!!!!

    We were very pleased.
    We had no problem what so ever with the car. After all it was a brand new car.
    In July 2007 we paid $447 for 12 days (07.17-07.29) + second driver fee.

    We will definitely use autoeurope next time.

    Our Alfa Romeo from AVIS booked by Autoeurope on the road on the road on the road on the road

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    FREE TRANSPORT

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 10, 2007

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    There is a Spanish website that offers you to travel from one Spanish city to another or even in the same city. It can be accessed at the following link - http://www.shareling.es/demands.html
    All you have to do is well in advance post your demand or needs of travel indicating from which city to another you wish to travel and people who would be travelling the same route and looking for company or just simply wanting to do a good deed would contact you and share their vehicle with you. A good way of cutting costs and making friends while you are in Spain.
    This is totally FREE to use unless you want to share some expenses with the owner of the vehicle.
    Note: I have not tried this service, which seems to be new (November 2007) so kindly take the necessary precautions.

    Related to:
    • Study Abroad
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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    EASYJET

    by Jawnuta Updated Sep 29, 2007

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    We will be flying to Madrid on EasyJet this year.
    They are very cheap comparing to other airlines, but full of restrictions.
    There is no seat reservation, so I guess I will have to fight with some older lady over my seat (I know my luck).
    The time of the departure keeps changing to later hours.

    I hope we will get where we want to get without any problems.

    Our review this fall.
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    Well, it was great ride on those orange easyjet planes. The only thing.........the seats do not recline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You sit on your butt in 90 degree position (or at least it feels like it).
    The crew is great. Food is expensive. The crew is great. And I really like orange color.
    We will definitely fly EasyJet again, even though the seats do not recline but... The crew is great. :-)

    Easyjet plane hello Madrid new highways sponsored by EU over the mountains over the mountains

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  • Parking

    by ger4444 Written Jun 22, 2007

    It takes you a lot of time to find a parking place along the streets. So if you are in madrid you better find a hotel with parking facilities. There are several parkings in Madrid, the green shield means its free, the red one means it s not free. When you park your car wrongly your car gets trown away by police and it will cost you 150 euro to get it back. in the town s centrum you need a parking licence to park. you can buy them at the tabac shops and you need to put it visibly behind your window. (between 8 am and 8 pm).

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  • Car rental

    by ger4444 Written Jun 22, 2007

    At Barajas, terminal 1, and attocha you can find car rental companies. Atesa, Avis, Hertz are some of them. You need to be 21 and have a valuable driving license. you can pay cash, by mastercard or with travel cheques. Its wise to fully secure yourself. Hotels and travel agencies can get you a renal car too.

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  • Taxi

    by ger4444 Written Jun 22, 2007

    When a taxi is free, it is showed by a green lamp on the roof of the cab and a sighn with the word libre at the back. Taxi drivers are obligated to put on the meter. so no tricks. the beginning tarif is 1 euo, but there are extra costs for the ride to the airport, and there is extra costs for luggage. You can order a taxi via Radio Taxi (914475180). disabled people can call for an adapted taxi via Radio Telefono Taxi (9154782000)

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  • Bus

    by ger4444 Written Jun 22, 2007

    If you plan to use the bus more often, buy a metrobuscard. ten rides. (around 5 euro). you can buy them at kiosks and sigarshops and the EMT at Sol. At the busstops the numbers of the busses and routes are sighnpposted. click your card in the machine in the bus. wheelchairs can use the busses with a low entrance floor. (piso bajo). Line 2 rides from east to west trough the centre, line 5 rides between Sol and Chamartin station, line 27 rides from north to south over the paseo castiliano. Busses ride from 6 am to midnight.

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  • Sightseeing tour

    by ger4444 Written Jun 22, 2007

    Madrid Vision gives the whole year sightseeing tours on a red double decker. it starts at several places in town, but the main place to get upon the bus nis on Sol. there you can buy tickets. there are tickets for one tour, tickets for 3 tours. you can get up and off the bus and hop trough the city in that way. You get information by a headphone in sevral languages. getting up and from the bus is on 14 places. you are allowed to ride with the bus the whole day.

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