Getting Around Madrid

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  • Car

    by ger4444 Written Jun 22, 2007

    Most cartraffic touristic will come from France. Around Madrid there are two Circular highways, the M40 (outher) and M30 (inner). Going into the city use the inner one and leave at the exit of your destination. All highways lead to the M30. Riding in Madrid centre is an adventure sui generis. Madrilenians have a wild riding style, traffic shields are unclear or are not present, parking is often very difficult.

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    By Car to Madrid: How far/how long...?

    by Redang Updated Mar 31, 2006

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    Distances (aprox.) from Madrid to:
    - Lisbon (Portugal): 630 kms.
    - Paris (France): 1.280 kms.
    - Amsterdam (Netherlands): 1.782 kms.
    - Rome (Italy): 1.968 kms.
    - Berlin (Germany): 2.005 kms.
    - Prague (Czech Republic): 2.345 kms.
    - Sofia (Bulgaria): 3.004 kms.
    - Tallinn (Estonia): 3.662 kms.
    - Moscow (Russia): 4.139 kms.

    You can find here the distances together with the driving time and the best route.

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    Online Maps

    by Lorro Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    When trying to find where in Madrid something is located online and all I have is the address I go to this website.

    www.qdq.com

    It gives you a photo of the building at that address and a map which shows closest metro stops and parking. A great resourse!
    When you get to the main page on the right hand side is the Callejero Fotografico so click on Madrid and then you can put in the street name and number.
    Happy hunting!
    J.

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    Car Rental

    by xstacey Written Jan 8, 2006

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    If possible, I would recommend not driving around Madrid at all.. especially, if like us, you couldn't read Spanish. The entire process of getting the car... walking down a dark garage. It just all seemed strange. Then once in the car when we were leaving Madrid and start driving to Bilbao... wow. Thank God Chris drove. GOd only knows what condition the car would have been in if i drove. Driving to Bilbao was a challenge as well. You have to be alert the entire time because the roads weave back and forth... the whole time. Up and down, right then left, then right, then left.

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    Madrid to Sevilla AVE train

    by islaazul Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    The AVE train promises to get you to Seville from Madrid in 2 hrs 10 min or your money back. I didn't truly appreciate this until I got on the RENFE from Seville to Granada (4 hrs), and then the TALGA from Granada back to Madrid (6 hrs). Each was more run-down than the last. I hope they have plans to modernize the entire system...

    Go to the station the day before your planned departure so you have a wider selection of departure times.

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    Madrid Metro System

    by lilnation Written Jun 3, 2005

    The Metro in Madrid is still the easiest and most efficient way of getting around the city. There are security guards and police at various stations and in the subway cars. The feeling of safety is always present. A one way ticket is appoximately One Euro.

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    Where will we meet?

    by jamiesno Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Like in any city if you are going to separate you have to know where you are going to meet up with your friends again.

    In Madrid a lot of people meet at the "bear". This is a statue of a bear and tree at Peurta Del Sol the center of Madrid and Spain.

    This symbol of Madrid is a 20 ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree. The official name of the statue is 'El Oso y El Madroño'. The Madroño is a tree related to the strawberry tree.

    You can see it here in my picture. In is on the opposite side of the clock at Puerta Del Sol I remember.

    The bear itself if a true Madrid symbol you will see in many places around the city and is also part of the city's coat of arms.

    So once you get oriented and you want to know where we will meet. "We'll meet back at the bear!"

    Warning though, a lot of people meet back at the bear :-), so you might have to still have a good eye.

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    como conducir en madrid (3ªparte)

    by balihai69 Written Feb 18, 2004

    6)Peatones:

    Estos individuos son una molestia para los conductores madrileños. En caso de encontrar a alguno de estos singulares personajes, acelere y muéstrele quién es el jefe. En las intersecciones, ceda el paso al peatón y, en cuanto lo tenga en la mira, tírele su vehículo encima. Si no llega a tocarlo, puesto que suelen ser bastante hábiles, no se preocupe, seguramente lo habrá asustado lo suficiente.

    7) Cambio de carril 'triple' (pre-requisito: dominio total 'Cambio de carril'):

    Este movimiento requiere de muchísima precisión y creatividad. Debe ser
    ejecutado rodeado del mayor número de coches posible y en cuestión de
    segundos, para crear lo que algunos catalogan como pánico general'...

    8)Peajes de autopista:

    Todos sabemos lo que es estar apurado y no tener cambio para entrar a los carriles de 'Pago Exacto'. Con ese fin, se han desarrollado técnicas para su comodidad:Introdúzcase en el carril de "pago exacto" aunque tenga un billete de 500 Euros cuando llegue a la cabina de pago, exclame con cara de asombro: '¡Mierda, me confundí de carril!' Si el cobrador se niega a
    aceptar su billete, entonces señale la imponente cola de vehículos que se ha formado detrás y diga: '¿puede decirles que muevan sus vehículos, para sacar el mío'?. Ignore los millones de saludos que recibirá, y sonría (usted va a ganar).Esta técnica es también aplicable cuando quiera cambiar
    divisas, pero no espere obtener el mejor tipo de cambio.

    Ahora sí! Usted se encuentra totalmente capacitado para conducir en
    las
    calles de Madrid, adelante y...¡Feliz viaje!

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    como conducir en madrid (2ªparte)

    by balihai69 Written Feb 18, 2004

    4)Cambio de carril:
    Antes que nada, no importa lo que vaya a hacer: nunca encienda su intermitente, de lo contrario, estimulará la reacción del otro
    conductor (vea 'Intermitente'). Observe al conductor que viene por el carril al que
    desea pasarse y, ante su menor descuido, introdúzcase descontroladamente con su vehículo; se sorprenderá al darse cuenta que no es necesario más que un par de centímetros entre vehículo y vehículo. En ese momento será saludado por no menos de tres conductores. Para perfeccionar su
    cambio de carril, existen diversas técnicas, por ejemplo: intente desacelerar su
    vehículo drásticamente y en cuestión de segundos; no deje de observar
    el fenómeno de reacción en cadena producido por el conductor de atrás.
    En medio del caos, cambie de carril y acelere.5)Embotellamientos:

    Durante los embotellamientos de tráfico se realizan varias actividades divertidísimas, tales como:
    - Toque su bocina rítmicamente.
    - Retoque su maquillaje (generalmente, repito, sólo generalmente, esto se da en conductoras).
    - Pierda peso, sudando, debido a la falta de aire acondicionado.
    - Salude a otros conductores. No necesariamente a los que provocan el
    embotellamiento.
    - Perfeccione su cambio de carril.
    - Juegue a ver lo cerca que puede detenerse del parachoques del vehículo de adelante.

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    como conducir en madrid (1ªparte)

    by balihai69 Written Feb 18, 2004

    > El manual madrileño de conductores dice:
    1)Saludar:
    Para saludar a un conductor madrileño, baje lentamente su ventana y, con
    tono grave y fuerte, pronuncie: tu puta madre!!!. Pueden incluirse,al final de la expresión, sustantivos calificativos como: gordo de mierda,cabrón, hijo de puta, etc. (escoger el más adecuado para la ocasión).
    De todas maneras, esté siempre preparado para responder con un 'vete a
    tomar por el culo', en caso de que el otro conductor le haya saludado primero.

    2)Intermitentes:
    Si un conductor en otro carril enciende su intermitente, no lo deje
    entrar en su carril ; de hecho, presione el acelerador y manténgase próximo a él.
    Es probable que el conductor intente saludarlo, pero usted ya sabe
    exactamente qué hacer (ver párrafo anterior).

    3)Semáforos:
    Estos interesantes artefactos suelen encontrarse en las
    intersecciones de las calles sin tener ninguna razón aparente, pero si están ahí, por algo será. Es muy probable encontrar conductores detenidos observando como
    cambian las luces de colores (una experiencia fascinante). La policía
    de tráfico cree que cada color tiene un significado que el conductor debe
    respetar. De la observación efectuada se ha determinado el significado de cada color:
    * Luz amarilla: acelere su vehículo tanto como sea posible.
    * Luz roja: esta luz permite pasar a 5 o 6 vehículos más después de su
    encendido.
    * Luz verde: reduzca la velocidad y espere a que los 5 o 6 vehículos atraviesen su luz roja.
    Nota: es vital tocar la bocina a los 1.5 segundos del encendido de la luz verde.

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    REGIONAL BUSES

    by parsix Updated Jan 14, 2004


    This year our group was quite extensive. Sometimes when on road trips is best to go by car as you can stop in the way.

    But for our day out skiing we decided to take the bus. We were trying to remember old school song we used to sign on trips. (Some of us went to Catholic schools )

    No one else but our group took the bus back....hmmm ...do we sing that bad?

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    UNUSUAL

    by parsix Written Nov 26, 2003

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    When in Rome do like the Romans. Well, had never fancy a bike before. But I must admit it is quite practical when weather allows it. Especially in a city like Madrid when trafick can be hetic.

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    Getting around Madrid

    by nkdnatl Written Oct 11, 2003

    Ok...I've tried the trains and buses. Both are nice but can be unbearable and nasty in the heat of the summer. So I just go for a taxi. They are plentiful and make for a fun, daring ride. Some cab drivers will, however, rip you off. It's much easier now that Spain is on the Euro but when the main currency was pesetas, it could get confusing (for me anyway). Taxis, although much higher than public transportation, are the best way to go. Walking is actually the best, but after visiting the Prado, Thyssen, and Reina Sofia, the last thing you want to do is walk back to your hotel!

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    Teleferico

    by SirRichard Written Jul 7, 2003

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    At "Paseo del Pintor Rosales" you can take this funicular that will take you to the "Casa de Campo" park, where the zoo and the "Parque de atracciones" are.
    Besides goiing to "Casa de Campo" for a walk around, the ride lets you see from the air part of Madrid: Manzanares River, Casa de Campo, Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Debod Temple...
    Once you get there, there is a nice terrace for drinks / lunch with good views.
    To get to the teleferico, go to Arguelles Metro Station, go down Marques de Urquijo street till the park and in the corner you will find some blue signs. Go down the stairs till "Balcon de Rosales" restaurant, turn right and go down a few steps more.
    Price 2,85 euros (4,10 return).

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    other

    by DanielF Written May 21, 2003

    For inland travel, buses are quite good. There are three main bus stations according to the destination (Conde de Casal for Valencia, Zamora, Galicia, Salamanca, Lisbon, Extremadura and others), Avda. de América (for Cantabria, Basque Country, Burgos, Granada Soria, Navarra and others) and Sur (Andalusia, Valladolid, Barcelona and others.)

    Trains are also comfortable, but travel first class: it is much better and not so expensive. The best line is for sure the high speed train to Córdoba and Sevilla, but soon will be finished the line to Zaragoza and Barcelona. The two main train stations are Chamartín (in the North) and the exotic Atocha (at the end of Paseo del Prado).
    Traffic in Madrid is one of the worst in Europe. The municipality supports the use of private cars by constantly improving the roads and constructing new tunnels, bridges, motorways. As a result of it, the city seems to be permanently under construction and cars seem to be collapsed in a permanent traffic jam. Nevertheless, the city has a good undergroung network, that reaches almost every corner of the city. Some stations in this line are ready and they look great. The airport station is grandious, clean and there are even tv. sets in the trains and in the stations.

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