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.
As of 5 November 2.010, there is a new bus (yellow) service linking the Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas (Madrid-Barajas Airport) and the city centre.
- From 6,00 (6,00 a.m.) to 23,30 (11,30 p.m.), from/to Atocha Railway Station.
- From 23,55 (11,55 p.m.) to 5,35 (5,35 a.m.) from/to Cibeles Square.
But DO check the timetible in case it changes (see the web down below).
- Atocha-Intercambiador/Interchange: Metro: Atocha-Renfe (line 1); train: long distances (including AVE/high speed train) and suburban trains; buses: there are many actually.
- Cibeles: Metro: Banco de España (line 2); buses: many too.
- O'Donnell street corner Doctor Esquerdo street: Metro: O'Donnell (line 6); buses: many too.
- Aeropuerto Terminal 1: Metro: Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 (line 8).
- Aeropuerto Terminal 2: Metro: Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 (line 8).
- Aeropuerto Terminal 4: Metro: Aeropuerto T4 (line 8).
Take into account:
- On the way city-airport: T1 and T2 are at salidas/departures; T4, llegadas/arrivals.
- On the way airport-city: T1, T2 and T4, at llegadas/arrivals.
* Fee: 2,00 € (pay onboard); don't forget that it may change.
* Approximately 40 minutes (depending on the traffic).
What to do if you want to go to Cibeles and the metro doesn't operate at that time? There is a bus service called Buhobuses (buho=owl) that links Cibeles with many parts of the city. The number of those buses begins with N.
For metro, buses, trains and buhobuses, you can check the different tips I added.
Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas (Madrid-Barajas Airport): When you arrive in Madrid by plane and you don't want to be lost (or at least you try not to be) or you want to check the time of arrival/departure.
There are 4 Terminals and a shuttle bus that links all of them.
The easiest and fastest way to go from/to the airport to/from the city centre is by metro (line 8) and there are two different stations:
- Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3: It serves Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
- Aeropuerto T4: It seves Terminal 4.
But there are buses too:
- Number 200: Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 (to Avenida de América interchange, level -2, platform 18).
From there (Avenida de Anérica), there are many buses and four metro lines: 4, 6, 7 and 9.
So, you have to check which terminal your flight operates from/to.
NOTE: As of 5 November 2.010, there is a new bus service linking the airport and the city centre; check next tip.
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).
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).
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).
Pedestrian Touristic Pathways.
From Plaza de Cibeles, you can follow 6 different self-guided pathways.
Metro: Banco de España (line 2).
There is also a site that gives advice regarding some other walking tours:
There are also guided tours; find more cheching:
www.esmadrid.com/es/portal.do?TR=C&IDR=473&IDM=71&NM=3 (different languages)
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I think this is an excellent service.
The yellow airport buses leave from T1, 2, 4 every 15 minutes or so and run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The buses have ample room for luggage and make the journey to Atocha bus station (by Renfe, Cercanias and Metro) in around 20 minutes if traffic is light...as it was for both of my daytime journeys (around 4pm and around 12 noon)
The fare in Feb 2012 was 2 euro and now (May 2012) it is 5 euro...but that still seems to me very reasonable. You can just pay the driver, which is even easier.
The bus stops at O'Donnell and Plaza Cibeles as well as Atocha. Stops are displayed on an electronic sign inside the bus.
The photos show you where to catch the bus at Atocha: look for the circular brick building. Outside Arrivals just walk to the right of all the taxis until you come to a yellow bus stop.
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.
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.
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.
Buses depart from "Auto Res" at plaza Conde De Casal, 6 info:902020999
It takes around an 2h30min to get there.
You have daily buses:
06:45 08:00 10:00 12:00 13:30 15:45 17:30 20:00
You can reach the Bus station by Metro, Conde de Casal station line 6.
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.
This tip is especially dedicated to Nightlife lovers.
There is a series of nightly buses that can be helpful for you if you don’t want to take a taxi at night (or you want but you don’t find it). They are called BúhoBuses (OwlBuses), and they begin with N: Nx, Nxx....
Normally, they leave from Plaza de Cibeles and there are also some others (during the weekends) that cover the same route the metro lines do, but you'd better check the website to know more. They begin with L: Lx, Lxx...
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.
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. :-)
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