I'm really not very fond of these kind of things, but I took the Madrid tourist bus last year, accompanying some colleagues during an international meeting there. I really loved it, as gives you a whole impression of the city in a very comfortable way. I was living in Madrid for about 3 years before, so I did already know the city quite well, but I still enjoyed the experience! You see the sights in a different and relaxed way, and trough the headphones you get interesting information about the places you are seeing (8 languages). One of my colleagues, born in Madrid, agreed she discovered some places this day. For the other people, as we only had a free evening, it was probably the easiest way to get a whole idea of the city.
The prize is reasonable (14.5 euros for one-day adult pass) and it includes a city map and a booklet of discount coupons for some attractions and restaurants. You can buy 1 or 2 day tickets and you can go up and down as many times you want during this period.
If you buy the tickets online, you may find special offers.
There are 3 different routes covering nearly all places of interest (Historical, Monumental and Modern Madrid). They have many stops all around Madrid, and at some of them, the lines overlap so you can get off and change lines.
If time is limited - go by bus Madrid Vision - your guide will point out all the places of interest.
Sit on the top deck & take lots of pics - don't do what Ken & Harry did & come back with a very red face - sun block required!!!
One of the best ways to see Madrid is by taking the double-decker tour bus called MadridVision. These buses travel 3 set routes around the city, stopping at key points of interest, and allow you to get on and off as much as you want. You can even go from one route to another. The 3 routes are Historical, Monumental and Modern Madrid.
You get a route map once aboard. There is recorded commentary to listen to in an assortment of languages. Headsets are provided. In a nutshell, it is a convenient, inexpensive way to see the city and its landmarks.
Madrid Vision is a great way to visit the city and learn more about the interesting places, history and people of Madrid. It is a comfortable and quite cheap means of travelling around the city. The big red buses have an open air top with a closed bottom, to suit all passengers. One can go on and off whenever he likes. Every seat has a pair of head phones to allow tourists to select their preferred language. Tickets for trips can be bought from various hotels or on the buses. Prices include :
Adults 13 Euros day trip Child 7 Euros day trip
Adults 17 Euros 2day trip Child 9 Euros 2 day trip
Totally touristy, but worth using since it will make your sightseeing easier. Istead of using Metro that is cheap and reliable, but running underground and doesn't give the possibility to see every street, monument, or building, you can jump on one of these red busses.
Madrid Vision busses have 3 different routes and you single ticket if valid for the 3 of them.
1 Day in the sighseeing bus costs 16 Euro and two-day pass can be purchased at 21 Euro. Children under 7 years old enjoy the red busses for free. The best place to start your tour is Puerta del Sol, however you can get on the bus at any of its stations.
Take a look at the official site
P.S.The price you see on the picture (written on the bus) is incorrect, since my last visit to Madrid it has gone up.
All day hop-on hop-off buses. They offer you 3 different routes to see all Madrid, for 1.600 ptas/day. Explanations in different languages, children free. You can get on at Prado Museum, in front of Ritz Hotel or at Puerta de Alcala (there all the 3 routes coincide), though they have many stops all around Madrid.
Is the best option to visit Madrid in a day trip, there are two routes the red one or Madrid Histórico and the blue one or Madrid moderno. The ticket cost 16 euros for one day and some euros more for 2 days. When you reach the bus the staff give you a map and headphones to listen the info when you´re in the bus.
Es la mejor opcion para visitar Madrid en un día, tiene dos rutas la roja o Madrid Histórico y la azul o también llamada Madrid moderno. El billete cuesta 16 euros para un día y varios euros mas si lo pides para dos dias. El personal del autobús te da un mapa con información con las paradas y los auriculares para oir la informacion durante el viaje
On the cloudy day we decided to take Madrid Vision double decker bus from Puerta del Sol.
For 13 euros we took three different routes in Madrid: Madrid Historico, Madrid Moderno and Madrid Monumental.
You can get on and off the bus on any of the stations until 9 pm. Buses are equipped with audio guides in all major languages.
10-20 minutes wait for the bus.
It was a great way to see the city in not so accomodating weather.
To gain time and not loose time wandering about or getting lost in some trainstation in a far away town in the middle of nowhere....book a tour and visit most of the cities around Madrid like ....Toledo for example
Madrid has double decker tourist buses which will take you on a panoramic tour of the city covering two separate routes. A very economical way to get to the main tourist sights of the city and be able to hop on and off where there is something of interest. The two routes are Historic and Modern. You can obtain a one or two day pass (children under 7 yrs are free) and the average roundtrip journey is 75 mins. The first tour operates at 9.30am through to the last at midnight during the summer months and from 10.00am to 7.00pm during the winter months.
Our tour company was Globus Vacations and transport was on a modern coach with plenty of good seating. I enjoyed the back seat on many days although there were plenty of normal seating available.
The photo tells the story better than I can write it!
Madrid Vision is a tourist type bus which drives you through the major sights of the city. You can do this to get a feel of the city and distances from place to place on your first visit to Madrid.
If you're like me, just get a map and walk around.