Traveling to/from Madrid

Madrid—and all of Spain's big cities, really—have great public transportation. So, go ahead and get out there! Just make sure you've got this handy info with you.

Passes

You can buy weekly or monthly passes for buses, subways, and commuter trains.

  • Monthly passes give you unlimited travel within a set area. You can apply for this pass at an estanco.
  • You can buy special 10-ride subway and bus (“Metro bus”) tickets at subway stations, some tobacco shops, and E.M.T. booths.

Planes

Most major airlines fly to Madrid's Barajas Airport.

  • If you're arriving on Iberia, American Airlines, British Airways , be aware that these flights are handled at the new Terminal 4, which is much further away from the rest of the airport (Terminals 1, 2, and 3) and will require additional commute time.
  • Book your flight back home well in advance.
  • Shortly after late March, most discount and tourist seats are booked for the whole summer.

Trains

The railway network (RENFE) connects Madrid with every other Spanish city.
  • The AVE (High-Speed Train) will get you from Madrid to Seville in just two-and-a-half hours.
  • Buying round-trip train tickets can give you a 10-20 percent discount on many trains; the best way to find out more is to contact RENFE.

Buses

Madrid is connected to other towns and cities by bus, and bus rates are equal to the price of a second-class train ticket. If given a choice between buses and trains, check schedules and prices since buses are often faster than trains (AvanzabusAlsaLa Sepulvedana).

Municipal Tourist Office: Plaza Mayor, 3. Tel: 91 588 29 06 or 91 588 16 36.

Tourist Office of the Autonomous Community of Madrid in Chamartín Train Station. Tel: 91 315 99 76; Duque de Medinaceli, 2. Tel: 91 429 31 77; Atocha Train Station.