Madrid is one of the rare cities where people know how to live. The Spanish capital is a vibrant city with elegant boulevards and expansive parks. It is one of the greatest repositories of European art, and its world-class museums showcase the works by Goya, Velasquez and other art masters.
Most popular places to visit in Madrid
Prado Museum, with its vast collection, rivals the Louvre in Paris. It's the first stop for every art lover visiting Madrid. The grandiose Royal Palace is the Spanish version of the Versailles, and the Neoclassical facade, as well as, the lavish interior will enchant you. Puerta del Sol is the heart of the city, while the ambience at the Plaza Mayor will take you back to the 17th century.
Metro, railway, bus and taxi transportation
Madrid has a highly developed transport infrastructure which includes the metro, bus and railway network. The public transport in Madrid is easy to use and extends to the suburbs and the surrounding area.
The Madrid metro is the 7th largest in the world and covers most of the city. The rapid transit network includes 13 lines all marked with different colours. The metro operates daily from 06:00 to 01:30 am.
The bus network is extensive and a good transport option for destinations not covered by the metro. However, in rush hours they might be slower around Madrid city centre. They operate during the day, while night buses, also known as "buhos", take over after 11:00 pm.
Many prefer the comfort of taxis to get around the city. Like the other Spain taxi services, the Madrid taxis operate 24/7 and can take you to any destination in this area. You can call a taxi or choose one from the taxi stands located on the main streets and in front of the metro stations.
Public transport from and to Madrid airport
The Madrid Barajas International Airport is northeast of Madrid, around 12 km from the city centre. It has four terminals and serves international flights from all over the world. There are regular metro, bus and train lines from Barajas Airport to Madrid city centre and the surrounding area. Passengers can also take an airport taxi or book a private transfer.
The metro line 8 runs from all four terminals to the Nuevos Ministerios station in Madrid. The journey time is around 15 minutes. There is a train station only at T4 where the C-1 line runs from Madrid airport to the city centre.
There are bus stations at every terminal where the city buses depart to their destination. An express bus which connects the Atocha Train Station to Madrid Barajas and the journey takes 40 minutes. Bus route 101 runs to the Canillejas Transport Hub, while the bus route 200 will take you to Avenida de America Transport Hub.
Each terminal has an assigned taxi rank where you can take an official airport taxi. It's recommended to walk to the taxi ranks and avoid the taxi drivers inside the terminals. The car rental companies have representative offices at the airport. If you're planning to rent a car in Madrid, you can pick it up at the airport and drop it off when you leave.
Arrange private Madrid airport transfer
To enjoy the pleasure of travelling with a professional driver in a comfortable vehicle, book a private Madrid airport transfer with us. We organise transfers from Madrid airport to any destination. Whether you're staying in the city or want to take a day trip from Madrid to Guadalajara, Leon or Toledo, we will make sure you get everywhere on time.
The cost of a private Madrid airport taxi to the city centre starts from 35 EUR, one way.
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