Tips for Madrid by a local

Tips to Madrid local

Sometimes when planning a trip to a new city there’s some things you would like to know in advance. Most of my life I’ve lived in Madrid and I would like to share some useful tips I learned for anyone who wants to visit this beautiful city.

How to move around

My advice is to just walk around, that’s how you find the best places, and the city center has a lot to see by foot.

However, Madrid has a great transport infrastructure. Buses, subway and trains. If you are staying for a few days you can buy a ticket for 12,20€ valid for 10 trips (it can be shared) and use it in the subway as well as the bus through the city area.

Airport transport

There are several ways to go to the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport from the city, depending on your budget and your location.

The yellow Express bus which stops at Atocha railway station, Cibeles square and O’Donnell. It takes around 40 minutes and costs 5€. The line runs 24 hours, but during some hours at night it doesn’t reach the last stop (Atocha).

Subway line 8 runs starts at Nuevos Ministerios and has a stop at Terminals 1-2-3 and another one at Terminal 4. These stops have an additional cost, so the tickets are between 4.50€-5.00€. If you bought the 10 trips ticket for your stay, you will just have to pay an additional 3€

-You can also use the Madrid Taxi if you rather not take the public transport, taxis in Madrid offer a flat rate from/to the city center of 30€.

Best areas to stay

Malasaña is a nice alternative neighbourhood, it’s an area with a lot of bars and a good atmosphere. There are different subway lines around and it’s a 5-10 minute walk to the main tourist spots and a lot of lovely streets to walk through.

La Latina & Barrio de Las Letras are also surrounded by a great variety of bars and restaurants. La Latina is specially busy on Sundays since the big flea market El Rastro takes place around there in the mornings, and then people stay around the rest of the day.

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Lavapiés has a wide variety of cultures, that’s why you can find Indian, Moroccan, Korean restaurants and much more!

Moncloa is a student area with a lot of clubs and nightlife, also very well connected to the main city center.

Get into museums for free

The Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid holds three very important museums, and luckily there are some days and schedules when you can get in for free!

   –Prado Museum: Always free for students

Monday-Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Sundays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Click here to see the collection

   Reina Sofia Museum: Always free for students

Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Wednesday-Saturday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Sundays from 1:30 to 7:00 pm.

Special dates: April 18, May 18 and October 12

Click here to see the collection

Thyssen-Bornemisza: Mondays between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Click here to see the collection

Are you traveling to Madrid? Any other tips you will need for your visit?

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