Madrid has a well-connected link between three continents. Over nine hundred international flights arrive weekly from 84 cities around the world. There are 993 domestic flights from 29 Spanish cities. Airlines include: Iberia, American, TWA, Continental, Delta, US Air, Spanair, Air Europa. The Madrid-Barajas International Airport can be reached at 91 305-8344. For shuttle service, dial 91 431-6192.
Getting There By Car
Many people drive to Spain via the French highways. From the United Kingdom there are also car ferries from Plymouth to Santander and from Portsmouth to Bilboa. Madrid has two major ring roads, the outer M-40 and the inner M-30. If you need to cut across the city, it is suggested that you take one of the two and get as close as possible to your destination before turning off.
Getting There By Rail
There are three train stations in Madrid: Chamartin, Atocha, and Principe Pio stations. All three have metro stations, making for good connections and easy transfers. Over five hundred trains arrive weekly from ten Spanish cities. There are also good train connections between Paris and Lisbon.
Getting Around By Car
Madrid has three distinct areas in the center of the city. In the old part, the streets are narrow and winding and building construction is dense. Farther out, the streets become wider and straighter and in the outskirts there is a boom of construction.
There are two main arteries in the city: the Gran Via and the Paseo de la Castellana. The Gran Via was started at the turn of the century and is the site of numerous cinemas and recreational activities. The more modern Paseo de la Castellana is the headquarters of many of the large banks, as well as luxury office buildings and business complexes.
With traffic chaotic and parking almost impossible, having a car is almost a handicap in Madrid. Avoid driving if you can.
Getting Around By Taxi
Except during rush hour, taxis are a quick and inexpensive way to get around Madrid.
Radio-Taxi: 91 447-5180
Radio-Taxi Independent: 91 405-1213
Tele-Taxi: 91 445-9008
Radio-Telefono Taxi: 91 457-8200
Special taxi service for physically impaired: 91 547-8600
Getting Around By Bus
The bus system covers all of the city and outlying areas. There are 150 bus lines within Madrid, with service from 6am to midnight. Tickets for 10 rides are available at local news stands, tobacco shops, and booths of the EMT (Municipal Transport Company) at certain bus stops. For EMT information, call 91 401-9900.
Getting Around By Rail
The metro is the fastest mode of transport in Madrid. The system consists of ten different lines and is open from 6am to 1:30am. Tickets for 10 trips are available at the ticket booths at the Metro station. For more information about the Metro de Madrid, dial 91 522-59-09.
Some train stations, with outbound trains, are connected to Metro stations. For more information, dial 91 328-9020.