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First time in Madrid - Metro?

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First time in Madrid - Metro?

First trip to Madrid in 2 weeks. Will be taking the Metro from the airport to my hotel. How much is the Metro fare and how do you buy tickets or entrance - in other words how does it work? Is signage all in Spanish or is there some English?

Also, what is the best way to see Madrid over just 3 days? Should we take the buses or book a formal tour, etc. We are both in our fifties but don't mind some adventure. Thanks for any help you can give.

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1. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

Look in top questions for cheap way to your hotel. More specific info if you give the hotel. BTW, Top QUestions in on upper right hand side of this page.

The HOHO bus gives you an overview, but the best feel is with your feet. For top sights look for two Top questions on that and pick your favorites.

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2. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

It's €2 each way from airport on metro to the centre.

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I also suggest you download a copy of Maribel's Guide to Madrid. It should help with you planning (www.maribelsguides.com).

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4. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

The usual metro fare for one journey is 1 euro, but for travelling to/from the airport you must also pay an 'airport supplement' of 1 euro.

You buy tickets from the machines just inside the metro stations, and they are very, very easy to use.

If you put 'Madrid metro' into Google, you can easily find a map so that you can work out your route.

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5. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

The metro is only about $4.00 American from the airport and is very easily accessible from the airport to most hotels and areas of Madrid. As long as you are willing to drag your luggage through the airport to get to the metro, this is not a problem. If you are only in your fifties and able to walk, forget booking tours from your hotel. Madrid, like New York City is a great place to walk and explore. Get a good map from Barnes & Noble. I am a teacher of Spanish in the United States and go to Spain at least once a year with or without students. I cannot tolerate Americans who surrender to tour companies because of their ignorance!

Hope you break away from the USA to discover a culture totally addictive!

¡Enjoy!

Edited: 03 June 2010, 00:27
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6. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

Thanks so much for the information. Yes, we do plan on exploring on our own.

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At current exchange rates plus 1% ATM foreign currency exchange fee, the cost is actually between $2.40 and $2.50 American dollars one way.

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8. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

Hi!

You can see "Metro" information at:

http://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html

You can buy the tickets for "Metro" in the desk of the entrance of the station and in an automatic expender machine (select English language), and you can pay in cash and with credit card (Master Card, VISA...). The "single+supplement airport ticket" costs 2 € per person. I can recommend you the "Tourist Transport Season Ticket" if you are going to stay in Madrid for 1 or more days, the prices are: for 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 days (5,20 €; 8,80 €; 11,60 €; 17,60 € and 23,60 € respectively per person) and includes the airport supplement and it's flat rate for use the "Metro" and local buses (not tourist bus) all day along. Children under 11 years old pay 50%, and children under the age of 4 years do not require a ticket. For the metro the "day" begins at 6:00am and ends at the end of service, at about 1:15am of the next day. So if you arrive today and return tomorrow for the airport it's necessary to get the "Tourist Transport Season Ticket" for 2 days.

Ask for a "Metro" map in the desk of the station. The total trip time to the city centre is about 45 or 50 minutes.

If you use an airport transfer shuttle may be the total trip time is about 30 or 35 minutes, the traffic in Madrid is terrible, and the cost is higher than Metro. A taxi is about the same time than the airport transfer shuttle, and the cost may be 30 or 40 € including airport supplement.

A few recommendations about "Metro" use:

- If you use it at peak hours you can find it a little crowded.

- It's recommended not to carry big and heavy luggage.

- Be advice with the pickpockets that operate in the lines between the airport and the City centre, they are not violent but they benefit of the distraction of the tourists about their belongings.

If you use the "Metro" you can feel as an authentic Madrid natural born and will be very good for you when travel from one point of Madrid until another one. In your hotel or at the tourist information points you will always ask: What is the nearest Metro station?

Don’t forget to visit the Tourist Information Office at the “Plaza Mayor” it belongs to the Town Hall and you can ask for information in English language

I hope this will be helpful for you. Good trip!

Edited: 07 June 2010, 10:22
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The warning about pickpockets should be taken seriously. We experienced an unsuccessful attempt on my wife's purse walking from the metro station to Reina Sofia museum. She doesn't keep anything of real value in her little purse, but it was still quite an upsetting experience. While most tourists will never experience such an attempt because the sheer volume of tourists outnumbers the pick pockets by quite a bit, just be aware that in cities with areas in which large numbers of tourists congregate, there are thieves that focus on those areas.

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10. Re: First time in Madrid - Metro?

Hey guys all the information that you need is in turismomadrid.es/ESPA/MTUR/pagina/MTURInfoGe… Turismo Madrid