Late spring and early fall are the ideal times to visit Madrid, Spain. Not only do you get extra sunlight with daylight savings, but the sun will not set until 10:00 pm. The temperatures are milder at this time of the year too, boasting 19 degrees Celsius during the day and 9 degrees Celsius at night. Winter has the least number of tourists, but the temperatures are much cooler at 6 – 8 degrees Celsius at night and 10 – 15 degrees Celsius during the day. Peak tourist season for Madrid runs through the summer going from July into August, but temperatures are fairly hot at 35 degrees Celsius during the day. Avoid Spanish holidays such as the Assumption of Mary on 15th August when the locals are also out celebrating along with tourists. During holidays, shops and attractions are closed, and peak seasons involve higher costs for flight and accommodations.
Domestic flights from the UK to Madrid include British Airways, Iberia, Norwegian, easyJet, Norwegian Air International, Ryanair, Air Europa, and Monarch. International flights that also fly into Madrid include KLM, Aer Lingus, Meridiana, Air France, Swissair, Blue Air, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Tunisair, Vueling, Austrian Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Czech Airlines, Luxair, Brussels Airlines, Flybe, Finnair, Aegean Airlines, LOT, and TAP Portugal.
Travelling from the airport into town is quite convenient with numerous transportation options available.
The Metro subway has two stations: one at Terminal 2 and another at Terminal 4. Take the pink line to city centre for approximately €4.50 – €6 EUR.
Train is a faster alternative to the subway and has multiple stops. The airport’s train station is at Terminal 4 and costs approximately €2.55 EUR, but sometimes it is free when travelling inside the airport only.
Multiple bus routes service the airport, but they are not the fastest option to reach city centre. The approximate cost to travel to the city centre is €1.50 EUR.
Taxis are the fastest and most comfortable, but also the costliest. To get to city centre, you can expect to pay €30 EUR for a one-way trip.
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Most of Madrid can be explored on foot with no need for a car or public transportation. It is only when you venture outside of the city centre that you will need public transit.
The metro system is extensive and easy to use. It costs €1.50 EUR for the first 5 stations one-way and then €.10 EUR for additional stations up to a €2 EUR maximum fare. You can purchase a pass for €8.40 – €35 EUR for up to 7 days. Metro services operate from 6:00 am – 2:00 am.
Public buses are marked “EMT” and are the best for getting from Atocha to Puerta de Toledo. Single bus rides cost €1.50 EUR, but you can use a Metrobus ticket. There is also a hop-on-hop-off Madrid City Tour, which is a double-decker sightseeing tour bus. Adults pay €21 – €25 EUR for 1 – 2 day passes, and children pay €9 – €12 EUR for 1 – 2 day passes. Children under 6 can travel free.
The Cercania commuter rail goes to El Escorial and Alcala de Henares from Atocha. Fares range from €1.60 – €8.40 EUR depending on the destination.
Taxis are expensive, but still reasonable for the distance you can travel for the price. The meter will register €2.10 EUR from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm and €2.20 EUR for afterhours then €1 – €2 EUR per kilometre. Taxis may be hailed from the street or pre-arranged for pickup.
UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.
For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.
Madrid is home to exciting attractions and historical sites, including:
Learn the Colours
Public transportation options are classified by colours based on the final stop. They are also numbered so that you know which bus stop they complete their trip.
Enjoy the Relaxing Lifestyle
Madrid eats slowly! A dinner could easily take up to 3 hours. Waiters never pressure you to leave, and the entire city has a very relaxed pace which is perfect if you are on holiday and want to leave behind the hectic stress of your regular routine.
Mealtimes are Different
Madrid looks at breakfast as a snack opportunity, lunch is served from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and dinner hours are almost non-existent. Lunch is the most elaborate meal in Madrid. You will definitely want to enjoy an afternoon siesta after the meal!
Rooms are Small
Most hotel accommodations feature small rooms, because the emphasis is on getting outside; not staying indoors.
Cash is the easiest way to pay for items in Madrid, and tipping is not customary for taxi drivers or wait staff.