"Getting around in Madrid can..." Spain Transportation Tip by toao

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Getting around in Madrid can be a problem if you don't understand how the system works, but once you get into it, it's brilliant. Basically there are three different kinds of metro/train transport:
The metro is used for inner-city travelling. 10 different lines - one even takes you cheaply to the airport - frequent trains and a lot of stations. There are maps of the system at every station. If you have never been to Madrid before, good starting points for sightseeing might be stations such as Sol, Gran Vía, Colón and Parque del retiro.

The cercanías local train takes you to the suburbs and also to towns within 2 hours travel time from Madrid. The easiest station to travel from if you're downtown and not too familiar with Madrid transportation, is Chamartín, but you can travel from all station marked with a red/white C. Note that a lot of locations close to Madrid are only accesible from Cercanías stations and not from Atocha railway station.

The long-distance train system has trains to all parts of Spain. Trains depart from Atocha and Chamartín. Always keep your ticket, you can use it to get a discount on your return trip.

All systems are interconnected so you can easily get from one system to another.

Type: Train

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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