If you’re going to stay in Madrid for any amount of time, it’s important to become familiarized with the city’s public transportation system. The capital of Spain is very well equipped when it comes to that, which will help you get around easily and save a lot of time.
While the metro is your best option to get around within the city, its railway stations allow you to take advantage of Madrid’s privileged location and the fact that it’s one of the most important hubs in Europe – you can quickly and comfortably reach any other part of Spain, as well as other European cities such as Paris or Lisbon. There are two main train stations in Madrid:
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Located near the Royal Botanical Garden, just south of the city centre, the Atocha railway station is the biggest in Madrid. It gives you access to high-speed trains (AVE), Regional and long distance trains (RENFE) and intercity trains. If you’re ever travelling from Madrid to Valencia, Barcelona or Seville, Atocha will most likely be your starting point.
The station’s facilities include a tourist information point, a lost and found booth, luggage storage, a police station, various restaurants, public toilets, ATM, public telephones and, of course, since it’s 2016, a Wi-Fi connection.
Atocha is easily accessible from anywhere in the city due to being served by line 8 of the Madrid metro. In addition, buses from most stops in the city will also take you there.
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In the north of the city, you will find Madrid’s second largest station, Chamartin. A modern and spacious building just 6km away from the Barajas-Madrid International Airport, it includes its own hotel, the Husa Chamartin, which hosts many of the tourists and business people that visit the city every day.
Served by regional, intercity and high-speed trains (with airport connection), it’s the station that will get you on your way to various international destinations. In addition to all the same services you can find at Atocha, the Chamartin station also has car parking and a currency exchange booth.
Chamartin is also easily reachable through line 8 of the metro and several buses from all over the city.
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There you have it! That’s everything you need to know about the two main train stations in the city of Madrid. Have you been to any of these stations yet? Are you planning on travelling soon? Let us know using the comment box below. Enjoy Madrid and Spain!
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