Destination MadridDestination Madrid

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Practical informationPractical information

Madrid’s airport, Barajas, is a little over ten kilometres northeast of the city. The cheapest way to get to Madrid is by metro: line 8 goes to Nuevos Ministerios. Journey time: 30 minutes. The taxi ride costs about €20 (more at nights and on Sundays) and takes 30-60 minutes.

Public Transport
Madrid’s metro system consists of 16 lines that serve both the city and its suburbs. The metro is also the most efficient way of getting around, and runs from 06.00-02.00 daily. The EMT bus network is made up of about a hundred lines, including a useful “circle route” (the buses are marked with a C). Busses run from 06.00-23.30 daily. Night busses leave from Plaza de Cibeles.

When taxis are available for hire, this is indicated by a “Libre” sign in the front windshield and a green light on the roof.

Radio-Taxi Asociación Gremial
Phone: +34 914 475 180

Radio-Taxi Independiente
Phone: +34 914 051213
Phone: +34 913 712131

Most post offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30-20.30, and on Saturdays from 9.30-13.00. The main post office on Plaza de Cibeles, stays open until 21.30 on weekdays and from 8.00-14.00 on Saturdays.

Pharmacy and dentist
All chemists’ have a list or a sign in the window with details of the duty chemists’, with the nearest one highlighted. There are two chemists’ that are open at all times:

Farmacia Central (does not take credit cards)
Address: Paseo de Santa Maria de la Cabeza
Phone: +34 914 730 672

Farmacia Lastra (takes credit cards)
Address: C/Conde de Peñalver 27
Phone: +34 914 024 272

Country code: +34; Area code: 91(also used within Madrid)

220 Volt (125 volt in some older buildings)

Opening hours
Traditionally 10.00 to 14.00, then 17.00 to 20.00, though these times may vary. Nowadays, however, it is more usual for shops to open from 10.00 in the morning until 22.00.

Emergency numbers

Tourist information
Madrid Tourist Centre
Address: Plaza Mayor 27
Tel. +34 91 588 16 36
Colon Tourist Centre
Address: Plaza Colón s/n

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