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Madrid start up information
Here at TEFL Madrid Academy, we have all gone through the process of moving from our hometowns to start a new life in Madrid. We understand that this can sometimes be an extremely daunting experience. Never fear! That's why we are on hand to make this experience as easy as possible. WE are here to guide you in all things Madrid. From your orientation around the city to seeing the sights and the surrounding areas.
Madrid is a fantastic city for exploring and with such excellent transport links from the city centre all the way to the suburbs, there really are no excuses not to use them.
Getting to and from Madrid airport
One of the most important things for our new students is (of course), knowing how to get from the airport to their accommodation in the city. Well you can get from the airport to the city 4 different ways.
By Train -
The airport’s terminal 4 is connected with the cercanias ( link to cercanias page). This is the over ground train for commuters in Madrid. Although this service does not run as frequently as the Metro system, it is often a lot quieter and doesn't require any changes to get you into the city centre.
By Metro -
Unlike the Cercanias, the metro reaches all 4 of the terminals meaning that it is accessible by all travellers. The airport terminals fall at the end of Line 8 and this line will take you through to Nuevos Ministerios, where you will have to change to one of the connecting lines (6 or 10).
By bus -
If you want to see a little more of the city while you travel from the airport then the bus is the perfect way. There are two buses which run to the airport. The 200 which runs from the airport to Avenida de America between 05.10am- 23.30pm and the 203 which runs from the airport to Atocha (Making stops in o'donnell and cibeles), this service runs 24 hours a day, except to atocha station.
By taxi -
This is the final method of public transport to consider when travelling from the airport into the city centre. Taxis are located outside all arrival terminals and there is generally a lot of them waiting around to pick passengers up. A taxi from the airport to the city centre has a flat rate of 30 Euros.
Getting around day-to-day
Firstly, one very important item which will make travelling around Madrid much easier is the Abono card (link to abono card site). So getting around is simple. You can take the metro , which is an extremely reliable service where trains run every few minutes. If you are unsure which route to take you can simply look at the metro map (link to metro map) or why not download the free Madrid metro app which will tell you the fastest and simplest routes to take.
If you want to take a slightly more scenic route around the city why not try the bus. With around 136 routes running daily between 06.00am and 23.30pm and 26 night routes which operate in the hours between 23.30pm and 06.00am.
You could also hop in a taxi. These drive around the city and are likely to be spotted on a regular basis. Just flag an empty one down and jump in.
Finally, Madrid is a very walkable city with most places being fairly close to one another. Although the city has fantastic transport links, you will often see many madrileños walking around the city.
Places to visit in Madrid
Madrid, like any other big city, has lots of fantastic places to visit. If you are new to Madrid or unsure on what there is to do why not take a look at some of our favourite places to visit.
Tourist Attractions -
If you are looking for lots of entertainment and energy in your activities, why not check out one of Madrid’s many theme parks or tourist attractions.
Madrid Segway -
If you want to take in some of the beautiful sights around Madrid, but want to add a little bit of fun to your walking tour. Why not take a Segway tour? The tour costs upwards of 35 Euros but this includes your English speaking guide, health and safety briefing, equipment and a whole lot of fun.
Parque de atracciones de Madrid -
If you want to check out some of the amusement parks Madrid has on offer, why not head to Parque de atracciones de Madrid. Located in the beautiful Casa de Campo park this amusement park has something for everyone. Be sure that you wear comfortable clothes as you are likely to get wet on the water rides.
Parque Warner -
If you are a fan of Warner Brothers and also enjoy riding roller coasters, why not head over to the Warner Brothers theme park? The park is located in the suburbs of Madrid close to Pinto.
The park is designed for everyone to enjoy. From thrill seekers to young children. If you plan on visiting this park make sure you wear comfortable clothes as you will get wet on the water rides.
Zoo of Madrid -
If you are not one for thrill seeking why not check out Madrid Zoo. Located in the beautiful surroundings of Casa de Campo. The zoo is home to many different species of land dwelling animals and mammals as well as aquatic ones! The zoo has daily shows which are included in the price of your ticket.
This fantastic shopping centre is located on the outskirts of Madrid in the municipality of Arroyomolinos. Within this shopping centre there is something for everyone. Shopping, bowling and the cinema are all on offer here. In addition, there is also an indoor ski slope with fresh snow!
This is one for those hot summer Madrid days. There are two water parks located in Madrid. These have something for everyone, from a VIP area to rides to suit all thrill seekers. Tickets for the Aquopolis cost 15 euros if bought in advance or 21 euros if bought on the day.
This is Madrid’s most popular market! El Rastro market is open every Sunday and public holiday of the year. With hundreds of people attending every week, you would be wise to arrive early if you want to grab a real bargain. This market is located between Lavapies and La Latina metro in Plaza de Cascorro.
Plaza de toros de las ventas
If you want to experience the Spanish tradition of bullfighting then Madrid has the beautiful bull ring known as Las Ventas. Although bullfighting does not happen all year round, it can be seen between March and October. The fights occur every Sunday. However, if you head to Las Ventas in May-June then bullfights happen everyday for 20 days.