Madrid is located in central Spain, and when you arrive in the city you will find an efficient infrastructure together with an excellent public transport system.
If you, like most foreign tourists, are planning to arrive at the Madrid Barajas airport and then need a transfer to the city centre, you have many options; some of which we would like to highlight here. These include the excellent AeroCity Airport Shuttle Service, which can be a lot cheaper than using a taxi.
If you arrive in Madrid by car or train, even from another city within Spain, there is some useful advice you should know about the Madrid traffic in order to find your way quickly.
It is also possible that you may want to experience day trips into the countryside or visit other cities like Barcelona, Seville or Valencia from Madrid. In that case it is useful to know from which of the major railway stations (Chamartín, Átocha) in Madrid your journey will start.
The railway station for trains from the north is Chamartín, trains from Barcelona and the south converge at the Átocha station. From both stations, you can reach any destination within Madrid easily using the Metro. In some of the Madrid suburbs, you also use Madrids suburban train Cercanías.
Tickets for the subway and bus can be purchased directly on a bus or from vending machines located in subway stations and tobacco shops.
Tickets purchased on the bus are only valid for the bus, but if you buy tickets in the subway stations and tobacco shops, they are valid for both, bus and Metro.